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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Vermillion River in
We recommend a 4 weight or lighter floating fly line for the brook trout. A 5 weight, floating fly
line is probably best for dry flies and lighter nymphs when you are fishing for the browns. We
recommend a 6 weight, floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers.
Your leaders should range in sizes from a 1X for streamers up to a 7X for midges and small
dry flies. You should carry them in lengths in 9 feet and 12 feet in length. Nine foot would
probably be the most used length. You may want some shorter lengths for streamers.
You should have extra tippet material ranging from 1X to 7X.
If you choose to use a 4 weight line or lighter one for the brook trout, then we would suggest
a 4 weight (or lighter) fly rod of a medium fast action that ranges from eight to eight and a half
feet long. The rod for the 5 weight line should be a medium fast action rod, depending on
your preference from eight and one-half up to nine feet long. The 6 weight rod should have a
good backbone and a little stiffer tip for nymph fishing. We would suggest a nine foot, fast
action rod for it.
The reel for the 4 weight fly line can be a clicker type drag. You can hand line all the small
trout. The 5 and 6 weight reels should have good drags, preferably disc drags that will adjust
in fine increments. You could use reels with different spool sizes, of course.
We recommend waders anytime you are fishing the Vermillion River. Breathable waders are
our preference but you may want to have neoprene waders if you fish in the cold winter.
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. You may want to consider the new rubber
sole boots that help prevent the spread of Didymo but we have not tested them on this
We recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. The wild brown trout are very selective at times and
realistic imitations are a big help. We have imitations of all the trout food in the Vermillion
River. This includes insects in the various stages of life. If you haven't already tried our flies,
we certainly hope you will. They have proven extremely effective on trough to fish streams
from coast to coast.
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