| ||Winter has arrived. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities
throughout the winter months for both open water and ice
anglers. Many anglers like to go ice-fishing, many others
enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams.
Regardless of where you go fishing, you want to stay warm. If
youíre not warm, youíre not going to enjoy your fishing like you
should. However, you donít want to be too warm: You
donít want to start sweating, because when you start sweating, thatís
when you start getting cold. The moisture that the sweat
provides will chill you quickly, and when you get chilled, you quit
enjoying your fishing. With recent advancements in clothing,
itís not hard to stay warm when youíre on the ice or in a boat in the
late fall, winter, and early spring. Here are some ideas for
staying warm in the winter.|
Most outdoors-people have heard about layering their
clothing. Layering refers to wearing several layers of
lighter clothing instead of one big heavy jacket, and layering really
does work. By wearing several layers of clothing, you can add
or subtract a layer to match the conditions.
Layering starts with the layer of clothing next to your skin.
This could be the most important layer. You want to wear
underwear that will wick moisture away from your skin. If
moisture is trapped next to your skin, youíll be cold before too
long. Iíve had very good results with MTP
Next comes a flannel shirt or hooded sweatshirt. Many folks
like the hood, as it can be pulled overhead to prevent wind from
blowing down your neck.
A vest is the next layer. Again, you have choices
here. The new Guidewear Vest with WindStopper from Cabelaís
is outstanding. Itís windproof and water-resistant and wears
By now youíre getting close to the outer layer. Guidewear is
very popular as an outside layer. It comes in a several
weights so you can choose the weight that will best fit your
needs. I particularly like the parka length models.
Guidewear will double as a rainsuit throughout the year.
Oftentimes an open water angler will need to dress warmer than an ice
fisherman. Ice anglers are moving from hole to hole a lot,
and theyíre frequently popping new holes: Ice fishermen can be pretty
active at times, and pretty sedentary at other times. If
youíre drilling holes, take a layer of clothing off. When you
sit down to fish, put that layer back on.
In years past, being outside in the winter was often a test of
endurance. Today there is no reason to be cold when youíre
outside. Keep these ideas in mind and youíll enjoy your time
on the ice or in a boat this winter even more.
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