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Recommend Equipment | Winter

 Emerald Water Anglers Recommended Fly Fishing Equipment List for Winter Angling

What is on this list is a comprehensive look at what one should consider when traveling here or abroad for a winter season fly-fishing trip. This is not intended to be a complete list but rather a base to run through to ensure you bring what you personally require for such trips in various locations.

Please review this list and feel free to inquire with additional questions regarding what is or may not be listed.

Core Essentials

Chest height breathable waders

Wading boots/sandals felt or rubber with grip accouterments
Neoprene wading socks (optional)
Wading staff
Wading Belt
1-2 heavy, waterproof rain jackets
1-2 synthetic or down jackets
2 fleece, wind-stopper if possible pants - NO COTTON
2-3 expedition weight base layers, tops/bottoms – NO COTTON
Warm waterproof hat
2 pairs of warm waterproof gloves
1-2 pairs polarized sunglasses with retaining strap
Personal dry bag

Core Fishing Equipment

Two 4-7wt fly rods/reels for trout, grayling, char
Two 8-10wt fly rods/reels for steelhead, silver salmon, pike, muskie
Two 7-9wt spey rods/reels for steelhead, salmon, sea run brown, Taimen
Floating lines for winter dry fly activity
Aggressive tapered lines for streamers and nymphing
Skagit or Rage heads for winter steelhead
Spare spools or multi-head lines
Extra fly lines
Leaders, tippet spools, wire tippet, hard mono
Ample quantity of flies

Fishing Accessories

Saltwater pliers
Fly line maintenance kit
2 two-way radios
Leatherman or similar tool
Hook sharpener
Reel lubricant and repair kit
Super glue
Fly line repair kit
Stripping basket
Black/red sharpie pen
Camelback water carrier or water bottle

Personal Clothing

2-3 hooded long sleeve “Quick Dry” type shirt with current sun protection – NO COTTON
“Quick Dry” type pants, NO COTTON
2-3 pairs smart wool or similar socks - NO COTTON
Sun gloves/Stripping glove
Light fleece
Bandana/Sun Buff
Post trip clothing
Light waterproof hat
Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants
Personal clothing for after trip

Travel Supplies

Mobile/Satelite phone
Phone charging cord/USB cable
Small waterproof case/zip lock bag
Electricity voltage converter
Camera/extra memory cards
Extra batteries/rechargeable with charger
Digital watch with alarm


Eye drops
Claritin or other allergy medications
Gold Bond/Baby powder
List of allergies/medications/medical conditions
Personal items, toiletry bag, toothbrush, contact solution, razor
Additional contact lenses


Duct tape/Athletic tape
Stripping basket
Photocopy of passport
Emergency contact list
Water purification tablets/steri-pen

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