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Gear for the Winter months

Postby lwflyrod » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:44 am

Ok, Seen enough, Got some pieces - even a loaner yak. (thanks Bradley :P )

So heres the question, it probably obvious but some of you have found certain things to be more effecient/useful warmer/safer than others. We have only Yaked in the past in warmer temps. So

Yak fishing in the colder months. lets say Nov - March.
What gear/clothing do you reccomend/wear that seems to work best and/or keeps you warm.

1. Waders with belt of course (for dryness)
Please add on.
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby mb82 » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:49 am

http://www.altrec.com/nrs/rio-splash-to ... wearA2_Rec
With another belt.

I have tested it on purpose, a little water got in through the neck but not enough to worry about other then that I was fine.

Decent kayaking gloves and some warm cloths underneath is what I wear.
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby hh65cdr » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:09 am

When I flew search and rescue in jersey the coast guard would make me jump into freezing water in february to test my drysuit. It was a good way to check for leaks. I also tested my waders, drytop and pfd last winter to check for leaks. Need to check them again now. Much better to test them first then when you need it to save your tail. Key is, if you go into cold water unwilling dont panic. Im sure you had to get into a gumby suit before and know how it goes.
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby lwflyrod » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:38 am

Yep, you bet!, A few too many times.
Once above the Artic Circle with out the Gumby suit (I'm sure you know what that was for Tracy :lol:
/ Right between Little and Big Diometes.
And yes Gumby Suit/ Sterns suit / Sterns Jackets (Still have mine - with USCG on the Back - Good Shape too! :o )
off of Rockaway beach mid January.
Yes, testing is far better than finding out the hard way.

I just was trying to find specific items of clothing/gear that you all find particulary useful.
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby BlueHeron » Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:15 pm

Holed up a bit this year due to Ice and shoulder surgery, but I have been winter paddling for decades.
my 2 Cents:
I have never, and will not, trust waders. I like my life.
I wear a gortex dry suit.
Temperature appropriate layers underneath - usually nice heavy socks, fleece pants, One thermal layer and a light fleece on top. If it's bitter cold, or I expect a fair bit of lollygagging - may add another top layer.

I wear Chota high neoprene boots which add nice insulation for the feet.

For my hands - pogies are the key (2nd most important thing after the dry suit)
I often wear half-fingered glovelineres underneath - so I have good dexterity when I pull my hands out to fish. Again, if its rally cold, will add another hand layer , but try to keep it thin and dextrous (a shell). Personally I am not a fan of neoprene gloves - they dont seem warm, and essentially disable your hands for any fine work.

Always take a dry bag with extra layers, spare gloves, warmers, etc.

BTW I still fish from my touring boat (that I've had since before there were "fishing" kayaks). It works fine, and is especially nice for warmth in cold weather.

If I am out by myself in cold weather, I stick close to shore.
Prefer to have company - a lot of safety in that.

Here's a shot from new years day last year - we had just crossed hooper straights, and were at the north end of bloodsworth Island. easy to see the pogies and and fingerless gloves in this one. Note iced up splash zone on marsh bank. I was very toasty. (so much so I think I popped a cold one moments later).
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby lwflyrod » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:14 pm

Awesome

Thanks, thats kinda what I was fishing for info wise.

much appreciated
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Re: Gear for the Winter months

Postby FishIt » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:46 am

Motored by a kayak-fisherman about a quarter mile off Kill Devil Hills Friday afternoon... no fish, apparently, but he seemed to be quite warm and happy! :)

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