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Cold Weather Clothing
When using the term fly-fishing-gear we are referring to the type of clothing worn for freshwater and saltwater fishing. The outer layer should be waterproof so that it keeps you dry and reduces wind chill and underneath you should have several layers of clothing to ensure that you retain as much of your core body heat as possible. Heat is also lost through the head, so wear a warm hat and a scarf.To keep your hands warm wear gloves. Fingerless gloves or those that can be easily adapted are best.
If you are actually going into the water then neoprene chest waders are a good idea. However, it is not advisable to wear chest waders when boat-fishing.
Choice of footwear largely depends on where you are fishing and whether you intend to actually go into the water. There are three things you need to consider:- the degree of waterproofing, protection against the cold, and grip.
When it comes to waterproofing the best footwear are ordinary rubber boots. Unfortunately they give poor protection against the cold, so if you choose these you will have to wear at least one pair of thermal, socks to keep your feet warm. Another drawback is that they do not offer very good grip. Waterproof hiking boots are are a very good alternative, though for really cold weather fully lined thermal boots are best.
Fly-fishing-gear should be arranged in such a way that it traps the heat and at the same time allows your skin to breathe. To achieve this you should wear multiple layers of clothing underneath your waterproofs. These will retain your body-heat more efficiently and will be easier to adjust than big bulky items. A fleece jacket is often worn immediately beneath waterproofs as it can be used as an outer layer when the weather is dry.
On A Boat
If you are boat fishing you should always wear a lifejacket or some type of buoyancy aid. At many lakes and fisheries the wearing of these are compulsory.
If you are unlucky enough or careless enough to fall overboard then a lifejacket will keep your head above water face up. However a buoyancy aid will only offer a degree of buoyancy that will help you to stay afloat. It may not be enough to save you if you are unconscious when you hit the water.
The clothing worn on a boat is very similar to the fly-fishing-gear worn on land. But as you tend to be less mobile while fishing from a boat it will be more difficult to keep warm so you will need additional layers to keep out the cold. Before stepping on board add an extra layer or two.
At sea you are more exposed to the elements than on land so it will always feel colder. For sea fishing there are certain obvious safety precautions such as the wearing of a lifejacket, which must be taken. On any fishing trip every person who steps onto the boat should be provided with one. Underneath yourwaterproofs you should wear layered clothing and above, bib-and-brace waterproof over-trousers. Always wear bright colours so that in the unlikely event of falling over-board you can be easily spotted. A low-tech but very useful piece of
is a whistle. If you have a man overboard or are simply lost in the fog the shrill sound of a whistle will help any rescuers locate you.
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