New and noteworthy gear for the 2016 fishing season

Essential accessories for the well-equipped angler or hunter




Great for hot-weather angling, Columbia’s light, comfortable and stylish Ventero sandals for men ($90) keep the feet cool with ventilating midsole ports. The two-strap suede sandals also feature proprietary Omni-Grip non-marking rubber soles for excellent traction on slippery surfaces.

Columbia, 1-800-622-6953; 



“Tie ’em, fish ’em, hang ’em and rinse ’em.” That’s the tagline for Plano’s innovative Hydro-Flo Tackle Bags, which feature specially designed bases for draining water when rinsing and drying lures. Able to store up to 25 large baits in hanging compartments, the newly introduced M Series bag (US$79.99) also boasts plenty of zippered exterior pockets for accessories.

Plano Molding, 1-800-558-1005;



New from Eddie Bauer, the Sandstone Shield Hooded Jacket ($199.99) is made of tough but breathable nylon/spandex/polyester stretch fabric, with a DWR coating to make it water- and wind-resistant. With an adjustable hood and three zip pockets, it’s made for active, shoulder-season adventures.

Eddie Bauer, 1-800-426-8020;



With a small footprint, but considerable storage capacity, Yeti’s new Hopper 20 soft-sided cooler (US$299) is puncture-resistant and leak-proof, complete with an anti-microbial liner. Ideal for both day trips and longer excursions, it can hold the equivalent of 20 pounds of ice and keep contents cold for days.

Yeti, (512) 394-9384;