What do I bring?

What to pack for a trip to Western Montana depends somewhat on when you visit. But generally, it’s good to live by the Boy Scout motto and "Be Prepared".  BRO provides all rods, reels, leader, tippet and flies.  Feel free to bring your own gear if you would prefer (suggested fishing gear list below)

Day Trip Packing List Essentials

Rainjacket - good, quality, waterproof coat - "slickers" do not get the job done in extreme rain storms

Polarized sunglasses - a must for eye protection

Brimmed hat or cap - protects head and face from sun exposure and also rogue flies

Warm jacket or sweatshirt - an essential part of a layering system cold mornings or unexpected cold weather

Sun protection - buffs, sun hoodys, lightweight long pants, sunscreen and UPF lip balm. Nothing is worse than sitting out a fishing day because you got sunburnt

***Our guides usually have extra clothing for extreme weather changes, but it's not a guarantee they will have something that fits you. This list is a good example of what you should have with you during a guided trip...hopefully it just stays in the boat's dry box for the duration of your time on the river.

If you’re doing an overnight or multi-day trip, the expanded list below has most of what you need to bring.

Come prepared

Our recommendations

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Overnight and Multi-Day Trip Packing List

Personal Clothing

First and foremost — QUALITY RAIN GEAR! (We’ve seen it make or break many a trip.) A waterproof jacket and waders are your best option. We prefer lightweight, breathable chest-highs or neoprene waders, rather than hip-highs

Pile/poly propylene under garments for layering insulation

Extra pair of long pants or sweats for camp

Wool sweater and/or pile jacket

Shirts — lightweight for sun (at least one long- and one short-sleeved)

Hats — one for shade and one for warmth, preferably that covers the ears

Gloves — wool or pile – fingerless are nice for your time fishing, fingers are better for camp

Swim suit or quick-dry shorts

Personal Hygiene

Biodegradable soap and shampoo

Toothbrush, paste and floss.

Prescription medications, along with aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen

Sunscreen (SPF-15 or better)

Bug spray

Towel

Camping Kit

Small pillow with case (or use your stuff sack with clothes)

Water resistant camera, film and batteries

Water resistant binoculars for critter viewing

Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries

A small dry bag for camera, binoculars and other gear

Fishing Gear

BRO provides all fishing equipment, but you're welcome to bring your own along as well

Fly rods — a 9' 5WT is our do it all rod. Medium to fast action rods will be best for most of our fishing; foam dries, dry-dropper fishing and nymphing. A 6WT is useful for large foam dries, small streamers, heavy nymph rigs and punching bugs through the afternoon wind. Bring a 7WT if you plan to fish large articulated streamers or heavy sink tips. 8-9WT for those chasing Pike.

Reels — any single action, lightweight fly reel spooled with a rod-weight matching weight-forward floating line will work

Leaders & Tippet— 3X, 4X and 5X will cover 90% of our fishing applications. A 9' 4X leader is our go to for small dries (#12 and smaller). We generally use a 7.5' 3X leader for dry-dropper set ups. 1X-2X is great for punching out large, wind resistant dries (think #4 salmonfly dries). Fluorocarbon tippet is great for nymphing due to its clarity and abrassion resistance, but you can get away with your regular nylon tippet. Don't drop lower than 10lb for streamers. We recommend a 4-5' 12lb tapered leader with a sink tip fly line, lengthen the leader if you are fishing streamers on a floating line. Leave the 6X at home

Quality polarized sunglasses so you can see your bug and the fish, and to protect your eyeballs from errant flies

Flies — we recommend that we bring the bugs to suit the conditions. If you tie your own, call us for recommended patterns. We also offer staff-selected fly assortments- just let us know when and where you plan to fish

Accessories — floatant, split shot, tippet, clippers, etc. will be provided by the guides, but you can bring your own to be a bit more self-sufficient

Rods, reel & more

Fishing Essentials

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