Aqua Design’s stealth fishing apparel can make the difference in your angling success.
by the Fish On Daily staff
Those of us who hunt understand the value of camouflage and the need for concealment. If you’ve ever worked a small trout stream or plied the banks for largemouths, you also understand that minimizing your visual footprint makes a huge difference in your ability to catch fish.
With that said, why is it that we rarely consider “going camo” when we pick up a rod and reel? Heck, why is it that so many anglers do just the opposite—find the loudest, solid-color hues hanging on the fishing apparel racks and head to the water? Sure, peach and sky blue pastel fishing shirts might promote an image of high-adventure technical fishing, but when you’re working a shoreline or shallow waters, bright (or dark) solid colors aren’t going to help your cause.
The folks at Aqua Design know the importance of camouflage in the fishing world, and for the last 20 years they have been producing apparel designed specifically to help anglers better blend in with the top-side environment and increase the odds of making that first, crucial cast without spooking fish.
The concept is quite simple. Fish, like most predator and prey species both on land and in the water, rely on colors and patterns to feed and to alert them to danger. If this were not the case, why do we have lures manufactured in a seemingly endless array of colors? Furthermore, why are fish patterned to reduce their visibility (dark on top, lighter on the bottom, for the most part) if not to provide a definite foraging and defensive advantage? It makes sense, therefore, that the same concept of camouflage applies to the ultimate fishing predator…us!
This is why many professional fishing guides across the country, particularly those who’s business it is to get their clients on top of fish in close quarters and clear waters (think mountain trout streams and bonefish flats), are key buyers of Aqua Design camouflage fishing apparel (and they seem to be keeping this secret to themselves!).
Aqua Design calls their patterns “skyward camouflage,” which seems reasonable since these patterns—Green Bayou, Misty Sky, Pacific Sand, and Aqua Sky—were all developed from the underwater point of view; In other words, from the fish’s perspective of the above-water environment. Through careful selection of colors, and with consideration given to the most common skyward view of clear and shallow water fishing environments across the country, the Aqua Design team developed mottled camo patterns that allow the angler to blend into his or her surroundings better than anything short of a three-dimensional pattern.
Obviously, these designs will not mitigate your silhouette in every condition (such as when you are backlit with no foliage behind you), but they do make a huge difference when the sun is in a 180-degree range in front of you or there is foliage around and behind you. For fishing in open waters without a background to blend into, the Aqua Sky pattern does the trick with its bright blue hue.
The skyward camouflage patterns are offered with several Aqua Design products, including six shirt models, convertible fishing pants, masks, gloves, headgear, fishing vests, and foul-weather jackets. They are ideal for sun protection (boasting an ASTM Ultraviolet Protection Factor rating of Excellent), lightweight, and quick to dry when wet.
If your style of fishing involves stalking, especially when working small streams, shallow rivers, bars, and mangrove flats, you can improve your chances of success by blending in with your environment. Become a fishing ninja, and leave the bright pastels for the evening fish fry!