Fly Fishing Clothing
Montana is blessed, or cursed, with highly changeable - and frequently
wet and cold - weather. Now, this wet and cool weather of course is a
good thing for trout fishing, as no water = no trout. However, for the
angler who is visiting Montana for the first time, the changeable nature
of Montana's climate can come as a big surprise if not prepared for it.
As such, unless you plan on doing all your fishing in Montana in late-June
through early-September period (high summer in Montana), the angler needs
to come prepared for ALL, and I do mean ALL, weather conditons. As such,
rainwear is essential.
Wading Jackets - Orvis has a small but nice selection of quality wading jackets and other fishing apparel.
Suggested Clothing for Montana Fishing
To help first time visitors to Montana prepare for the weather, I've
put together this list of clothing that shouldn't be left home - depending,
of course, on when you come to Montana.
- Wading Jacket - Wading jackets are handy even during the summer as
they function as great rain jackets. However, wading jackets really
earn their keep beginning in early September and lasting through most
of June (summer in Montana usually doesn't arrive until July). Wading
jackets combine the versatility and pockets of a fly fishing vest with
the warmth and waterproofing of a rain jacket.
- Fishing Hat - A hat, of whatever kind, is essential
during the summer months - and handy the rest of the year too when
the sun is out. During the late spring and fall, you'll likely want
a stocking or similar type hat too.
- Neoprene Gloves - Neoprene gloves are one of the
greatest inventions ever as they keep the anglers hands warm EVEN when
wet. These gloves are obviously not needed during
the summer months, but for spring and fall fishing anyone who has neoprene
gloves will be very happy they have them. They truly make the difference
between frost-bit hands and hands that are warm, if a bit clamy.
- Fleece Clothing - During the spring and fall, having
something warm on underneath the waters is essential. Moreover, having
on that does not absorb perspiration (your sweat), is of actual more
And to fill this role, fleece clothing (fleece sweater, fleece sweatshirt,
fleece pants) are absolutely perfect to use - as fleece does not
hold and absorb moisture the way cotton does. Fleece also provides
insulation even when wet - and dries out far, far faster than cotton
ever can. Please try to remember this if you plan on fishing during
the spring or fall in Montana - water and cotton do NOT mix.
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