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Fly-Fishing Gear and Tackle List

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Fly-Fishing Equipment Recommendations:
A minimum of two fly rods – an 8 weight and a 9 weight – will cover your fly equipment needs in Ascension Bay. A complete series of 6 to 10 weight fly rods allows you to more specifically face all possible fishing and weather conditions. Don’t forget you can rent or buy what you need in the lodge shop.

Fly-Fishing Equipment for Permit:
• Rod: 8 to 10 wt, 9 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater
• Reel: 8 to 10 wt, designed for saltwater with good disc brake, capacity 250 yards of 20 wt backing
• Line: 8 to 10 wt, WFF (weight forward, floating, tapered), designed for warm saltwater
• Leader: 9 to 12 foot tapered 12 to 20 wt, suggested fluorocarbon due to shallow water
• Flies: Velcro Crab, Tan Ultra Shrimp, Rag Head Crab, Fuzzy Crab on #2 to #4 saltwater hooks
• Fly colors: Light colors like sand, orange, coffee, gold, pearl, olive

Fly-Fishing Equipment for Bonefish:
• Rod: 6 to 8 wt, 9 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater
• Reel: 6 to 8 wt, designed for saltwater with good disc brake, capacity 200 yards of 20 wt backing
• Line: 6 to 8 wt, WFF (weight forward, floating, tapered), designed for warm saltwater
• Leader: 9 to 12 foot tapered 8 to 12 wt, suggested fluorocarbon due to shallow water
• Flies: Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bone Bitters, Bone Special, Shrimp Pattern on #6 to #8 saltwater hooks
• Fly colors: Light colors like sand, pink, gold, pearl, olive, brown

Fly-Fishing Equipment for Tarpon:
• Rod: 9 to 11 wt, 9 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater
• Reel: 9 to 11 wt, designed for saltwater with good disc brake, capacity 250 yards of 30 wt backing
• Line: 9 to 11 wt, WFF (weight forward, floating, tapered) or WFI (weight forward, intermediate), designed for warm saltwater
• Leader: 6 to 8 foot tapered 20 to 25 wt, with 15 to 20 inches of 60 to 90 wt hard shock tippet
• Flies: Sea Bunny, Purple & Black Death, Cockroach, Tropical Punch, Popper on #2/0 to #4/0 saltwater hooks
• Fly colors: Strong colors like red, white, purple, black, striped brown, green, silver

Fly-Fishing Equipment for Snook:
• Rod: 8 to 10 wt, 9 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater
• Reel: 8 to 10 wt, designed for saltwater with good disc brake, capacity 250 yards of 20 wt backing
• Line: 8 to 10 wt, WFF (weight forward, floating, tapered) or WFI (weight forward, intermediate), designed for warm saltwater
• Leader: 6 to 8 foot tapered 20 to 25 wt, with 15 to 20 inches of 50 to 70 wt hard shock tippet
• Flies: Deceiver, Seducer, Cockroach, Closer Minnow, Popper on #2 to #2/0 saltwater hooks
• Fly colors: Strong colors like red, orange, yellow, white, black, striped brown, silver, green

Accessories and tackle lists:

Accessories list

Spinning equipment list