Fly-Fishing Equipment List

Fisherman

Tailwater Hook-Up

What to Bring

Standard Trout Equipment is all that is required for a fly fishing trip to south-east British Columbia and south-west Alberta, breathable waders are a must, along with the technical clothing to go along with the system. Summer time temperatures average around 70+ degrees allowing for wet wading during the day, however it does cool at night.

Fly Fishing Rods

  1. Dry Fly Rod: 7 &1/2 to 9 foot – 2-5wt
  2. Nymph Rod: 9 foot – 4-6wt
  3. Streamer Rod: 9 foot -6 or 7 wt

Reels and Flylines

Standard Trout reels with a minimum of 50 yards of backing Weight Forward Floating lines for all the above A 10ft. sink tip is also recommended for your Streamer rod.

  1. Polarized sun glasses
  2. Rain gear
  3. Fleece jacket and pants
  4. Wet wading gear
  5. Breathable waders
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Camera and film
  8. Personal items
  9. Great attitude!

Foam flies are popular on The Elk River

Foam flies are popular on The Elk River

Alberta & B.C.  Basic Pattern List

The patterns listed below have proved successful over the course of several seasons consult our hatch chart for more information and timings of hatches.

Dry Flies Imitates
Elk Hair Caddis (Tan) #14-18) Caddis, Stone Flies, Hoppers
C.D.C. Caddis   (tan) (14-18) Caddis Stone Flies, Hoppers
Parachute Adams #10-#18 All Mayflies & Midges
P.M.D Compara Dun #16-#18 B.W.O., P.M.D. and Red Quills
H&L Variant #10-#18 All Mayflies
Royal Wulfs #8-#18 All Mayflies
D.B.O Emerger #12-#18 Mayflies & Midges
Parachute Green Drake #10-#14 Green Drakes & Flavs
Fat Alberts (tan &Black) #8–#14 Terrestrials & Stoneflies
Noble Chernobyl (Tan &Red) #8-#14 Terrestrials, Stoneflies & October Caddis
Chernobyl Ants   (Yellow, Gold, Black) Terrestrials, Stoneflies & October Caddis
PMX (yellow, olive, lime)  #10—-#16 Terrestrials, Stoneflies & October Caddis
Stimulators   (Royal, Yellow, Orange) #10-#16 Terrestrials, Stoneflies & October Caddis
Red and Black Flying Ants #14 -#18 Ants, Caddis Small Stoneflies
Foam Beetles  #14-#18 Beetles & Caddis
Foam Ants #14-#18 (Black) Ants, Stoneflies & Caddis
C.D.C. Ants #16-#20 Ants, Caddis, small Stoneflies &Midges
Foam Hoppers #8—#10 Hoppers &Stoneflies
Nymphs & Emergers Imitates
Olive floating Nymph #10-#18 All Mayflies including Green Drake
C.D.C. Olive Emerger patterns #14-#18 All Mayflies
San Juan Worms #8-#14 Aquatic Worms
D.B.O. Super Brassy #14-#16 Midge &Caddis larvae
D.B.O Y2K Bug     #14-#16 Caddis Pupa
B/H Pheasant tail   #12–#18 Mayfly and Stonefly Nymphs
Copper Johns (Red and Black) #10-#18 Mayfly &Stonefly Nymphs
Sawyers Pheasant Tail #16-#1 B.W.O and P.M.D Nymphs
Streamers Imitates
Black & White Marabou Clouser #4 -#6 Leeches & Baitfish
Pink and White Marabou Clouser #4-#6 who knows! They love it
Big Horn Buggers  #4-#8 Sculpins & Leeches
Bow River Buggers (Black, Brown, Olive,& White) #2-#4 Sculpins
Cone Head Yellow Yummies #4-#6 ??????
Cone Head Buggers (Brown, Black, Olive) #4-#8 Leeches, Sculpins, Stoneflies,
Orvis 2018
Orvis Endorsed FF Outfitter
Orvis Endorsed WS Outfitter
Orvis 2016 Endorsed WS Guide

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