The latest fishing accessories and apparel made exclusively for women
Female fishing accessories used to be just smaller, pinker versions of men’s gear. But this new equipment and technical wear is designed specifically for women. Also check out 2018’s best new lures, rods and reels, accessories and fly-fishing gear.
TIDAL TEE HOODIE
$54.99, Columbia Sportswear, www.columbiasportswear.ca
Key features: Raglan sleeves and a drop tail for added mobility and coverage; moisture-wicking polyester fabric with Omni-Shade UV protection.
The promise: “A quick-drying, super-comfortable hoodie.”
CLEARWATER SHIRT FOR LADIES
US$39.99, Bass Pro Shops, www.basspro.com
Key features: Moisture-wicking poly-cotton blend; chest pocket; mesh back vents and princess seams; available in eight colours.
The promise: “Enjoy a day on the water in total comfort.”
US$169, Costa Del Mar, www.costadelmar.com
Key features: Lightweight plastic frames and scratch-resistant lenses; seven polarized lens colours with optional mirroring.
The promise: “The best fishing and adventuring sunglasses around.”
TROUTRAGEOUS RAINBOW DRY BAG
US$120, Fishe Wear, www.fishewear.com
Key features: Rugged 22-litre roll-top bag with waterproof welded seams; removable shoulder strap; front pocket with waterproof zip.
The promise: “Enjoy the outdoors in vibrant colour.”
WOMEN’S PRO WADING JACKET
US$349, Orvis, www.orvis.com
Key features: Waterproof, breathable, three-layer shell; fully taped seams and waterproof cuffs; six water-resistant zippered pockets; rubberized tool tabs; fly patch.
The promise: “Superior performance meets a feminine cut.”
BUGSAWAY SOL COOL CADET CAP
US$38, Ex Officio, www.exofficio.com
Key features: Cooling nylon treated with odourless insect repellent; mesh-lined for ventilation; comes in light khaki shown or dark pebble colour.
The promise: “Stylish protection from the frying sun and flying beasts.”
WOMEN’S GUIDE SKORT
US$64.95, Simms Fishing, www.simmsfishing.com
Key features: Quick-drying, moisture-wicking polyester shell; poly-spandex inner short; two slash hand pockets; comes in blue dark shown or granite colour.
The promise: “Built to fish.”
US$299.99, Redington, www.redington.com
Key features: Four-layer waterproof, breathable material with sonically welded seams; cut for fit and mobility; pairs with Redington’s new Siren wading boots US$149 (below).
The promise: “Designed for women who fish.”
To enjoy your time on the water, it’s essential to have the right apparel for the situation at hand. Consider these factors, then buy the best outerwear, waders and more you can afford.
Outerwear and waders should be sized to accommodate layering in cold weather. Make sure the cut is comfortable for your style of fishing, whether it’s wading a river or simply sitting in a boat.
Look for angler-friendly features such as securely closing, well-placed pockets for accessories and valuables. Keep in mind, though, that too many gear-filled pockets can get in the way. With warm-weather apparel, make sure it’s vented and made with moisture-wicking fabric.