This is our favorite men's fly fishing kit.
This is our favorite men's fly fishing kit. (Inga Hendrickson)

The Men’s Fly-Fishing Gear We Loved This Fall

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This is our favorite men's fly fishing kit.

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Men’s Kit

(Courtesy Simms)

Simms Freestone Stockingfoot Waders ($280)

The four-layer construction is tough enough for scrambling through bushes on the approach but sufficiently breathable for midsummer heat.

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(Courtesy Hatch)

Hatch Outdoors 9 Plus Gen 2 ­Finatic Reel ($800)

The nightmare of all saltwater anglers: equipment failure just when you’re about to land a lunker. This reel can run heavier lines and has a water-­resistant drag system, so it won’t let you down.

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(Courtesy Sage)

Sage Spectrum LT Reel ($375)

The Spectrum’s aerospace-grade aluminum frame and sealed-carbon drag system are strong enough to stop anything in fresh water, while its large knob makes for easy handling.

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(Courtesy Howler Brothers)

Howler Brothers Aguacero Jacket ($199)

If the forecast looks questionable, reach for the Aguacero. This 2.5-layer shell takes up minimal space in your pack but will keep you dry in a deluge.

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(Courtesy Gerber)

Gerber Magniplier Salt Pliers ($85)

This tool can help with everything from rigging rods to releasing fish, thanks to carbide cutters and an offset design.

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(Courtesy Tacky)

Tacky Fly Fishing Flydrophobic SD Box ($35)

What’s more annoying than having your flies rust? Lined with an eVent membrane, the Flydrophobic keeps water out but lets vapor escape, so flies dry inside.

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(Courtesy Smith)

Smith Comeback Sunglasses ($169)

The polarized ChromaPop lenses cut glare coming off the water, and the lightweight frames go unnoticed during long days on the boat.

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(Courtesy Fishpond)

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Pouch ($100)

When you need only a little storage, hook this waterproof pouch to your belt or waders and you’re good to go.

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(Courtesy Korkers)

Korkers Devil’s Canyon Boots ($200)

These boots have interchangeable soles that let you match your traction to the terrain: use rubber for the hike in, then switch to felt for wading.

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From Outside Magazine, September/October 2019 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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