Winter fly fishing requires the angler but a fair amount of physical and moral resistance, and even the ability to correctly choose the appropriate winter gear for catching fly. Requirements for clothing are as follows: it should be waterproof, not blown, breathable, warm, and does not hinder movement.
Modern materials fully satisfy all of these criteria. In recent years there has been a real revolution in this field. Two major discoveries made it possible to make a dizzying leap from rubberized cotton jackets and pants to high-tech wading jackets, Vader. We are talking about a unique fabric GorTex and synthetic fleece.
Clothes for winter fishing
Winter clothes to be warm, especially, should be dry. So avoid putting on worn or leaky waders and upper body cloaked in a good waterproof jacket. Fortunately, the choice of high-quality accessories for today is unusually wide.
However, reliable protection, so that the water from the outside, do not forget about the possibility of getting wet inside. The human body is equipped with a natural cooling system. It effectively cools constantly evaporating moisture from the skin surface. Through this process, not only the constant temperature of the body, but also skin humidity range 75-100%.
This moisture evaporates so quickly that skin, in general, feels dry. At moderate values of air temperature and humidity system is running fine. But in the hot and humid climate, it is not doing its job – the skin begins to perspire.
The same thing happens when the angler puts excessive amounts of clothing. Between the body and the cloth formed a hot climate and abundant acting sweat makes the clothes wet. And then it comes to the rescue and GorTex, thanks to a special membrane deposition, freely passes water vapor from the inside out, preventing the reverse process.
But, clothing fisherman, gathered to catch a fly fishing in the winter, just enough to be waterproof and breathable. She needed to maintain body heat. Of the large number of available materials for winter fishing is ideal just a few. Let’s start with the positive.
Cotton – perfect fabric for warm weather. But cotton is totally unsuitable for the winter time. It is able to absorb a lot of water. In addition, cotton fabric water forms a particular molecular bond, resulting in losing its elasticity and adhered to the body.
To keep the heat – it’s just a disaster. Moreover, the wet cotton, sticking to the body, behaves like a second skin, and the evaporation of water from it cools the body as much as possible. This chemical bond between water and cotton requires additional energy (in the form of heat produced by the body) in order to break the connection and to dry the clothes.
Therefore, cotton jeans and tights – the worst option for cold weather. Instead, take the synthetics, for example, polystyrene. The difference in the sensations you will be pleasantly surprised!
Wool is a very different natural material, which has long been the absolute standard for winter clothing. Even to this day synthetic fabrics cannot compete with some of the qualities of wool such as elasticity and resilience of the fibers.
This makes wool the best material for the production of warm socks and other clothing items. However, wool has its drawbacks. Things made out of it, requires a lot of effort in storing and cleaning. They are heavier, slower drying synthetics. Synthetic almost unable to absorb water, and the tiny amount that is still absorbed, dries in just a few minutes.
Polypropylene and polystyrene
Polypropylene – one of the first synthetic materials used for winter clothing, was later superseded by more successful polystyrene. Today it is widely used not only as a yarn for the production of warm tights, pants, shirts, and is the main component of a miracle material – fleece.
Thus, as becomes evident from this short analysis: synthetic materials are out of the competition for the production of winter clothing for anglers, hunters, skiers and other lovers of winter outdoor recreation.
For the best thermal insulation in cold weather should wear several layers of light clothing. Due to the air gap located between them, they are much better protect you from the cold than one layer thick and heavy. And know that a large part of the heat of the body is given into the atmosphere is from the head.
Therefore, always close it warm hat. Protection, head this way, does not forget about the legs. Choose shoes with a couple of sizes too big. After all, there should not only fit the foot, shod in a warm socks, and thick neoprene. Tight shoes slow the blood circulation of the foot, which is fraught with frostbite in winter.
Several layers of clothes, wearing breathable waders, better protect you from the cold than the thicker neoprene waders. Especially in the cold days wear fingerless gloves. They allow the palms to keep warm and, therefore, a necessary fisherman mobility fingers. During the years of fishing winter fly fishing I’ve tried several types of gloves. I chose gloves for skiers. They are good at keeping you warm and totally waterproof.
Not bad Thermo reserved. They can be put into the pockets and regularly warm chilly fingers on them. Usually Thermo provide stable heat somewhere around ten o’clock. Put it in his pocket and carefully dry cloth to wipe your hands after contact with water or fish.
Protection from the wind in winter is no less important than watertight. When the air temperature plus 4,5 ° C and a wind speed of 32 km / hour bare skin experiences the same sensation as at minus 7,7 ° C.
Currently, the market is flooded with a variety of high quality fishing jackets, Vader and other winter clothing that is perfect for anyone, even the most extreme situations. If finances allow, buy the best set of clothes and shoes. Their only drawback is the high price. However, it will pay for itself many times over many years of distinguished service.