The best fishing gear for kids will keep them warm, safe and dry for all day fishing. Time spent together outdoors as a family is especially important. Finding just the right gear for kids can be especially challenging. This is our selection of the undoubtedly best kids fishing gear this year.
Best Fishing Gear for Kids
Columbia Kids’ Fork Stream Hoodie
One of the hardest things about dressing kids for outdoor adventures is convincing them to play the long game, specifically sun protection. The Fork Stream Hoodie from Columbia is a great addition to the sun-protection arsenal. This long-sleeve hoodie offers UPF 50 sun protection combined with a lightweight fabric that wicks sweat, keeping them comfortable and sheltered.
Carhartt Boys’ Long-Sleeve Hooded Graphic Sweatshirt
Publisher Marcus Weiner is father to 4 boys, which includes 8-year-old identical twins Danny and Levi. These boys showed up to school one day sporting matching Carhartt Boys’ Long-Sleeve Hooded Graphic Sweatshirts, only to find another pair of twins wearing matching Carhartt sweatshirts! We’ve long been fans of Carhartt clothing; they make clothes that are undeniably rugged and well-suited for Alaska.
MSR Shift Youth Snowshoe
The entertaining spectacle of kids learning to walk in snowshoes is something we should all be so lucky to experience. In that regard, MSR offers this youth snowshoe designed for smaller feet and smaller strides. The Shift Snowshoe combines a polypropylene decking, a 3-strap binding system, and the same steel crampons and traction bars as the adult snowshoes for excellent traction and stability. These snowshoes are rated for an upper weight limit of 125 pounds, and fit men’s shoe sizes 1-7.
Carhartt Girls’ Rugged Flex Ripstop Jacket
Carhartt lives up to its rugged reputation with this girl’s jacket. The Rain Defender treatment on nylon fabric will keep your kid dry, while the Rugged Flex stretch technology will let them keep moving all day. The elastic cuffs help keep arms dry while casting, and the hood with visor has plenty of room for a hat. Typical Carhartt, plan to hand this one down when your kid grows out of it.
Carhartt Girl’s Fleece Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt
When you need warmth and comfort, Carhartt delivers with this cozy pullover, without a doubt. Featuring a pouch pocket perfect for stowing gloves or mittens, this piece works well as a warm layer under rain jackets or wind shells—ideal for changing conditions.
Redington Crosswater Youth Wader
Redington Crosswater Youth Waders are made with a 3-layer, waterproof, breathable fabric to make sure our younger fishing partners stay dry and comfortable. These waders have plenty of room for layering as needed to keep little feet and little legs warm. As always, help teach our young anglers to be safe by using a snug-fitting wading belt with waders. Additionally, these stockingfoot waders pair perfectly with the Crosswater Youth Boot.
AFTCO Youth Solitude 2.5L Jacket
The Solitude Jacket is completely waterproof and protects youngsters from the wind. It features 100% ripstop fabric, articulated sleeves, together with an adjustable hood that can accommodate anything from a trucker’s hat to a beanie. This jacket unquestionably checks an essential box on your kids’ fishing-gear checklist.
Redington Crosswater Youth Boot
These stud-compatible Redington boots feature quick-dry mesh, rubber soles for traction, and a supportive body to make sure little anglers stay upright on wet and slippery surfaces. In addition, these boots pair perfectly with the Crosswater Youth Wader.