New Year, New Gifts

  • By: Joe Healy

New products to make your new year more shiny and bright.

Bean CoolWeave Technical Fishing Shirt and Shorts

More and more, I pass over the “flats scrubs” look for a more casual approach to my fishing appearance, largely because styles have changed but so have garment technology and designs. So goes the CoolWeave Technical Fishing Shirt from L.L. Bean. It’s a long-sleave t-shirt style that blows away a Hanes cotton t on performance. The lightweight polyester fabric controls odor, is as soft as cotton and wicks moisture away from your skin to help you stay cool and dry. Special fabric treatment provides UPF 50+ sun protection. Relaxed fit and raglan sleeves offer freedom of movement for comfortable casting all day. And there’s a zip pocket on the chest for tippet material or a small fly box. Even the colors have cool names: Sierra Orange, Graystone, Sage, Flint Blue (almost sounds roll call of my son’s daycare classmates). Sizes Regular S to XXL; tall from L to XXL. Short-sleeve, $34.95, long-sleeve $39.95; and long-sleeve quarter-zip regular $49.95.

Pair the shirt with the Technical Fishing Shorts and you’ve got a winning duo: Medium-weight, wicking, fast-drying synthetic fabric with SPF 50+, 9-inch inseam, reinforced seat (double fabric) button and fly style. Good news: no mesh brief. Accessory pockets (pliers pocket, cell phone, tippet, and the like), rugged belt loops, web button, six-pocket design. Available in three colors: Briar, Putty and Rangeley Blue; $49. Go to

Costa Jose Sunglasses

Costa is rolling out its new 580P lens—a super lightweight, impact resistant polycarbonate 580 lens that provides unparalleled visual clarity, the highest level of polarization efficiency and razor sharp color enhancement. Up to this point, Costa’s 580 lens was only available in glass—which is still the most optically correct and scratch resistant lens material. But now the 580P option will give consumers lighter weight choice in the award-winning lens technology.

I tested test out the new Jose sunglass style with Costa’s 580P lens. (The 580P lens is available in 18 of Costa’s existing sunglass styles.) These are super-light sunglasses with great visual acuity; the non-slip rubber stems on the frames keep the glasses from slipping and sliding down my nose. The 580P lens color options are gray, copper and amber. Go to

Simms Lodge Line

Simms Fishing Products is adding some side dishes to its meaty line of fishing products, introducing the Lodge Line, a full line of accessories exhibiting Simms logo and branding.

Available in Simms dealer shops, the Lodge Line delivers 16 lifestyle and fishing accessories for those who live to We’re talking neckties, a GORE-TEX® wallet, specially designed Wheatley fly boxes, travel mugs, BPA-free aluminum water bottles (1 and .6 liter), bottle openers, flasks, a cigar humidor and cutters and a windproof lighter. And don’t forget that flask. A really cool flask with artwork by Derek DeYoung, a prominent Montana artist well known for his contemporary fish paintings and whose artwork is featured on several Simms products. (And has been seen in Fly Rod & Reel.)

“Simms is more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle for people who live and breath fishing. Our loyal customers appreciate the design and quality behind Simms Fishing Products so we’ve crafted a line of accessories to express this for them in everyday life,” said Diane Bristol, director of marketing and brand manager for Simms.

The new line of Simms branded accessories arrive at retail just in time for the holiday buying season. Prices of the Lodge Line hit the ideal gift buying price point ranging from $4.95 to $99.95. Go to