Madison River Fly Fishing Gear List

Here is a short list of the gear you need to fish the Madison River. Of course in fly fishing there is many other gadgets, but this should do just fine on any given day. 

  • Rods: 5 and 6 weight are the most common, but some circumstances are better suited to a 4wt or a 7wt.
  • Leaders: assortment from 7.5 ft. to 9 ft. and from 0x to 4x. You will rarely need 5x. 
  • Rainwear
  • Waders and wading boots, or wading sandals. Teva and Chacos are ok, but don't provide great traction in rivers like the Madison River.  Felt soles are still legal in Montana and encouraged for wading the upper Madison. Just be sure to clean and inspect prior to use.
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of warm clothes for layering including hat and gloves 
  • Camera
  • Montana Fishing License

We carry a wide variety of all the items listed here at our online store or swing into the shop before your trip!