...... The best fishing shirts protect you from the sun;s harmful rays. A severe sunburn on day one can make a mess of a 3 day fishing trip. We recommend a long sleeve shirt with an ample SPF to protect you for the exposure you expect. A dry cotton shirt is usually adequate for a full day of fishing, but new fabric technologies can keep you cooler while providing more SPF than cotton.
Stay cool with the fabric technologies that are designed to wick moisture and speed evaporation. Evaporating moisture absorbs body heat for the vaporization process thereby cooling the surface of your skin. Under Armour was one the first brands to capitalize on this cooling technology. Their HeatGear fishing shirt was one of the first on the market to boast its cooling qualities. Columbia Sportswear produces a fabric with flat threads. The flat shape features a greater surface area than a round thread. And, since the thread surface is where the evaporation takes place, the flat thread fabric provides additional surface area and superior cooling properties as compared to round threads. Again, we recommend a long sleeve shirt to take advantage of the additional cooling surfaces of the arms. And, it is best to select fishing shirts in light colors which absorb less heat from the sun's rays.
Now fishing is a messing sport. Well at least successful fishing is. Blood, guts and bait of all types are always present to stain normal clothing. But not to worry. There are a number of fishing shirts on the market that have stain resisting qualities. Columbia's Blood and Guts is one such technology. Select a stain resistant shirt for fishing and look your best in a fishing shirt that looks new cast after cast.