Winter doesn’t mean the end of the fishing season. Here are 11 things you need for some serious winter fishing.
Ice fishing is a must for any serious winter fisherman, but open water is there to be found. Many rivers offer excellent winter fishing opportunities and with the right gear, you can take full advantage of them.
1. Cabela’s Spring Run Waders
Five-millimeter neoprene is about as good as it gets and 1,000-gram thinsulate insulation in the boots makes it even better. A fleece-lined hand warmer pocket and reinforced knees make these waders great for the cold weather fisherman.
2. Under Armour ColdGear Top
Under Armour ColdGear is a great way to start layering yourself against the cold. This EVO fitted crew-top stretches to keep you warm without having to pile on the extra weight.
3. Sage Approach Fly Rod
Any decent fly rod will run you a little money, but the Sage Approach is a good start. It has medium-fast action and breaks down into multiple pieces for easy packing. Go with a nine- or ten-foot model.
4. Sage 4200 Series Fly Reel
Now that you’ve gotten yourself a good fly rod, you’re going to have to mount the right reel to it. The 4280 model holds two hundred yards of weight-forward line. Seven- or eight-weight line is the way to start for handling a big winter steelhead.
5. Dry Case
This vacuum-sealed case is waterproof even when submerged and has an active headphone jack so you can rock out while fighting the big one.
6. Lindy Fish Handling Glove
The model linked here is left-hand specific, but it comes in right hand as well. You’re going to need this glove to release that trophy so it can fight another day; even more so if you’re taking that trophy home.
7. Under Armour ColdGear Bottom
The fabric intended for cold-weather athletic training is perfect for the winter fisherman who needs to walk, wade, and generally move about without restriction.
8. Costa Triple Tail Polarized Sunglasses
These Titanium Fused Grilamid (TFG) glasses will last you for a lifetime of fishing year-round. If you’re going to fish in the winter, you may as well look good doing it.
9. Rio Steelhead/Salmon Fly Line
Go with the weight forward eight-weight and above to handle big aggressive fish. It has excellent control and mend on long-distance casts and is cold-water coated for tangle free use.
10. Browning Fishing Backpack Tackle Bag
You’re going to need something to carry your equipment and still give you the freedom to fish. This heavy-duty dernier backpack has many utility pockets, boxes, and compartments to carry everything you will need to defeat a bruiser, take a picture, and then keep on fishing.
11. A Destination
Here is one of the many choices that you can use to fulfill that trip of a lifetime. Dig in and find the one that is right for you. Whether it is on your home soil or across the world, you will find something that fits your dream.
As sportsmen, we have many opportunities to get outside. When the winter rolls around it can be a more difficult prospect, but with the right gear, the winter fisherman can find a way to get out there and be successful.