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Women’s Fishing Outfits: 4 Essentials to Wear on the Boat

In recent years, fishing apparel designers have worked hard to create new attire for women. Although some men’s fishing shirts and pants fit women, others are too baggy and hard to move comfortably while fishing. The wide range of weather across America can make it tricky to shop for the right clothing, but with the right layers, anglers can be ready for any situation.

This list of essentials for women is similar to what men should wear, though the criteria for women are a little different. Women’s fishing outfits don’t have to look the same as men’s outfits. They can be fashionable and flattering, without sacrificing practicality. Check out these tips on what to wear while fishing on a boat.

1. Base Layers

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T-shirts, tank tops and long-sleeved shirts can all make excellent base layers, depending on weather and temperature. While long-sleeved shirts provide excellent UV protection, they might be too warm for use as a base layer. Base layers should be relatively close-fitting to avoid unnecessary bulk under top layers.

Base layers are important because they give you something to wear if you need to change the top layer. They can also help wick away sweat and excess moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable in any weather.

Look for base layers that are made of polyester, which is engineered to wick away moisture much faster than cotton. A small amount of spandex can also help the top fit properly. The Huk Pursuit line of long-sleeved shirts is a perfect example of how to blend materials for a perfect fit.

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2. Collared Shirt

Collared long-sleeve shirts can provide sun protection while keeping anglers cool. Button-down shirts offer classic, yet casual, protection that can be easily removed without knocking off a hat or sunglasses. Wearing a collared shirt helps layer on long outings when the temperature will change over time. It also helps protect the back of your neck from the sun’s harsh rays.

Huk has new collared shirts for women with lightweight, moisture-wicking stretch fabric to keep anglers cool all day. Huk even has micro-perforated underarm and back fabric and antimicrobial treatment, so you’ll stay fresh no matter how long you’re out in the sun.

3. Jacket or Hoodie

Even on warm days, having an extra layer can help when the wind picks up. Taking off a wet jacket can make a huge difference, especially when dealing with sea spray or turbulent waves. Hoodies are also an excellent option since they provide extra protection from a sudden rainstorm.

Although fleece is best for colder weather, polyester is a good option for cool and warm weather because it can retain warmth as needed while wicking away moisture. As with other layers, cotton should be avoided since it dries slowly.

The Women's Icon X line of hoodies and shirts achieves this perfect balance with its unique camo print polyester. Even cool spring days can cause sunburn, so the UPF protection in the Icon X hoodies and shirts is there to help prevent sunburn.


4. Pants or Shorts

Pants are usually preferable to shorts because they provide a little extra protection from UV rays and stray fishhooks. However, shorts can be handy for sweltering days. They may also be helpful as a backup in case a pair of pants get soaked and need to be hung up to dry.

Avoid denim for your women’s fishing apparel, as it is slow to dry and not always easy to move in. Look for polyester drawstring pants, especially if you plan on wearing shorts or a swimsuit underneath.

For a lightweight pair of pants, try the Huk Journey Pant, which uses 4-way stretch fabric for the ultimate comfort. The fabric is even SPF-rated to provide sun protection, preventing painful sunburns and long-term skin damage.

The Ultimate Gear

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With more women exploring the joy of fishing, attractive and practical women’s fishing outfits are on the rise. Huk is at the front of this trend, bringing shirts, hoodies, pants and shorts to a broader market than ever before. Our options for women are sized to fit correctly in the shoulders and waist, with the perfect sleeve length.

We provide warm-weather and cold-weather gear in a variety of comfortable fabrics and sizes. Our SPF- and UPF-rated pants and shirts help keep you safe, whether you’re boating or relaxing on the shore. We offer the gear you need, whether you’re fishing from a pier in San Diego or trawling from a boat in northern Maine.