Recommended Gear for Fly Fishing in Montana

Recommended Gear

Here is a list of gear you should bring on your Montana fly fishing trip. We can provide you with a loaner rod and reel if you don’t own one, just let us know.

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Gear List

  • A fly rod and reel. (We have loaner rods if you need one.)
  • Breathable waders and wading boots
  • Extra layers, gloves, brimmed hat
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Sun block
  • Insect Repellant
  • Camera

Choosing a fly rod, reel and line for fly fishing in Montana:

The most commonly used rod / line combinations for catching trout in Montana is 9 to 9.5 foot  5 weight or even better, a 6 weight, loaded with a weight forward floating line. A 9 foot 4 weight is also good for fishing dries on our smaller streams. A sinking tip line is a nice addition to fishing streamers but not absolutely necessary.

Check out our recommendations on fly rod and line combinations: What Fly Rod and line combo do you fish with?  Gear Review Bozeman Reel 527

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FishTales Outfitting LLC is a licensed Outfitter with the State of Montana's Board of Outfitters
and Permittee for the Madison, Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers.

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