When I started fishing for winter Steelhead a few years ago, I had nothing. Up until then, I was a “fair-weather” fisherman who didn’t really know exactly what cold was. Young boy did I discover out quick.

I had just hooked up with a longtime buddy of mine who I had not seen given that grade school. Steve was going to teach me all about Steelhead & Salmon fishing. All I was wearing was my denims, Tee shirts, baseball cap, routine shoes and a warm weather coat Sealine in the automobile.

Steve just took a look at me. “Are you nuts?” He stated. “You’re going to freeze.” Well, I responded this has to do with all I have. “Do not worry about it, I’ll make it. Let’s go” No quicker did we get to the river I was just that, freezing. Hey, I’m stired because I’m going to catch me a long over-due Steelhead. I remember taking a look at him as I was simply about numb to the core and observing he was warm as might be. It didn’t take long to ask “Ok, just how much is all that and where can I get it”. I wasn’t going to go through that type of day ever once again. By God’s grace, I did capture my very first Steelhead that day but not without paying a heavy rate.

By my next trip out I managed to up my gear with a set of waders, together with a breathable raincoat. The only thing missing was head wear. “I understood I was forgetting something.” It was another cold day. It was uncomfortable, however at least not excruciating like my very first time out. I had an equipping cap, so it ended up being ok.

I inform you my good friends, there is absolutely nothing like the comfort of being warm. When the temperature is in the 30’s with rain, snow, and sleet. (Yes, I have had all 3!). You will be thankful you have the gear. Likewise, being warm gives you a lot more of an excellent time.

Here is my recommended list when going out for a day on the river.

1. Waders. You can discover these simply about all over. Much like anything else, you get what you pay for. I suggest the breathable Simms brand G3’s or G4’s being the top of the line. They do run a bit high, in the cost range from about $350 to $699. You can get the Rivertek Stockingfoots for $299. Rivertek is about as low as I would choose winter. You can also choose the long time wait in Neoprene 3.5 mm. You can enter a set of these in the cost series of $80 to $200.

2. Rain coat. Another need to have. Rain coats truly boil down to your very own convenience. Personally, I have to feel loose, and agile. For that reason, I utilize a tighter, lighter style in Columbia. The bottom line is dry.

3. Your hat. I like the Henschel. A great, quality oil skin hat that will keep your head dry. A dry head is a warm head. I think these run in the ballpark of $50.

Over that I typically wear something of wool, over that my waders. This all depends on how warm or cold blooded you are. Some individuals like me require 3-4 layers, while others just 1 or 2.

One last pointer, get yourself a dry bag. You never ever understand when you will slip on a rock, or get plain soaked due to heavy weather. Simply put your dry bag in the truck or boat.

Steve was going to teach me all about Steelhead & Salmon fishing. Let’s go” No quicker did we get to the river I was just that, freezing. Hey, I’m stired since I’m going to capture me a long over-due Steelhead. I wasn’t going to go through that kind of day ever once again. Rivertek is about as low as I would go for winter.