Best Fly Fishing Vests – 2020 UK Buyers Guide

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Best Fly Fishing Vests - 2020 UK Buyers Guide 

One of the most frustrating experiences in any type of fishing is to find that an essential piece of equipment is needed quickly and is not to hand.  This could be a knife, a disgorger, tweezers; hooks; shot; floats; flies – the list is endless.

In this article we explore a simple, practical solution -  the use of a fishing vest which will allow swift and easy access to whatever piece of kit is needed.  8 of our favourite, best fly fishing vests are revealed.

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No more returning to the bank to locate the item needed, no more rummaging around in bags.  The aim is to get that line back in the water as soon as possible.  This is particularly so in fly fishing when you are in your waders and some distance from the bank; also in match fishing, where speed is vital to ensure a successful weigh-in at the end of the day. 

We also consider the use of a vest as a garment to be worn under a sleeved jacket in very cold conditions.

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If you dont have much time to read the whole article, all the best fly fishing vests we recommend can be found in the table below. Alternatively you can find all our recommended, best fly fishing vests and more on the eTackle website.

BEST FLY FISHING VEST Overall

BEST MULTI-POCKET Fly FISHING VEST

Greys Fly Fishing Vest

Kevitevd Fly Fishing Vest

Price: Approx £50  

Price: Approx £25

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Best Cold Weather Fly Fishing Vest

Best Fly Fishing vest under £20

Avid Thermite Body Warmer

Memoryee Fly Fishing Vest

Price: Approx £25

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What’s in a name?

A variety of names may be used to describe these items: sleeveless jackets; waistcoats, gilets.  All these terms can be used to describe garments that may or may not be designed for angling. For the sake of simplicity, suitable items are referred to in this article as fishing vests.

Having it all to hand

Anglers are like magnets – they attract large quantities of kit!  Whilst it is possible to keep many items of tackle on the bank (unless you are a fly fisherman) a good many of these items must be to hand as they could be needed at very short notice.  For this reason, a fishing vest with numerous pockets to store all the bits and pieces is a godsend.  The following items fulfil this requirement admirably:

Best Multi-Pocketed Fly Fishing Vests

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This vest has 16 pockets in all.  A fishing vest that comes in five sizes with either velcro or zip fastenings.  Made of quick drying, breathable fabric (polyester with nylon lining), this durable item comes in a variety of colours including army green and khaki

Best Fly Fishing Vests

As it is made from mesh and polyester, this versatile garment is light in weight.  It boasts numerous pockets, including a large one to the back of the vest.  A professional piece of kit with a couple of D rings for hanging various items of equipment

The special needs of the fly fisherman

Fly fishing brings with it special needs that do not necessary apply to coarse fishing.  One such need is the requirement to accommodate fly boxes comfortably; another is to ensure that the vest is of a suitable length to allow for free, unimpeded movement when wearing waders.  Lightness of weight is a particular requirement for fishermen who spend a large part of the day standing in water

The following video available on YouTube, is worth a watch as it addresses the special needs that come with fly fishing:

Our Recomended Best Fly Fishing Vests

Best Fly Fishing Vests

This fishing vest not only has numerous pockets to the front and back, it also features two mesh side pockets, both rod hanging and accessory loops and a hip strap for securing the vest.  This particular article appears to be designed mainly with the fly fisherman in mind but would also be great for coarse fishing.

best fly fishing vests

A classy piece of kit, this fishing vest benefits from a strong, durable construction. It has a D ring at the back to accommodate a landing net and a spring clip for attaching a variety of items.  A handy fly patch on one of the upper pockets is a useful additional feature.

Cold Weather Solutions

Winter fishing brings with it particular problems, not least of which is keeping warm when you may be immobile for long periods of time.  For this reason a quilted vest worn under a fishing jacket provides a good solution.  In these circumstances the provision of multiple pockets in the vest is not such an issue.

Best Fly Fishing Vests for Cold Weather

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This vest has an 80% down and 20% feather lining for extra warmth.  The zip fastening comes right up to the chin and there are two useful side pockets which also have zip closures for securing personal items.

best fly fishing vests

The provision of a fleece lining makes for a comfortable garment.  Quilted for warmth and including three zipped pockets, this sleek-looking item can be worn without the need for an outer jacket in warmer weather.

If your working to a tight budget there are a few Fly Fishing Vests out there that  represent both quality and excellent value for money. Check these out...

Best Fly Fishing Vests for under £20

best fly fishing vests

Weighing in at just 680 grams, the Ochenta can be fastened up using zip and/or quick release straps.  It also benefits from a swivel hook suitable for securing a variety of items.  Comes in a choice of five colours.

Best Fly Fishing Vests

Available in 8 colours, this lightweight, breathable vest benefits from a mesh back, making it ideal for those hot summer days.  Water resistant and boasting 15 pockets, it also features 4 loops to safely hold slender items. An attractive-looking item that can also double as a travelling vest.

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