An Overlooked Piece of Equipment – The 5 Best Fishing Vests
Dedicated anglers are packing up their tackle, cleaning up the rods making sure the reels are all in good working condition. Most anglers pride themselves on their equipment.
They do their best to make sure that they have all their bases covered before they head out. Most anglers pack in advance before a day on the water!
You make your check list in your head-hooks (check)-bait (check)-sunglasses (check)-fishing vest (uhm nope). A fishing vest is an important piece of equipment that makes fishing so much easier yet it is often overlooked.
Sure it is not as exciting as the newest jig to hit the market but it is an essential part of fishing, especially for the fly fisherman.
Fly Fishing Vest
Typically fishing vests are used by those that fly fish with good cause. You need a way to tote all those little things that you need while you are standing waist deep in waders in the middle of the river.
The vest makes it easier to carry all the little things like tippets, clippers, leaders, flies, fly floatants, weights and a wide range of other items that you would like to have with you.
If you do not fly fish you still could use a vest to hold an assortment of things that you would like to have on hand while you are fishing so you do not have to constantly stop to rummage through a tackle box.
A Few Mistakes to Avoid
If you are a fly fisherman you likely dumped a nice sum of money on your rod and that is okay, it is important to have the right equipment BUT don’t try to recoup some of the savings by going to cheap on a vest.
You need a vest AND it has to be good quality or you will wind up with a heap of junk that never gets used.
The next mistake is just not buying one. A vest is nothing more than a piece of material sewn together with a bevy of pockets that you can stuff full of glorious fishing gear. They are comfortable and easy to wear and they serve a huge purpose. Get one!
Find the Balance
The best fishing vests have a balance of just the right sized pockets and the right amount of pockets. Some vests just go overboard with the number of pockets and you just wind up taking stuff with you that you do not need and spending an inordinate amount of time searching pockets.
We looked at quite a few vests and asked around to see what other people were using and we came up with the top 5 vests that are balanced and well made.
The Top 5 Best Fishing Vests
We won’t admonish you anymore about the need for you to get a fishing vest, instead we are going to share with you the ones that we really like and why.
Fly Fishing Vest Mesh by AnglaTech Adjustable for Men and Women – Premium Gear, Packs and Vests for FlyFishing 2017 Design – This is a great vest that really balances out nicely the number of pockets and the size of the pockets. It has two waterproof pockets that are great to stash your electronics safe.
It has adjustable shoulder straps for a perfect fit regardless your size. It also includes a built in drink holder. It is made from Ripstop nylon so it is nice and durable.
Overall this is an ideal option for anyone who fishes. It has a total of 5 pockets that are just the right size.
SF Fly Fishing Mesh Vest with Back Pack Adjustable Size – This is a vest backpack combo. It is great for anyone that wants to be able to carry everything with them and not have to worry about making their way back to camp.
It is lightweight at about 910g and durable. It has enough pockets to keep everything you need readily available and also has an easy to use rod holder as well. This is also affordable.
Redington Clark Fork Mesh Fly Fishing Vest Size Small Medium Large XL XXL & XXXL – This is one of the most popular vests on the market.
It is an excellent option because of its fast wicking properties that help to keep you cool and dry and it offers a nice range of pockets that are just the right size.
We did say don’t go too cheap on the vest but this one is pretty inexpensive and we still loved it. The sizes do run a little big so don’t order a size larger than you think you need.
Allen Company Gallatin Ultra Light Strap Fishing Vest, Olive – If your aversion to fishing vests is that you cannot stand to put on another layer of clothing or you feel it will impede your movement this vest is the solution. It slips on like a harness and is wide open in the back.
The front has pouches and pockets but it does not come up high on the shoulders. It can give you the freedom of movement that you want with the convenience that you need. It is also really affordable.
Fly Fishing Backpack and Vest Combo by AnglaTech with 1.5 Liter Hydration Water Bladder for Men and Women Adjustable Breathable Back Pack, Packs, Gear and Vests for FlyFishing 2017 Design – We loved this vest because it has the water bladder, it is an open design and it offers everything you could want in a vest for fishing however it is the most expensive vest on our list.
It is absolutely in our opinion worth the investment! Get a vest you will be glad you did!