Best Headlamp for Fishing?

Boy night fishing, headlamp needed to stay safe.
Won’t be long, and a headlamp for fishing will be needed! Classic Florida fishing…

I fished for years in Tampa Bay, and the area around Fort Desoto Park, and on the east coast too – Melbourne pier… awesome memories. Back then I didn’t know I needed a headlamp for fishing. It sure would have helped! Thinking about it in hindsight.

Sometimes you’re on a pier and there are lights – and you don’t need a headlamp for fishing, a lot of time I chose to go to the pier at night because there were lights. If I had a decent fishing headlamp, I’d have explored more areas myself. Anyway, headlamp technology has changed remarkably over the last couple decades.

Which Headlamp for Fishing is BEST?

There are thousands of headlamps out there on the market. Let’s say 99% of them are junk. EASY. Some of them are so poorly designed, they can start your house on fire in storage in your attic.

My belief is that good headlamps have become so expensive that you can’t just buy a headlamp only to use while fishing. The headlamp must do something else too… it should be good for CAMPING, BIKING, RUNNING, HIKING, SKIING, READING BOOKS in a tent, etc.

I use the Petzl Ultra Rush for all of these, and it’s perfect. It’s super-durable. The light lasts up to 38 hours – you could walk out of the Antarctic with this light. It is waterproof. It has an amazing white light quality – not orange at all. The beam shape is perfect – it’s actually 6 beams in working in unison.

Here’s where I either blow your mind or you ‘get it.’ The Petzl Ultra Rush is selling for $429 right now at Amazon. I have 2 of them. I can’t live without mine. You have probably never in your life imagined a headlamp could be worth that.

Here’s the thing. It’s the Leica of the headlamp world. Leicas were all-manual cameras that lasted forever. You paid a 3x price premium for their cameras because you could rely on it in any situation. Freezing cold. Blazing heat. Super-high humidity in the jungle – you knew it would work. Same with the Petzl Ultra Rush. So I use it. I’ll never need another light.

Best Headlamps 2017 Buyer's Guide
The strongest light I’ve owned. The best beam shape ever. The whitest light I’ve seen. The most expensive light I’ve owned. I have 2 of them now. There’s nothing like this one for night fishing or a hundred other uses.

See our Ultra Rush Review >

If you can’t see paying that much for a fishing headlamp that can do everything else you’ll ever need a light for – I also recommend another Petzl headlamp for fishing – the Nao+ Plus. This one is lighter weight, and you can use it for fishing, hiking, running, camping, reading a book, and working on your vehicle. It’s super durable also, and mostly waterproof.

Reactive Lighting Technology in the Petzl Nao series headlamps.
Petzl Nao Plus with 750 lumens and great beam options, including RLT – you can program the light output profile from your phone using Bluetooth connectivity. Both manual and automatic modes. Strongly endorsed headlamp for fishing, if you’re not going to get the Ultra Rush. Both are excellent lights from the best headlamp company in the world.

 

See our Nao+ Plus Review >

Either of these two headlamps will be perfect for fishing. You can adjust beam strength, and they’ll both last for many hours at night while you’re fishing from a kayak, canoe, bass boat, or charter.

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