Apparel.... Perhaps a dreaded topic.

I don't like shopping for clothes, never have. Never understood why people would spend a day in a mall just looking at clothing racks. To me that is a day you could be flogging the water. That being said, my personal closet has been filled with tattered jeans, and shirts for awhile now. Between work, a kid, a house, and fishing I haven't really had time to "update" my wardrobe until recently. I do have a significant other, and she does her best to keep me from looking like too much of a bum. Luckily she enjoys shopping and does a fairly decent job at picking out "stylish" things. I am a guy though and style has always come second to functionality, and this is where she can fall short at times. Sure that shirt looks nice but if it can't keep me warm or cool I don't see the point. If it doesn't work for me in the outdoors, I find myself rarely wearing it.

I believe I'm not alone in this dilemma, many of us have significant others who can't stand that old t-shirt sun bleached, worn out, and covered in holes. You love it cause it's lasted this long, and there are a lot of good memories associated with that shirt. Significant others do their best to replace these items but for some reason they can never quite compare. So what is a guy to do.... Well luckily there was the invention of online shopping and with online shopping comes the ease and comfort of shopping from the living room. Now the need to waste a day clothes shopping is slowly dwindling away. One can easy pick out a few choice items and often find them cheaper online then you can in the store.

Big Y hasn't been blind to the online apparel scene, and yet we have dreaded the market all the same. We are fishing guys not stylists, we don't know what people are looking for or not looking for when it comes to clothing. To be perfectly honest we just know what we like and what our girlfriend or wife tell us looks good. As we grow, we continue to try to be the one stop solution to all your fishing needs and apparel does happen to fall under that category. So with functionality and "style" in mind Big Y set out to expand our line of apparel, in hopes to help out a fellow fisherman. We will go into some new items added to the Big Y catalog and why we think these are items most should have in their closest.

The three main clothing brands that Big Y currently carries provide both function and we are told style. They are Free Fly, Kast Gear, and Redington.

Free Fly Bamboo Apparel is a brand we have had for a little while now. They are making shirts out of bamboo which is catching on as a great alternate clothing material. Bamboo is Eco friendly and feels quite unique compared to other natural fibers. Not only do these shirts feel great but they also contain anti-order and antibacterial properties that help cut down the smell of B.O., which is inevitable on weekend fishing trips where showers aren't an option. They work great during the summer to keep harmful rays off your skin, dip them in the water and they will keep you cool all day. In the winter they work great as a base layer, they are incredibly comfortable and have great mobility which is a plus when you are fishing in freezing temperatures. They are still stylish enough that they will work off the river for a casual date night or a beer at your favorite pub.

Kast Gear was a brand we were introduced to at the ICAST/IFTD 2015 show this year. They sent us an email before we got there and we made sure to stop by their booth and check them out. The products seemed great at the show and the guys their really know their stuff. However, at Big Y one thing we have to do is test the gear, no matter how great a product seems at first we still need to try it out before adding it. It just so happened that Big Y owner, Cameron, was going on a fishing trip to Michigan to chase some great lakes steelhead. He took both the Kayman Tech Top and Recon Guide Shirt with him for the trip. Cameron really put these up to the test, essentially living in those two shirts for the two weeks he was there. Needless to say they exceeded exceptions. Not only were they comfortable but they held up extremely well to the wear and tear that only an extended fishing trip can perform. Upon coming back we got in both these shirts along with their Steelhead Gloves. These gloves are what put Kast on the map, doing a quick google search on them and it is easy to say why. All clothing at Kast is on the cutting edge of innovation from their gloves to the shirts. Recon Guide Shirts are some of the most comfortable button downs we have ever worn and for one simple reason... They stretch! No long are you encumbered by your shirts restraints they move and flex with a person. Kast clothing is durable and stylish guide shirts are great for date night, casual work wear, etc.

Last but not least is Redington, we all know Redington has been a big player in the fly fishing industry for some time now and for good reason, their stuff is economical and durable. The biggest highlights in our Redington apparel is the SonicDry Baselayer and the I/O Fleece pants. The SonicDry Baselayer is much like the Kast Kayman Tops and Free Fly Long Sleeves in the way it performs on and off the water, the main difference in it is the material. It uses a patented material that dries 2 times faster then similar fabrics. This is especially important in a baselayer. Throughout a day of fishing one occasionally sweats, wearing a standard cotton shirt will then make that sweat cold and in turn make you cold. With the SonicDry Baselayer sweat is quickly removed from the shirt and comfort is restored. How do we know this? We tested it out. These shirts have been wore on many a fishing trip lately and they keep you warm in the cold part of the day, cool in the warm part, and again warm when the sun gets off the water. The I/O fleece pants preform just as well as the SonicDry Baselayer, if not better. Put these bad boys on under your waders, stirrups in the legs keep your pants down so they don't bunch when you put on your waders. Now what we really didn't expect from these was the comfort they give in the water. It is amazing, like your legs are wrapped with warm fluffy clouds, the deeper you wader the better they feel.  At the end of the day they are still great for lounging around the house or sitting by the camp fire. All in all an absolute must for anyone wading in cold weather.

Finally Big Y also carries a selection of T-Shirts, Hoodies, and Hats that are great for both on and off the water. Rep your favorite brand and help promote the fly fishing lifestyle. And that ladies and gentleman wraps up a long insight to apparel at Big Y. As we continue to grow we will continue to bring you what we believe are the best apparel products with both function and style in mind. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call and we would be more than happy to assist. And as always at Big Y Tight Lines and we hope you get to the water soon.



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