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Fishing Gear for the Ladies

The best gear and accessories for female anglers

April 24, 2020

Far from the “shrink it and pink it” mentality that was once applied to ladies’ angling apparel, today’s choices are just as technologically advanced as those offered for men. High-performance fabrics combine with styles that are as attractive as they are durable, with most offering high-UPF sun-protection ratings that dry quickly and function at the highest levels.

Apparel

Columbia Cool Release Long-Sleeved Shirt

Columbia Cool Release Long-Sleeved Shirt
Columbia Cool Release Long-Sleeved Shirt Columbia

Built for versatility and all-day performance on the water, the Cool Release long-sleeved shirt utilizes Omni-Shield Blood and Guts stain-repellent technology, as well as Omni-Freeze perspiration-activated cooling and UPF 50 sun protection. Back and shoulder vents give it optimal air circulation, and there’s a built-in sunglasses cleaning patch. columbia.com

Pelagic Exo-Tech Americamo

Pelagic Exo-Tech Americamo
Pelagic Exo-Tech Americamo Pelagic

Debuting in summer 2022 is a new Americamo pattern in the Exo-Tech line, which features a highly breathable technical fabric, long sleeves, and a built-in hood for outstanding sun protection. pelagicgear.com

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Pelagic Maui Leggings

Pelagic Maui Leggings
Pelagic Maui Leggings Pelagic

The Maui leggings combine UPF 50-plus sun protection with performance fabrics and moisture-management technology to keep you cool and comfortable, even in the most brutal tropical conditions. The updated Americamo pattern is new for summer 2022. pelagicgear.com

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Salt Life TropX Nanotex

Salt Life TropX Nanotex
Salt Life TropX Nanotex Salt Life

New for this year is the TropX Nanotex performance front-tie tee, which utilizes an ­
ultra-lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric for ­all-day comfort. It’s also antimicrobial and offers UPF 30 sun protection. saltlife.com

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AFTCO Women’s Field Shorts

AFTCO Women's Field Shorts.
AFTCO Women’s Field Shorts. AFTCO

New from the American Fishing Tackle company is the Women’s Field Shorts. With its quick-drying, moisture-wicking construction and packed with some great features, it’s the perfect choice for active lady anglers. aftco.com

Columbia PFG OutDry Hybrid Jacket

The PFG OutDry Hybrid jacket is waterproof and breathable, with vents beneath the arms to reduce excess heat—perfect for fishing in warmer climates. There’s an internal mesh lining and fully adjustable hood, hem and cuffs .

Grundens Petrus Bib Pants

Tailored and styled specifically for women, the Petrus bib pants offer lightweight comfort with excellent protection from wind and waves.

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Footwear

XtraTuf Ankle Deck Boots

Aside from being completely waterproof, these ankle deck boots also feature an anti-microbial lining plus front and rear pull tabs. The anti-marking chevron soles give them superb grip on virtually any surface.

Accessories

Stranded at Sea

Stranded at Sea Wide-Brimmed Hat
Stranded at Sea Wide-Brimmed Hat Stranded at Sea

With UPF 30-plus sun protection, a concealable sun flap, and moisture-wicking headband plus an adjustable drawcord, this wide-brimmed hat is sure to be a favorite. The polyester/nylon construction is durable, has insect-repellent technology, and it also floats.
strandedatsea.com

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Tormenter Hibiscus

Tormenter Hibiscus
Tormenter Hibiscus Tormenter

Every serious fisherman needs a good hat, and the Hibiscus from Tormenter fits the bill nicely. It’s made of a durable, quick-drying material that will remain bright and colorful for many seasons without fading. tormenterocean.com

Costa Sunglasses

Costa del Mar sunglasses.
Costa del Mar Waterwoman II sunglasses. Jon Whittle

Designed for ladies with an active on-the-water lifestyle, the Waterwoman II will have you looking good in the sun, while also offering excellent eye protection from harmful UV rays. There are several frame and lens options.

Smith Optics Caper Sunglasses

The Caper is a bestseller thanks to the ChromaPop polarized anti-reflective lenses, which amplify natural color and enhance definition for greater clarity.

Salty Dog Holster

Salty Dog Holster
Salty Dog Holster Jon Whittle

Having a good pair of pliers close at hand is important. We love these molded holsters from Salty Dog, which are available in a variety of patterns. They have other models to hold release tools and bait knives as well.

C4 Belt

C4 Belt
C4 Belt Jon Whittle

Form and function meets beauty with these new belts from C4. The plastic buckle won’t scratch the boat, there is no metal to tarnish or rust, and a lifetime guarantee is standard. An array of unique ­patterns is available.

Vanmark Jewelry

Vanmark Jewelry Marlin Necklace.
Vanmark Jewelry Marlin Necklace. Jon Whittle

Accessorize any look with the finishing touch: a custom piece of fishing-inspired art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Vanmark Jewelry can create nearly any piece, limited only by your budget and imagination.

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