The following are our suggestions and we are happy to answer any questions you might have. First, we’d like to suggest that you bring at least two fly rods. The camp will have few sets of spare gear, but having an extra rod is always a good idea. 4pc rods are also easier to travel with than 2 piece rods.
Rods should be 8 1/2′ – 10′ designed for 7 – 9 weight floating lines. If you use a two handed rod, the Flowers is an ideal spot for you. Rarely do we have a problem with close quarters for back casts and, under average water conditions, we have some pretty large pools.
Two-handed rods, including switch and Spey rods, are useful on some pools. Rods ranging from 10 1/2′ – 13′, casting light Scandi heads in the 390-480 gran weights, are the most useful. Our pools are very “quiet”, so touch-and-go Scandi casts are favoured over the skagit style, water-born casts.
Reels should have a good drag system and should be outfitted with a minimum of 100 yards of backing, 200 would be better.
Floating fly lines are the norm and, again, 7-9 weights matched to your rod are ideal.
Leaders again are a personal thing, in that some anglers choose to use tapered leaders and some use straight. You should have 6 – 12 pound tippet, which will provide for whatever the water conditions are when you arrive. Tapered or not tapered is up to you, keeping in mind that tapered leaders are easier to turn over and as such usually lead to a better presentation of the fly.
Waders are an important part of your tackle. Please make sure your waders don’t leak before starting out on your trip. The Flowers is an easy river to wade and most wader soles will work well. Chest waders are preferred over hip waders.
Wading jackets/rain gear. Just as waders are important, so is your rain gear.
There is nothing worse than being cold and miserable on the river. Bring a good set of rain gear or a good quality wading jacket.
The Rest of What to Bring.
Remembering that you are limited to 50 pounds of gear, the following is a checklist of important things to bring, once you have your tackle together:
- ball cap or wide brimmed hat
- insect repellent
- sun screen
- polarized sunglasses
- travel documents
- warm clothing
- reading material
- fly tying gear
Pictured here are most of the popular patterns you’ll need at Flowers River. I say most of the time, because someone always seems to be inventing a new one that works well. Come come equipped with these and you will be good to go.
If you run short or need something special, several of our guides are world class fly tiers who will be happy to sell you flies at the camp. Keep in mind that they spend long days on the river and don’t have that much time to tie, so come prepared and use them for back up.
If you’d like to order flies in advance of your trip, Rob Solo or Daryl Burry would be happy to fill your order and have it waiting at the lodge for you. Please note that fly orders will have to be placed well in advance of the season to insure that your order is ready.