Sure, you need fly fishing gear that works well – but should you completely ignore style? The best fly fishing gear and accessories will help you land plenty of catches and help you look good while you’re doing it. With the right customized fly fishing ensemble, you can make a real impact whenever you land that next whopper. After all, if you’ll be commemorating the moment in a photo, you want to look your very best.
Here are a few ways you can customize your gear and look good without sacrificing utility.
Four Great Opportunities For Stylish Fly Fishing Gear
1 – Your Reel
Why settle for a basic metal reel? This is one of your best opportunities to have a “signature” piece that really identifies you and your rod. It might even come in useful if you ever lose track of your rod. A customized reel will mark it as yours, no mistake.
There are plenty of cut-out-style decals that could be placed on a reel. Other companies, like Hatch and Abel, have started producing bold and eye-catching reels with printed-on graphics. You could have your state flag, your favorite fish, or even The Grateful Dead logos – while still rocking an excellent reel.
2 – Your Line
Lines come in plenty of colors, allowing you to customize a line style that will match your look and personality. Better yet, using multiple line colors can even be useful! For example, you might change colors every 100 yards, or even every 50 yards, which allows you to instantly eyeball how far away your cast is. Sure, your leader and tippet need to be “invisible” so that fish can’t see them, but everything else can be as colorful as you like.
You might even choose a specific custom pattern so that every line you cast is clearly yours.
3 – Your rod
A rod should be chosen mainly for its practical value. After all, the last thing you want is for your rod to snap during an epic battle. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Fly fishing rods are available in a huge range of colors and textures, which makes it easier to pick a rod that matches your personality.
The color of the rod truly doesn’t matter, in terms of utility, so this is a great opportunity to express yourself. Coordinate with your reel and line to impress or make for the perfect catch photo.
4 – Waders and Boots
There’s no reason to settle for basic gray (or, worse, toxic yellow) waders anymore. Today, you have more options in waders than ever before. You can get waders and wading boots in any size, and with a wide range of soles that are suitable for walking on any kind of mud or riverbed. You might even want multiple pairs of waders for any situation.
Either way, you’ve got plenty of choices in colors and styles, so they can be matched to your outfit. If the waders are comfortable, useful, and look good, you’ve really hit the trifecta.
In short, there’s no reason to be basic when you’re fishing. Pick the right fly fishinggear and stand out.