Technical fabrics—they’re everywhere! These are textiles primarily produced for performance and functional properties rather than appearance or aesthetics. The fabrics were originally produced for occupational wear, such as medical scrubs and industrial fabrics, and protective clothing such as firefighter gear and bullet proof vests. However, these fabrics have found their way into the world of sports and outdoor activities, and there is an endless variety for the fly fishing enthusiast!
Neoprene, Ultrex, mesh and netting are just a few examples of fabrics being used to make waterproof and windproof clothing, equipment and bags for fly fishing. Whether you’re wading out into the water, carrying your gear through inclement weather or bundling up to brave trout fishing in winter, there are quality fabrics with a variety of features like shrink-resistance, fire retardant, strength, waterproof, insulation, SPF and controlled breathability.
Technical fabrics are not just characterized by their materials, but also by functionality. Fly fishing gear has adapted to include many convenient features including removable hoods, full front zip up, multiple pockets, vests, three-quarter length sleeves, thumb holes in the sleeves and double layers with the inside to insulate and the outside to repel water.
The technical fabric manufacturing industry is growing rapidly at four percent greater than home and apparel textiles annually, and Maven Fly has completely rebranded this trade. While technical fabrics are by definition created solely for utility, Maven Fly is proof that it can balance both function and fashion.