The fishing season is upon us. Lakes are thawing, snow is melting, and the fish are becoming more active. Whether you are fly fisherman, kayaker, baitcaster, or fish from a SUP we’ve teamed up with Moosejaw to outfit you for some epic fishing this year.
Simms Dry Creek Z Sling Pack Starting at: $206.96 We’ve been big fans of the fanny pack for most of our fly fishing adventures for the last few years. After testing the Dry Creek Z Sling Pack we may be converted to the sling pack game permanently. With a comfortable fit and easy access to the interior pockets without removing, this pack gets high marks. Not to mention the bag is completely waterproof and submersible up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, so you don’t need to worry about dropping your bag in the water and can stash valuables like your phone and camera in the pack without hesitation. The internal storage pockets keep you organized and the water resistant exterior pocket creates a net holder so you’ve got quick access when you hook into a lunker. A variety of exterior lash points give you plenty of options for customization. On the water this pack is comfortable and functional you’ve got all your essentials within easy access so you aren’t fumbling around on the water. We won’t be fishing without this pack anytime soon.
A good pair of waders can make or break your day. A good day of fishing can go bad quickly if you spring a leak in your waders. The Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot waders are some of the best out there. Featuring a 4-layer Gore-Tex shell where it really matters in the seat and legs, and a 3-layer Gore-Tex shell in the upper portion, these waders are both waterproof and breathable, keeping you from overheating on those hot days. With functional chest pockets including reach through fleece hand warmers and the removable flip-out tippet tender pocket you’ll have your essentials close by at all times. Simms smartly placed the leg seams in the front and back providing a surprising boost in mobility and actually improves the durability of the seams at the same time. Abrasion resistant gravel guards keep rocks from making their way into your boots and give another layer of protection. If you are looking for some top of the line waders to take into the fishing season look no further than the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot waders.
This is a perfect Combo for your first fly rod rig, but seasoned anglers would not be let down by the performance of the Path-Crosswater Combo. The Path Rod is a graphite rod with medium-fast action that creates a smooth casting experience that any angler would enjoy. We’ve found the rod is equally suited to delicately presenting a dry fly in shallow clear water to spooky fish as it is to punching a nymph rig into a stiff breeze. A true do it all rod that will allow you to focus on the fishing and not on your equipment. The Crosswater Reel is a great value featuring a disc drag system and large arbor to retrieve line quickly. Depending on the line weight you choose you can opt for a saltwater ready line so you’ll be ready to hunt bonefish on the flats on your next beach vacation. Whatever your home water you can be sure the Path-Crosswater Combo will be a top choice for a good day on the water.
Rising Lunker Net 24 Inch Handle Starting at: $164.68 This is a big net, this isn’t a net for your small stream brookies. This is the net you bring when you are after one of those fish of a lifetime type fish, the ones you want to be prepared for to make sure it doesn’t get off at your feet and you get it into the net to get a photo so you aren’t telling your buddies just another one of those fish stories about the one that got away. The 24 inch handle gives you plenty of reach and the large hoop corrals the largest of fish. As all nets should these days the Lunker comes equipped with a rubber net that is easier on the fish and does not strip them of their protective slime. Maybe our favorite feature of the Lunker is the hidden flask, that’s right the handle is sealed and anodized on the inside so you can fill the handle with your favorite spirit and celebrate that new personal record catch with a shot, or on those slow days on the river you’ve got something to take your mind off of things. The handle is also removable so the net packs down a little easier for traveling and transport. When we are chasing big fish whether from shore or boat, we’ll have the lunker by our side.
The traveling fly fisherman needs a way to transport their gear and you are going to need multiple rods in case the worst case scenario happens. Enter the Filson Compact Rod Case. Carry two rods and all your accessories in style and be prepared for whatever may happen when on a trip. The rod case can stash 2 9-ft 4-piece rods and the two exterior pockets have room for fly boxes, reels, extra spools or anything you could need on your fly fishing vacation. The Water-repellent, abrasion resistant Rugged Twill keeps your gear dry and protected on your travels for years to come.
Whether you are on your SUP, kayak, or raft having a good PFD that is designed specifically for fishing makes a big difference. The Chinook is one of the most popular fishing PFDs on the market. With pockets large enough to fit tackle boxes and other accessories and toll attachment points you can have all of your fishing gear close by and easy to access. The high back design and mesh areas keep the PFD comfortable and cool while you are on the water. With multiple adjustment points you can dial in your fit.