How to Size for a Fishing Vest

How to Size for a Fishing Vest
Fishing vests are a useful tool as they allow anglers to carry all the tackle they need for a successful day on the stream or lake. As with any piece of technical clothing, a fishing vest must be properly sized in order to offer the maximum performance. A properly sized fishing vest needs to allow enough room for casting all day without being constrictive.


Difficulty: Easy

Sizing up the Vest

Things You’ll Need:
  • Several Different Sized Fishing Vests
Step 1
Place the vest over the type of clothing you will use when on the water, this will help to gauge if the vest is the proper size. Anglers that pursure steelhead in cold weather will wear layers of clothes to stay warm while a trout angler that only fishes in the warm months may just wear light clothing.
Step 2
Lift your arms once you have the vest in place so you are sure that your arms can move freely in the vest. If the vest is too tight a fit, it will constrict your casting motion and become an annoyance.
Step 3
Make sure the vest sits squarely on your shoulders, while too tight a vest can cause issues, too loose a fitting vest will continue to slip off your shoulders while fishing. Another problem with a loose fitting vest is the strain that can be put on the shoulder joint. A properly fitted vest will distribute the weight of the vest evenly across your shoulders instead of one spot.
Step 4
Reach your arms around the vest to check the ease of accessibility to the pockets found on the vest. You should be able to reach all the pockets without straining with the correct sized fishing vest. Be sure to check to see if you can reach the back pocket on the vest as well, most vests now have a vertical zipper that allows for easy access.

Tips & Warnings

If you spend more time fishing in warm weather, try using a vest made with a vest lining to stay cool.
Do not over pack your fishing vest as the extra weight could cause shoulder injuries.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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