FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING ON A WARM WEATHER FISHING OUTFIT
Fishing doesn’t have a strict dress code. However, not wearing the right clothes can quickly make things go awry during your fishing trip, especially if you’re fishing in the warmer weather. To help you with that, here are the items you must consider for your summer fishing outfit.
Hot weather is a given when you choose to fish in the summer or anywhere up north. Naturally, the first thing you must think about is your top. Despite some myths about the favourite pastime, fishing doesn’t involve just sitting around all day in the shade, waiting for the fish to bite. It’s actually much more active than that, so sweating is easily a part of the equation.
For your base layer, opt for a thin fishing shirt that can absorb moisture – preferably something with a 50+ UPF rating. This will keep you dry from all the sweating. Ideally, it must also be resistant to both water and stains. Wear something with a breathable fabric on top of your base layer. When choosing a colour, go for lighter shades than darker ones. This way, you’ll be kept cool under the hot sun.
Like your top, your bottoms must also be water- and stain-resistant. Some anglers wear shorts all day and have no problem with it. However, others are more keen to wear pants. If you’re not sure, go for pants that zip off to become shorts. When the sun is particularly hot, turns your pants into shorts with just one zip. Then, later in the day or evening, you can zip them back on if the weather becomes cooler. You’ll have the best of both worlds.
When shopping for your warm weather fishing outfit, it’s also important to remember that it’s not all about your shirt and pants. Make sure you pack a hat or cap with you, too, as the sun can get pretty bright and warm in the afternoon. Select a hat that has a wide brim to keep the sunlight away from your eyes.
When you fish, you sometimes have to stand for a reasonable amount of time. Be prepared with comfortable footwear. You can choose to wear flip-flops or sandals for a more open feel. Just make sure they have a nice grip, so you don’t slip. It’s also important that your footwear is flexible, especially if you plan to walk on uneven terrain to get to your destination. Consider water shoes, too.
Something that a lot of fishos forget to bring with them is sunscreen. Fishing in warmer weather often means soaking in the sun’s rays, but all that sunshine can damage your skin. Go for one that won’t rub off with the water or your sweat, which you’ll have a lot of on a hot day. Make sure your sunscreen doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin after you put it on. If your skin is especially sensitive, opt for one that’s hypoallergenic. Be sure to test some out before you commit to buying one.
These are all the things you must take into account for your warm weather fishing outfit. There are no rules to follow, so no one’s stopping you from wearing whatever you want. And before I forget, polarized sunglasses are great for protecting your eyes as well as giving you better visibility. I don’t go fishing without them, no matter the weather.
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