We tested women's fishing gear to upgrade your kit.
We tested women's fishing gear to upgrade your kit. (Inga Hendrickson)

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

Upgrade your kit with well-made essentials

We tested women's fishing gear to upgrade your kit.

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Women’s Kit

(Courtesy Orvis)

Orvis Mirage LT IV Reel ($429)

The sealed-carbon drag system on the Mirage LT is so smooth, you’ll have to face the fact that you lost that trout on your own.

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(Courtesy Voormi)

Voormi Thermal II Quarter-Zip ($129)

Made with merino wool, the Thermal II is a base layer that keeps you warm even when it gets wet.

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(Courtesy Art 4 All)

Art 4 All Fish Print Beanie ($24)

Featuring a design by artist Abby Paffrath, this hat is knit with a cozy and soft wool blend.

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(Courtesy Columbia)

Columbia Hillsdale Spring Reversible Jacket ($140)

The Hillsdale fits like a waterproof-breathable second skin. Stretchy polyester hugs your body and won’t creep up, keeping cold blasts from hitting your back while you’re perfecting that D-loop.

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(Courtesy Redington)

Redington Sonic-Pro Waders ($300)

There are a lot of great women’s waders on the market. These top the list because of their durability and no-nonsense performance. They’re also flattering, easy to get on and off, and so breathable you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

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(Courtesy Matador)

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Pack ($65)

This waterproof hauler is the perfect companion for a traveling ­angler. It packs down to the size of a burrito, weighs only 6.6 ounces, and holds all the necessities while you’re on the water. 

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(Courtesy Patagonia/Danner)

Patagonia x Danner Foot ­Tractor Wading Boots ($499)

These boots, jointly developed by Patagonia and Danner, are as comfortable out of the box as your favorite worn-in hikers and built to last for decades. They’re also wide, so you feel stabler on your feet, and the stitch-down construction means they can be resoled when the time comes.

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(Courtesy Rio)

Rio DirectCore Flats Pro Line ($120)

This may be the perfect saltwater fly line. It retains its stiffness in muggy heat, lies flat on the water without curling, and has three distance-marking colors.

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(Courtesy Costa)

Costa WaterWoman Sunglasses ($209)

Good luck casting for fish you can’t see. The WaterWoman fits nicely under the brim of a hat, and the lenses reduce glare so you have an easier time spotting your target.

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(Courtesy Sage)

Sage Spectrum Max Reel ($500)

No more guessing where you set your drag in the middle of fighting a saltwater game fish. The Spectrum Max’s easily visible numbers tell you at a glance.

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

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