Celebrate Your Life – See the World
By J “Kat” Loren ::
Despite the variety of gear for every fish type and fresh or salt water environment, there are just a few simple things a woman needs to enter the world of fly fishing. A hat, waders and wading boots, shorts and pants, fishing vest with flies and nippers attached, and a rod and reel form the basic outfit. How you accessorize from there is up to you. Here is what I pack:
The Chica Women’s Vest is phenomenal – lightweight, stylish and comfortable. Built for a woman’s body with all the right pockets and fleece-lined hand warming pockets. $13.95. fishpondusa.com
My first and still-favorite rod enabled me to leave the intimidation factor behind and step into the Zen of fishing techniques. Included in Patagonia’s Simple Fly Fishing kit, the tenkara-style fly fishing rod comes with a box of flies, line and leader, quick set up guide and a new book by Yvon Chouinard, entitled Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel. Watch the Tenkara fishing videos on YouTube for an amazing introduction to historic fishing then get out and land yourself a trout. $250. patagonia.com.
Moving into the graceful world of fly-fishing calls for a professional rod and reel. Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, WA, the popular Sage line of rods and reels has an exclusive women’s design. Graceful casts and graceful giving is what the GRACE rod is all about. Crafted from Graphite IIIe technology, the GRACE comes fully ready in two outfits: a 5 and 8 weight with a Pink RIO Gold line and Sage 3200 series reel. It offers a fast action with a soft feel, resulting in a responsive, comfortable casting experience. Sage donates $50 from the sale of each GRACE outfit to Casting for Recovery; a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women vital tools to overcome the challenges of breast cancer. Prices vary. sageflyfish.com
No more stuffing yourself into a man’s waders. Pair Up the Willow River wading boots ($99.95) with the Redington Siren Waders ($219) and you’ve got one comfortable set up for an entire day on the river. The stretch mesh back panel moves with you, neoprene underarm gussets maintain a secure fit, & asymmetrical hip room flatters any figure. The Willow River boots are also extremely lightweight so by the end of the day you don’t feel like you have been stomping around in cement blocks. redington.com
Also, for a lightweight rod and reel combo that will fit in your overhead luggage bag, take a Topo Combo package ($219.95) along on your next trip to anywhere. After all, you never know if you will stumble upon a great opportunity to spend a few relaxing hours on the water during your next business trip or family vacation. The Redington Topo combo comes complete with everything you need to fish: rod, reel, RIO line, a tapered RIO leader, flies, a fly box, extra spool of RIO tippet, and a nipper.
Long a favorite outfitter for men’s fishing, SIMMS has developed a wonderful line of fishing clothes for women. The Drifter Shorts ($69.95) and Drifter Pants ($79.95) are stylish and peg you as a serious fisherwoman when you are seen sporting these on the river or around the lodge. Don’t forget the Solar Flex hoodie for sun protection ($59.95).
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J “Kat” Loren is a recent convert to fishing and is an avid explorer of the beauty of life. Her travel articles have appeared in national magazines. J “Kat” Loren is also the author of more than a dozen books. She currently focuses on writing health, fitness, conservation and travel articles. Her blog “Crazi Culture” is a popular read among those who like eclectic topics and travelogues about odd places and adventures. http://www.craziculture.com
“Best Women’s Fly Fishing Gear” is part of the women and fishing series by J. “Kat” Loren. See the feature article “Grace on the Fly” at http://wp.me/p4Dkge-4e. “Grace on the Fly” is part of the women and fishing series by J. “Kat” Loren. The original article and side bars such as “Best Women’s Fly Fishing Gear” was commissioned by NW Travel Magazine and will run in their March/April 2015 issue. See http://nwtravelmag.com.
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