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Gift Guide for the Cold Weather Fly Fisherman

In need of cold weather fly fishing gear, or know someone who is? We’ve got you covered.

Generally, we say that if it’s below freezing outside, it’s too cold to go fly fishing. However, that’s not to say that everyone adheres to our rule. On the contrary, plenty of fly fishermen legitimately can’t imagine taking three or four months off from their sport – even if alternative activities like hunting and ice fishing tend to be available during the cold of the fall and winter months.

If you are shopping for a few fly fishing enthusiasts this holiday season, chances are that at least one of them is a winter warrior, and winter fly fishing warriors invariably find themselves up against bitter temperatures and near-frozen extremities each time they head to the river or lake to fish. You won’t convince anglers like this to adopt a more fair weather fly fishing mentality: they are clearly in it for the long haul, no matter the conditions. With that in mind, however, you can help keep the fly fisherman in your life warm this winter. Here’s how:

Buy them new waders and boots specifically for winter fishing: Here’s the thing that confounds us about winter fly fishing anglers: they seem so unconcerned about freezing themselves that they even try to use their standard waders and boots – the gear they wear for far warmer and more comfortable seasons – for winter fishing. It’s not so much that “winter” waders or fly fishing boots exist. Waders and ice fishing boots are inherently designed to keep out the water, and that makes them good for keeping out the snow, wind, and other elements of cold as well.

However, a winter fly fisherman should absolutely wear as many layers possible underneath their waders and boots, weather that means long underwear, thick and warm socks, extra pant layers, or more. If they are using their normal spring and summer waders and boots, fly anglers don’t have much room to spare for extra layering. With that in mind, an extra pair of fly fishing waders and boots – preferably a size or two larger than normal – may be the perfect gift for the winter fly fishing warrior this year.

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Help them keep the rest of their body warm, as well: While legs and feet are undoubtedly the body parts most vulnerable to freezing temperatures during winter fly fishing – you know, since they are usually under the frigidly cold water – a winter fly fishing warrior will need to keep the rest of their body warm as well. A warm and snug winter hat, for instance, is absolutely essential for any wintertime outdoor activity.

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In the same vein, a pair of thick winter gloves may make fishing more difficult – they do remove the sensitive touch of bare hands, after all – but are nevertheless needed for winter fly fishing. A nice pair of winter gloves – or perhaps a pair of finger gloves, to keep hand sensitivity – can make a monumental difference for a fly fisherman.

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Lastly, a durable winter jacket – preferably one that is both waterproof and windproof, with a hard outside shell and a warm, insulated inside – can round out the winter fly fishing outfit perfectly.

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Gift Guide for the Cold Weather Fly Fisherman