Montana Fishing Packing List

Packing Lists (scroll down to see river camping list)

Standard Packing List (day trips and all lodging packages)

Personal Gear:

_____Polarized Sunglasses                               _____Rain Gear

_____Hat                                                          _____Sun Screen

_____Camera                                                   _____Gloves (spring/fall)

_____Layers of clothing (fleece, etc.)                _____Swimsuit (for some hotels/lodges) 

Fishing Gear (if you are new to fly fishing just show up! Rods are included, waders can be rented and all flies and leaders are included on most trips)

_____Waders (non studded boots for floats)      _____Fishing Vest

_____Clippers & Forceps                                   _____Leaders 9'- 3x,4x 

_____*Strike Indicators                                      _____*Tippet Material 3x,4x,5x most common

_____*Split Shot B,BB                                         _____ Dry Fly Floatant

_____ Fly Boxes                                                 _____ Wading Staff (optional)

_____ *5 or 6 wt fly rod (most commonly used)

*supplied by guide on guided fishing trips. 
We also have rods and reel available for guests at no charge!
We recommend cash tips for guides

Gear list for overnight camping trips on the Smith, Yellowstone and Madison Rivers

For daily on the river:
Polarized glasses
Sun hat
Waders and non studded boots (if wet wading a pair of rain pants) - waders often not needed in mid summer but are recommended on Smith river trips
Fishing rods and reels (provided if you do not have your own)
Comfortable fishing clothes
Light jacket or fleece
Rain jacket with hood
Some small bag/pack or fishing vest to conveniently carry odds and ends

For camp:
Clothing: Montana has a highly variable climate, expect the best but prepare for the worst. Bring clothes to be comfortable from 30-90 degrees and enough clothes that if you wear everything you can survive a snowstorm (unlikely event but entirely possible, this is Montana!). A warm winter hat and gloves along with a nice warm fleece with a down vest or equivalent is great for camp after dark.

In addition to "camp" clothes I always bring a warm hat, light gloves and a fleece jacket, and comfortable pair of camp shoes that will get dewy in the morning if not rained on in the evening. A small flashlight with fresh batteries is also helpful for late night visits to the brush. A camp towel or other small towel if you'll be taking a refreshing dip in the river to clean up or avail yourself of the shower.

Included on Overnight River Trips: flies, leaders, camping pads, cots, tents and sleeping bags. If you are scheduled for a Smith River trip or a spring/fall overnight we can rent waders if needed. Waders are generally not needed for mid summer trips