You’ve done your research, your flights are booked, and your Montana fly fishing adventure awaits. Below are a few quick packing suggestions for your time in the Big Sky state.
Montana weather can be difficult to predict and we always recommend coming prepared with gear for every condition. Mornings and evenings are typically cool, with warmer weather during the day out on the water. With the potential for weather conditions from nearly every season of the year in a single day we recommend packing layers to be able to adjust with the changing temperatures. The pro shop at our lodge carries hats and shirts and a few other smaller items, and the Kingfisher Fly Shop is our recommended local fly shop for all other gear and necessities!
- Polarized sunglasses and hat – Polarized sunglasses and a hat are critical things to remember while packing; not only to help you see better out on the water, but also for safety. We won’t name any names, but we’ve had a few errant casts where a pair of sunglasses saved the day. Polarized sunglasses also reduce glare and help you spot that lingering trout that your guide keeps claiming is at 2 o’clock. On the note of safety, sunscreen is important to toss in the bag as well. Your guide will likely have some on hand should you forget.
- Quick dry / lightweight pants and shirts – Long sleeve shirts and pants help to protect you from the sun and any insects, while also keeping you cool. In the heat of the summer this outfit also works well for wet wading, or under waders on a rainy day.
- Rain gear – Again, Montana weather is difficult to predict and it’s always a good idea to bring along rain gear and an extra layer just in case. It’s just a theory, but one way to increase your chances of a storm on a blue bird day is to not bring a rain jacket. Your guide will have a spot for you to store your extra gear on the boat throughout the day.
- Small backpack / Waterproof gear bag – A small backpack or gear bag is the perfect place for the rain gear that you’re sure to pack, and any other small necessities you’d like to take with you on the water. Bringing one along lets you keep your license, cell phone, any potential medications, and other items together in one convenient location.
- Camera – Most important is to have fun and make memories while out on the water. Your guide will have dry storage available should you wish to bring a camera or cell phone along to capture the moment!
We look forward to sharing our water with you!