Sun Protective Clothing Buying Guide

Man wearing Shimano Pro Stretch Vented Navy Fishing Shirt & Cap

No matter the season, fishing is a wonderful way to pass the time or spend an afternoon out with family or friends. Whether you've set up at the local pier or are out and about on a boat, it's important to feel comfortable, dry and protected from that harsh Australian sun. If there's one thing we've all learnt, it's that the Australian climate can be both extreme and at times unpredictable. Make sure you're protected from the elements, whether that's the sun or the rain, and enjoy your fishing expedition with confidence and ease - and it all starts with wearing the right type of fishing clothing. Read on to see what our fishing experts at Anaconda suggest for your ultimate guide to fishing clothing in Australia.

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Fishing Shirts

Man wearing a green printed sublimated fishing shirt

Layering is key when it comes to fishing clothing. You want to wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in, but that you can remove if needed. We recommend at least two layers just in case the weather changes or your clothes get wet. Think SunSmart clothing that is breathable, durable, moisture-wicking, lightweight and quick to dry. A classic fishing shirt will not only keep your torso protected from UV rays but it will also allow your arms to freely move while fishing. A long-sleeved top or a vented fishing shirt are great options, especially when made from SunSmart fabrics.

When it comes to buying fishing clothing in Australia, look for materials that prioritise sun protection, breathability and durability. Opt for fishing clothing made from UPF-rated fabrics to shield against the harsh Australian sun, especially when it comes to kid's fishing clothing. You'll also want moisture-wicking materials like polyester or nylon blends to keep you cool and dry in the heat. For fishing in diverse terrains, consider quick-drying fabrics such as microfiber or nylon that are designed to handle wet environments. Fishing clothing with reinforced stitching and abrasion-resistant features is essential for rugged Australian landscapes. Well-known fishing clothing brands such as Mountain Designs, Abu Garcia, Bigfish, Nomad, Gillz and Shimano fishing clothing often offer these qualities, ensuring comfort and performance on your fishing adventures.

A fishing shirt should fit comfortably on your body without it feeling too tight or too loose. You'll want a fit that allows freedom of movement, especially in the shoulders and arms for when you are casting. The fishing shirt's length should be enough to comfortably tuck in or stay untucked while reaching. The sleeves should cover your wrists without restricting movement, which is important for protecting you from the harsh sun. Ventilation features like mesh panels or vents under the arms will enhance breathability and make sure you stay dry and comfortable when fishing in hot weather. Also, make sure that the collar can be flipped up for better neck protection from the sun.

Fishing Hats & Headwear

Man wearing Tonic Outback Matte Frame Sunglasses

Essential to any day out, SunSmart hats are your best friend when fishing - especially if you're about to spend all day on a boat in the elements and out of the shade. Make sure your fishing hat covers your face, ears and neck - this will also help you avoid getting overheated or, at worst, heatstroke. Regular caps may cover your face and are also breathable but just be wary of getting burnt on the back of your neck. A broad-brimmed hat should be your first choice when fishing - it's practical and offers excellent coverage from the sun.

There are various types of fishing hats, each designed for specific conditions. For the best pick, a wide-brimmed hat like a bucket hat will offer the best all-around sun protection for your face, ears and neck. The wide brim shades your eyes from harsh sunlight and helps keep you cool. Caps with neck flaps or sun capes (also known as a legionnaires hat) provide extra neck coverage, crucial for long days under the Australian sun. For hot days, a hat with mesh panels allows ventilation while also being waterproof. Solar tubes and neck gaiters are also great for offering unparalleled breathability and sun protection when it comes to fishing headwear. Solar tubes are made from UPF-rated fabrics that shield against harmful UV rays, crucial for long days of fishing on the water. You can also wear neck gaiters, which provide full coverage for the face and neck, preventing sunburn and keeping anglers cool. Their lightweight and moisture-wicking designs ensure comfort, making them must-have fishing gear for any fishing expedition.

Fishing Sunglasses

Man wearing O'Neill Sunglasses

Another essential on the open water, fishing from the shore or even on a pier is a good pair of polarised sunglasses. Not only do they help protect your eyes from the glare of the water, but they will also allow you to see what you're actually doing a whole lot better! A pro tip: always pack a spare pair if available to you - you'll thank us if you ever accidentally drop your sunnies in the open water.

Fishing sunglasses with polarised lenses are designed to reduce glare from the water's surface, allowing you to see beneath the surface with clarity. This glare reduction can greatly help you to better spot fish, underwater structures and changes in the water more easily, enhancing your ability to locate and target fish. Fishing sunglasses with polarised lenses also improves contrast and depth perception, making it easier to differentiate between various shades and depths of water. They will also offer UV protection, safeguarding your eyes from harmful sun rays. Whether you're fly fishing in streams or casting off the coast, polarised sunglasses are a vital tool for any angler.

Fishing Gloves

Gorilla Grip Veil Fishing Gloves

While not necessarily an essential fishing clothing item, fishing gloves are an important accessory when fishing. This will not only make handling your fishing tackle and equipment a lot easier, but it will also help you avoid getting sunburnt hands. If you're worried about handling hooks, you can always opt for fingerless gloves too.

When buying fishing gloves, look for materials like neoprene or synthetic blends for durability, flexibility and protection. Neoprene is ideal for colder waters, providing insulation and warmth. For warm climates, lightweight and breathable fabrics like spandex or synthetic leather are great choices. Fishing gloves come in real handy when handling fish with sharp teeth or fins, as they are designed to protect you against cuts and abrasions. Fishing gloves are also great when handling braided lines, protecting your hands from friction. Additionally, in extreme weather conditions or when handling bait like prawns, fishing gloves will give you added grip and comfort when you need it the most.

Fishing Shoes

Stability and comfort should be your top priority for fishing shoes. You'll most likely be on your feet and need to feel confident that your shoes will support you all day. Sandals, Crocs, thongs, water shoes (also known as dive shoes), boots or sneakers are all good fishing shoe options, even better if they are non-slip or rubber-soled. Make sure your closed-toe shoes are waterproof or quick-drying. Wear socks that are breathable - both wool and polyester are good options.

When selecting fishing shoes, you should be considering materials that prioritise comfort, durability and traction. Keep an eye out for water-resistant materials such as synthetic leather or mesh for quick drying and breathability. Rubber or non-marking soles will give you excellent grip on wet surfaces, like boat decks or slippery rocks. Fishing shoes with drainage holes are perfect for water sports, allowing water to escape easily. Additionally, shoes with toe protection are ideal for rocky shores or areas with sharp objects, which fishing clothing brands like Columbia and Merrell offer fishing shoes with these features. But remember, there's nothing quite as bad as stepping on a loose hook - so it's super important that you never go barefoot!

Fishing Pants

When buying fishing pants, there are a few important factors that should guide your decision. It's important to first consider the type of climate and conditions you'll be fishing in, as well as the type of fishing you'll be doing. Look for fishing pants with quick-drying properties, especially if you'll be wading in water or facing unpredictable weather. Clothing materials like nylon, polyester or blends with spandex offer flexibility, moisture-wicking and durability. For warmer weather, lightweight fishing pants with UPF sun protection are ideal, shielding you from harmful UV rays. These often feature zip-off legs, allowing them to convert into shorts for added versatility.

Cargo-style fishing pants with multiple pockets are convenient for storing small fishing gear items like lures or pliers. When fishing in colder conditions, insulated fishing pants with fleece or thermal linings provide warmth without sacrificing mobility. Reinforced knees and seat areas add durability, especially if you'll be kneeling or sitting on rough surfaces. Breathable, waterproof pants are essential, especially for fishing on rainy days or boat fishing. For fly fishing clothing or activities requiring frequent movement, consider fishing leggings or tights made from moisture-wicking materials. These offer a comfortable and snug fit that won't restrict you when casting your rod. Ultimately, choose fishing pants that suit your fishing style, climate and comfort preferences to ensure you're well-prepared for any fishing adventure.

Fishing Waders

Silhouette of a man knee-deep in water fishing at sun down

Fishing waders are waterproof garments that are designed to keep you dry when fishing in water. They typically consist of two legs connected to a chest section, offering full coverage from feet to chest. Fishing waders are commonly made from materials like neoprene or breathable fabrics such as Gore-Tex or nylon. Neoprene waders provide excellent insulation and warmth, perfect for colder waters. Breathable waders are more lightweight and comfortable for warmer climates, allowing sweat and moisture to escape while keeping water out. You should wear fishing waders when fishing in streams, rivers, lakes or coastal areas where you need to 'wade' into the water. If you are planning on fishing in the water, then fishing waders are essential for protecting you from getting wet and offer added safety and comfort when navigating slippery or rocky terrain.

Fishing Jackets

Man wearing sunglasses, cap and hooded waterproof jacket fishing

There are different types of fishing jackets available on the market, each tailored to different fishing conditions and preferences. Some options include lightweight fishing jackets with multiple pockets for storage, heavy-duty jackets with insulation for cold weather and breathable jackets like puffer jackets for warm climates. A raincoat makes an excellent fishing jacket due to its waterproof and windproof properties. When fishing, unexpected rain can be common, and a raincoat provides protection against the elements while keeping you dry and comfortable. Look for raincoats designed specifically for fishing with features such as adjustable cuffs, hood with a visor and sealed seams to prevent water from seeping in. When buying a fishing jacket, consider materials like Gore-Tex or other waterproof and/or breathable fabrics. These materials keep water out while allowing moisture from sweat to escape, keeping you dry from both rain and perspiration. Additionally, fishing jackets with reinforced shoulders and elbows provide durability for activities like casting or handling gear.


Even though it's super important to dress for the weather, it's just as important to wear sunscreen and to reapply throughout the day. Being SunSmart is essential to any outdoor adventure, but especially if you are unable to sit in the shade and have a break from the sun. When fishing in Australia, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating is essential. Look for a sunscreen with at least UPF 30 or higher to effectively block both UVA and UVB rays. Fishing often involves long hours outdoors, making consistent sunscreen application crucial to protect against sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. Water-resistant formulas are ideal, as they stay effective even when sweating or fishing in water.

Important Fishing Clothing Do's & Don'ts

  • Do remember to bring a hat - being SunSmart should be one of your top priorities.
  • Do dress for comfort - you might be sweating or moving around a lot, so it's important to be comfortable and protected with a good quality shirt.
  • Do bring your sunglasses - avoid that sun glare across the water.
  • Do have fun - there's nothing quite like fishing, so enjoy your day!
  • Don't go barefoot for any reason - avoid unnecessary accidents out on the water.
  • Don't forget sunscreen - no matter if it's cloudy or sunny outside, wear sunscreen to protect you and your family from the harsh sun.
  • Don't forget to check the weather - it can change at any stage, so be prepared for all outcomes, rail, hail or shine.

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