Dressing up to be prepared for all sorts of weather changes that might occur during a fishing trip is never easy. Most salmon anglers have experienced this from time to time.
Most salmon anglers have experienced this from time to time. One minute the sun shines from a clear blue sky, the next, rain is pouring down. Wrong clothing often results in sweating and shivering instead of maintaining an even, comfortable temperature. Long fishing days put you to the test and negative experiences can be easily avoided by layering up correctly. Follow these simple advice and we are sure your fishing will be more enjoyable.
Your “underwear” in active life, wicking away moisture and sweat from the body. Never use cotton as first layer, it traps moisture, dries slowly and makes you go colder. We recommend synthetic polyester fabric. It dries very quickly and also transports any moisture into the next layer of clothing. The fabric is perforated by thousands of small holes, acting as storage for warm air. This keeps you warm during frosty fishing trips. The drawback with synthetics is the odor. By washing these types of garments in water warmer than recommended, you will keep the bacteria and bad smell at a low level.
Insulates and ventilates your body by transporting excess heat and moisture out into the shell clothing. This layer also keeps your body warm. For example Guidelines Midweight Top and Midweight pants do this job for us. During very cold conditions, we recommend the use of Fleece Bib Pants. They can be used together with other thin underpants or on top of a midweight pant during very cold periods of winter. Soft Shell jackets can be used directly on top of the Dry Quick or the Midweight top during cold days. Zippers in the jackets and tops improve climate control and make it easy to let excess heat out.
The shell-layer is the final protection against wind and rain. There are several different types of membranes on the market. Microporous membranes consist of tiny, tiny holes that let steam (sweat) out but are small enough to create an effective barrier against water trying to penetrate from the outside. Hydrophilic membranes work in a different way, by actually transporting both condensate sweat and steam to the outside. They work very well. A membrane is laminated on to various types of fabrics, creating the outside of the garment. The inside is then protected by a thin mesh, liner or coating, to protect the membrane from being damaged during use. It also makes the inside more comfortable against the body. Venting capabilities can be further improved by adding extra zipper that can be opened during hard physical activity.
Good outdoor clothing cost money, but its really worth every penny – recommendable cloth comes from Simms, Patatonia, Guideline, Vision and Loop