It’s freezing outside, and the thought of wading into ice-cold water almost makes me ache—but I’m already thinking ahead to hitting the stream again come spring. This list of gear includes some of the best new flyfishing products, but also a few items that have proved exceptionally awesome over a few years of use. So, whether you’re rounding out your Christmas list or stocking up for a spring road trip, here’s the gear that’ll help you land a fattie on the fly.
1. Astral Ronny Fisher PFD
*$160, astraldesigns.com Astral ronny fisher pfd
This is a fantastically comfortable PFD born from whitewater lineage but designed specifically for anglers. The super-thin back allows for all-day comfort against high-back seats, and comes complete with a thin vent for hot days. The vest has plenty of storage without being too bulky, and it even boasts a collapsible drink-holder.
2. Steamtech Boats Green Drake
One of the most versatile rubber fishing boats on the market, the Green Drake maneuvers more like a dory than like a raft, due to its unique rocker. It is a pleasure to fish out of all day and can handle serious whitewater, if that’s what you’re up for. It is a true all-around boat that will handle anything you throw at it.
3. DryGuy Travel Dry DX Shoe & Boot Dryer and Warmer
$40, dryguy.com DryGuy
These super portable dryers are perfect for hunting and fishing, but they are also inexpensive, super efficient, and mega light.
4. Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite Phone
$500, globalstar.com Globalstar
The Globalstar GSP-1700 Sat Phone lets you stay connected almost anywhere on Earth, but it is half the size and cost of most of its competitors. It has an exceedingly long battery life to boot and weighs a mere 7.05 ounces.
5. Voormi River Run Hoody
This hoody is worth the cost. Constructed of some of the lightest blended wool ever made, and backed with insanely thin moisture wicking fibers, it handles both extreme heat and chilly mornings alike. Plus, it’s U.S. made with Rocky Mountain wool.
6. Libra Coffee Pourtables
5-pack for $13.00, libracoffee.com Libra Coffee
This is delicious premium coffee on-the-go. The single-serve packets are tiny and can be used anywhere you have hot water and vessel to drink out of. Plus, every time you buy a pack, part of the proceeds fund efforts to provide communities from which the company sources with clean drinking water.
7. Rheos Polarized Floating Sunglasses
$50, rheosgear.com Rheos sunglasses
What else is there to say? These sunglasses are not only polarized but they also float. Rheos have plenty of frames and lenses to choose from, so you can be picky about the style. Plus, the glasses are not rough on the wallet, either.
8. OnXmaps Hunt and Roam Apps for Fishing
OnXmaps are a game-changer for anglers and hunters. The app allows you to find public land, easements, unnamed trails, and property boundaries all right on your phone. A simply amazing piece of software.
9. Grayl Ultralight Purifier Water Bottle
$59, thegrayl.com Grayl
The best one-man water filter out there just got better, with Grayl reducing the weight of their coffee-press-style filter to just 10.9 ounces.
10. Redington Vice Rod
$200, redington.com Redington
Behold, a fast-action but easy-casting four-piece fly rod, with sexy finishes and saltwater-resistant components, that won’t break the bank. It comes in 15 different models, from a 3-weight all the way up to 9.
11. Catch-A-Lure Fly and Lure Retriever
Don’t knock it until you try it. This ingenious gadget attaches right to the end of your rod. With the help of magnets, it grabs flies or lures then “auto-cuts” the mono while the magnets hold on to your hook, bringing back what you got stuck in the tree.
12. Omeals Self-Heating Fully Cooked Meals
$39 for a 4-pack, omeals.com Omeals
Omeals are never freeze-dried, self-heating meals that actually taste pretty damn good. Use 3 to 4 ounces of any liquid, add it to the included heating element, and literally minutes later enjoy a hot breakfast, lunch, or dinner out on the trail. A napkin and utensils are included with every meal.
13. De-Fishing Soap
A delightful-smelling soap infused with tea tree and star anise, De-Fishing Soap pleasantly disposes of the toughest odors out there, from dead fish to cigarette smoke. Plus, it’s all natural, phosphate free, biodegradable, and doesn’t use UV inhibitors.’
14. Simms Headwaters Pro Stockingfoot Wader
$400, simmsfishing.com Simms
The award-winning new Headwaters Pro Stockingfoot wader from Simms has upgraded three-layer Gortex in the lower for more durability. It also has added storage, with molle webbing for tool use, and retooled patterning for a more comfortable fit.
15. Korkers Devils Canyon Wading Boot
$200, korkers.com Korkers
The Devils Canyon Wading Boot is an insanely lightweight boot with an interchangeable sole, BOA closure system, and beefed-up rub areas with recessed stitching.
16. Hatch Outdoors 3 + Finatic Reel
This may be the last trout reel you’ll ever buy. It is a super tough, yet perfectly balanced reel that’s as smooth as butter—and a looker, too.