James Marsh fishing Whitewater River
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear for the Whitewater River in Minnesota
As you can see in the above picture, most of the trout in the Whitewater River are small.
Twelve to fourteen inch trout are commonly caught, however. Tackle wise, you still better be
prepared for that occasional big brown trout. They grow well over twenty inches and rare ones
even much larger so you don't want to have too light of gear.

Fly Line:
We recommend a 4 or a 5 weight, floating fly line for dry flies and lighter nymphs and a 6
weight fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers.  

Your leaders should range in sizes from a 1X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. You should carry them in lengths ranging from seven and one-half feet, up to 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 6X.

Fly Rods:
If you choose to use a 4 weight line, then we would suggest a 4 weight fly rod of a medium fast
to fast action that is nine feet long. The rod for the 5 weight line should be a medium to
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 medium fast to fast action rod for it.

Fly Reels:
The reels for the 4, 5, 6 weight lines should have good drags, preferably disc drags that will
adjust in fine increments. You don't want to loose a nice brown trout because of a poor or
rough operating drag. You could use reels with different spool sizes, of course.

We recommend waders anytime you are fishing the Whitewater River. Breathable waders are
preferred but you may want to have a neoprene pair if you fish in the winter.

Wading Boots:
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 river.

Trout Flies:
As always, we recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We suggest you have a good selection of
streamers. If you haven't already tried our flies, we certainly hope you will. We are so confident
you will like them we guarantee your satisfaction.
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