What to bring

The perfect trip begins before you even leave home with smart planning.

We want to help make it easy, so here’s a check list of items you’ll want to make sure you pack. It’s not comprehensive – just the basics – so make sure to put some thought into packing! If there’s something on this list you don’t have, or you forget something, don’t worry, you can pick it up in our fly shop when you get here.

  • Ideally you should have two separate outfits set up for float fishing. A 8 ½ or 9 foot, 5 weight rod with a floating line for dries and a 9 foot, 6 weight rod for fishing streamers or nymphs with a weight forward sink-tip line.

  • Breathable waders with felt soled wading shoes or sandals are recommended. Water temperatures rise only to the low 60’s during the hottest part of the summer; wet wading with shorts and sandals at that time may be comfortable only until dusk, as air temperatures cool rapidly.

  • A warm sweater, fleece or long sleeved shirt are very welcome when the sun goes down.

  • Early and late in the season be sure to bring fleece or long underwear.

  • Biting insects are not a problem on the Kootenai but can be menacing on some of the other smaller streams and lakes.

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Raincoat
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