The best fishing shirts are those that meet every need, which means that the term is subject to individual tastes and locations, times of the year and the general climate. But one thing isn’t a matter of opinion—high-quality construction with materials that are crafted to stand up to any activity. Because fishing is a sport that may take enthusiasts out into the pre-dawn chill and require patient waiting as the sun climbs the sky, it’s vital that any shirt be both breathable and accommodate layering as needed by the individual. We’ve crafted a selection of our favorite options in the online marketplace to help keep your search for the perfect shirt as brief as possible.
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1. Men’s PFG Tamiami II Short Sleeve Shirt from Columbia
This button-front short-sleeved fishing shirt is loaded with features that make it ideal for any fishing trip. Crafted from 100 percent polyester, it stands up to the fight of any fish on the line. But even when you’re practicing patience, it’s perfect. A vented back maintains good airflow. Omni-Wick technology offers a cool, dry experience by wicking away perspiration from the skin. The fabric is designed to soak up moisture and dry quickly. Omni-Shade offers built-in protection from harmful UVA and UVB light, which can damage skin and leave the ardent sport fisher with a tough sunburn. Two self-draining pockets complete this machine-washable wonder, so you can keep all your essential tools close to hand.
2. BALEAF Men’s Long-Sleeved Fishing Shirt
This long-sleeved performance shirt offers is an ideal UPF fishing shirt that provides 50+ UVA and B protection. The flatlock seams and tagless design increase comfort during long wear, and the fabric wicks away moisture from the skin, so you’ll always be dry and cool. Never worry about uncomfortable underarm binding. The sleeves are tailored in a style known as raglan, which provides a full range of motion in this fitted shirt.
3. Columbia Men’s PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt
If you’re in the market for a long-sleeved shirt sporting shirt but prefer a button-down, then this is your lucky day. Available in an array of colors, this machine-washable button closure shirt has long sleeves that can be rolled above the elbow and secured with special tabs. It provides protection from all-day exposure to the sun with special UPF 30 fabric. Hidden vents provide ample air circulation, and the relaxed fit will keep you cool and calm while you wait for the fish to rise.
4. Men’s UPF 50+ Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt by Naviskin
This big and tall fishing shirt is perfect for those who find other products fall short of the mark and leave them tugging their shirt tail or constantly easing an overly strained shoulder yolk. The specially-crafted nylon fabric provides protection from the intense rays of the sun. Plus, this machine-washable shirt transforms into a short-sleeve version of itself via tabs on the upper sleeves. Two utility pockets on the chest allow you to keep all your essential tools close to hand.
5. Men’s Belcoast Short-Sleeved Fishing Shirt from HABIT
This shirt is crafted for those who love spending time in the Great Outdoors. Crafted from 100 percent textured polyester, it provides a Solar Factor UPF of 40+ UV protection. Plus, it’s lined with mesh to fit comfortably all day long while wicking moisture away from your skin. Dual cargo pockets with open flaps allow you to keep fishing lures, tools, and essentials close to hand while on the water. Plus, this shirt is tailored for maximum comfort with sleeves that won’t bind or restrict your range of motion.
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6. Columbia Men’s Terminal Tackle Sun Hoodie
While there are many great shirts that can be worn while you’re patiently waiting for a nibble, this is the ultimate one-in-all package. Not only does it provide sun protection for your torso and arms with its Omni-Shade technology, but it also keeps your face, neck, and scalp covered from the harsh rays of the sun. The built-in hood can’t be forgotten, lost or left behind. Additionally, the long-sleeved hoodie is designed to wick moisture away from your skin and preserve a full range of motion for all-day comfort.
7. Men’s Sun Protection Hoodie by Willit
This is another great option if you’re shopping for a comfortable sun-hoodie to wear in the boat. Crafted from 100 percent polyester with a silky, breathable weave, the fabric wicks away moisture to keep you dry, whether you’re out in the chilly predawn air or under a relentless afternoon sun. The UV protection of UPF 50+ means you can linger on the water without worrying about a painful sunburn later.
8. Wrangler Authentics Men’s Short Sleeve Utility Shirt
For those who want a great shirt for an occasional fishing trip, this is one of the best fishing shirts on the market. Crafted from 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester, the machine-washable shirt is both breathable and lightweight. The button-front closures make it easy to customize and layer your fishing wardrobe to fit the weather conditions and the dual Velcro-flap chest pockets allow you to keep your essential tools for the day close at hand.
9. Men’s Explorer Short Sleeve Button-Down Fishing Shirt from G.H. Bass & Co.
The fabric is a lightweight, breathable blend of 53 percent cotton and 47 percent polyester. When you return home from a day of relaxing fishing, simply toss it in the wash for easy cleaning. Moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry and cool, and the sunblock feature provides protection from harmful UV rays. Keep your wallet and essential tools close to hand in the two chest pockets.
10. Men’s PFG Bahama II Short Sleeve Shirt from Columbia
This all-around useful and comfortable sport shirt is available in a wide array of bright, pleasing shades and useful neutrals. The button front and short, generously tailored sleeves make it simple to customize your wardrobe to your needs. Crafted from 100 percent Tactel ® nylon taffeta, the breathable, relaxed fit may make it your new reason to get out on the water for the day.
Whether you’re planning a season of catching the best fish in the early rise or headed out to sea to see what your line brings in, you want a garment that will protect your from the sun, keep you cool and dry, and stand up to the elements. That requires only the best fishing shirts, crafted with care and resilient materials.
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By BCR Staff