Living beside Colorado’s Yampa River, Kelly Bastone spends her waking hours stalking arm-length trout.
a. Orvis Women’s Silver Sonic Convertible-Top waders $279
The crowning achievement of these waders is fit. Orvis figured out how to flatter a spectrum of women’s body types. Which is important when you’re posing for all those trophy photos.
b. Maven Fly Mock C pull-over $139
Fly-fisher Lise Lozelle launched Maven Fly in 2012 to make the functional-but-feminine apparel she had searched for in vain. The loose turtleneck on her cotton-Lycra pullover turns sun and wind protection into a style statement.
c. Abel Larko Brown Trout Hand-Painted reel $1,255
Even unadorned, Abel’s impeccably machined reels are masterpieces that feel as good as they look. This one adds extra flair with a kaleidoscopic brown trout hand-painted by Andrea Larko, a Pennsylvania artist and angler.
d. SaraBella Custom fly rod $500 and up
Founded by fly-fisher April Archer, Sara- Bella makes custom rods for women— and yes, options include girly colors such as lavender and sparkly teal. But the real value is in personalizing the build of your rod and the grip—the range includes a narrow option for smaller hands.
e. Filson Summer Packer hat $60
Though it looks like my grandpa’s favorite fishing cap, this modernized version of the sportsman’s fedora features lightened-up fabric and grommets for ventilation.
f. Flyvines bracelet $12
Made from upcycled fly lines, this bangle adjusts to fit any wrist size.
g. Costa Tippet sunglasses with Silver Mirror 580G lenses $229
Costa scaled down its full-coverage frames for smaller faces and added glare-defeating glass lenses that reveal fish hiding in the shadows.
h. Fisknat Stream hand net $110
Rubber mesh minimizes damage to fish’s protective slime coat, and the hand-built frame makes this net a beautiful tool. The laminated handle layers richly colored yet strong walnut, ash, and bubinga woods.