Best Fishing Gear: Angling, Kayaking, and Spearfishing
Most serious anglers know that to get to the best spots away from the crowds you need to invest a little sweat. Whether it’s trekking rugged trails to spot distant streams, forcing a kayak to privileged waters, or diving deep into the ocean for the perfect shot, those who aren’t afraid to push their bodies for the ultimate capture reap the greatest rewards. But to get to those remote areas and make a one-time catch, you need the right fishing gear.
The latest advancements in lightweight fly fishing equipment mean you can easily run your favorite river in the morning with a full load of waders, gear, rod and reel, without feeling overloaded. Advances in pedal-powered propulsion technology make accessing and maneuvering your honey hole a look-my-no-hands affair. And for those who head out to sea for spearfishing, new equipment has made diving for the elusive game more efficient and with better results than ever before. Take a look at the best new fishing gear and upgrade your arsenal accordingly.
The best gear for angling, spearfishing and kayak fishing
1. Patagonia Swiftcurrent Compressible Waders
You’ll be amazed at how compact the truly ultralight (36 ounce) Patagonia waders are in the included storage bag. Switching from bulky neoprene booties to thin but tough synthetic rubber means carrying waders to remote locations is no longer a problem.
2. Maine Airline Tumble
At 17 inches down, there’s no excuse not to take this handcrafted cane on every hike. The Seven-Piece 9ft Tumbledown weighs just 3.6 ounces and is made from carbon blank, local birch reel seat, and bio-based epoxies.
3. Orvis Mirage LT II
For a light and strong reel to match a squeeze rod, Orvis has updated their workhorse with this lighter, narrower version, which retains the drag system that goes from zero to full with a single turn of a button. Although milled from aluminum, its titanium shank reduces weight and adds strength.
[From $349; orvis.com]
4. Altra All-Wthr Low
Co-founder Brian Beckstead regularly hikes over 20 miles in the Lone Peak trail shoes to get to his favorite (and remote) fly fishing spots in Utah. This updated version of the legendary trail beast features, with the iconic wide toe box, updated padding, a weather-resistant membrane and a super-grippy outsole to take you on the go. confidence in the most secluded places, whether you are running or walking.
5. Simms flyweight wading boot
Don a capable, weather-resistant trail runner to confidently navigate the most remote fly fishing spots. Then, instead of carrying (and changing into) big heaps of wading pools, don the slim, svelte 40-ounce boot. They offer a full wading function with a sticky Vibram outsole (compatible with crampons), a durable upper and an elastic midsole for all-day comfort.
6. Dragon Shore X LL Polar Sunglasses
Polarized sunglasses are a must for fishing. Don’t worry about dropping these sports sunglasses, featuring floating technology, into the drink. Simply hook up the lightweight and comfortable frames (with nose pads and rubber temple tips) before they pull away.
7. The old town sportsman BigWater PDL 132
Cover over miles of fishing in the pedal kayak. It maneuvers with precision, forward and backward, without having to put down your rod (although it includes three integrated rod holders). The 13-foot-long hull sails smoothly in open water while providing the stability needed to stand upright. And for those long days, sealed bow storage and an elastic stern allow for a cooler or bait bucket.
8. Astral’s V-Eight Fisher
Throw away your seedy life jacket and treat yourself to a sweet upgrade. This offers D-rings for attaching tools and side pockets for other fishing essentials. The refreshing back, mostly mesh with higher padding, works well with kayak seats.
9. Abu Garcia Zata Spinning Combo
Take all the guesswork out of fishing rigging with this beauty. You get an innovative reel for smooth casts and retrievals, coupled with a strong and lightweight graphite rod, ideal for a wide range of target species, salty or fresh.
[From $210; abugarcia.com]
10. Headhunter’s Guerrilla Sling 3.0
New to spearfishing? If you’re struggling with a traditional (often shaky) pistol grip, take it. The unique design puts all the force on your forearm, increasing stability and making tough deep-water hits a snap – a nice boost if you’re working on underwater comfort and control of the water. breathing.
[From $220; headhunterspearfishing.com]
11. Moana Euro Fins
Improve mobility, speed and stealth by switching to stronger and lighter carbon fins. A multiaxial design reduces torsion, which greatly improves efficiency underwater. The shorter 74cm length also allows for powerful surface swimming and turns in tight spaces while chasing prey in deep caves.
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