Sample Fly Fishing Packing List

The information below is a generalized packing list that you may find helpful in planning your next trip. It is not comprehensive and includes gear recommended both for warm weather and cold weather trips. Please be sure to get specific information on your destination before deciding what to take or leave behind.

Clothing:
  • Waterproof/breathable raincoat
  • Rain pants (for boat fishing, wet wading)
  • Short sleeve microfiber shirt
  • Lightweight breathable long sleeved shirt with spf of 15+
  • Quick drying nylon pants (for sun protection, wet wading)
  • Moisture wicking underwear (capilene or a similar material)
  • Capilene long underwear top
  • Capilene long underwear bottoms (for cooler weather or for use under gore tex waders)
  • Fleece pants (for cool weather or for use under gore tex waders)
  • Lightweight socks
  • Warm, breathable socks (for cool weather and for wading)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Warm cap
  • Hat with a full brim or neck guard
  • Quick drying nylon shorts
  • Bandana or lightweight balaclava/face mask for sun protection
  • Sun gloves
  • Swimming suit
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable clothing for travel and after fishing
Fishing Equipment:
  • Vest or fishing pack
  • Fly rods (Bring at least 2 in case you break one. Multi-piece travel rods are much easier to travel with than 2-piece rods.)
  • Fly reels
  • Fly lines
  • Line cleaner
  • Fly boxes
  • Flies
  • Dry shake
  • Floatant
  • Tippet
  • Extra leaders/leader material
  • Nail knot tool
  • Clippers
  • Pliers or forceps/hemostats
  • Split shot
  • Strike indicators
  • Fishing tape measure
  • Waders
  • Wading staff (for faster rivers)
  • Net with quick release lanyard
  • Gravel guards
  • Wading belt
  • Wading boots
  • Wading sandals
Miscellaneous Items:
  • Passport
  • Dictionary (translation) or smartphone app
  • Toiletries
  • Polarized sunglasses (amber is an excellent color choice)
  • Sunscreens (SPF 15+)
  • Zinc oxide sunblock for lips and nose
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • ThermaCell for areas where the insects are particularly bad
  • Camera with extra memory card and batteries
  • Charging cables for phone, camera etc.
  • Dry bag - for camera, extra clothing, etc.
  • Disposable lighters/ waterproof matches
  • Cash for tips, spending money
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Required licenses/permits (Many US fishing licenses can be purchased online)
  • Chemical handwarmers
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Reading materials
  • Writing materials
  • Maps and/or tide charts for the local area - or smarthpone apps
Backountry Overnight Trips:
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent/tarp
  • Stuff sacks
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Water filter/purifier
  • Camping stove
  • Cooking equipment
  • Extra fuel
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Flashlight
  • Nylon cord
  • Food
  • Hiking boots
  • Camp shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Maps
  • Compass

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