What to Wear When You Go Fishing

Fishing is something I enjoy, and it can easily take up an entire day. Through the years, I have learned that to get the most fun out of it, I am always in the right fishing attire. Specific clothes for fishing guarantee that you can move without any restrictions and that you are always comfortable.

The best fishing clothing also does not have to be pricey. If you give yourself ample time to shop, you will come across bargains. These finds could also be just as good as their more expensive counterparts. (Read What You Need Fishing)

Fishing is also a relatively simple activity that does not demand too much on clothing.

Man fishing in a lake

Weather Conditions

The time of year and the expected weather will guide how you dress. What to wear when you go fishing will depend largely on this. Cooperate with the climate, and this will determine the difference between a good fishing trip and an outstanding one.

What do Fishermen Wear in Warm Weather?


Let us start at the bottom. The shoe sole determines good fishing footwear. You will want a strong sole with firm traction, especially on wet surfaces. Examples would be water sandals made particularly for wet situations. They come with standard non-slip soles that provide a good grip on wet surfaces.

Water sandals also help keep your feet dry faster in case they get wet. Shoes, on the other hand, offer superior foot protection.

If I want to wear closed shoes, I select footwear made of waterproof and breathable materials. My shoes also have clever drain holes, so water easily escapes.

Lower Body

For hot summer days, nothing beats shorts for fishing, especially a cargo pair with many pockets. The fabric should be synthetic and lightweight, so they are fast-drying. I also like to wear lightweight convertible pants with zippers that join the upper and lower leg parts, giving me options in case the temperature drops.

Upper Body

Opt for an upper shirt that is again made of lightweight material that will dry quickly. Long sleeve moisture-wicking shirts can provide arm protection from the sun, keeping you free from sunburn. A shirt made from nylon will help to keep you cool in the heat.

Head Gear

Bring a relatively wide-brimmed hat that helps to shield your face from the sun. You will also be able to see more clearly in bright sunshine. Speaking of eyesight, a pair of appropriate UV graded sunglasses will make sure you see clearly. A good pair of polarized sunglasses is one of the most useful accessories for a fishing trip.

The polarization reduces the sun’s glare, which means you will see through the water as the reflection is reduced. Sunglasses, of course, protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Skin Protection

Regardless of the clothes you are wearing, and how well covered you are, sunscreen is mandatory. Apply your brand of choice on all naked body parts, then reapply around every two hours or as specified by the manufacturer.


More than anything, a pair of gloves will help protect your exposed hands from the sun. Unprotected sun exposure can cause skin cancer. A simple pair of gloves will go a long way towards protecting you from such a deadly disease.

What to Wear In Cooler Weather


Fishing boots are necessary for cold-weather fishing. These are, of course, waterproof and come with a sturdy, non-slip rubber sole. Besides keeping your feet dry and warm, your boots must be comfortable to wear since you will have them on for hours.

Base Layer

A base layer is important for cold temperatures since it serves two purposes. First, it insulates the body’s natural heat and prevents it from escaping. Second, it moves moisture away from the skin to the garment’s outer part to aid evaporation.

Man in a snowy weather

Mid Layers

A mid-layer should keep in the natural warmth of your body while keeping the cold out. An effective mid-layer example is a hooded technical fleece jacket. This is a vital layer piece will determine how warm and comfortable you are throughout the day. (What to Wear Hiking in Summer)

Rain Gear

Opting for a waterproof outer layer is very important for an exterior defense against cold weather. Shielding the base and mid-layers from precipitation like rain, sleet or snow is essential in keeping you dry, warm, and comfortable during a day of cold or wet weather fishing. A hooded rain jacket could prove very useful as an outer layer, covering a hat.


Gloves are not very popular with anglers since many of them find they hamper the use of their hands. They say gloves can make casting the rod and reeling in catches difficult. However, it would be wise to bring a pair to keep your hands warm on colder fishing trips, or at least before the actual angling begins.


A cold-weather hat paired with a scarf or fishing buff will go a long way towards keeping your head, face, ears, and neck comfortable. A buff might have the edge over a scarf since it will not move around and is more form-fitting. Many hat designs cover the ears and can aid in protecting them from the cold wind. (Read Magnet Fishing Tips)

Dress Smart for a Fun Day

Wearing the right clothes for any activity is always a good idea. Fishing is no exception, and you will likely be spending many hours sitting under the sun or in the cold. Wear clothes that provide protection, comfort, and safety, and you will guarantee a day that will be free from any unwanted incident.

What To Wear When You Go Fishing