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Staying warm.

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For me, seems the feet are the primary issue. I really have NOT been comfortable while wearing 2 pairs of socks.

Any tips you can share on staying warm out there?

Posted on: 2008/11/20 9:16
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Re: Staying warm.

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Keep moving.

Poly-propolene underwear.

I remember hearing one about swinging your arms because the centrifical force forces the warm blood to your fingers.

Fleece Socks.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 9:19
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I have some thigh high wool wading socks that seem to do the job. I haven't found anything to keep my feet warm while standing in the water, though. With the wool socks, I'll take a 1/4 mile walk and have a smoke in between spots, as opposed to pool hopping down the stream or river. I miss lots of good holding water, but that short walk is enough to get my feet warm again.

I also used the hand warmer pouches for the first time last weekend. I was pretty pleased. I wear ragwool fingerless gloves for the "keep me warm when they are wet" appeal, but my fingertips get completely frozen after a while. I activate a couple of the hand warmer pouches and put them in my hand warmer pockets on the wading jacket. Seems to do the trick. The same company that makes the handwarmers also makes boot warmers. I'm going to give them a try on my next trip.

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I also got these things from my grandfathers house when he passed. They are grey and have metal worked in. They go on your knees or elbows and keep your joints from getting cold.

I am looking forward to using them on my knees over the winter and next spring. (I've stood in water for so long that I could barely walk when trying to leave the stream because my knees are froze).

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Re: Staying warm.

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has anyone tried heavyweight ski/snowboard socks? I've never used them for fishing, but you can find some rated to -30 F on www.tramdock.com and www.steepandcheap.com every now and then for around 4 or 5 bucks. Might be worth a shot. I've been on a couple mountains at -40 or better and they do the trick in snow.

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What is the fun in staying warm? Be a man and tough it out...makes for a better story. Actually, that's just my excuse because I have never been able to keep my feet or hands warm other than sitting by the fireplace when I should be out fishing.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 10:21


Re: Staying warm.

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1. Make sure you're waders don't leak.
2. Where wool socks.

You'll still get cold, but thats about the best I can do. Sure, I could put double thick stuff on, but get them too thick and I can't be comfortable, I'd rather be cold.

As for the rest of the body, under armor cold gear is just amazing stuff. Didn't believe all the hype till I tried it. An all under armor base layer, with everything else loose fitting on top. It works miracles.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 11:02


Re: Staying warm.

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wool socks

under armor coldgear shirt & long johns

fleece pants

windproof fleece top

wind/water proof wading jacket

neoprene gloves with "fold backs" for index finger & thumb

disposable handwarmers

fleece hat

small flask of JACK - I know alcohol and cold don't mix from a scientific standpoint, but it does make me feel warmer

Posted on: 2008/11/20 13:17


Re: Staying warm.

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I would go with jameson or jager, but I agree about the small flask. If you're a hippie, there are other options available too, but I have no idea how acristic feels about that.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 13:37


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How about keeping your feet dry? No holes in the waders but my feet are soaked.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 18:56
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How about keeping your feet dry? No holes in the waders but my feet are soaked.


I would say your waders have a slow leak, or they just aren't waterproof. I never experience nearly that much condensation in my cheapie cabelas pair. The seams leaked like a sieve after a season or two, but I put that loon UV repair stuff on all of the seams, and they've kept me bone dry for four trips so far. I was stupid to trust them to keep me dry in the frigid salmon last weekend, but they did the job. I get some dampness, but I kept the wool socks on afterward, and they were dry in about 5 minutes... so it wasn't much.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 19:35


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Yes you want good moisture wicking socks. Wool is fine and they make awesome techno socks as well BUT if you are into cold water fishing get the warmer soles they sell. They are like the hand warmers you activate to keep your hands warm but you can cut them to fit inside your wading shoes. No steelhead or salmon guide would be without them. They sell them at any sporting goods store.
Also squishing a ton of socks into a wading shoe restricts the circulation and actually cuts down the dead air space that actually will make your feet colder. Think of the insulation in the walls of your house or a goose down comforter. Try compressing either of those and see how warm you stay. Get yourself one good pair of thick moisture wicking sock and buy the warmer soles.

Posted on: 2008/11/20 21:12


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Humm- wonder if I can still fit in my neo's??

Posted on: 2008/11/21 9:39
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Re: Staying warm.

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wetnet,

your point regarding the air space is excellent, I wear a very thin nylon liner sock(for wicking) and medium weight wool for warmth, this allows that "air space" that is very important.

Posted on: 2008/11/21 11:03


Re: Staying warm.

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I heard some good advice on another board... spray your feet with spray antipersperant... moisture just traps the cold. If your feet don't sweat, they'll be warmer. Plus you'll smell fresh after you get home and your wife won't complain about that nasty, BO/neoprene smell lol.

Posted on: 2008/11/21 11:28
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