As a documentary filmmaker, I enjoy working on wildlife projects. Small wonder that I also immensely enjoy any activity that brings me outdoors, like fishing. In fact, I have a constantly growing collection of fishing apparel thanks to the various projects on fishing I have been commissioned to do.
I have four ice fishing jackets, and I plan to add more this year since I have been contacted to do two different projects in the winter on ice fishing. What I look for in an ice fishing jacket are seams that are taped or sealed on the inside. This construction ensures dependable waterproofing. The one I already have are made for arctic temperatures, which is the warmest that any winter angling warrior can get. The two jackets stay snug because of premium insulation, so even when it’s frigid outside, I stay warm and toasty in the jackets.
I have several fishing shirts in my closet, but my favorite is a Performance Long Sleeve Shirt from a popular sporting goods brand. The anti-microbial fabric was what totally got me sold on the shirt, but that’s not all. Just as the ideal fishing shirt should, this particular one offers the perfect blend of comfort and functionality while adding a certain level of style. It’s got superior breathability due to the mesh underarm gussets so I don’t sweat or feel uncomfortable while wearing the shirt. The SPF 30 protection lets me stay out long waiting for the fish to bite. Of course, I still lather on some suntan lotion to add a stronger layer of protection. All my long-sleeve fishing shirts have crewnecks for easy on and off. Moisture wicking technology in shirts is what I always look for in mine. Oh, and when I find stain release technology on a shirt, I grab it too. All the slime and fish oils can make quite a mess that can be very difficult to remove even in the washer. Give me a shirt with mechanical stretch and I am sold, as this ensures freedom of movement.
I’ve also got short sleeve shirts that have hidden vents at the shoulders to add breathability as well. I want a relaxed fit in my fishing shirts, as well as ultra-light ripstop fabric. I even have this executive-style long sleeve shirt that has a rod holder on it. Pretty cool, huh?
I also own several fishing hoodies, all made of lightweight fleece fabric that’s superbly water resistant. The fabric keeps the snow, slush and raindrops off for remarkable water-resistant protection. The hoodies keep the chill in the air at bay, along with protection and comfort during an entire day of fishing. They wear really well and stay dry and stain resistant, so my hoodies still look good as new.
I also have breakwater pants, rain pants and cargo pants, all waterproof and breathable to ensure I remain comfortable and dry regardless of the fishing situation. I prefer articulated legs over stiff ones, as they provide ease of mobility. I also love that the pants I own come with an adjustable hem, elastic waistband and hook and loop hand pockets.
I have bought three or four fishing vests from different manufacturers. A primary criteria for me in a good fishing vest is versatile functionality. By this I mean I want the vest to be something I can wear and something that can do more than just stay on my shoulders while fishing. I look for a mesh back for ventilation, and a large variety of pockets, D-rings, zip closures and more where I can store my gear safely. Rod holder and zippered reel pockets are nice.
I also have quite a collection of trucker hats and bucket hats for my noggin. I want multi-panel construction in fishing hats, with a reinforced crown for durability. A mesh back is superb for fishing during hot days. A curved brim makes it easy to see ahead.