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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - The Swan River Montana
We suggest either a 4 or 5 weight fly line for most of the fly-fishing. You may want to use a 6
weight line for heavy nymphs and streamers.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four or five weight rod
should be between eight and nine feet in length. A medium to moderately fast action would be
best in our opinion. The 6 weight rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium fast to
The reel for the four or five weight rod should have a good drag. You don't want to hang a
large trout and loose it because of a poor drag. It should be smooth and adjust to fine
increments. The reel for the 6 weight line should fit the same description as the 5 weight.
You should probably be using at least a 9 foot leader anywhere you fish on the Swain River.
You should have them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small midge
Be sure to carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
I would definitely suggest waders because there are few places you can fish from the banks.
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
A wading staff would be a good thing to have on this stream.
A landing net would be recommended but not necessary.
We always recommend our own "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that hatches on the Swain River. Our flies are the most realistic imitations you
can buy as well as the most effective imitations you can obtain. If you haven't already tried
them, we certainly hope you do.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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