The Best Men’s Fishing Gear of 2021
Your ticket to trout-filled waters
Howler Brothers Shoalwater Tech Pants ($99)
With articulated knees, a gusseted crotch, cinchable ankles, and seven pockets, these pants are armor for long, brushy walks.
Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders ($550)
Stretchy Gore-Tex in the crotch and upper thighs makes the Flyweight perfect for hiking into untouched waters. A 5.11 hex grid on the chest integrates with accessories like mounts for bottles ($30) and fly pods ($80).
Greys GR80 9-Foot 5-Weight Streamflex Fly Rod ($376)
High-modulus graphite rods under $500 are rare. This versatile nine-footer boasts a five-weight line and medium-fast action.
Huk Waypoint Hoodie ($55)
Huk’s new Waypoint Collection was made to protect both anglers and the ocean. Thanks to a partnership with REPREVE®, Huk is working to reduce plastic pollution by using recycled materials in the collection. Plus, the blended fabric provides flexibility and allows ample stretching while maintaining the perfect shape and fit.
Airflo Superflo Universal Taper Fly Line ($100)
This taper excels on small to medium waters and even launches big drys. A polyurethane coating, thin running line, and low-stretch core let you reach bankside sippers easily.
Ross Colorado Reel ($335)
Ross’s classic click-and-pawl reel got better. A semi-caged body boosts strength, while bushings made of internally lubricated thermoplastic (instead of brass) are more durable and easier to maintain.
Columbia PFG Zero Rules Ice Longsleeve Shirt ($60)
The UPF 50 PFG uses a unique polymer that rapidly absorbs moisture, which makes its fabric feel cool next to skin.
Korkers River Ops Wading Boots ($260 and up)
The River Ops is ready for your worst, with a polyurethane exoskeleton, a TPU heel counter, and protected stitching, plus lock-down laces and interchangeable felt and studded Vibram soles.
Umpqua ZS2 Ledges 650 Waist Pack ($130)
The 650’s main compartment fits several fly boxes, while six small pockets, a net slot, and a hemostat sheath stow other tools.
Costa Tailwalker Sunglasses ($269)
The Tailwalker’s lenses cut glare, so you can spot fish that others miss.