When the big ones are rising far in the center of the lake, or you want to fish and float, reach them with this packable vessel. Made of tough nylon, it weighs only a tad more than two pounds and packs down to water-bottle size. It holds up to 310 pounds, and our 6’2” tester found the 46x42-inch size comfortable and stable. Mastering the art of casting while reclining? That’s part of the fun. Tip: To keep your butt warm in cold water, sit on your sleeping pad. $299; 2 lbs. 5 oz.; flyweightdesigns.com
Gear Review: Redington Classic Trout 9056 Fly Fishing Rod
The packable Redington Classic Trout 9056 is a great fly rod for beginners.