Montana’s fishing and weather conditions are constantly changing. The right gear is critical in this dynamic environment.

These lists are general guidelines for what to bring in preparation for different weather and fishing conditions, but they are not an exhaustive list of fishing gear. It goes without saying to bring your rod, reel and fly box, but we can take care of any flies or other fishing gear you might need right here in Dillon.

In terms of clothing, it’s best to err on the side of caution by bringing several layers. We will always have dry bags to keep your gear in.

Spring (March to June)

Springtime brings Montana weather at its finest; one minute you’re basking in the sun enjoying the emerald hills and snow-capped peaks, and the next minute you’re enduring a squall of snow and rain.

  • Waders & boots
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Raincoat (with hood)
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece or light down jackets
  • A winter hat or hooded shirt
  • Baseball cap or brimmed hat
  • Shorts or light, easily-dryable pants
  • Thin, long-sleeve shirt
  • Sneakers or sandals to put wear to and from fishing
  • Sunscreen

Summer (June to September)

Summers in Montana bring hot and warm days, but at 5,000 feet, mornings and nights can be cool. You will want light clothing for the boat and wet wading, but you should always bring your waders in case you have to wade in deeper, colder water.

  • Waders & boots
  • Raincoat (with hood)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Baseball cap or brimmed hat
  • Shorts or light, easily-dryable pants
  • Thin, long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirt
  • Sandals (with straps) or shoes you can wear in the river
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray

Fall (September to December)

Early fall is some of the best weather of the year. September generally brings lots of sunshine and daytime temps in the 70s, but rain and even snow are not uncommon either. October tends to be cooler, but there are often nice windows of warmer weather in the 60s. We can often count on our first big snowstorm of the year around Halloween heading into November and the first real cold snaps of the year.

  • Waders & boots
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Raincoat (with hood)
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece or light down jackets
  • A winter hat or hooded shirt
  • Baseball cap or brimmed hat
  • Thin, long-sleeve shirt
  • Sneakers or sandals to put wear to and from fishing
  • Sunscreen