Montana Fly Fishing Pack List

Montana Fly Fishing Pack List

Headed to Big Sky Country for some fly fishing? Make sure you’re packing the proper gear so you can make the most of your experience. As one of Montana’s best fly shops and fly fishing outfitters, we’ve learned a lot over the years and know exactly what will keep you comfortable while you’re here. Our Montana fly fishing pack list will help you make the most of your trip!


If you’re looking for a Missoula guided fly trip, join us on Montana’s best rivers. We have years of experience guiding the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot Rivers. We provide the gear you’ll need, but you’ll still want to bring the appropriate clothing we have listed here.


Check out our other guides to Montana fly fishing here.


Clothing (Summer)

  1. Synthetic long or short sleeve shirt
  2. Quick drying pants or shorts
  3. Sandals or wading boots with neoprene guard socks (shoes you don’t mind getting wet)
  4. Ball Cap or Wide Brimmed Hat
  5. Neck Gaiter (Buff or similar)
  6. Packable Raincoat

Clothing (Spring or Fall)

  1. Base Layers (Wool or synthetic)
  2. Fleece Pants
  3. Fleece Jacket or Pullover or Vest
  4. Down or Synthetic Puffy Jacket
  5. Wool or Synthetic mid to heavy weight socks
  6. Breathable Waders
  7. Non Studded Wading Boots (if you’re floating) anything for wading
  8. Stocking Cap (Wool is best)
  9. Fingerless Gloves
  10. Rain Jacket

Gear (Most of this gear is provided on our guide trips)

  1. 5 or 6 weight 9ft rods
  2. Comparable reel with 5 or 6 weight weight forward lines
  3. 9ft 3x – 4x leaders (High water times you can get away with 2x leaders)
  4. 3x-5x tippet
  5. Streamer fishermen 12-15 lb. flourocarbon
  6. Flies for the season (Give us a call before you come out)
  7. Floatant
  8. Bobbers aka “strike indicators”
  9. A good hip, chest, sling pack or vest that will keep things organized
  10. Polarized sunglasses


Other Random Items You’ll Probably Wish You’d Packed

  1.  Camera
  2. Dry bag or waterproof gear bag
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Chapstick
  5. Duct Tape
  6. Stripping Guards
  7. Sun Gloves
  8. First Aid Kit (All our guides carry these in their boats)

This is your Montana fly fishing pack list.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call (406) 721-8996

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