When you pack your gear to head out on a fishing trip, you get your rod, your bait box, a seat, some dinner but do you remember to be wearing the right clothing? What is the right clothing depends a lot on where you are going and what type of fishing you are intending to do. But it’s a bit like working in construction and making sure you have the most comfortable work boots on your feet: the right gear makes all the difference.
So for instance, you are going fly fishing so one thing you will doubtless need is a pair of waders. This is because most of the time you are going to be standing in the water to be able to get enough room to back cast your line. Add to that the fact that fly fishing in a close-range sport where you will need to wade into the water and usually the temperature in the river will not be the same as the local indoor swimming pool!
Chest waders are recommended for fly fishing activities. Not only do they keep you dry all the way up, but also they often have special soles on the bottom of them, which are either felt or a special sticky rubber coating. This means you have a far better chance of not slipping on underwater rocks, which can be treacherous. Modern chest waders utilise breathable fabrics so they are comfortable as well as keeping you dry and many even have a handy storage pocket in the chest.
Waders can also keep you dry even when you aren’t in the water. Add a light rain jacket over the top with a hood and you are covered head to toe in waterproofing.
There are two main types of waders; stocking foot and boot foot. Stocking foot are the more popular and contain a neoprene boot over which a wading shoe is worn making it a bit like a hiking boot for under the water. Boot foot waders have built in rubber boots, tend to be warmer and more durable but don’t give any support around the ankle. They are often chosen by saltwater anglers when fishing on a beach.
The idea of saltwater fishing clothes used to be whatever was old and about ready for the rubbish bin but has evolved in specialist ranges. These include items such as pants that are made from lightweight, breathable materials and feature zip off legs that can easily be converted into shorts. Shirts are often of the same material and everything has plenty of pockets to stash other gear.
Some of the biggest makes in business have created ranges designed for fishing, such as GORE TEX. They offer insulated tops and bottoms so that if you are off somewhere cooler, you can be ready to face whatever the climate throws at you.
The climate of where you are going fishing will be your ultimate guide as to what to wear, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure you pack for whatever the weather throws at you!