(Inga Hendrickson)
2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Women’s Fly Fishing Gear of 2019

Gear so capable, the trout will practically come to you


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Fishewear Radical Red Fish Leggings ($110)

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Lightweight, breathable, and quick to dry—and available in an array of creative fish-based patterns—these UPF 50+ leggings are comfortable enough for long days in waders or on a boat.

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Smith Ember Sunglasses ($169)

(Courtesy Smith Optics)

Lenses are everything in fishing shades. Smith’s ChromaPop technology creates more division between colors for a clear view of runs, pools, eddies, and, of course, fish.

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Patagonia Spring River Waders ($399)

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These waders were created specifically for women, and it shows. There are three size-specific fits and one true game changer: an innovative rear buckle system that allows you to drop your drawers when nature calls without fear of splashing your straps.

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Orvis Helios 3D Rod ($898)

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You know that rod that feels like an extension of your arm? This is it. The Helios is light, has stiff action, and is made of graphite, so casting large flies is effortless even on gusty days.

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Waterworks-Lamson Force SL Series II Reel ($500)

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When you’re at it all day, every ounce counts. Kiss fatigue goodbye with the Force SL Series II. The single-piece frame and aluminium construction make this the lightest machined reel on the market.

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ExOfficio BugsAway Collette LS Shirt ($80)

(Courtesy ExOfficio)

We’re not into traditional women’s fishing shirts—they usually fit poorly and have too many pockets. Not this one. It’s comfy, covers our bum, and keeps bugs at bay with an insecticide bonded to the fibers.

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Orvis Safe Passage Guide Sling ($129)

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The Guide’s one-strap design allows you to quickly swing it from back to front. Internal pockets and dividers aplenty help organize your leaders, tippet, fly boxes, nippers, floatants, and more.

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Korkers Darkhorse Wading Boots ($180)

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These boots have nine swappable outsoles that easily snap into place in the field, so you always have perfect traction, whether it’s rubber lugs for the trail or studs for slippery, algae-covered streambeds.

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Conner Rockaway Beach Hat ($64)

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This crushable wool cap pops back into shape after being stuffed in a suitcase. The stylish brim made us feel like we’d stepped right out of A River Runs Through It.

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From Summer 2019 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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