The Fly-Fishing Essentials of 2016
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Cast away with these choice tools for the discerning angler.
Fishpond Nomad Mid-Length Net
With a carbon-fiberglass frame and a massive lunker-ready rubber basket, the Nomad almost makes landing the big ones easy.
Meow Meow Tweet Herbal Bug Repellent
Bottled by a boutique skin-care company in New York’s Hudson Valley and made from organic lavender and apple cider vinegar, this elixir smells a helluva lot better than deet.
Nautilus XM Reel
Nautilus builds reliable saltwater reels designed for catching fast, powerful fish. The XM brings that same toughness and precision to the river, with a balanced, open-frame setup.
Finn Utility Essex Bag
The Essex would have been at home on the river 50 years ago, with its waxed canvas, English bridle leather, and brass hardware. It’s a study in minimalism, with three pockets and a pouch for fly boxes and an extra beer.
Sage Mod Rod
The nine-foot, five-weight Mod is softer and whippier than most of the other rods in Sage’s lineup. But what it lacks in power, it makes up for in accuracy. If you chase trout, this is your Excalibur.
Montana Fly Company Hip Flask
For those who like a little something to stay warm (or lucky) on the water, this rugged, stainless-steel flask comes printed in many fish-inspired designs.
Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders
Cut from Patagonia’s H2No fabric, these waders minimize clamminess. Plus, a zippered waterproof pocket allows quick access to a phone, so you’re ready to ’Gram the catch of the day.
Abel Reels #2 Pliers
An essential tool can also be a thing of beauty. With corrosion-resistant aluminum handles and replaceable jaws, these pliers will outlast the rest of your kit. The #2 leather sheath ($50) secures to a belt.
Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots
Metal bars in the sole make the Foot Tractor as stable on slick rocks as your Tacoma. Mesh panels and tough synthetic leather add breathability and ensure it’ll last forever.
Howler Brothers Matagorda Tech Shirt
This top has lots of clever features (roll-up sleeve tabs, a vented rear yoke, and microfiber cloth on the hem) but doesn’t wear like a lab coat.