Gear and equipment
Over the years we have found several fly lines that work best for taimen and are suited to casting the larger fly patterns we use to catch them. For single handed rods, our favorite line is Rio’s Outbound (coldwater. It has a fatter head than most lines allowing the angler to turn over large flies easily. For two handed rods, the Rio Skagit
Flight head with 30 pound running lines seems to workthe best.
For taimen we recommend 8,9 or 10 weight and also floating, sink-tip and sinking lines (t-200, t-300) and for Lenok a 3, 4 or 5 and floating line only.
Guides will have all the leader and tippet that you will need for fishing.
All flies, tippet, and leaders are included in package price however, if you would like to bring some of your own flies, we suggest the following:
For Lenok take summer/fall Montana trout selection:
Dave’s hoppers size 6,8,10
Cricket patterns size 6,8,10
Caddis 12, 14
Assorted attractor dries 12, 14
A basic selection of attractor nymphs 10, 12, 14
For Taimen (no stainless steel hooks, please)
Lefty’s Deceiver size 2/0 - 4/0
Lead eye bunny patterns 2/0 - 4/0
Woolly buggers size 2 - 6
Mice patterns 1/0, 2/0