Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:55 pm Post subject: Winter Fishing
Happy New Year everyone.
I have been thinking about a topic which I am sure will invoke some discussion. I, like almost all of you folks, do a lot of fishing in the cold. Some fall and early winter and if the Gorge stays open, midwinter and then it is early spring. All cold times at least in my part of the world. My dilema is this. I can't seem to stay warm unless I am bundled up to the point that I can't hardly get around in the boat. I am sure that there are several layering systems out there which will keep you warm, and not make you feel like the stay-puff marshmellow man and would hope that with the caliber of fisherman on this board, somebody would have some discussion on this issue. I look forward to hearing what you folks all do to stay warm in that 15 degree weather. I also have a heater and put my top up to keep the heat in, but when I fish for browns, my steering system
(motor to motor) precludes me from having the top up unless I don't want to hold my rod (which I do)....I don't know guys, little Boise State looked pretty good to me....lol lol
Hey John; The Boise State game was the best game I ever saw. After they seemingly lost, they come back with trick plays that worked to perfection to win. Unbelieveable.... great for College football!
To stay warm, I use goose down underwear, 1200 thinsulate gore tex boots with wool sox. Goose down coveralls. John, I don't freeze. I hate hoods and gloves but sometimes I have to bend during extreme conditions. Although your body heat gives out after a while during 0 to 20 degree weather or with alot of wind. Then head for the motel and a hot shower. You can take it that way. At least I can... Also, a heater in the boat is nice to have.... _________________
I fish quite a bit in the cold. in fact, i just got off the water a couple of hours ago, and I didn't freeze. unfortunately, i don't have a fancy boat with a top or a heater, and I have a tiller motor, so i just make sure i am well insulated, but nothing too special.
i don't bundle to the point of losing movement, but i wear a few layers that seem to do the trick - thermals, light sweathshirt, fleece, and ski jacket (no hood). i always wear a beanie with a neck fleece to cover my face, and I always keep the rod in my hand. i wear some light gloves and take them off pretty frequently as needed to work on things. i can fish the gorge in single digits to zero and be fine.
however, for some reason, my feet always get cold. for the firt time, i tried today using some of those littele warmer packs that skiers use, and shoved them under my toes in my boots. it seemed to help a bit. i know people who put them in gloves too.
I wear ski goggles too when i'm cruising around in the boat.
Boise State was insane....one of the best games ever.
Krmpmeister, I guess I am finally getting a little soft. I don't do as well as I used to in the cold weather. You guys get a little colder back on the Gorge than we do in Bend, for the most part. kelly and I were out on Sat. and it was 22 when we left and maybe got to 36-37. Probably sounds balmy to you.
I layer with good thermals to start and have found some heavy flannel shirts, I like. I have taken a fancy to these newer hooded sweatshirts that are heavy fleece lined......warmest sweatshirts I have found. Top off with Goose down Goretex jacket from Cabela's. I wear my Viking rain pants over Levi's over thermals on the bottom. The one problem I have always had was my feet as mentioned earlier by another contributor. I am now using heavy Merino wool blend socks that Costco carries. My feet do better than any other sock I have used. If it is really cold, I wear them over another pair of socks with my 400 thinsulate boots.
Tight polypro long underwear top, cotton T-shirt outside that, fleece pullover with hood, then zip-up fleece jacket and waterproof shell with hood.
Gore-Tex hunting cap with visor and ear-flaps that connect as a chin-strap, and thick, insulated ski-gloves.
Every time I think I have a bite, I instinctively rip off and throw down my ski gloves, to get a better feel on the fish and the reel handle. Stupid move- it will only help you get a nice case of frostbite. _________________
Joined: 04 Jan 2004 Posts: 223 Location: South Lake Tahoe
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:25 pm Post subject:
I'm a puffy marshmallow in this outfit, and I pick my battles. I try to bend over to tie my shoes before I have the whole top half on. Still though, better to be out there fishing for the big ones without full mobility than waiting for bikini weather when you're more likely to catch a bikini top than a big fish. _________________
Thanks for the come back on this topic. I knew that everyone would have a solution to this situation. Weez, I too have that extra layer of body fat (more than one as I get older) so as I start adding layers of clothing it does become increasingly uncomfortable with respect to mobility. I am interested in the outer shell layer you wear. I know it is water proof, do you perfer a particular brand, and is it insulated as well? Rickster, 37 or 38 would be a heat wave for us right now, only had 2 days over freezing in the last month or so....Guys I got a new heater for Christmas called a Coleman ProCat, or PowerCat. It is a propane driven heater with a blower run by D cell batteries, lightweight, and the outside case doesn't get hot so you don't melt everything that comes in contact with it. I believe that you could use it in an open boat and warm your hands if nothing else. If you are in the market for a heater, check it out at Cabelas. I have a Bday coming up shortly, and I intend on rooking all my relatives who give me presents, into buying some much needed cold weather gear.
Joined: 10 Feb 2005 Posts: 75 Location: Diamond Springs
Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:28 pm Post subject:
Cold weather is hard to prepare for. Layers make warmth but layers restrict mobility. I have a set of cover-all's from Cabela's that is waterproof and very well insulated so I can hit the cold weather with just two layers. This set up can be overly HOT though so no matter what you need a variety of gear for all seasons. I think it is worth mentioning to leave room for a life jacket. With all that get-up on if you fall in sub-40 degree water you most likly won't even get back to your boat let alone get out alive. I always wear my rip cord and a life jaket in cold weather. _________________
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