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A Guide to Choosing a Fly Fishing Shirt

Choosing a Fishing ShirtChoosing a Fishing Shirt

Which Fly Fishing Shirt?

A lightweight, comfortable and purpose-designed FLY FISHING SHIRT is a must for the serious angler and fishing shirts have come a long way from the traditional tattersalls and cotton shirts of years gone by. Not that these don’t still have their place for the river and stillwater but things have certainly taken a big step into the modern era and anglers have taken advantage of some of the many advances in modern day materials and synthetics. 

Cold weather fishing shirts with warm linings have reduced the need for quite so many layers if you are the most ardent of winter grayling anglers who relish the challenge but demand warmth and comfort.

Technical fishing shirts come in all shapes and sizes and will cater for any requirement you can pretty much come up with. They are highly breathable and quick drying. Specialist tropical shirts, ideal for the traveling flats angler or someone wanting protection from the sun and the comfort of lightweight materials offer the angler SPF (sun protection factor) of up to 30 or even 50 to minimise any opportunity to burn through your clothes. Traditional button up long and short sleeved shirts which are often vented for temperature regulation are standard fair for hot weather. In some instances, these have started to incorporate technical stretch materials in the sleeves with some even being impregnated with insect repellents to keep the biters away. 

Technical t-shirts have really grown in popularity, these long sleeves tees are very comfortable but don’t offer the venting which is often found on their button up cousins. Whether used for fishing in or relaxing after a long day on the flats these have become the go to choice for many. These shirts often come with an integrated hood to protect against the elements further and reduce any unwanted glare or sunlight hitting your face, these can a great addition to a buff or sungaitor.

Brands including Simms, Sage, Snowbee and Patagonia all produce fishing shirts built for comfort. Our preference is for a shirt with decent-sized bellows pocket that will carry a fly box together with some spare tippet material and any other small accessories needed. We also recommend the back of the shirt is vented, allowing for air circulation inside the shirt and helping keep you cool. Fishing shirts are cut to allow freedom of movement and should not impede casting.


For more help and information on purchasing your new fishing shirt contact Sportfish on 01544  327111 or email

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