Fall River has fair to good dry fly fishing in the mornings and great nymphing the rest of the day

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Current River Conditions:
Good dry flies to have include Last Chance Cripple Baetis and PMD, Norman's Loop-Wing BWO and a couple Tilt Wing Mahogany Duns. For nymphs, think small and brown. #16-18 Pheasant Tail Nymphs are really all you need. For something different, try a #18 Red Copper John or Pseudo May in brown. The rainbow trout on Fall River are big and fat! Sometimes, tough to catch!

The Fly Shop's  Tips:
The "Fall River Twitch" has been the most effective technique on Fall River for decades. How to: Anchor your pram upstream of rising fish. Cast downstream and across, then feed line out to extend your drift a long ways downstream. The "Fall River Twitch" results in a presentation that lets the fish see your fly first, while you are positions upstream and out of the fished field of view. The Fall River Twitch is equally effective whether fishing dries, swinging nymphs or indicator nymphing. If you're casting to a pod of rising trout, work from the outside in and you can often pick them off one by one. 5-5 wt rods are what we recommend for Fall River, with some anglers using 6 wt rods for casting heavier sinking lines. The Fly Shop recommended fly lines; RIO Gold floating line and an extra spool loaded with RIO CamoLux.

River Fact:
Eurasian Watermillfoil is a threat on this river. Click here to read more about what Eurasian Watermillfoil is, what is being done and why Fall River has a bright future.



• Last Chance Baetis #20
• Tilt Wing Dun PMD #18
• Tilt Wing Dun Mahogany #18
• Last Chance Cripple PMD #18
• Mayfly Cripple Limestone #18
• Mercer's Missing Link
• Norman's Loop Wing BWO #18
• Parachute Adams #18-20

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Pseudo May's Brown #16-18
• Drifting Flashback PT #14-16
• Black Zebra Midge #16-20
• Red Copper John #18
• Zug Bug #14-16
• PT Nymph #14-20
• TB PT Nymph #18
• Norman's Wiggle Tail PT #16-18
• Mercer's Micro May Fly Brown #16

• Zack's Swimming Leech Olive
• Zack's Swimming Leech Black

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