This is as important as your fishing pole in my opinion and I can sum up why with one Phrase; "If you don't have a picture, it's just another fish story." It's always good to have some proof of the big catch because if you have fishing buddies like mine, they like to harrass you a little if you just tell them about it.
2. Polorized Sunglasses
A good pair of polorized glasses are a must if you're site fishing. Whether your fishing the flats in Florida or the blue ribbon rivers of Utah, having a pair can potentially make or break a fishing trip. They also give you some protection from the lure coming back fast from a snag or when you're fly fishing. I prefer the amber or brown polorized lenses.
3. Your Go-To Lure, Fly Or Bait
I know most fisherman have a lot of tackle in there box but there is always that go-to lure that most fisherman have. The product I've been having lots of success with lately is the Wildeye Curly Tail Minnow from Storm. I first tried these early this year and I have cleaned house with them ever since! It doesn't seem to matter where I fish or what species I'm going after, the fish love them. I've caught 5 different species of trout and largemouth bass this year on this jig. I've fished them in 5 different bodies of water ranging from high alpine lakes, rivers and warm water lakes with all sorts of water temperatures with the same result; Fish On! The 3" minnow is what I like but they make them in a lot of sizes.
4. Current Fishing Proclamation
Its good to know the regulations of the body of water you are fishing. Nothing would ruin a great day on the lake faster than catching a bunch of fish and finding out from a fish and game officer you're over your limit or you fished an illegal method for that lake. Also, most proclamations tell you the state records and catch and release records. I like to know that info because you never know when you'll have that chance at a catch of a lifetime. I'm quite certain I caught the state record Bullhead catfish when I first started fishing and didn't know it till I started doing some research (Hence this and the camera being on my top 5 list).
5. Sun Screen And Bug Spray
I like to be as comfortable as possible while fishing (or doing anything really) and this product helps me accomplish that goal. It's a sun screen/ bug spray all in one. There are a few different brands out there that are good and will do the job you need them to do. I like the one pictured because it's super compact and light weight which makes it good for back packing and it takes up little space in your tackle box.
Well there you have it folks, My top five things to have While Fishing.