The Best Fly Fishing Gear of the Season

We’ve got the greatest fishing gear for your biggest trip yet

No one uses and abuses gear like fly fishermen, and this roundup includes some of our favorite tried-and-true picks for the season. No matter if you’re a backcountry bum or a quick-trip-before-work kind of angler, you’ll find something here for your next excursion. These 17 items range in price and scale, so you'll be sure to find something that fits your budget.

Fulling Mill Paolos Wiggle Bunny
Fulling Mill Paolos Wiggle Bunny
$7.10 • Fulling MillFulling Mill

Like pike fishing? Need a new type of bug for your fly box? Check out Paulo's Wiggle Bunny from Fulling Mill. The tail's movement in the water column is irresistible to predators, while the head pushes a ton of water-grabbing attention for most warm water fish.

Alpine Start Instant Coffee
Alpine Start Instant Coffee
$9 (8-pack) • Alpine Start FoodsAlpine Start Foods

Sick of crappy gas station coffee or bringing bulky gadgets on your fishing adventure for your 100-percent necessary cup of morning joe? Alpine Start is instant coffee that you can blend with hot or cold water for what is easily the best cup of instant coffee out there. I'd even say it rivals many fully-brewed cups you can get on the road. Seriously, it's that good.

RIO Powerflex Plus Tippets
RIO Powerflex Plus Tippets
$10 per spool • Rio ProductsRio Products

RIO Products claims its new Powerflex Plus Tippet is the strongest nylon tippet material ever made. The new material is very soft, yet very strong—20 percent stronger than their regular stuff. It's also got a very small diameter considering how much additional weight it can hold. Plus, you get 50 more yards per spool. Score!

Crazy Creek Drop Sac
Crazy Creek Drop Sac
$30 • Crazy CreekCrazy Creek

This is so simple, yet so handy, after a long day of fishing. It's basically a piece of ripstop nylon with a drawstring that can be used as a changing mat and a place to dump your wet waders and boots at the end of a long day, "containerizing" them and keep the rest of your gear from getting muddy and wet.

Hyrda Pak expedition 8L
Hyrda Pak expedition 8L
$60 • Hydra PakHydra Pak

Hydrapak has introduced its largest water storage container yet at eight liters. It's tough as nails and can literally be run over by a car. The container collapses and compresses when empty, is easy to fill, and is compatible with backcountry water filters. Plus, it has a plug-and-play tap insert that makes pouring water a breeze. Perfect for car camping or basecamp on your next fishing expedition.

Waka Waka Solar Panel, Link and Power 5 Battery
Waka Waka Solar Panel, Link and Power 5 Battery
Power 5 Battery: $50 • Solar Panel: $100 • Waka WakaWaka Waka

Let's face it: More and more of what we do requires some form of power in the backcountry. So if you're going to take along a power source, why not bring one that gives back? For every Waka Waka product you purchase, the company helps someone in a developing country get their hands on batteries or lights. We've been using the Power 5 battery in conjunction with the Solar Panel and have been seriously impressed with the ease of use, design, and portability.

Klymit Litewater Dinghy
Klymit Litewater Dinghy
$170 • KlymitKlymit

Ever hike miles to your favorite lake, only to find all the fish are rising in the middle? What about when you reach that spot on the river where you're cliffed-out and have nowhere to go? Now there's a lightweight, 35-ounce boat you can throw in your backpack to get where you want to go with very little hassle. It even inflates with with its own stuff-sack.

Korkers Women’s Darkhorse
Korkers Women’s Darkhorse
$179 - $199 • KorkersKorkers

Korkers took their classic, BOA-lace-system-enabled Darkhorse wading boot and actually reengineered it for women's feet, rather than just "shrinking it and pinking" it. The boot has a multitude of features that make it perfect for long hikes into the backcountry, including a bunch of interchangeable soles for different traction situations.

Rod Mounts - Rod Up for Trucks
Rod Mounts Rod Up for Trucks
$200 • Rod MountsRod Mounts

This is a super versatile rod rack that hangs in the back of your truck cab and allows rods to be transported inside the vehicle without those goofy-looking tubes on top of your truck. It’s safer, much cheaper, and can carry different rod types, including fly rods, spinning rods, and casting poles. The modular kit allows you to customize exactly as you see fit, and the machining quality is excellent. Rod Mounts also makes these for cars, too.

Smith Sunglasses - Chromapop Glass
Smith Sunglasses Chromapop Glass
$249 • Smith OpticsSmith Optics

Smith Sunglasses is infusing their proprietary "Chromapop" technology into their premium glass lenses. Previously the technology was only available in their plastic versions. The tech filters specific light color crossovers to allow greater definition, natural color, and insane clarity. I've had a pair for a few weeks now and have been blown away by the glass. The new shades are available in three colors for the angler (Polarized Blue Mirror, Polarized Brown, and Polarized Gray) with a handful of popular frames that are water-approved.

Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens in 580G
costa del mar sunrise silver mirror
Price varies on frame choice • Costa Del MarCosta Del Mar

If you fish much at the beginning or end of the day, you know a light touch on sunglass tints can help a ton. Costa's Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens won "Best Eyewear" at the 2017 industry trade show last year with its plastic version—now the company has unveiled this color in their Lightwave Glass with more visual clarity and scratch resistance. The color filters out harsh yellow light, while reducing glare and helping with all day eye fatigue.

Fishpond Submersible Duffel
Fishpond submersible Duffel
$300 - $400, depending on size • FishpondFishpond

Fishpond's fully submersible and completely waterproof duffle bag can actually carry a full length, 9-foot, 4-piece rod tube, and also comes with removable backpack straps. It's made out of 840 denier recycled nylon and is welded together for maximum durability. This is one of the best travel duffles for fishing we've ever used.

Ross Reels - Gunnison
Ross Reels Gunnison
$385 - $395 • Ross ReelsRoss Reels

My first fly reel was a Ross Gunnison. I got it 25-plus years ago, and it's still going strong. The company has redesigned it and just released a new version of that iconic reel that is 10 times sexier and just as strong with updated aesthetics and new technology. It has a fully-machined frame and spool made here in the USA. Sizes run 4- to 8-weight.

New Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders for Women
simms g3 guide waders
$500 • Simms FishingSimms Fishing

Simms sought out female guides for feedback on their new G3 Guide stocking foot waders. The biggest request? A wader that actually fit. This new wader design includes a scalloped top opening with a higher fit on the chest and lower cut on the back. The waders also include two different thicknesses of material on the uppers and legs, and a Gore-Tex membrane that's exclusive to Simms—plus a zippered, reach-through, micro-fleece lined hand-warmer chest pocket.

SAGE HD Salt Rods
SAGE HD Salt Rods
$950 • SageSage

The Sage Salt HD won best saltwater rod at the 2017 International Fly Tackle Dealer show, and for good reason. It's a bad-ass rod designed to handle the biggest, nastiest fish quickly, with a super fast recovery for second shots at fish, delivered with incredible accuracy. Plus, its thin blank and lightweight design helps keep you casting the big bugs all day.

Tepui Tent - Autana SKY Siberian Camo (3 person)
tepui autana sky siberian camo tent
$1,950 • TepuiTepui

Ever seen one of these crazy-looking boxes on top of a car and wondered what it was? Most likely, it's a Tepui tent. So what is that, exactly? It's a tent that lives on top of your vehicle until you need it. When you do, it deploys quickly, is incredibly spacious and comfortable, and proves bombproof against the elements. My 6-year-old daughter and I used the Autana SKY three-person just before Thanksgiving this past year for a couple of days on the Colorado River. It was a hoot. The built-in mattress kept in the heat, and the spacious A-frame set up allowed us to play board games late into the night. The company offers tons of tent styles and options past the base model tents. We were skeptical at first, but became true believers of the product by the end of the trip.

Outcast Boats, OSG Ambush
Outcast Boats, OSG Ambush
$3,599 • Outcast BoatsOutcast Boats

Need a frameless, two-person fishing boat that can handle big water or skinny sloughs? How about one that weighs only 114 pounds and packs up into the back of a car? Look no further than Outcast Boat's OSG Ambush. The inflatable comes with a built-in lean bar, front casting deck, oar towers, and floor.