This blog of What to Wear: Women’s Spring Edition will introduce some new (and old) clothing options hand picked and used by our staff so that you can be fully prepared for Spring fly fishing anywhere, anytime!
For those in some of the more northern states that tend to have cooler springs, you know that you must be prepared for ANY type of weather conditions. One minute it can be almost 60 degrees and sunny, to overcast with rain/sleet as the temp swings down to 30 degrees in a matter of hours. Or maybe you’re in one of the southern states and the weather tends to be a little warmer with less degree of swings. No matter where you’re located we have the options for you. Some of these suggestions may seem like a over-kill but I’d rather be over prepared than underprepared. I hate when fishing days are cute short due to being cold.
Let’s start with finding the correct base layer. This section is more for those more Northern states. I prefer to start off with more layers and shed layers as the day goes on.
Step 1: Baselayer Selection
The purpose of a quality baselayer is to help wick away sweat during activity in order to keep your body warm and dry. Modern baselayers utilize a variety of materials including polypropylene, merino wool, or other synthetic fabrics. These materials pull moisture away to keep you dry, as opposed to cotton that will retain moisture and freeze. Baselayers are available in a variety of different weights, ranging from lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight. Each different weight will vary in volume and is specific to different weather conditions or activities.
For most spring days on the water, you’ll want to start with a lightweight baselayer like the Simms Mightweight Core Legging, Orvis Performance Knit Jogger or Fishewear Leggings coupled with with a good pair of socks (more on that later).
The top you choose is a little bit more difficult. You will first want to gauge the outside temperature, as well as the other layers that you will be using on a given day. I like to start with a long sleeve shirt of your choice and then pair that with the Simms Heavyweight Baselayer or the Orvis Quilted Snap Sweatshirt
Step 2: Socks (Keep Your Feet Warm & Happy)
Given the fact that you will be standing in an almost freezing cold river, chances are your feet will be the first part of your body to get cold. Having a good pair of socks can keep your toes warm and your mind focused. Start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking, calf-length sock and pair that with a heavyweight sock like the Simm’s Merino Thermal OTC Sock.
Staff Tip: Have an extra pair of socks just in case your waders “spring a leak”. It may also be helpful to have a paid of wading boots a size up just in case you need to add another pair of socks. This will give your toes some “wiggle room” and will keep the circulation moving.
Step 3: Jacket Selection – Under Waders
Now that you have your baselayer and midlayer dialed, next up is a solid jacket. This is the jacket that you choose to go under your waders and it insulates you from the cold . Jackets like the Simms Exstream BiComp Hoody or the Orvis Insulated Hoody
Step 4: Wader’s Selection
Now that you have your baselayer, midlayer and under jacket figured, maybe you’re looking to upgrade your waders! I highly suggest the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders or the Orvis Ultralight Convertible Waders.
Step 5: Jacket Selection – Rain Jacket/Waterproof Over Wader (As Needed)
After you’ve selected the appropriate jacket, you’re almost there. An over-wader jacket is the last layer needed for winter fishing. Since this is a spring fishing blog, I am going to suggest a lightweight fully waterproof rain jacket like the Simms Waypoint Jacket or Orvis Ultralight Wading Jacket.
If there is wind and flurries in the forecast, a waterproof, breathable jacket is a must to ensure that you stay warm and dry. A jacket like the Orvis Pro Wading Jacket or the Simms G3 Guide Jacket can save the day when the snow flies.
Staff Tip: After you’re all geared up, crank the heat up during your drive to the river. This will get your feet and hands nice and warm.
Step 6: Gloves, Hats, & Other Accessories
Gloves, like a good pair of socks, are essential to keeping your extremities warm and functional. Simply put, it is extremely difficult to rig rods and tie on flies when your fingers are frozen. A vast majority of anglers prefer the classic Simms Wool Half Finger Glove, while others prefer synthetic fold-over mitts like the Orvis Pro Foldover Mitt or the Simms Freestone Foldover Mitt that combine the dexterity of a half finger with the warmth of a traditional mitten.
For extra chilly or windy days, consider adding your favorite Buff for an added layer of face-hugging warm.
Staff Tip: Find a beanie or winter hat with a little bit of stretch to fit over your favorite ball cap, for a little bit of sun blocking glare reduction out on the water.
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