Fishing – What to Wear
When selecting what clothing to wear on the river, comfort is key. Here in the mountains, the weather changes quickly. In winter months, cold weather is a constant. Cold temperatures are found along the rivers or low spots across the land. Temperatures at Teton Valley Lodge along the river can be -30, while Grand Targhee Ski Resort, fifteen miles up the mountain, will be 0 at the same time of day.
Winter fishing can be fantastic, unless you choose the wrong clothing. For winter fishing you should wear the same things you might wear skiing or snowmobiling, plus a bit extra. One key item is fleece fingerless gloves. You must wear fingerless gloves so you have control over your line. Fingered gloves just don’t work. The fleece gloves retain heat even when wet and dry easily. Another great piece of clothing is the boot foot wader by Simms. This newly redesigned wader is warm and comfortable. Regular stocking foot waders pale in comparison. For winter fishing nothing beats the boot foot.
Summer clothing has advanced a lot over the past few years. It wasn’t too long ago that we always wore waders or hip boots in the summer. There just wasn’t the clothing available to fish comfortably any other way. Manufacturers like Patagonia, Simms and Cloudveil, have excellent choices for the summer angler. For most of the summer season you are able to wet wade with quick dry pants and sandals. There are two different types of shirts made specifically for fishing. You can select standard button-up shirts in both long and short sleeves. These are quick dry like the pants and most offer an SPF factor. The other type of shirt is a T-shirt style of lighter weight material than the conventional button-up. Both are quick drying and cool in hot weather.