The Best Men’s Fly Fishing Gear of 2019
Gear so capable, the trout will practically come to you
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Orvis Ultralight Convertible Waders ($298)
Even the best waders can feel stuffy, but these use four-layer nylon that’s thin and breathable enough for hiking. Fasteners lengthen the shoulder straps to drop the Ultralight to your waist, shedding more heat.
Buff DeYoung Trucker Hat ($28)
Derek DeYoung’s bright and flashy fish art is legendary. These hats make use of his iconic style while keeping the sun off your face.
Fishpond Switchback System ($100)
No two days on the water are the same, so flexibility is key. The Switchback has attachments for your net, rod, wading staff, and drink. Best of all, there’s a pack that slides around the belt for optimal placement.
Scott F Series Rod ($695)
The majority of fishing happens at close range, where presentation matters. Scott’s newest rod is made of an epoxy-fiberglass blend that ensures smooth, accurate casts—perfect for placing flies at the top of the pool.
Bauer SST Reel ($425)
There’s plenty of tech in Bauer’s latest reels—namely, a carbon-fiber drag mechanism that could stop a racehorse. But no need to dwell on that. The SST is balanced, light, and gets the job done. Enough said.
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Line ($100)
A good line loads the rod and turns over the fly for clean, accurate presentation. This one has a coating to make it durable and slick, reducing friction.
Bitterroot Stream Net ($209)
Handcrafted in Washington from fine hardwoods and turquoise inlays, Bitterroot’s custom nets are pretty enough to hang.
Patagonia x Danner Foot Tractor Wading Boots ($499)
Patagonia supplied the grippy Vibram soles, and Danner designed the leather-nylon upper. The result: a boot you can walk in for miles, built to last a lifetime.
Columbia Force XII Zero Long-Sleeve Shirt ($100)
Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero technology puts sweat to work. Polymer rings on the fabric use evaporation to lower the shirt’s temperature when they touch moisture.