Fly Fishing Equipment Kansas City MO

Local guide for your fly fishing equipment needs in Kansas City. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide fly shops, fly fishing equipment, fly fishing reels, fly fishing rods, steelheads and trout flies, as well as critical advice on fly fishing, trout fishing, freshwater fishing, fly tying and bass fishing.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(913) 432-3945
Merriam Town Center
Merriam, KS
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 363-1198
Ward Parkway Mall
Kansas City, MO
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 436-3524
Zona Rosa New Urban Retail Center
Kansas City, MO
Catholic Soccer Camps
12561 Hemlock, Second Floor
Overland Park, KS
Bass Pro Sports
(816) 795-4300
18001 Bass Pro Drive
Independence, MO
Mon - Sat 9:00am - 9:00pmSun 10:00am - 7:00pm

Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 350-0089
17730 East 39th Street
Independence, MO
Dick's Sporting Goods
(913) 661-0200
11801 Nall Avenue
Leawood, KS
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 407-1111
Liberty Triangle
Liberty, MO
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 525-3006
Summit Woods Crossing
Lee's Summit, MO
Sports Authority
(816) 587-1463
Tiffany Springs Market Center, 8980 N.W. Skyview Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

The Backpacking Fly Fisherman

Ultralight fly fishing gear for the backpacker fishing on the move.

by Ryan Jordan | 2005-07-26 03:00:00-06

The Backpacking Fly Fisherman: Ultralight Strategies for Fishing While You Hike - 4
Alan Dixon illustrates the technique of the backpacking fly fisherman: carrying your full overnight gear while fishing en route from camp to camp. This style of fishing allows you to cover a tremendous amount of fishable water, especially in areas like the Beartooths or Uintas (shown here), where there seems to be a lake, pond, or stream at every turn of the trail.


"Backcountry fly fishing" conjures up vastly different meanings to different people. For some, it means riding a four-wheeler up logging roads to a remote pond. Others may strap a float tube on their back and hike in five miles to an alpine cirque for a day. In Montana and Wyoming, it's not unpopular to join a horse packing trip to a remote wilderness for several days of supreme lake and stream fishing, with all the amenities of wilderness luxury: dutch ovens, cabin tents, and bottles of wine.

This type of backcountry fly fishing places few demands on the amount of fishing gear one might take: The ATV'er or horse packer is not so concerned about weight, and it's not so bad to haul a float tube, waders, fishing boots, and a loaded vest to a high alpine lake if for only a day or an overnighter.

But what to do if your backcountry fly fishing trek demands a full load of long distance hiking and camping gear, and you want to maintain an ultralight ethic - and pack?

Backpack Fishing vs. Camping Fishing

The backpacking fisherman fishes while on the trail - following a stream, or dropping a cast into every lakelet he may encounter. He usually carries his rod while hiking, and the majority of his fishing - including casting, catching, and releasing fish, is performed while wearing his full backpack. The camping fisherman stows his fishing gear in his pack, and only pulls it out occasionally on the trail, or once he arrives in camp, and seldom fishes while wearing his backpack. This article is tailored primarily to the backpacking fisherman.

Waders, Wading Boots, and Watercraft

If you are considering any of these items on your trek, this article is not entirely for you. Even the very lightest waders, wading boots, and trail boat or float tube is going to set you back a minimum of 4 pounds and if using mainstream (not ultralight) gear, can easily exceed 15 pounds. It's tough to go "ultralight" when you're adding that much weight. The subject of waders, boots, and watercraft is more appropriately addressed in Larry Tullis' article, Backcountry Fly Fishing: Lightweight Gear and Style .


For the ultralighter, wading means getting your feet wet, which places demands on the type of footwear you select. Fortunately, water warm enough to wade often equates to hiking in footwear that need not provide any insulation. Lightweight trail running shoes wit...

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