In many ways, fly fishing for bonefish is wonderfully simplistic. A quality pair of flats boots, rod, reel, a spool a tippet, and a handful of flies is all the technical gear you really need to do damage on the flats.
However, as far as we’re concerned, when fishing in tropical locations, clothing is gear. And like good gear, good layers are important. That’s why we love the Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody II. Its one of our all time favorite layers for the flats, and today we’re going to tell you why.
- It takes the chill out of the morning boat ride. When most people think of the Bahamas, they think of warm weather, but regardless of how hot the day is going to be, morning’s can still be cool, especially when zipping along at 40 mph to the first flat of the day. Being super lightweight, the Tropic Comfort Hoody makes for a great extra layer for mornings just a little cooler than expected.
- It’s light enough to wear all day long. Use it as a layer for cooler mornings, or wear it alone when its hot. Made of 4.6 ounce polyester/spandex fabric, the Tropic Comfort Hoody uses the same weight material as their standard crew necked flats shirts. Translation: It’s a lightweight, wicking, flats shirt with a hood.. Simple as that!
- Sun protection. Sun damage is no joke, and protecting yourself is important. With a 50+ UPF rating, a full hood, and extended sleeves with thumb holes to protect the top of your hands, you’d be hard pressed to find better sun protection in a single shirt.
- Good hood. We love the versatility of a hood while fishing, but one thing we don’t love is a hood that falls down when doing anything but standing still. The hood on the Tropic Comfort Hoody is designed to fit over a standard ball cap, and when buttoned around the neck actually stays put.
- It doesn’t stink. Grown men exercising in the hot sun can get pretty smelly, but oddly enough the Tropic Comfort Hoody keeps surprisingly pleasant. Patagonia attributes this to something called “Polygiene Permanent Odor Control. ” While we’re not quite sure how it works exactly, what we do know is that regardless of how bad we smell, the hoody smells clean, which we think is a really good thing.
If you’re planning a trip to tropical destiantion, we can’t recommend the Tropical Comfort Hoody II enough. It can be yours for $59.00. For more information, check it out on Patagonia’s website by clicking right here.