Smith River Trip Packing List

Packing List for Smith River Trips

NOTE: Please pack as compact as possible due to limited space on the gear rafts. Make sure to have warm layered clothes even in the summer. 

Camp Gear Provided by Montana Angler:

  • all meals once in camp
  • all beverages
  • Sleeping Bags (professionally laundered after each trip)
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Pillows
  • Cots
  • Camp Shower (we provide shampoo)
  • Towel
  • Sleeping Tents (max 2 guests per tent)
  • Hand wash station, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc
  • Large 110L dry bag for your personal items not needed while fishing
  • Smaller 30L dry bag for items you may need while on the river fishing

Fishing Gear by Montana Angler:

  • fly rods
  • flies, leaders, tippet and all other fishing tackle
  • we provide one water bottle for your use on the trip which you can refill as needed
  • ***we recommend waders for most trips, we can rent these at added cost***

Personal Gear to Pack:

  • Small flashlight
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, glasses/contacts/medications, etc)
  • 2 trash bags for dirty clothes (to separate them in your dry bag)
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Sun Screen
  • Phone or Camera for Photos 

Recommended Clothing:

  • Sandals (not flip flops) for on the river
  • Sun Protection (hat with a brim, consider clothing good for sun protection such as quick dry long sleeve shirts, pants, buffs, sun gloves, etc)
  • Rain coat and rain pants
  • soft duffels or trash bags to separate your clothes in your dry bag (hard luggage stays in guide vehicles for after the trip)
  • Comfortable shoes like sneakers for in camp
  • Layers of clothing for camp and river (fleece, etc.)
  • Quick dry, breathable clothing for on the river
  • Pair of long underwear (maybe 2 for spring or fall trips)
  • Gloves and warm hat for early spring, fall or winter trips
  • Swimsuit if weather permits

Montana Fishing License:

  • MT fishing licenses can be purchased online - see our fishing license page for information
  • If you arrive early before your trip you can also purchase them at our fly shop at 435 E. Main Street in Downtown Bozeman

Optional Fishing Gear (NOTE - we provide ALL fishing tackle and can rent waders if needed. This list is ONLY for those that choose to bring their own fishing gear):

  • Waders (recommended for all Smith Trips - we can rent if needed)
  • Wading boots (NO studded boots, they cause damage to the boats)
  • Fishing Vest or Pack
  • 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)