Fishing Line Recommendations

Rainbow Trout

Because the size of rainbow trout can vary drastically based on where you are fishing and whether or not steelhead are a part of the equation, the line weights can vary drastically based on what you are doing.

Small Lakes, Rivers, Streams (No Steelhead)

Most fish will be smaller, so you won’t need heavy gear.

Spinning Gear

4 to 8 pound line depending on what you are fishing with

Fly Fishing Line Weights

Small Trout (3-4)

Average Size Trout (4-5)

Bigger Trout (5-6)

Bigger Lakes, Rivers with Steelhead

You will be able to catch bigger fish and will be throwing bigger baits and may be trolling.


12 to 20 pound line

Fly Fishing Line Weights

Stay with line weights in the 5 to 6 range.  The smaller fish won’t be as much fun to catch, however, you are most likely fishing for steelhead and you don’t want to lose a big fish.


20 to 30 pound line, some anglers go heavier too.  If you go lighter, you may have a tough time getting a big fish to the boat with how well they fight.