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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies - Wenatchee River Washington
The fly line we recommend for Wenatchee River 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.
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.
The wading boots you use are very important. Both cleats and rubber/felt bottoms are used.
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. 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 hexigenia 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. Next time you fish the Wenatchee River,
give us a call or send us an email. We'll be glad to help you any way we can.
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