A 12’-15’ double handed rod is ideal for Spring and Autumn fishing when large flies and tube flies may be the order of the day.
Smaller double handed rods are generally used during the summer months.
A 9’-10’ # 7/8 single handed rod can also be used and is ideal for low water summer conditions when smaller flies are being used.
There is also a lot of fun to be had with the Switch rod.
Floating lines with various tips work well for most of the year, however when the river is cold or the water is high then the Skagit line and sinking shooting heads work better.
Leader length and breaking strain vary with the size of fly being used and whether you are using a sinking or floating line.
Generally, in the Spring, we use a leader that comes to a point of 15-18 lbs.
In the summer we can go down as low as 8lb tippet when we are using very small flies.