You’ve got your rod and reel. Your flies, worms or lures. You even have a net and waders with your fishing license tucked in the pocket for another year.
What could you be missing? The parts of a fishing trip that make it comfortable.
Instead of recommending certain gear for the act of fishing, we’re giving you five things that could make your fishing trip just a bit nicer. Bring these along and enjoy that extra cast or fish when you realize you want to stay a little longer.
Big Agnes Porcupine Hooded Pullover: Big Agnes certainly doesn’t have the market on light puffy pullovers, but it’s as close as something can come to a perfect layer. If you don’t have a mid-weight layer, you should invest in one. Layers are often the difference between too cold and too hot. This pullover offers protection from wind and slight cold making it the perfect middle layer on a frigid winter fishing trip and all you need on a late spring adventure. Big Agnes touts the pullover’s breathability and range of motion, both clear advantages on the water and in other outdoor exploits. $239.95
Farm to Feet Slate Mountain Mid-Calf: If your feet are cold, nothing else matters. The answer? Wear warm socks. These Farm to Feet socks position “merino wool fibers near your skin for maximum wicking and insulating.” They have kept my feet warm in near-freezing water and winter fishing conditions. And the best part is that the wool is locally sourced and the socks are made entirely in the U.S. That means while your feet bask in comfort and warmth, you can feel confident you are supporting American sheep ranchers and manufacturers. They’re well worth the money. $24
Simms Exstream Foldover Mitt: If fingerless gloves weren’t made for fishermen, they certainly are one of the nicest accessories. Fingerless gloves with a foldover mitt offer the perfect combination on the river or in a boat. They give enough dexterity to hold onto your line and the cap gives necessary warmth. The Simms gloves also feature “Polartec Powershield Pro for potent water resistance and high-loft insulation,” which basically means they keep you dry, soft and cozy $59.95.
- If the price is a little higher than you’d prefer, you can also look at Simms’ Freestone Foldover Mitt, which won’t keep your hands as dry, but still offers plenty of warmth. $24.95
Kleen Kanteen 20 ounce insulated water bottle: Dehydration kills. Literally. But less dramatically, being thirsty on the river results in a shorter fishing trip. Enter Kleen Kanteen. The vacuum-sealed bottles are said to keep drinks hot for 20 hours and iced for 50. I haven’t tested the full potential, but can attest to its versatility. They also have an “electropolished interior” that is safe and non-toxic (and doesn’t have an unpleasant aftertaste), and round corners for easy cleaning. The price is similar to other vacuum-sealed bottles, and these come in an array of bright colors making them easier to spot when left in the bushes or grass. $30.95