Orvis Guide to Adventure
Visiting Montana - What to Pack
Fly-Fishing Trip Packing List
Traveling to Montana for a fly-fishing trip is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. From crystal clear water, to the wild trout, to the towering glacial peaks, a Montana fly-fishing trip delivers the best of what nature has to offer. And because you'll be surrounded by nature at its best, you'll want to be prepared with the right clothing and gear to make the most of every moment of your trip. Whether fishing with a guide or exploring on your own, a few items are essential for any Montana fishing trip. Here are our suggestions for what to pack for your next fly-fishing adventure in Montana.
Montana weather can change from a morning near freezing, to a sunny, warm afternoon. No matter which season you plan to visit Montana, pack a variety of layers, and dress in multiple layers each day. Depending on the length of your trip, you'll want to bring duplicates or more of each piece of clothing.
While your clothing keeps you comfortable, your accessories will keep you happy. It’s not necessary to pack every comfort of home, but a few small items can make the difference between a great day of fly fishing in Montana and an all-time, best-ever day.
Most guides and lodges in Montana offer rental waders, boots, rods, reels and more included with your trip, or for a small rental fee. When traveling for a guided trip, consider what gear you absolutely need to take with you. Often you’ll find that the guides offer higher end gear than your own. You also don’t want to handicap yourself by fishing technically limited gear, when you could be catching more fish on a guide’s top-of-the-line rod and reel outfit. If not listed on their website, give your guide a call before your trip to discuss which gear to bring and which to leave at home.
If you're bringing fly fishing gear, you may want to pack:
What You Shouldn't Bring on a Guided Fishing Trip
If you've been fishing for a while, packing for your next fly fishing trip to Montana will be a comfortable experience. However, even seasoned Montana travelers may need to be reminded of what to leave home—and it’s more about attitude than physical items. Long says, “I don’t want you to bring your cell phone with you if you are going to sit in the chair in the bow of the boat and trade on the stock market all day. I am not the only guide in Montana who has had this happen, but fishing trips should be for decompression from your normal life. Breathe in and breathe out, watch the eagles and ospreys fly overhead, catch a trout once in awhile, but please keep your cell phones for taking photos and emergencies.”
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