Women’s Fly Fishing Gear Guide: Winter Edition

As winter rolls around again we are all looking through our closets for our cold weather gear. The last thing that you want to be doing is frantically browsing websites for the perfect equipment. To help you out, we have compiled a list of winter gear must-haves for the upcoming months.  


I know, I know, socks are not the most exciting thing in the world, but there is something to be said for having warm, dry feet. Smartwool socks will accomplish this no matter the weather. From the rainiest days of spring to the frigid days of winter, they are comfortable and fit well under waders. My personal favorites are the Smartwool PhD Ski Medium, which I wear year-round.

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Warm Hat:

Rep Your Water is a small brand doing big things. 3 percent of each purchase is donated to conservation partners throughout the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world. The Jumping Trout Knit Hat will keep you warm all day, and you can purchase this hat with the assurance that your money is going to a good cause.

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Rep Your Water
The Rep Your Water Jumping Trout Knit Hat. Photo credit: Garrison Doctor


In one word, Buffs are versatile. From summer to winter, and all of the seasons in between, they will serve you well. In the winter, warmth is key, and Buff has you covered. In addition, they provide sun coverage better than just about any other product. In the warmer months, a Buff will give you a layer of protection against the direct sun, as well as the glare of the sun off of the water; at the same time allowing you to breathe freely. 

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Buff Filter Tube
Buff Filter Tube Mask

Bottom Base Layer:

Next on the list of important gear items is a warm and insulative pair of base layer pants. Thin and warm, the Smartwool Women’s Merino 250 Base Layer Bottoms do the job well, while still being comfortable under waders and snow pants, depending on the day. The soft material does not become bulky or obnoxious and will keep you warm through all of your cold-weather endeavors.

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The Smartwool Women’s Merino 250 Base Layer Bottoms in the color Charcoal Heather.

Top Base Layer:

The Smartwool Women’s Merino Sport 250 Long Sleeve Crew goes perfectly with the bottom base layer, and shares all of the same qualities. The soft, thin fabric is the perfect first layer, setting you up for success and keeping you warm.

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The Smartwool Women’s Merino Sport 250 Long Sleeve Crew in the color Black Geode Pattern.

In addition to standard sizing, Smartwool carries the Women’s Merino 250 Base Layer Bottoms and the Women’s Merino Sport 250 Base Layer Crew in plus sizes.

Down Jacket:    

Cooler temperatures and snowy days call for a quality down jacket, and the Stio Women’s Pinion Down Pullover has got you covered. If you are going to splurge on anything, I would 100 percent recommend this jacket. The ¼ zip helps maintain the perfect temperature, and the thin design of the jacket is both non-intrusive and non-restricting. It fits perfectly under your waders to keep you warm and comfortable throughout your day.     

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Stio Pinion Pullover
The Stio Women’s Down Pinion Pullover. Photo credit: Shyanne Orvis

Rain Jacket:

For those of you who live in the Northwest or any other rainy corner of the world, a good rain jacket is a must. The Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Jacket will protect you from the wind and rain, while not trapping in any moisture. It is perfect on its own over a t-shirt on the warmer days, and over other layers when the temperatures drop.

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Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
The Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Jacket.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide below:

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