10 Things You Need for Fall Fishing

Fall can be hands down one of the best seasons to fish, but it definitely requires a bit of a shake up to the gear bag. This list is a few of our recommendations to keep yourself prepared and comfortable for the coming months of fishing.

On the Run by David DiBenedetto

on the run

For many East coast anglers, fall marks the best time of year for fishing. The annual striper run begins, with millions of the Northeast’s most famous fish starting to migrate down from their summer homes in Maine to the warmer waters off the Outer Banks. David DiBenedetto followed this migration in 2001, fishing the entire way down. It’s a great read full of characters, history, and some pretty astonishing fishing stories. This is the perfect book to get you pumped up for the striper run! Shop now – $6

Patagonia Nano puff

patagonia nano puff

As the temperatures start to drop and we begin approaching winter, early mornings and late nights on the water will start to get chilly. The Patagonia Nano puff is warm, lightweight, stow-able and water resistant. It is the perfect insulation layer for the darker hours on the water. Shop now – $169

The Cliff Bugger Beast

cliff bugger beast

For Western anglers, fall means big and aggressive brown trout. As the browns get ready to spawn, they attack streamers with a ferocity not seen at any other time of the year. To be prepared, you must have an entire quiver of meat snacks at the ready, and no box is better suited to hold big flies like the Cliff Bugger Beast. Shop now – $40 (Jr. size), $90 (full size)

RepYourWater Brown Trout Hat

brown trout hat

If you want to catch brown trout, you must look like one. This knitted hat from RepYourWater will keep you warm on the water and trick those monster browns into thinking you’re one of them. Shop now – $21

Simms Coldweather Shirt

simms coldweather

This shirt is half jacket, half shirt, and half fly fishing vest. The warmth and style of this shirt are rare, and the two big breast pockets are large enough to hold a fly box each. Shop now – $69

Patagonia Stormfront Pack 30L

waterproof backpack

Fall fishing inevitably means more gear. You’ll be carrying around more layers and flies than normal, and you’ll need a place to keep them safe and dry when you’re out on the water. This backpack from Patagonia – complete with a rod tube holder for the back up nymphing rod – is the perfect solution. Shop now – $299

Simms Freestone Half Finger Gloves

fishing gloves

Not full gloves – we’re not crazy. This isn’t winter steelheading. But as the water temperatures drop and your fingers start to get chilly when you’re releasing your 4th 20-incher of the day, you’ll be glad you have these. Shop now – $20

Patagonia Merino Thermal Weight Bottoms

fishing pants

Standing in the water all day will really take it’s toll as we move further into October and November. It doesn’t have to be these (although they are really comfy), but plan accordingly. Shop now – $129

Howler Bros Harkers Flannel Shirt

plaid shirt

Howler Bros have always made cool stuff for outdoorsy people. This shirt will keep you warm on the water and in the bar. Shop now – $89

RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler


A little cheaper than some of the other options on the market, this tumbler can keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 6 hours. In the fall it’s hard to tell which one you’ll need, but with this tumbler you’re covered. Shop now – $13

Cover image from our buddies at Fly Fish the Farmington in Connecticut