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UPF fishing shirts are a great choice for summer wear, and not only because they provide protection from the sun’s damaging rays. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It’s similar to the more widely known SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, of sunscreen, with an important difference: UPF-rated clothing is rated based on protection from both UVA and UVB light. The factor (the number ascribed to the garment) relates to the percentage of available UV radiation the fabric allows to pass. A UPF 50 garment allows only 1/50th UV transmission. And since most UPF shirts are made from synthetic materials, there’s a bonus: They are often highly breathable and quick to dry, so they’re perfect not only for anglers, but for anyone headed to the beach, the golf course, or planning some outdoor exercise.

Built for Comfort

With flat-seam construction and a no-tag design, this top is comfortable under fishing vests, sling packs, and daypacks. BALEAF

Sun protection shirts made with synthetic nylon and polyester fabrics are often highly breathable, so they’re also very comfortable to wear when exercising outdoors, whether it’s sunny or cloudy.

Cool Design

The head covering protects your neck, and integrated thumb holes in the cuffs allow you to protect the backs of your hands, which can easily burn. Willit

Fishing shirts designed as hoodies aren’t just fashionable. They provide solid solar protection for necks and faces, especially when paired with a baseball-style hat.

Best Convertible Design

With chest pockets designed to hold spare leaders and small lure boxes, this top is built for a day on the water. Columbia

A fishing shirt that’s easily switched from long-sleeve to short-sleeve is a great find, since you can wear one shirt in both the heat of midday and the cooler temperatures of morning and evening.

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