In the middle of summer, the fish in your usual spots may be biting, or they may be a little slow, a little skittish. One thing, however, is universal. The heat is brutal, hot enough that you might be on your way home long before noon. And if there is no shade, you will always come back with burns.
The best antidote? A good fishing shirt, and Columbia makes some of the best. Columbia fishing shirts are excellent at sweat wicking, quick drying and UV blocking. Lucky for you, Columbia’s PFG shirt line is getting some nice discounts during the two-day Amazon Prime Day sale. The full line, in all its sun- and sweat-baring glory, is on sale—with discounts ranging from 20-33 percent. If you don’t have a favorite model, choose from the list. If you want to read the specs on each shirt, keep scrolling.
We’ll start with what are arguably the most serious fishing shirts on this list. PFG Terminal Tackle T-shirts are similar to the long sleeves you’ll see professional anglers wearing on tournaments. They are 100% polyester, quick drying and most importantly moisture wicking. I’ll summarize decades of science, technology, and fashion commerce in this: The synthetic fibers in these shirts pull sweat from your skin to the outside of the fabric, where it evaporates. Finish cooler and dryer.
To top it all off, the loose fit and long sleeves are great for throwing on all day. And, these shirts offer UPF 50 protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays. Truly the perfect fishing shirt.
If you prefer something a little more buttoned up, the rest of the shirts on this list offer that with minor differences in fabric and performance.
The first model is Tamiami. It’s the best all-around option and the only one where the women’s model is part of the Prime Day sale. Like the terminal tees, this shirt is 100 percent polyester, so you get all the cooling and moisture wicking you need in the summer months. An added plus with this model is the large rear vent that allows the breeze to hit your body directly. Even on the hottest and most difficult days, a light breeze will cool you down if you’re wearing one of these.
Then there’s Bahama, PFG’s nylon button down. The shirt is almost the same as the Tamiami, but constructed with a nylon taffeta fabric. What this means is that it will feel a bit drier and more substantial before you wear it, almost like a starched shirt. Nylon offers similar wicking and drying to polyester, so there is no significant difference in performance. Choose this one if you like the cooling benefits of synthetic fibers but want a shirt that feels a little tougher.
Speaking of breaking, the Low Drag Offshore models are also for sale. These are a polyester ripstop, so you’ll see that signature square stitch on the shirt. The main benefit of the reinforced ripstop weave is that it does not scratch or tear as easily as other fabrics. If your best spots require you to go through thick brush, this might be your shirt.
Again, it is similar in its general function to other button landings. Retaining the grip resistance of ripstop, the rear vent of this model is sleeker. The vents lie closer to the shirt, and they’re placed just at your shoulder blades—no big holes in the back. This makes it a versatile shirt, good for more than just fishing. Although if you’re particularly concerned about skin damage, this only gives you UPF 40 (others offer UPF 50).
Last is the Bonehead line. This is made from a 100 percent cotton poplin, which is actually the favorite fabric of dress shirts and makes this shirt the most beautiful looking of the gang. Like the others, this is a perfect option if you want to feel a breeze and stay cool. However, cotton, unlike synthetics, will absorb moisture and take longer to dry. You’ll feel perfectly cool, but if you sweat or spray enough, your shirt will feel damp and may not dry until you take it off completely.
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