Camo patterns designed to make it harder for fish to see you aren’t new. If I’m not mistaken, they first popped up on wetsuits made for hardcore spear fishermen over a decade ago. Though such patterns have come and gone among angling apparel companies, this year it seems some reputable brands are putting stock in the concept again. I was kind of shocked by some of the research and development that went into these patterns. Whether they have benefits is questionable, but I can tell you the designs weren’t slapped together by the interns.


On the left is Simms’ new camo pattern designed for flats anglers, though I’d imagine it could work for anyone chasing fish in clear water on a bright day. Rather than create a pixelated camo pattern, or one with unnatural shapes, Simms modeled the look after clouds and blue sky. On the right is the new freshwater camo pattern in Columbia’s Amphibious Assault line. According to the company, this design, aimed at breaking up your silhouette on ponds, lakes, and rivers, was develped by the same folks that test and develop camo patterns for the U.S. Military. The Columbia shirt shown here will cost between $65 and $75.

While I have never worn any fishing camo, I always try to wear muted colors when I wade. If you’re on a boat, then I don’t see the point, because even if you blend into the sky or bank like the Predator, your boat doesn’t. So here’s my take: much like retying your knot after every cast, fishing camo might be overkill, but I guess it can’t exactly hurt your chances either. Thoughts?