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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the Umatilla River Oregon
Steelhead, salmon and rainbow trout fishing on the Umatilla River each require different fly
fishing gear and tackle.
Fly Line:
The fly line we recommend for salmon fishing the Umatilla River should be either an 9 or 10
weight, floating fly line. The fly line we recommend for steelhead fishing should be a 7 or 8  
weight, floating fly line. If you prefer to use a Spey rod, then the line should probably be a 9
weight line made for Spey fishing.
Fly Line Weight:
Adding weight to your fly line is dependant on the flow and depth of the pools you are fishing.
You can add a sink tip line or split shot.
Fly Rod:
The fly rod we recommend for salmon fishing should be an 9 or 10 weight, in a nine foot
length. It is probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
The fly rod we recommend for steelhead fishing is a 7 or 8 weight in a nine foot length. It is
probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
If you prefer to use a Spey Rod, then we suggest a 9 weight, 14 foot length rod. It should be
a medium to fast action rod.
You want a stiff, hard leader material like our Perfect Fly leaders. The size should range from
a minimum of ten pound test up to twelve pound test. They should be nine to fifteen feet long
for a regular fly rod and from ten and a half to fifteen feet for two handed Spey rods. If you
use a sinking fly line, you would want them only about four to six feet long. We have
hand-tied Perfect Fly steelhead leaders.
You want to carry plenty of extra tippet material for ten to twelve pound test. It too should be
hard, stiff material that is abrasive resistance.
Unless you want to fish from the banks in the few areas it is practical, then waders are
necessary.  We suggest them even if you fish from a drift boat.
Wading Boots:
The wading boots you use are very important. Both cleats and rubber/felt bottoms are used.
Landing Net:
A landing net is recommended. The main requirement is that the net should be very large.
The net area should be at least 15 inches wide by 20 inches long. The overall length is
usually around 32 inches.
We have a complete line of flies for steelhead and salmon. We have selected them as the
most popular flies from thousands of patterns that have been developed over the years. We
have some of our own Perfect Fly steelhead and salmon patterns. They imitate the
mayfly nymph,
 certain caddisfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and fish roe or eggs that are
found in the river throughout the year. We also have a full line of popular wet flies, egg flies,
Spey flies that are very popular. We hope you will give our flies a try. We have customers
who have used our flies on the John Day River with success and hope that you will give them
an opportunity to perform for you.

For Trout:
Fly Line:
We recommend either a 4 or 5 weight floating line for the Umatilla River trout. Some anglers
may prefer to use a 6 weight fly line for their nymphs and streamer fishing, but it wouldn't be
absolutely necessary.
Fly Rod:
We recommend a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium fast
to fast action.
Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth. A
disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.
You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length for the Umatilla River. I suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges, in
the various lengths.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for the Umatilla River. We prefer the breathable type. You may want
neoprene waders during cold weather.
Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best.
Landing Net:
A landing net is purely optional.
Trout Flies:
We definitely recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. They are by far the best flies for the
Umatilla River because they are the most realistic flies you can purchase. We have
imitations of every  insect and other trout food that is present in this stream and in all stages
of life that is applicable. If you haven't done so already, we ask you to give them a try. We
know you will not be disappointed.
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1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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