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15 Best Fishing Vests of 2021 for Fly Fishing and Kayak Fishing

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You can definitely organize your fishing tools in one of these. We've determined what makes the best fishing vests and are passing it on.

Think of four things you need within reach while you fish. I'll start. Your fishing rod, flies, pliers, and your fishing license.

Instead of having to reach into your backpack or tackle box for all of these supplies, it's best just to keep them on your person.

With a fishing vest, all of your essentials will be organized in one place.

For the best experience, you'll need to pack everything you'll need for a successful day of fishing. A fishing vest makes that easy. With the right zippers and compartments, you can place all of the necessary fishing gear in several multi-pockets for easy access. Some vests even double as a life jacket!

I'd say these are all perfect for fly anglers, on-the-go fishermen, and kayak anglers, too.

Here are what we've found to be 15 of the best men's fishing vests for all areas of fishing.

Best Fly Fishing Vests

1. Anglatech Fly Fishing Vest Pack

Anglatech Fly Fishing Vest Pack for Trout Fishing Gear and Equipment
Amazon

Fly fishermen are giving this high-quality fly fishing vest 5-star customer ratings on Amazon. You won't have to search the web for different sizes since there are adjustable shoulder and waist straps for a comfortable fit.

Wear the mesh vest on hot days, with a mesh back, you won't find yourself sweating too much. And check out all of the storage spaces. Get it for the low price of $59.

Allen Gallatin Ultra Light Fishing Vest & fly fishing vest
Amazon

This lightweight fishing vest is under $30. It isn't expensive, but that doesn't mean it's not great. Customers are saying it's a top-notch fishing vest. There's a padded neck strap with a net D-ring and zip-closure pockets. One-size-fits most.

Amazon review
Amazon

3. M MAXIMUMCATCH Maxcatch Fly Fishing Vest Pack

M MAXIMUMCATCH Maxcatch Fly Fishing Vest Pack
Amazon

Like most fishing vests, you'll find two large pockets on this MaxCatch vest. Not only does this vest have large pockets, but it also has a large one in the back. If you've been looking for a fly fishing backpack, consider this one. You should have enough space for a small tackle box and a water bottle.

4. Redington Clark Fork Mesh Fly Fishing Vest

Redington Clark Fork Mesh Fly Fishing Vest
Amazon

You'll love the quick-dry mesh fabric on this vest. There are nine external pockets, three interior pockets, a large rear zip pocket, and one fleece fly keeper. That's plenty of storage for your fly boxes.

5. Master Sportsman Alpine Fishing Vest

Master Sportsman Alpine Fishing Vest
Amazon

Now we're talking. This is the vest you need if you're looking for one with a rod holder. Plus, there are 27 pockets. Plenty of chest pockets and front pockets make for easy access to your fly boxes.

Master Sportsman Alpine Fishing Vest
Amazon

All-Purpose/Photography Vest

6. Autumn Ridge Traders Fly Fishing Photography Climbing Vest

Autumn Ridge Traders Fly Fishing Photography Climbing Vest
Amazon

With a breathable mesh and water-resistant fabric, you'll be sure to stay dry and cool. Be sure to check out the sizing chart so you find the best fit. There are 16 pockets with velcro and zippers, so your belongings will be secure in this lightweight vest.

Best Kayak Fishing Vests

7. Kylebooker Fly Fishing Vest Pack

Kylebooker Fly Fishing Vest Pack Adjustable for Men and Women
Amazon

I recommend a fishing and life vest combo for kayak fishing. Safety is everything! This kayak fishing vest isn't expensive. It's priced around $42, and you get to take advantage of a lot of features.

Thanks to the comfortable straps and low profile foaming, you won't feel like this vest is too tight. A customer said it's a great vest for storing lures.

8. Lixada Fly Fishing Vest Breathable Padded Superior 209lb Bearing Life Safety Jacket

Lixada Fly Fishing Vest Breathable Padded Superior 209lb Bearing Life Safety Jacket
Amazon

The number of pockets makes it or breaks it for vest shopping. You won't be short on storage with this one. There are two side mesh pockets, four chest pockets, and four front pockets. It's right under $40, and customers are saying good things.

9. XPS® Platinum Series Fishing Life Jacket

XPS® Platinum Series Fishing Life Jacket
Cabela's

Anglers love this vest. With a dual D-ring attachment system and a 3-buckle zip front, both you and your fishing gear will be safe. Customers are saying it's true to size and highly recommend it.

10. Stohlquist Keeper Fishing Kayak Life Jacket

Stohlquist Keeper Fishing Kayak Life Jacket
CampGear

This vest is simple and does everything you need it to do. It'll keep you safe on the water.

11. NRS Chinook Fishing PFD - Life Jacket

NRS Chinook Fishing PFD - Life Jacket
CampSaver

CampSaver says this is the world's best-selling life jacket for kayak anglers, which isn't surprising at all. It has a rod holder, two large zippered pockets, and more. It's perfect for carrying pliers, tackle boxes, and your favorite fishing gadgets.

12. Astral Ronny Fisher Fishing Kayak Life Jacket

Astral Ronny Fisher Fishing Kayak Life Jacket
Water Outfitters

Organize your tools to your liking with this vest. It includes a beverage pocket, stowaway hood, and more. Storage is impeccable, and this jacket could save your life. 100% worth the money!

Here's Amazon's Choice for Fishpond fishing vests. You'll want to consider this top-rated vest for your next fishing trip. The vest has 17 interior and exterior pockets. I wouldn't say it's the vest for the minimalist because you'll be able to pack a lot in it.

There's a mesh back, making the breathability of the vest terrific.

14. Simms Headwaters Pro Mesh Fishing Vest, 20 Pockets & Rod Holder

Simms Headwaters Pro Mesh Fishing Vest, 20 Pockets & Rod Holder
Amazon

Simm's fishing vest has 20 pockets. (Eight on the chest interior and exterior, 10 on the waist interior and exterior, and two on the back exterior.) With two built-in retractors, you'll be able to access your nipper and hemostat quickly.

A customer gave it five stars and wrote, "It's a bit pricey, but Simms are pretty well known for their durability so hopefully I'll have it for years."

15. Bassdash Strap Fishing Vest Adjustable for Men and Women, for Fly Bass Fishing and Outdoor Activities

Bassdash Strap Fishing Vest Adjustable for Men and Women, for Fly Bass Fishing and Outdoor Activities
Amazon

Keeping your budget under $40? Then look no further than Bassdash's unisex vest. The vest has adjustable shoulder straps for a custom fit.

There are 18 pockets (including 14 zippered pockets).

For more fly fishing gear, visit ColumbiaWalmart, and Orvis.

This post was originally published on January 30, 2020.

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