Glacier Park Collection

What To Wear

Dress according to weather and water conditions. On a sunny day, wear shorts, a synthetic fishing shirt and a hat, along with shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet.

Early in the season or on cooler days, wool or fleece shirts and hats will make your fishing adventure more enjoyable. Complimentary waders and wading boots are available in inclement weather.

We recommend bringing your own wet weather gear.

Great Bear Wilderness Fishing Trips

Your trip starts with a 5.5-mile hike into the wilderness on the Granite Creek trail. There are a few small, shallow creek crossings along the trail that may get your shoes or hiking boots wet depending on the time of year. Once at the river, the remaining days are spent floating, walking and wading down river.

What to Bring

You’re welcome to bring your own fishing equipment if you have it. If you don’t, we will provide all the necessary equipment. A Montana fishing license is required and is available for purchase at the Glacier Anglers Fly Shop at Paddle Ridge.

Glacier Anglers provides Coast Guard approved life jackets for all guided trips.

Generally, don’t take anything with you on the river that can’t get wet. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, be sure to bring along a retainer to hold them on (available for purchase in our store).

Bottled water is recommended on hot days.

Bring along a towel and dry clothing to change into after the trip. We recommend locking both in your vehicle and leaving car keys in our office for safekeeping.

Multi-Day Fishing Trips Packing List

  • Meals, from lunch on the first day through lunch on the final day.
  • Waterproof bags for your personal gear (one large dry bag per person which is not accessible during day and one small bag per boat which will be accessible during the day). *Personal clothing and gear should weigh less than 40 lb total.*
  • Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads (Big Agnes, Sierra Designs, REI, Kelty, AIRE).
  • Coast Guard approved Type V Personal Floatation Devices (life jackets).
  • Fly Rods (9’ 4-5 wt. 4 pc fly rods).
  • Flies (Western trout patterns, caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, humpies and hoppers, sizes 12-16).
  • Extra leader, tippet (9’ 3x – 5x).
  • Fly floatant, hemostats and nippers.
  • Your guide will have a net.
  • Waterproof rain jacket (ponchos or vinyl raingear are not sufficient)
  • Lightweight fleece jacket.
  • One to three T-shirts.
  • One to two long-sleeved shirts (sun protection).
  • One set of synthetic thermal underwear, top and bottom.
  • One pair of pants (for use at camp).
  • Two pairs of shorts (one for the river and one for camp).
  • Swimsuit.
  • One to two pairs of wool or polypropylene (polypro) socks.
  • One pair of camp shoes (for use around camp and short hikes).
  • One pair of river shoes (Chaco, Keen, Teva, old tennis shoes). If you prefer to use your wading boots instead of river shoes, we recommend having gravel guards.
  • One hat (sun protection).
  • One pair of gloves (fleece, wool or neoprene).
  • Wash cloth and towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Soap and shampoo (biodegradable).
  • Medications.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotion and insect repellent.
  • Sunglass and eyeglass retention strap.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Fishing vest, chest pack or fishing lanyard. (Our guides will have all necessary fly fishing gear on them. If you prefer to be self-sufficient, bringing a set of nippers, clamps, floatant or other pertinent fly fishing gear is recommended).
  • Water bottle.
  • Small daypack or fanny pack.
  • Camera, binoculars. (We have water resistant containers for storage, but you will still want to bring a protective/padded case).
  • Any preferred snacks, alcoholic beverages or carbonated beverages (cans or plastic bottles only).
  • Waders not required.
  • If you have any questions on clothing or gear to bring, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to guiding your multi-day adventure. 
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