Fishing is not just a sport for many outdoor enthusiasts. It's also a way of life, and it's easy to see why. Who doesn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying nature? However, fishing does mean spending lots of time under the sun - whether on a boat, near a lake, or by the shoreline, which puts you at risk.
Exposure to UV rays can lead to serious health concerns and fishermen and women are at a higher risk. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, "it's estimated that people working outdoors such as fishermen can receive a dose of UV radiation of 6 to 8 times higher than people working indoors."
Today, we go over how to best protect your skin from the sun as well as helpful tips on finding UPF clothing for fishermen.
What Are the Best Fishing Shirts for Men?
It's best to keep yourself protected from the sun while fishing. Remember that UV light is also reflected off water, so shade structures don't always help either.
Instead, you want to opt for comprehensive sun protective clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible as well as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The best fishing shirts for men will have the following factors:
- High Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), UPF 50+ is the best.
- Breathable and moisture-wicking.
- Comfortable and easy to wash.
- Easy to layer with as the weather changes.
The best fishing shirts will have a high UPF rating, be lightweight and comfortable, offer comprehensive coverage, and will be easy to match with the rest of your wardrobe - ideally, right?
We always suggest choosing the UPF shirts you will actually wear as well, so be sure to search for shirts you'd want to wear for long hours as fishing can take all day.
What Men Typically Wear to Go Fishing
Fishing attire generally depends on the type of fishing you're doing as well as the weather, the elements, and the preferences of the angler. Here's a general overview of what men often wear when fishing:
Fishing shirts are a must-have for anglers. Opt for lightweight, moisture-wicking, sun protective shirts you will feel comfortable wearing all day. You can also add bamboo sun sleeves to a short-sleeve fishing shirt to protect your arms from the sun.
Fishing pants or shorts should be comfortable, quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and have a UPF rating. You can even find some with multiple pockets for storing tackle and other fishing accessories.
A wide-brim fishing hat will keep your face, ears, and neck protected from the sun. You can also wear a neck gaiter to keep the sun off your neck as well.
Depending on the weather, anglers may wear a waterproof or windproof jacket or vest. Layering is essential to adapt to changing conditions and weather when fishing for an extended amount of time.
For fishing in colder water or fly fishing, breathable chest waders may be necessary. These keep you dry while fishing in rivers, streams, or lakes.
Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating to protect your exposed skin from sunburn.
Be sure to browse our entire collection of men's UPF shirts for more inspiration.