Snag that monster brown you’ve been chasing. 

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Orvis Battenkill III Disc reel. (Orvis)

Orvis Battenkill III Disc Reel ($169)

You could blow a mortgage payment on a high-end reel, or you could get the Battenkill. This updated classic has a drag that can haul big rainbows from the Rio Grande.

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Voormi River Run hoodie. (Voormi)

Voormi River Run Hoodie ($129)

Weather changes fast on the water, so you need versatile apparel. Voormi’s American wool is so breathable, we wore the River Run with the hood up and sleeves down and didn’t roast.

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Fishpond River Rat drink holder. (Fishpond)

Fishpond River Rat Drink Holder ($30)

Fishing can be a waiting game. Better to do so with this beer koozie slung around your neck, keeping both hands free.

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Tenkara Rod Company Landing net. (Tenkara Rod Company)

Tenkara Rod Company Landing Net ($99)

Carbon fiber strong enough to bring in almost any fish, yet light enough to float if you drop it in the drink? We’re sold.

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Bogs Rio sandals. (Bogs)

Bogs Rio Sandals ($80)

The grip on the soles of these warm-weather wading sandals gets tackier when wet. Even better: an antimicrobial footbed kept the funk away for a full season.

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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide shorts. (Eddie Bauer)

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Shorts ($70)

Waders get too muggy when it’s 80 degrees out, so we prefer the Guide shorts. The nylon­spandex blend dries quickly and is so light we nearly forgot it was there.

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Sage X rod. (Sage)

Sage X Rod ($895)

The proprietary Konnetic fibers in the Sage X are supple enough that the rod has plenty of feel in the tip but a stiff backbone for chucking streamers 50 feet into the wind. Sure, it’s expensive, but it’s also one of the only rods you can use on any river in any condition. 

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Simms G4 Pro hip pack. (Simms)

Simms G4 Pro Hip Pack ($180)

Simms’s new hip pack fits almost everything you could stow in a larger sling but weighs a lot less. A fold-down workbench unzips from the front and offers ample space for laying out a few flies while rerigging.

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Costa Whitetips sunglasses. (Costa)

Costa Whitetips Sunglasses ($239)

The polarized glass lenses cut right through river glare on sunny days and help you spot fish even when it’s cloudy out. 

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Hatch Outdoors Nomad pliers. (Hatch Outdoors)

Hatch Outdoors Nomad Pliers ($300)

The Nomad is so burly it could pull a hook from a log. A spring keeps it wide open, so you’re not fussing with tough-to-unlock forceps.

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The Best Boats of 2017

At some point in the past 20 years, boating got way too serious. Every new model was designed for charging hard in gnarly conditions. Sure, surf kayaks built for aerial maneuvers and creekboats with hulls that plow over waterfalls helped push the sport. But most boaters were left behind. This year we’re giddy to report that the pendulum has swung back to accessibility. Most of the boats we tested had playful designs suitable for intermediate conditions, from Class III whitewater to forgiving beach breaks. Liquidlogic Mullet. (Liquidlogic) Liquidlogic Mullet ($949) The biggest story right now

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The Best Women's Swimwear of 2017

Suits of all styles for lounging, surfing, and playing.  Roxy Boheme Life Crop Top (Courtesy Roxy) Roxy Boheme Life Crop Top ($48) and Drop Diamond Mini Bottom ($40) We liked the extra coverage of this halter racerback, which stayed on no matter what we put it through. The knit fabric is comfortable and the style is on-trend, whether you’re bodysurfing or chilling in the hot tub. Buy Top Now Buy Bottoms Now Cynthia Rowley Blue China Print Wetsuit (Courtesy Cynthia Rowley) Cynthia Rowley Blue China Print Wetsuit ($295) It can

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The Best Surfboards of 2017

We don’t all surf like John John Florence. Most of us need board shapes that are forgiving—more volume here, less rocker there. But you still want one that won’t bog through turns or pearl on takeoff. To that end, these three models nail the delicate blend of performance and usability.  Channel Islands Mini 5'5" (Courtesy Channel Islands) Channel Islands Mini 5'5" ($805) Hands down, the Channel Islands Mini 5'5" was our favorite of the test. It has the speed and drive of a full-bodied fish combined with the rocker and outline of a performance shortboard. That

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The Best Surfing Accessories of 2017

Effortlessly cool accessories for a day on the water.  Raen Wiley Rectangular Sunglasses (Courtesy Raen) Raen Wiley Sunglasses ($135) A classic wide silhouette with 100 percent UV protection means you won’t be blinded during a late-afternoon surf check. Buy Now ​ Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax (Courtesy Mr. Zog’s) Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax ($2) Funny name. But good, sticky results. Buy Now ​ FCS Premium Leash (Courtesy FCS) FCS Premium Leash ($27) Surfing at a warm beach sans leash is one of summer’s great pleasures. But if you must tether your

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The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2017

Just add water. And, in some cases, air. Red Paddle Sport 11’3”. (Red Paddle) Red Paddle Sport 11'3" ($1,529) Gear of the Year The paddleboard industry continues to boom, thanks largely to inflatables. Blow-up boards allow those space-challenged adventurers among us to reach places rarely touched by a paddle, and are no longer too floppy or too bulky to be considered unworthy alternatives. Take Red’s 11-foot-3-inch Sport. Lightweight at 22 pounds, it can handle everything from alpine lakes to open-ocean jaunts. Included battens make it amazingly rigid, more so than any other inflatable we’ve tested. And

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