Check Yourself Pt. 2 - Planning a Trip to Fly Fish Montana



Contributor: Shaun Baggitt, Maine

Photo Cred: Alexa King


Check Yourself Pt. 2

As you may recall from the first post in this series, making lists is an essential part of travel. If I had done that prior to writing these posts, I may not have forgotten to include what I consider to be an important part of the packing process, in my last post.

Pack as much spare clothing in your carry on as possible.

Due to my questionable past with airlines and luggage arriving a day later than I do, I admit I’m a little paranoid in this regard. In these instances, I have avoided having to spend extra money on clothing to wear until my luggage starts its vacation. In addition to a change of clothes, I packed my rods, reels, and extra spools in my carry-on. While most outfitters include rod rental in the price of the trip, I personally prefer to use my own gear. I didn’t want to waste any time on the water having to get used to how a different rod casts. However, if you don’t want to run the risk of traveling with your gear, any reputable outfitter will have a variety of high quality tackle you can use.

We left Boston for Bozeman early on a Wednesday morning. Alexa made it through security no problem. I, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Long story short, a bottle of sunscreen caused a complete unpacking and repacking of my backpack, which leads me to my next point.


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