High Angling: Gear

Gear Up for Fishing

Here's what you need to catch fish, and stay comfy while landing them.

By Kelly Bastone July 26, 2018 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

1) Cowboy styling meets technical construction in Simms’s UV-thwarting Big Sky shirt. It wicks sweat, boosts ventilation with a mesh back panel, and keeps sunglasses safe in a chest pocket lined with optics-safe cloth. ($80)

2) Striking the ideal balance between durability and breathability, Orvis’s Ultralight Convertible Waders feel comfortable when air temps may read 90 degrees but the Fryingpan’s water remains a foot-numbing 45 degrees. A convenient drop-bib feature converts them into pants for increased ventilation across the chest and back. ($298)

3) The nine-foot, five-weight G rod from Scott, made in Colorado, is the must-have workhorse. This medium-action rod’s flex keeps the Fryingpan’s lunkers from snapping your delicate 6X tippet yet is accurate enough to drop dry flies with precision and grace. ($845)

4) Declare your state pride with Montana Fly Company’s rugged Colorado Flag bug box. ($27) 

5) Keep your camera and fleece jacket safe and dry in Filson’s waterproof Medium Dry Duffel, which fits easily into the bow of most drift boats. ($135)

6) Carbondale-based Boulder Boat Works builds its crafts, like the Guide pro Lowside, from sheets of ultralight, high-density polymer (which makes them virtually leakproof) and hardwoods like white ash (which makes them gorgeous). (From $14,000) 

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