The Best Fishing Shorts

We show you the top choices on the market

Staying comfortable on the water starts with a great pair of fishing shorts. Among the qualities we look for are quick-drying, stain-resistant fabrics, pockets in all the right places and the durability to last for years while still looking great. So whether you prefer colorful, surf-inspired boardshorts or more traditional fishing shorts, we have you covered in style.

Grundéns Gaff Short

grundens gaff short
Stand out from the crowd with the Gaff Short. High-tech construction includes a quick-drying, water-shedding fabric as well as a lined tool pocket, zippered cargo pocket and fly, and more. Available in six colors, including burnt orange (shown).Jon Whittle Photography

AFTCO Cloudburst

aftco cloudburst fishing shorts
The Cloudburst fishing shorts are built tough, with four-way stretch fabric and Afguard to help release those heavy-duty stains. They have a Cordura-reinforced pliers/utility pocket as well. The charcoal heather color is shown, with gray heather as a second style.Jon Whittle Photography

Huk Next Level

huk next level shorts
The Next Level 10.5-inch shorts are designed for action, with a gusseted crotch and perforated rear yoke for maximum mobility and comfort. The performance fabric has high stretch, plus it's also quick-drying, anti-microbial and resistant to stains. In addition to the dark blue shown, there are five additional color options.Jon Whittle Photography

Simms Surf Short

simms surf short
With a streamlined style and traditional fit, the Surf Short fits the bill for those long, hot days in the cockpit. The front-tie closure and UPF-50-rated quick-drying fabric match the durability and easy-wear construction that make this one a winner. The Surf Short is available in tundra, cobalt and gunmetal (shown).Jon Whittle Photography

Tormenter Waterman

tormentor waterman board shorts
The Waterman series of boardshorts has triple-stitched seams for durability in a stylish 10.5-inch-inseam design, plus multiple pockets for fishing pliers, tackle, cellphones, wallet and more. A front tie keeps them secure on deck. The Waterman comes in eight color patterns, including blue camo (shown).Jon Whittle Photography

Hook & Tackle Driftwood Hybrid

hook and tackle driftwood hybrid shorts
The Driftwood Hybrid fishing shorts are a top choice for anglers thanks to a highly breathable lightweight fabric, durable construction and fishing-friendly features such as a dedicated pocket for your mobile phone. The Driftwood comes in four great-looking solid colors, including porpoise gray (shown).Jon Whittle Photography

Pelagic Hyrdo-Lite Pro

pelagic hyrdo lite pro boardshorts
Long a favorite brand among offshore anglers, the Hydro-Lite Pro boardshorts feature two front and one back zipper pockets and a right-hip pliers pocket. Constructed in Pelagic's signature quick-drying eight-way mechanical stretch fabric, and with its patented Stain-Repel and Hydro-Repel coatings, these shorts are available in two new prints: Scales and Hexed (shown).Jon Whittle Photography

Bluefin USA Camo

Bluefin usa camo board shorts
With UV protection in a breathable microfiber fabric that is also anti-microbial and anti-pilling, the Camo boardshorts look great in the cockpit. The traditional boardshorts style has one side-cargo and one back pocket, with front-tie closure. It’s also cut to allow for maximum freedom of movement on board or in the water.Jon Whittle Photography

Columbia PFG Offshore

Columbia pfg offshore camo boardshorts
The PFG Offshore camo fade boardshorts are one of Columbia Sportswear's signature bluewater styles. They feature sweat-wicking fabric, UPF-50 sun protection and even a built-in bottle opener near the cargo pocket. There are six great camo fade designs available.Jon Whittle Photography