What You Should Wear For Fishing: A Guide On Fishing Clothes

Not A Necessity, But Helpful Nonetheless

The clothes that a fisherman wears can be just as important as the gear that he carries. It’s true that most casual fishermen simply wear whatever old clothes they have, but specially designed fishing clothes offer many different advantages that help a fisherman perform better.

Since clothes can impact a fisherman’s performance, I want to go over every piece of clothing that a fisherman can wear. Some of these options are only really useful for specific types of fishermen, but the vast majority of them will help anyone.


Fishermen have to worry about a lot more than a bad sunburn. They have to worry about stray hooks flying into their heads. Some hooks can be removed by a friend, but a lot of the more advanced hooks require a doctor’s help. So, I believe that a good fishing hat is extremely important for every fisherman.

There are two main types of hats that a fisherman can utilize. I personally prefer a baseball cap for the low profile they have, but bucket hats with large brims are arguably the best for most fishermen.

Bucket Hats

Bucket hats and other large brim hats protect a fisherman’s neck, face, and cranium. If the hat is large enough, it can even protect a person’s shoulders.

A lot of people feel that bucket hats looks stupid, and they refuse to wear them. However, they provide a lot of advantages to a fisherman.

The large brim doesn’t just protect the user from the sun’s rays. It protects the users face and neck from being penetrated by a wild hook. Getting hooked isn’t something that happens very often, but it does occasionally happen, and it even affects the pros. A good hat will keep a stray hook from hitting anything important.

Trucker Hats And Baseball Caps

These hats don’t protect a fisherman’s back, but they do look stylish, and they help to keep stray hooks from jamming into a fisherman’s eyes. If a bucket hat is a bit too much, I suggest at least wearing a baseball cap.

A lot of major fishing companies sell baseball-style caps with their logos, and while it doesn’t help fishermen to catch more fish, it does add a certain amount of pride to a fisherman’s ego when they have a major brand name sitting on their head.


When I’m staring at the water, I don’t rely on my hat to decrease the amount of glare that much. I rely on my sunglasses. A lot of major fishing brands have their own lines of sunglasses, but any decent pair will work. However, owning a pair of Abu Garcia or Zebco glasses does help to boost a fisherman’s confidence.

It’s worth noting that sunglasses will only really help when there is a lot of glare present. If it’s a hot summer’s day, and the sun is shining across the water, sunglasses are priceless. However, they’re less useful in the spring and fall when it isn’t as bright. In the winter, sunglasses can be useful for preventing snow blindness. It’ll feel weird to wear sunglasses in the middle of December, but I promise that it’ll help if it’s snowing outside. Then again, most fishermen will probably have their rods stowed away during the winter.


Gloves aren’t technically a necessity. Plenty of fishermen fish everyday without wearing gloves. However, they do offer an advantage in cold climates, and they help when it’s necessary to grab the line frequently.

A good pair of fishing gloves is extremely maneuverable. A thick pair of crappy work gloves will make fishing nearly impossible. There’s simply too much need to feel very light bites for thick gloves to work well.

Another thing to look for is how much a pair of gloves can breathe. Fishing isn’t something that only lasts fifteen minutes, and it’s necessary to wear a pair of gloves that can prevent sweating.

I suggest that all fishermen buy a pair of gloves without fingers. Those allow you to feel the line twitching, and they protect your palms from running lines and cold temperatures. It’s almost always a burden to wear gloves with fingers on them.


Many American’s fish frequently without wearing a fancy fishing shirt. That is fine. Fishing doesn’t require a fifty dollar shirt. However, Those fancy athletic shirts do help prevent excessive sweating, and they’re a lot more comfortable in the summer heat than a white tank top.

Fishing shirts come in many different styles, and most major brands have their own shirts. If it’s going to be hot, I recommend wearing a short sleeved shirt. However, it might be better to wear long sleeves if the sun is out in full force. They might be slightly less comfortable, but long sleeves will prevent sunburns.

If a major brand isn’t available, I recommend buying any shirt that is marketed towards runners and other athletes. They’re designed to absorb sweat, and they’re often very durable. Under Armor makes some great athletic shirts, and so does Nike and Adidas.


Fishing vests aren’t just fashion accessories for old men. They provide easy access to any tackle that is attached to them, and they help protect their users from the cold weather.

Fishing vests typically aren’t used by the average fisherman, but they are commonly found strapped to the chest of fly fishermen and waders. It’s difficult to carry a real tackle box into shallow creeks and streams. So, fly fishermen and others who wade into the shallows will typically attach all of their lures to the front of their fishing vest.


I don’t really recommend wearing shorts while fishing. They leave a fisherman’s legs open for stray hooks to snag on, and they don’t prevent bugs and plants from harming a fisherman’s legs.

If you must wear shorts, I recommend buying a pair that is durable, lightweight, and somewhat tight. Baggier shorts will allow bugs to easily crawl into a fisherman’s personal areas, and they tend to snag on weeds and other plants easier.


Waders are specialized pieces of equipment, and they’re rarely necessary for merely enjoying a day at the lake. However, they’re almost mandatory for fly fishermen, and they’re useful for catching bait fish like minnows and shiners in bait nets.

Waders are insulated pants that go over a fisherman’s regular pants. They prevent a fisherman’s regular pants from getting wet in knee-high water, and they keep fly fishermen warm when they fish frigid streams that come down from icy mountain peaks.


Shoes are the only pieces of fishing kit that all fishermen have to pay attention to. Fishing often requires traversing muddy hills and weed-covered ground with lots of holes. A good pair of shoes will provide ample traction, and it’ll help prevent any sprained ankles from tripping and falling.

I recommend a good pair of boots for every fisherman. They don’t have to be steel-toe boots, but they do need to be durable enough to protect a fisherman’s feet from sliding rocks, and they should definitely have slip-proof soles.

There are special fishing boots made for people who fish in streams or on boats, but they’re not necessary for most fishermen. In fact, most fishermen don’t even wear boots. Normal tennis shoes are often enough to get the job done. I just personally feel that boots are far safer to wear, and they help prevent a lot of minor injuries.


Watches can do a lot more for a fisherman than what most people might think. Besides just telling the time, some watches can keep track of the moon cycle, the temperature, and the air pressure. All of those features can be useful for determining how fish will behave, and they can be vital tools for any fisherman that knows how to use them.

I recommend finding a decent watch that has most of the features that I described above. It will probably cost more than $100 to buy one, but the investment is worthwhile, and it’ll last a very long time.

If you do decide to buy a watch for fishing, I highly recommend buying one that has a waterproof rating of 100 meters or more. The lower numbers may sound deep, but they typically only protect a watch from shorting out from small splashes. Watches with waterproof ratings that are well over 100 meters can survive accidental submersion, and that’s a real threat while fishing.


Fishing clothes aren’t necessary for simply going out for a day of fishing, but they do help, and this article was meant to help guide less experienced fishermen towards buying clothes that will help them succeed. That’s not to say that seasoned pros can’t learn anything from this list, but most of them have probably been using these pieces of clothing for years.

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