(Inga Hendrickson)
2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide

The Best Women’s Fishing Gear of 2021

Cast in comfort, even on the hottest days and most remote streams


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Odlo Kumano Check Short Sleeve Shirt ($70)

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This expertly tailored top (also available in longsleeve for $75) feels more like a hug than a shirt. It’s made from a dense yet soft UPF 30 polyester-elastane blend and infused with silver ions to fight odor.

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Fishpond Upstream Tech Vest ($200)

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The Upstream is perfect for those who don’t want to leave anything behind. It boasts 14 pockets, including two up front that fit fly boxes, plus a slot in the back for a net and an abundance of spots to hang tools.

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Smith Era Sunglasses ($99 and up)

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The Era’s crisp optics make each trout pop, even in deep cover. Better still: the soft rubber nose pieces don’t get stuck in long hair when they’re on top of your head.

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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.

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Rising Travel Net ($240)

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Not only does this net collapse for easy transport, but its handle converts to different configurations for handheld, wading, and boat use. It also doubles as a flask.

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Columbia Women’s PFG Tidal II Pants ($55)

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No-fuss design at its finest. These light, stretchy pants have tailored legs and wide elastic cuffs that stay in place under your gear. Water-repellent and UPF 50 treatments are handy when the waders come off.

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Patagonia W’s Swiftcurrent Waders ($499)

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Trout live in cold water, so waders are key even in midsummer. The breathable Swiftcurrent converts from chest to waist height for scorching days, while a buckle-operated drop seat makes bathroom trips easy.

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Buff Sun Bucket Hat ($35)

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Buff made the classic grandpa fishing hat our favorite all over again, with a wide brim that’s protective yet unobtrusive. A toggle in back yields a snug fit even on small heads.

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Scott Centric Fly Rod ($895)

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Whether you favor dry flies or streamers, this rod does it all. It has a fast action, a powerful butt to fight big fish, and flex at the heart for turning over articulated patterns with ease.

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Cheeky Launch 350 Fly Reel ($239)

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This reel has a smooth drag with high tolerance, so you can use light tippets for big fish without any slack to break off your catch. At 4.9 ounces, the five-weight is super light, with a large arbor that holds 200 yards of 20 braid.

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Corrections: (05/24/2022) We have updated this article to reflect the fact that the Cheeky Launch 350 Fly Reel holds 200 yards of 20 braid. Outside regrets the error. From Summer 2021 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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