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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Lake Taneycomo (Table Rock
There are some huge brown trout in this tailwater. Lake Taneycomo, or the Table Rock
Tailwater that some anglers prefer to call it, steadily produces trophy brown trout. You don't
want to hook the fish of your lifetime and lose it because you were using too light of tackle,
but by the same token, you need to be able to fish midge imitations at times. Larger tippet
sizes won't pass through the eyes of tiny hooks, so that is one physical restriction you have
to pay attention to.
We suggest nothing any lighter than a 5 weight, floating fly line to deliver even the midge
imitations. Many anglers prefer to use something heavier when fishing dropper fly rigs so
you may want to also have a 6 weight fly line rigged up for that. It too should be a floating
line. There are some that would want to use a 7 weight fly line to deliver their large streamer
flies although you don't necessarily have to use this line size. You may also consider sinking
tip lines for some of your flies. It is possible to use a sinking line but we generally don't think
they are necessary.
We recommend a rod for each of the above fly line sizes provided you choose to use all
three of them. The 5 weight fly rod should be nine foot long and have a medium to medium
fast action. The 6 weight rod would also be best in a nine foot length but it would need to be
a little stiffer at the tip. We suggest a medium fast to fast action rod for it.
The main concern with the fly reels used for each of the line sizes above you choose to use,
is the drag. It needs to be a very good one. The smoother, the better, especially when you
are fishing tiny midges. You cannot apply very much pressure to the trout and you don't
want the drag to abruptly change settings or run out line roughly. You need to use quality
reels on this lake (tailwater) because the fish can run very large.
You will need leaders ranging from nine to twelve feet in length. They should range in sizes
from 0X for larger streamers up to 6X for small flies.
We recommend you have extra tippet material in sizes from 0X to 6X.
We recommend a landing net. You don't want to catch a trophy brown trout and loose it at
your feet trying to lip the fish.
A wading staff is an optional item to have but it would be a good idea, especially if you get
caught in fast rising water. Pay careful attention to the water levels and warning horn and
this should never happen.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" Scud and Sow Bug flies. They are the most imitative and
effective flies you can purchase. Also, our selection of midge larva, pupa and adults is a
very good one. We think our streamers are as good as they get. The Brown Sculpin is a
great fly to use on Taneycomo. If you haven't done so already, please give them a try. You
will be glad you did.
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