Originally Posted by G Whiz
Headed up to Coloma, CA to fish the South Fork American River and practice fly fishing. However, I having "NO" experience on what to use, what type of rod to purchase, what type of line to use and most importantly, which fly patterns to purchase.
I know I should practice on casting, but it would be fun to actually catch something; and not look out of place with the wrong gear.
Any advice would be helpful.
BTW: If anyone lives up there or is going to be in the area, it would be great to hook up...
The South Fork of the American is pretty much in my backyard, but I don't fish it as much as I used to. A 9 foot 4 or 5 weight will cover your needs. Use 9 foot leaders 4x leaders. You can taper as small as 6x on your tippet end.
As for flies, a standard Sierra fly box will get you by.
Adams (12 to 18)
Blue Wing Olives (16, 18)
Pale Morning Duns (16, 18)
Elk Hair Caddis (tan, olive, 12 to 16)
Stimulators (gold 10, 12, black 16, orange 8, 10)
Caddis Pupa (green, tan, 12, 14)
Golden Stonefly (8, 10)
Brown Rubberlegs Stonefly (8)
Hare's Ear (12 to 16)
Pheasant Tail (12 to 16)
AP Nymph (16)
Woolly Bugger (olive, black, brown, 8 to 12)
You are best fishing it in the latter part of the day. The flows are higher in the morning and afternoon for the rafters. The fishing has slowed down over the past few days. It has been hot (100 plus degree days) in the Coloma Valley. By the time the weekend starts with cooler temperatures, fishing should be back to normal.