What to Bring on the Smith River

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Personal Hygiene
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Personal towel/washcloth
  • Handi-wipes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Socks (Poly Pro or wool, NO COTTON)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight shirts
  • 2 long
  • 1 short sleeve
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 pair of shorts (quick-dry)
  • Pants
  • 1 pair quick-dry
  • 1 pair casual (jeans/chinos)
  • 1 pair fleece for under waders or around camp
  • 1 pair Poly Pro/Thermax long johns (two pair if no fleece pants)
  • Fleece pullover or sweater
  • Warm jacket (NO DOWN)
  • Gloves or convertible mittens – fleece
  • Stocking cap for a warm night’s sleep – fleece or wool


  • Camp shoes
  • Wading boots or river sandals
  • Hiking shoes
Fishing Gear
  • 8 ’ or 9’ rods (4, 5, or 6 weight)
  • Vest or chest pack
  • Floating lines
  • Hemostats
  • Clippers
  • Leaders and tippet
  • Floatant
  • Wading belt
  • Wide brim hat
  • Boot-foot waders or stocking-foot waders

PRO provides the flies but feel free to bring your own

Montana Fishing License
Montana Fishing Licenses can be purchased in advance. Go to the Montana FWP Online Licensing.

Sleeping Bag

PRO will provide one if you don’t have your own.

Please notify us in advance if you would like us to provide one.

Rain Gear

  • High quality (very important) rain jacket to wear with waders
  • Rain pants, if you don’t have waders (ponchos are not recommended)

Pro provides beverages, including wine and beer. We are unable to provide hard liquor. Please bring your own if you prefer cocktails. We will make a stop locally for liquor, upon request.

  • Sunscreen
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Lip balm with sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Clothes pins to hang wet items
  • Camera/film
  • Book/journal (in zip lock bag)
  • Pocket knife
  • Extra zip lock bags (various sizes) for wet clothes and wet waders
  • Flashlight or head lamp (with extra batteries)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This institution is operated under a special use permit with the Lewis and Clark National Forest.
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