They say the reason men love fishing is that it lets them sit inside their ‘nothing box’ all day. But America’s most famous fly fishing experts were a talented couple, Lee and Joan Wulff. So there’s definitely room in there for the ladies. As a champion fisher, you want clothes that are functional … but also stylish. So let’s explore some women’s fishing outfits.
Women’s Fishing Outfits
1. Cute and Simple
A lot goes into planning an outfit, whether you’re at a party, office function, or out on the ocean. Some girls prefer the practical approach and don’t much care how they look. But many girls want to look cute even when they’re doing something considered masculine.
The simplest way to go – in either category – is a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. You don’t have to get designated fishing shorts – your favorite cut-off jeans will do. Wear a t-shirt you don’t mind ruining, because the sun, salt, and sand will quickly wash those colors out!
2. High Fashion Angling
According to the stereotype, women can’t be taken seriously at work if their clothes are too fashionable or feminine. This ranges from professors and doctors in flowery frills and make-up to fisherwomen who think about their hair. But it doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario.
If your wardrobe is important to you, and if your clothes won’t mess with your technique, go for it! This women’s fishing outfit is the perfect example. The white sailing shorts reflect light and heat without impeding movement, while the sailor’s shirt and hat add a touch of flair.
3. Cheeky but Chunky
When you’re out on the ocean (or river or lake), you’re mostly concerned about getting soaked and/or overheating. So it can be smart to fish in a bikini if you’re a strong swimmer. That way, you can jump into the water and cool off. Or splash yourself with a bottle or hose.
But the wind can get quite chilly too. And your exposed arms can get a nasty case of sunburn if you’re susceptible. Wear sunscreen, even though you’ll sweat it off. And consider having a long-sleeved in light cotton for protection. Extra points if it has a playful fishing quote on it.
4. Wet and Worth It!
The type of fishing influences which women’s fishing outfit you select. For fly-fishing, you’re submerged up to your knees, sometimes higher. So think about the temperature of the water. If it’s chilly (or if you’re worried about aquatic creatures rubbing your legs), opt for waders.
But if the water (and weather) is warm and you’re not squeamish, you can wear tiny cotton shorts. They’ll dry quickly and won’t give you the sniffles. For your upper body, a thin long-sleeved shirt will keep you warm and comfy. Add a hoodie and a fishing hat or baseball cap.
5. Cozy but Cute
Fishing isn’t always about sun and sand. Sometimes, you’re fishing on the ice, or in lower temperatures. You may even be planning on a pre-dawn or post-dusk angling trip. So the focus is to wear quick-drying clothes that are still sufficiently warm and allow movement.
Thermal underwear is a must. Get one with long sleeves and a turtleneck. They’re soft on your skin and have enough stretch to let you maneuver. Fishing vests and bubble jackets make ideal outerwear – the pockets are handy! Don’t forget your beanie hat and sunglasses.
6. Close Cover
Is it important to cover your face while fishing? Yes, because the wind is harsh and the sun often reflects violently against the water. The resulting glare can affect visibility, so you do need ark glasses. And the rays that bounce off the water can often cause persistent sunburns.
Use a sun mask, synthetic ski mask, bandana, balaclava, or scarf over your nose and mouth, but be sure you can breathe. A hat with a brim protects you better than a beanie, but they’ll cover any sensitive areas on your scalp from direct sun damage. Long sleeves are good too.
7. Layered Up
Another shortcut is to take a tip from the guys and then feminize their choices. We mentioned waders earlier – they’re waterproof overalls that may cover your feet and thighs. Or they might be styled like massive pants that come up to your chest and are secured at waist level.
You can get women’s waders that are better molded for the female form. But they’re not as easily available, so be careful when shopping among the men. Under your waders, wear thermal inners and practical pants. Cover your nose and mouth and wear a beanie to boot.
8. Water Workout
Have you considered using gym clothes as a women’s fishing outfit? The stretchy fabric is perfect for all the straining and bending you’ll do as you handle your gear and haul your catch. Plus workout clothes are designed to withstand heavy sweating and muscle strain.
This makes them ideal for the watery conditions of your trip. But you probably don’t want to ruin a brand new UnderArmour or Lululemon, so grab your rattiest sports bra or tank top and an old pair of tights or yoga pants. Throw on a hat and sunglasses to protect your face.
9. Cambodian Casual
Top fashion designers already know their ideas can come from the most unexpected places. And yours can too! Take these Cambodian women for example. Their job is to bring in the kep crabs after the men are done fishing, but their outfits are perfect for watery adventures!
Let’s break it down. Their sun hats have a large brim that’s larger at the front for sun protection. They wear their hats with matching scarves that protect their hair and necks from sun, wind, and cold. Below, a colorful shirt and plain pants keep you visible in bad weather.
10. Bright and Tight
Shorts and tights are the go-to options for fishing. Both are weather-friendly, but tights are safer if the water is cold, if your legs are fair and/or prone to sunburn, and if you’re too rushed to shave. For tights (aka leggings), bright colors are better in case it gets foggy.
Wear boating shoes or boots that offer effective traction on slippery rocks of wave-soaked decks. And be sure your shorts or pants are a lightweight material. Sweatpants are a no-no because they’ll get heavy and weighed down when wet so they’ll interfere with movement.
11. Overalls and Flannel
Flannel shirts work for anything from rodeos to fishing boats. But you shouldn’t wear them if the weather is humid – you’ll cook inside your clothes! Flannel is best if the area where you’re fishing is chilly and/or bug-infested. Then your long sleeves will be a true blessing.
Look for a fitted women’s shirt – men’s shirts are baggy and the extra fabric may get in your way. You can wear your checked shirt with Daisy Duke shorts or with farming overalls. The latter are great because they have lots of pockets. Cargo pants or shorts are equally useful.
12. Kayak Couture
You might be fishing solo in a kayak, canoe, or float tube. In that case, you can expect to get wet and extremely sunburnt! You can’t do much about the sun, since any sunscreen you wear will wash off. But it helps to keep your skin exposed because you’re in close contact with water.
A sleeveless fitted t-shirt or tank top works well, with a life vest over it in case your boat capsizes. To keep your scalp cool, a basic baseball cap is fine, though you could go for a straw hat or fishing hat. Cotton shorts or cut-offs will complete your outfit if the weather is warm.
13. Vacation Volley
Are you fishing at a fancy resort or a lake cabin owned by your partner’s grandparents? Just like in real estate, location is a key factor for women’s fishing fashion. If you’re on holiday, you want to look good in the pictures, so put a bit more thought into your outfit.
This one looks simple but it’s carefully put together. That long-sleeved white shirt with blue or black horizontal stripes is a sailing staple. Wear it with distressed denim jeans tucked into rubber boots – they won’t mind the extra fading. Add a hat, sunglasses, and a fishing jacket.
14. Structured Style
While you can technically wear any old t-shirt while you fish, there is such a thing as a fishing shirt. They’re often made of stretchy, water-friendly fabrics similar to bathing suits. They wick sweat and water, protect you from sunburn, and warm you up in windy weather.
Some of these fishing shirts are bright and colorful in case you face dark or hazy conditions. You could wear your fishing shirt with tailored shorts that show off your figure while leaving you free to work those muscles. As always, you need a hat, sunglasses, and neck protection.
15. Over and Under
When you’re compiling your fishing outfit, don’t forget fishing gloves. They’ll give you a firmer grip on your rods, nets, and gear, plus you can grab the fish better too! And they can save your hands from the typical knicks, cuts, rope sores, and injuries you’ll get while fishing.
And even if you’re buying from an athletic brand, you could buy pieces specified for fishing, like this stretchy Underarmour hoodie. It’s light enough to handle sweat and water, but warm enough to keep the chill off. Finish off with sneakers and a gold hat or tennis visor.
16. Shiny Sweats
Cotton sweatpants and tracksuits are fine for tea trips on chilly mornings. But they’re not the best for actual exercise because moisture weighs them down. Plus, the elastic bands may slip off while you work – fishing can be strenuous! So look for synthetic sweats workout clothes.
You can usually identify them because they have a stretch and shine to them. In this case, a loose-fitting sweatshirt is paired with jungle green leggings and a baseball cap to make the perfect women’s fishing outfit. Dark wraparound sunglasses effectively crown the look
17. Tan Temptations
For game fishing, you’ll mostly stay on the boat, though the speed and harpoons do create a lot of sea spray. So you may be happier fishing without pants, though your bikini bottom needs to be well knotted. Your upper body may still get chilly so a thermal shirt is smart.
Visors are fine to keep the sun out of your eye, but remember, sweat and water will flatten the hair on your head. That can leave parts of your scalp exposed, so you’re safer with a baseball cap, straw hat, or bandanna that gives you full coverage. And sunglasses are a must.
18. Cute and Colourful
Conditions can change rapidly when you’re fishing. A storm may break out, or clouds may cover the sun. So it helps to wear bright, reflective clothes as a safety tip. Also, you may notice fly-fishing lures are deliberately eye-catching to attract the fish. Try the same trick!
These ladies have paired neon-colored leggings with loud bubble jackets. The jackets offer warmth, visibility, and protection against rain, while the synthetic tights prevent that chilly feeling you get from wet denim. (Don’t wear jeans – you’ll freeze once they soak through!)
19. But … Jeans!
Okay, fine. So the boys wear jeans on the boat and you don’t see why you can’t. If you insist, get a worn, faded pair that’s pale and threadbare. Reason being jeans hold water, so when you sweat or get wet, they will keep that moisture in and you could catch the nastiest chill.
So if you must wear jeans, go for cut-offs, flimsy fabrics, or wear thigh-high waders like these over your jeans. Add a fishing vest for your gear (and your phone) and a pretty cowboy hat. But you may need a bandana or a scarf under the hat because that felt isn’t good with sweat.
20. Go Nuts!
You may want to rebel against practicality and wear fabulous fishing clothes. Go you! But be sure your fashion choices don’t stop you catching fish! If you must wear a dress, keep it short and loose-fitting so you can still move freely. Fishnet stocks are a cool but naughty touch.
They won’t offer much warmth though, so you could go for sheer synthetic leggings with a fishnet print. You need a warm, waterproof jacket, so pick one that goes with your dress. If you must wear make-up, get the waterproof kind. Be sure your shoes can handle wet spaces!
21. Girly Glamour
It makes sense to wear shorts or pants while fishing. Why? Tight, straight skirts may restrict movement while loose, frilly ones may snag your fishing gear. But you may need to dress that way for modesty, religious reasons, or preference. So pick the right items for your activity.
An A-line skirt is good because it leaves your limbs free. It should be knee-length or slightly lower, and you can wear pants or leggings underneath. Add knee-length or thigh-length rubber boots for warmth and practicality. Up top, long sleeves and a fishing vest will do.
Do you have any more ideas about women’s fishing outfits? Tell us in the comments section!