Fly Fishing Tackle List

  • Rods: 7-10 weight rods are the recommended sizes for the different species and conditions. A 9’ 9wt. being the most practical all around rod. 10wt are for the upper-most sector of the river, where shallow pockets among lots of boulders and structure force you to use a rod with more backbone, especially with those 30+lbers!
  • Reels: Any quality reel with a good drag system and at least 100 yards of 30 pound backing.
  • Lines: Most fishing is done with freshwater or saltwater floating lines and lines with built in intermediate tips. Lines like the Rio Saltwater Versi-Tip or a 300 grain saltwater sinking head are handy as well and allow anglers to get down deep when needed. While not mandatory, it can be nice to have two rods rigged, one with a floater and one with a sinking tip.
  • Top 3 lines: Rio Outbound Fresh, Clouser Freshwater and Wulff Ambush.
  • Leaders/Tippet: 9 ft. leaders with 20-60 pound tippet and wire are the norm. Bring along spools of 25, 30 and 40 pound mono as well as 2 spools each of 40 and 60 pound coated wire tippet. With these diameters we typically fashion our own simple leaders. Titanium leaders are also a very good choice.
  • Flies: In general, this trip favors large dark 4-8 inch patterns. However, when the water levels drop and water clarity increases, lighter colored flies become crucial. When a sudden downpour muddies the river, the big dark flies are back in favor. As an absolute minimum, we suggest arriving with 4-6 dozen flies. We will have some flies available for sale, and we do have flies made specifically designed for the rivers you will fish so you will be able to purchase or restock some flies on-site. They run about $10.00 each. Keep in mind if the fishing is constant, you will most likely end up buying 2-3 dozen flies on site with cash. Fishing is mostly done using baitfish imitations. Full black, and combinations of black and red, black/purple or black/green are very effective. The most popular fly used is the Andino Deceiver. It is just like a regular Deceiver but has lead eyes and a muddler head. Another popular fly used is the Lefty’s Deceiver. Small imitation of fruits (figs) and nuts in green and dark patterns are irresistible to yatoranas and if everything comes together, the elusive pacu.

Conventional Gear List

  • Rods: Heavy to Extra Heavy saltwater or freshwater rods. A strong rod is a must to get big fish out of deep holes, logs and rocks.
  • Reels: Big Saltwater or Freshwater reels (ex: Shimano Torsa) with strong drag and good line capacity. Line capacity of at least 150 yards of 25-30 lb line.
  • Line: We recommend 100-150kg braided line. You can also use heavy monofilament. Braided line: At least 150 yards of 100-150kg braided line. Monofilament: At least 150 yards of 80+ lb of monofilament line. This line strength and durability will give you the confidence you need to land your potential IGFA record trophy fish.
  • Hooks and Other Tackle: Heavy gauge, offset Mustad and Gamakatsu 8/0 – 10/0 circle hooks are recommended. This is to increase your hook set ratio, and to limit unnecessary injury to the fish. We like to make our own leaders, so a spool of 150-200lb wire leader, crimps, and swivels are necessary. We will gladly rig them for you.