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    Warm-weather river essentials.

    —Ryan Krogh

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    Bozeman Reel RS Series 527

    The price is high, but this is one of the best, most durable reels on the market ($495). It was made specifically for trout fishing in western waters, with sealed bearings and a stainless-steel drag system that can slow down any runner. 

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    Redington Vapen Red Five-Weight Rod

    Some consider this fast-action stick ($350) gimmicky because of the synthetic handle, developed with golf brand Winn Grips. But get past the no-slip hold and you have a powerful rod with plenty of backbone for slinging flies in heavy wind. 

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    Benchmade Small Summit Lake Knife

    Occasionally, a fisherman cooks what he hooks. At three ounces, this stainless-steel and wood folding knife ($135) stashes easily in your pack and lends a bit of class to an otherwise routine chore. 

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    Mountain Hardwear Trotting Stripe Shorts

    Unless you’re on a sub-50-degree tailrace river, all you really need are some quick-drying shorts. This cotton-poly-spandex pair ($65) has plenty of pockets and a bit of stretch, so they work just as well on the trail. 

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    Simms Vapor Boots

    Most fishing boots are too clunky for wet wading, and sandals never provide enough support. This minimalist design (about 25 ounces) hits the sweet spot, with a rubber outsole that grips even the snottiest algae-covered rocks ($170). 

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    Eddie Bauer Adventurer Lumbar Pack

    The iconic gearmaker’s first foray into fly-fishing ($99) seems like just another pack with two main compartments and multiple inside pockets, albeit one with a handy removable fly patch. But there’s one notable advancement: magnetic closures, which eliminate clumsy, one-handed zipping on the water.

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    Farm to Feet Concord Socks

    Made in North Carolina from American merino wool, these socks ($23) provide cushioning everywhere, not just at the heel and toe. That means comfortable hiking in ankle-high boots, even while wet wading. 

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    ExOfficio Minimo Plaid Shirt

    Two reasons we liked this moisture-wicking, ultralight nylon shirt ($95) in the hot sun: the handy tabs for rolled-up sleeves and the back vents, which keep you cooler than you might think. 

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    Fishpond Nomad Hand Net

    Since Nomad debuted in 2011 (the company was bought out last year by Fishpond), its carbon-fiber and fiberglass nets ($116) have been the envy of every serious fisherman. Why? They’re several ounces lighter than wood-frame nets, so they’re easier to carry, and they don’t break when you step on them.