01-20-2006, 03:34 PM
Five Tips For Staying Warm On The River
By Davidson River Outfitters – www.davidsonflyfishing.com
Well, winter has finally arrived. The fishing can still be good, but you can get into real trouble if you are not dressed properly. Here are a few hints to help you stay warm and dry:
1. Dress in layers. this way you can take layers off as the day gets Warmer.
2. Wear fleece or wool; that way if you get wet, you will retain your warmth.
3. Always carry matches or a device to start a fire. I typically carry a railroad flare; it can start a fire even when wet. If you fall in the winter, you have roughly half as long as the water temperature before hypothermia sets in. So if you or your fishing partner falls in, get out on the bank, start a fire to stay warm and dry your clothes.
4. Keep your head and hands warm. Most of the body's heat is lost through the head, so wear a hat or cap. Use fleece or wool gloves with only the fingers that you use, cut out. Most people leave the stream because their hands are cold; a little preventative measure will enable you to fish that much longer.
5. Keep your feet warm, wear heavy wool or fleece socks under neoprene boots, but be sure that they wick moisture away from your feet. If not, the moisture will make your feet cold. Also, be sure to wear loose fitting boots; boots that are too tight will cut off the circulation to your feet.
Some fine weather fly fishers won't even attempt to fish in the winter due to the temperatures. If you dress correctly, then you can stay warm, maybe even get hot, and be able to fish a much less crowded river.
Good fishing! Kevin Howell