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Backpack: a 50-60 liter (3000-4000 cu in) pack is plenty of space for a 3-4 day trip.

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Water bottle: a large mouth 1 liter size Nalgene is just perfect

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Shelter: a tent with rainfly and optionally a groundsheet

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Sleeping pad: This is a personal choice, but you’ll need something under you to insulate

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Sleeping Bag: This is a personal choice on how insulated you want to be.  Be sure to  pack the right bag for the right season.

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Food: pack a breakfast and dinner at a minimum each day.  Take easy to store snacks such as trail mix, peanut butter and flat bread, and power bars for lunch.

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Micro-Stove & Fuel: as a rule-of-thumb, no open fires are allowed in the park.  Use fuel-based micro stoves.

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Cup or mug and spork: you’ll eat your meals out of it, you’ll drink your hot drinks out of it.  No other dinnerware is needed.

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Water Filter: it’s silly to pack in all the water you think  you’ll need for a trip.  At 8.4 lbs a gallon, it’s just too heavy.  Filter all that you need.

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Bear Canister: It’s now a Park requirement to uses a bear canister.  Place all your food, toothpaste, soaps, deodorant in the canister.

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First Aid: There are plenty of small pre-configured first aid kits on the market.  But really all you need is what you know how to use: ibuprofen or aspirin, a few band-aids and maybe some bug bite dope.

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Signaling: a small whistle and a mirror is just perfect

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Knife: a multi-tool or Swiss army knife comes in handy almost every day

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Fire starter (Bic lighter): while fires are generally not allowed in the Park, having a flighter (that works) for emergency situations is perfectly acceptable.

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Compass & Map: pack a compass and know how to use it

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Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries

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Bug dope

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Sunscreen

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Hiking boots: waterproof ones are extra nice, but not required

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Lip balm (with sunscreen is best)

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Toilet paper & large trash can liner : pack it out!

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Duct tape: the ultimate repair kit & blister pad

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Rain gear.  Although this could be considered a necessity, a large trash can bag makes a perfect rain poncho and serves as a ground cloth too.

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Backpack rain cover

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Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries (this could almost be a  necessity!)

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Extra t-shirts or wicking t-shirts

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Extra socks (1 pr per day)

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1 pr long pants or convertable pants

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Exra underware (some choose to wear the same skivvy's a few days in a row, then change out)

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Multi-use bio-degradable soap (for face, hair, dishes, etc)

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Toothbrush/toothpaste

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For colder weather, consider packing a fleece or down top, hats and gloves

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50’ of nylon cord for lashing, repairing, etc.

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Camera & extra batteries and digital storage

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Book or cards for evening relaxation

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Ipod: but if we see you use it, we will make public mockery of you

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GPS: nice to have, but it's an extra battery eating device and frankly a map & compass is just as useful

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Garbage bag: for packing out all the trash you generate and the crap you pick up along the way, inconsiderately left by others

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A watch: almost a necessity, since you can gauge North with it

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Camp shoes: Tevas or Croc's are a popular choice

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Your favorite fishing hat

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Polarized sunglasses

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8 ft 3 wt fly rod for small streams, WF line, commensurate reel

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8.5 ft or 9 ft  5wt fly rod for lake fishing, WF line, commensurate reel

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Tippet: 4x for streamers, 5x for nymphing, 6x for picky fish

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Leaders: 7-9ft 4x leaders, then add 5x or 6x tippet as needed

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Flies: see the patterns page or read more in the book!

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Nippers and foreceps

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Dry fly dope

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Non-lead weight


NOTE: all of your non-rod gear, including flies and reels should fit in a gallon baggie.  If you can't fit in, you are taking too much.

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FISHING THE PARK

TRIP PLANNING

THE BOOK

MEDIA

AROUND THE SITE

CONTACT

Where to Fish

Guided Trips 101

Buy the Book

Podcasts

Events

Contact Us

Hatches

Backpack Checklist

Flip the Pages

Video

Sponsors


Fly Patterns

Weather

Media Reviews


About


Area Fly Shops

Licensing & Regs

Awards


Polls






Privacy