Best Fishing Shirt

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Making the most of your fishing trip can go beyond getting the best fishing equipment.  

Fishing is usually a hobby spread out over several hours, so you will want to feel comfortable in the most well suited fishing shirt that will keep you cool when the weather is hot and warm if you’re still out as it starts to get dark.

Sounds like a tall task doesn’t it?  But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you and have hand picked our Top 5 fishing shirts to show you.  

Our reviews on these shirts are coming up shortly, and after that we’ve got a buying guide for you which runs through everything you might want to think about before you buy.

Following that, we’ve also got a section where we answer some your most frequently asked questions.

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Best Fishing Shirts - Comparison Table

Best Fishing Shirts - Reviews

This PFG fishing shirt (more than that in our buying guide) is flying off the shelves at Amazon - they’ve had well over 2000 customers, and their average customer rating comes out at an impressive 4 stars out of 5.

Columbia is the go to brand for fishing shirts.  It offers the perfect combination of sun protection, comfort and breathability.

For sun protection, you’ve got Columbia’s Columbia's signature Omni-Shade UPF 30 nylon fabric, which blocks UVA and UVB rays to prevent skin damage for long hours in the sun.

And with regards to breathability, there are hidden vents at the shoulders.  And it’s loose fitting too, so you can feel the breeze through your shirt.  It’s nicely lightweight too.

The material is very quick to dry, and many customers rave about it’s moisture wicking (more on that in our buying guide).

We love that you can convert it to a short sleeve shirt by simply rolling up the sleeves and buttoning the sleeve in place.

Designed with fishing in mind, there’s even a rod holder featured!  There are also 2 low profile pockets on the front of the shirt.

There are loads of different colors to choose from, and the nice pastel shades will reflect a lot of the sun's heat.  Or if you prefer you could go for a more traditional darker shade.

You can select a size specific to you using the size chart on the Amazon page.  It goes from X-small to XXX-large.

Pros

  • Flying off the shelves
  • Impressive customer rating
  • It’s a pfg shirt
  • Omni-shade upf 30 sun protection
  • Hidden vents at the shoulders
  • Very quick to dry
  • Where as long or short sleeve
  • Rod holder & 2 pockets

Cons

  • A handful of customers have found the material a bit thick

Here’s another great PFG shirt from Columbia.  This one may not have seen quite as many sales on Amazon as their long sleeve shirt, the Bahama II, but it’s still had well over 1000 customer ratings and again the average customer rating has come out at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.

The shorter sleeves aren’t by any means all that makes it a good option for being out in hot weather.  It also offers omni-shade sun protection from UVA and UVB rays at the high UPF rating of 40.  

And it’s not just the short sleeves that provide ease of movement for casting etc either.  It’s a nice loose fit too.

In addition to being omni-shade, it’s also omni-wick too.  This means it will absorb any moisture like sweat from your skin, and it will evaporate through and from the shirt quickly.  This also means it will handle any water splashing too, and keep you dry.

You know a shirt is built for fishing when it features a rod holder!  There are also 2 pockets at the front too - great for storing small bits of fishing gear.

It’s machine washable which is great.

It’s available in a range of different colors (we like the Key West and the Emerald City).

As for size, there’s many of those available too and it’s easy to find the one for you using the size chart on the Amazon page.

Pros

  • One of amazon’s best sellers
  • Short sleeves to keep you cool
  • Allows plenty of movement
  • High upf rating of 40
  • Features a rod holder and 2 pockets
  • Machine washable

Cons

  • Please ensure you get the right size for you because once it’s it’s washed and the tags removed, it’s not returnable

This lightweight shirt from Willit is another of Amazon’s best sellers, and it’s at a really really good price.  

It has a UPF rating of 50+, perfect for protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.  And to maximise your sun protection you can put the hood up and/or pull the sleeves over your hands, thanks to the handy thumb holes in the sleeves.

We love it’s silky feel and breathable fabric, and it has flat lock seams which ensure there’s no chafing and friction is minimized.  This is great for when you’re casting.

If you start to get a bit hot and sweaty, the fabric will wick the moisture away, absorbing and letting it evaporate quickly, keeping you nice and dry.  Great for dealing with splashes too.

There are loads of different colors available.  You could go for nice light shade to reflect the sun’s heat or you could for more masculine darker shade.

There’s a handy sizing chart on the Amazon page and an array of different sizes available.

Customer feedback on this shirt has been amazing - the average customer rating is an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.

Pros

  • Upf rating of 50+ to protect against sun
  • Hood and long sleeves with thumb holes
  • Breathable silky feel fabric
  • No chafing
  • Impressive customer feedback

Cons

  • Although the description says it’s machine washable, customers have reported that the label says hand wash only

If you’re looking for a good fishing shirt that’s a little more youthful looking than say the Columbia brands we’ve shown you so far, then there’s some great color options available in this shirt.  Most feature a block color over the torso with a logo, and a complimenting pattern on the long sleeves, again with a logo.

With regards to sun protection, its UPF rated at 30+ to provide considerable protection from UVA and UVB rays.

The other thing that makes it great for extended periods in the sun is it’s breathability.  It’s special hydrophobic material allows air to pass through and keep you cool.  It’s also great for getting sweat to evaporate away too.

But that’s not all it does.  It also features an antimicrobial treatment to kill off body odor, and it’s stain resistant as well, making stains super easy to wash out.

It’s available in Small, and up all the way through to XXXL.

The customer feedback it’s had on Amazon is super impressive, with average customer rating score coming in at a whopping 5 stars out of 5 - even after over 500 ratings!

Pros

  • Really nice colors and designs available
  • Good sun protection at upf 30+
  • Breathable material
  • Hydrophobic material
  • Evaporates sweat away
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Stain resistant

Cons

  • No size chart available to ensure you get a good fit

Here’s another great fishing shirt from HUK.  This one features a deeper shade at the top, and a pattern which fades to a paler shade as the eye goes down.  There are some great options there, and we think you might have trouble picking the color for you!

This shirt was designed with fishing in mind.  It offers superior sun protection, with an UPF rating of 50+ which will protect you from 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

It’s nice and lightweight, and that in itself is a big help in keeping cool.  But beyond that it also features an internal cooling element next to the skin, which provides a relieving cooling effect when you start to sweat.

And when you do sweat, the hydrophobic properties of the shirt ensure that all moisture is transported away from the skin to keep you nice and dry.

All in all, it’s a very comfortable fishing shirt.

It’s available in different sizes, from small all the way through to XXXL.

Pros

  • Offers superior sun protection
  • Internal cooling element
  • Sweat and moisture is lifted away
  • Very comfortable

Cons

  • Some customers feel that the size runs big, but most people say it’s true to size

Best Fishing Shirts - Buyers Guide

If you’re looking for a shirt  specifically to go out fishing in, we commend you for your decision, and you’ve come to the right place.  Regular shirts don’t always allow the same movement or comfort you get in a shirt that’s designed to go fishing in.  We’ll walk you through everything you might want to think about before you buy.

Comfort

When you’re looking for a fishing shirt, sure you can pick something that looks good.  But that should by no means be your only consideration.  When you’re wearing a garment for several hours, you need it to be comfortable.  

There are many different factors which can affect how comfortable your shirt is.  These include the fit, the material, breathability, sun protection, splash and rain protection.  Let’s go through each in turn.

Fit

When casting a line you need a wide range of motion.  And there are two ways to achieve this.  You can go for a really loose fitting shirt, and this is a popular option.  Or you can go for something that’s super tight, so it feels like you’re not wearing a shirt at all.  It’s not for us to say which is the best option for you, that comes down to personal preference.

Material

Keeping at your preferred temperature can be something of a balancing act.  If the material of your shirt is too thick you may get too hot.  Or if you're wearing something loose fitting and thin, you might get cold when it starts to get windy.

The material used in the shirt also affects whether it’s machine washable which is always a plus.

Breathability

If you’re fishing from a river bank you may get some much needed shade from a nearby tree.  But if you’re out on a boat on a lake, you’re going to be out in the sun for a long time.  And to prevent overheating, you can get fishing shirts that are ventilated to give some breathability to them.  Usually this is done by placing vents in the shirt around the armpits and the back.  

Sun protection

When you’re holding a rod trying to catch a fish, you don’t want to have to stop every so often to put sunscreen on.  We think this is why long sleeved shirts are so popular for wearing fishing.  And we’ve deliberately included several long sleeve fishing shirts amongst our Top 5 picks.  

That said, it’s not by any means compulsory, and you should definitely dress how you want to dress and we’ve included a short sleeve fishing shirt in our Top 5 picks, specifically the Number 2 pick, the Columbia Men's PFG Tamiami II Short Sleeve Shirt.

Many fishing shirts also have a UPF rating.  This means that the fabric itself has some sun protection properties within the material other than merely providing shade.  For wearing whilst fishing, if possible you should aim for a fishing shirt with a UPF rating of at least 30. 

Your best option for sun protection however is to go for a shirt with a UPF rating of 50+ as this will block out 98% of all the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

Splash and rain protection

Some fishing shirts feature water resistance, which is a great feature when you're pulling your fish out, or if you get caught in a light shower.

Similarly many fishing shirts feature moisture wicking properties.  What this does is to help keep you dru by absorbing moisture, like sweat or splashed water, and then allow it to quickly evaporate

PFG Shirts

PFG stands for Performance Fishing Gear, and it’s specially designed for use while fishing.  PFG shirts generally provide the right mix of breathability, comfort, and sun protection.

Unfortunately though this is not a common generic thing amongst clothing manufacturers, but is an exclusive element of the Columbia brand.  The good news is that we’ve included some PFG shirts in our Top 5 picks, specifically our Number 1 pick, the Columbia Men's Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt, and our Number 2 pick, the Columbia Men's PFG Tamiami II Short Sleeve Shirt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do fishing shirts keep you cool?

Fishing shirts are specially designed to keep you cool.  More often than not a fishing shirt will feature moisture wicking properties, which means that if you start to sweat, the moisture will be absorbed into the material and quickly evaporate out.  All 5 of the fishing shirts in our Top 5 picks have this capability.

But that’s not the only feature that fishing shirts use to help keep you cool.  A loose fit can help allow a breeze through, and some fishing shirts are made from a breathable material and/or have mesh vents.

Some people would argue that short sleeve shirts help to keep your arms cool, while others would argue that wearing long sleeves helps to keep the sun off your arms.

What does HUK stand for in fishing?

HUK is not really a fishing term.  It’s the name of a brand that makes fishing gear.  It’s a very good brand, and they have a broad range of apparel for men, women and youths, that’s all designed with fishing in mind, and has all the properties you could want in a fishing shirt.  

We have featured 2 fishing shirts in our Top 5 picks, and they are our Number 4 pick, the HUK Mens Double Header Vented Long Sleeve Shirt, and our Number 5 pick, the HUK Men's Fishing UPF 50+ Lightweight Icon X Camo Fade Long Sleeve Shirt.

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