Used to be (back in the day as they say), that fly fishing was largely a “man’s sport”. Unless your name was Joan Wulff, women were largely unrepresented in the world of fly angling; and thereby fly fishing gear. Fly fishing was also seen as a “rich man’s sport” back in the day as well, and we know that with the advent of feature rich gear at low price points; fly angling is no longer left to the elite. And thanks to fly fishing companies recognizing that fly angling is not just “boy’s fun”, there is a a slew of great gear that is coming out that was purpose built for the women angler.
This gear is tailor fit for the feminine fly fisher form and is built with the demanding standards that any piece of fly fishing gear should be constructed. It should go without saying, but if it is a cheap piece of crap, we wont carry it.
If you also have the fly fishing mother in your life, you may want to take note of a few of these items for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebration…
If you are not comfortable on the water, then it can be a crummy day. Waders solve a lot of comfort issues…but if you are uncomfortable in your waders and boots, well then, it still can be a crummy day. Fortunately Simms has stepped up to the plate with their offerings of Women’s G3 Guide Waders along with their Women’s Vapor Boots. Cut for a woman, built for the rigors of hard fishing, hiking, and bushwacking.
So what makes a women’s specific fly rod “women’s specific”. In all honesty, it’s the grip. With a smaller diameter grip, women’s specific fly rods fit well in a women’s hand (that is for women with smaller grips anyway). Tailor built for women angler’s, the Sage GRACE outfit comes in all pink with a pink RIO Gold line and Sage 3200. The Scott Women’s A4 fly rod is slightly more subtle with only pink accents. Both rods are made right here in the U.S.A. and offer outstanding performance
Along with rods and waders, the other necessity of fly fishing is good outerwear. Unless you are a bluebird day, fairweather fly angler; outerwear is vitally important (it keeps you alive). With the influx of women fly anglers, companies have taken note and have acted accordingly. Of perticular note is the Simms Women’s Guide II Jacket, Patagonia’s Nano Puff Vest, and the locally made Fishpond Voormi High-E Hoody.
Along with the necessities, many companies are striving to make better women’s fly fishing specific clothing, sunglasses, and even hats. With companies taking notice of a large demographic that was previously underrepresented in fly fishing, women’s specific fly fishing gear should only get better!