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Montana Wool Mid Bottom Montana Wool Mid Bottom
Price: $89.95
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Montana Wool - Comfortable as a Cat under a Heat Lamp!Wool fibers grown in Montana, with the entire spinning, weaving & knitting process done in USA. Once again proving that if you want the best, look for the made in USA label. In our opinion Montana Wool is the best base layer you can wear next to your skin for most moderate to severe cold weather. This comes after repeated washing after repeated days on the water. "This is the best for under waders, period!" MBUNSHEEPISH ENGINEERING FOR...

Montana Wool Mid Top Montana Wool Mid Top
Price: $109.95
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Simms Montana Wool Mid TopIf you are a Western Oregon steelhead guide, your work puts you outdoors in the winter where it rains an average of two out of every three days. These are moderately cold, but very wet days. It doesn't take long to figure out that how you layer-up under your waterproof shell makes a huge difference in your comfort and performance. After experimenting for several decades with all kinds of synthetic and natural fiber layering materials, it became apparent that merino...

Simms Guide Mid Pant Simms Guide Mid Pant
Price: $79.95
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Fall fishing is marked by seismic temperature shifts, migrating salmonids and, with their returns, revitalized rivers. As the season morphs source mobility and warmth with these polyester and Lycra charged pants. Rugged stretch fleece fabric features awesome breathability and wicking capabilities, while holding ample heat. Zippered back and side-seam pockets offer storage solutions for foraging fingers. And contoured ankle-cuffs and a durable, anti-pill exterior make sliding in and out of...

Simms Guide Mid Top Simms Guide Mid Top
Price: $89.95
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Championed by Simms? endorsed force of professional guides, the Mid Top is an all-season workhorse built for stalking the stingiest Henry?s Fork sippers to full-bore on the oars

Waderwick Core Crew Neck, Black Waderwick Core Crew Neck
Price: $24.95
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Item #: 10430- -

ALL-TIME NEXT-TO-SKIN COMFORTSimms' Waderwick Core Crewneck is the first layer of fight in your stormy weather arsenal. Shirts corner next-to-skin comfort via double-knit fabric that mechanically wicks moisture. Improved 2-way stretch-knit construction boosts mobility and COR3 features, such as anti-odor tech and a UPF30 rating, improve layering performance.

Waderwick Core Crew Neck, Coal Waderwick Core Crew Neck
Price: $49.95
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ALL-TIME NEXT-TO-SKIN COMFORTSimms' Waderwick Core Crewneck is the first layer of fight in your stormy weather arsenal. Shirts corner next-to-skin comfort via double-knit fabric that mechanically wicks moisture. Improved 2-way stretch-knit construction boosts mobility and COR3 features, such as anti-odor tech and a UPF30 rating, improve layering performance.

Waderwick Thermal Pant Waderwick Thermal Pant
Price: $59.95
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This minimalist thermal baselayer is the ticket for long hours in frightening cold waters thanks to microfiber fleece that holds body warmth for effective, convective heat. Whether contending with a mid-afternoon rain blast or dodging paint stripping winds, layer Waderwick Thermals under Simms' award-winning waders for optimized breathability and wicking performance. Pant features include an adjustable drawcord waistband for a fully customizable fit and an anti-pill finish that stays durable...

Waderwick Thermal Top Waderwick Thermal Top
Price: $59.95
Availability: In Stock 1-2 day
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Arctic char have a penchant for brine-y meanderings across some of the most inhospitable climates on the planet. For char in the gnar, or anywhere cold creeps onto the scene, throw on Simms' Waderwick Thermal Top for stacked warmth. Plush, light-wearing Microfiber fleece enhances thermal and wicking properties that beat storms into submission. The anti-pill finish is always smooth. And the easy on-off convenience and self-fabric cuffs of this leading layering piece are equally slick.

Most fly fishing is done while wading, and while wearing chest high waders.

While wading rivers for trout, steelhead and salmon, much of the lower half of your body will be immersed in water that will be more than 20 degrees colder than your 98.6 degree body temperature. As an example, 78.6 degree water is lethal to most salmonid fishes. Even 68.6 degree water temperature is pretty warm for trout and char. Water temperatures from 45 to 65 degrees are most comfortable to most trout, and salmon. There are instances where trout and steelhead are caught from water that is colder than freezing. Locally, winter steelhead are most usually caught from water that is 34 to 47 degrees.

Modern waders and outerwear are made from fabrics that do a great job of dispelling perspiration, but have very little insulation for keeping your body warm. Your body temperature is best protected by layers of insulating underwear. This underwear must be able to move perspiration away from your skin. This will enable your breathable outer layer to do its job most efficiently. Wool is proven to be the superior material for your base layer (the layer next to your skin). This is because the microbes that cause body odor and skin infections hate wool. You will simply feel drier and cleaner with a layer of wool next to your skin. Next, add layers of polyester microfiber fleece.

  • Water temperature = 70-60: 1-layer Merino wool base layer.
  • Water temperature = 60-50: 2-layer Merino wool base layer + polyester microfiber fleece layer.
  • Water temperature = 50-40: 3-layer Merino wool base layer + 2-layers polyester microfiber fleece

Often during winter, the layers covering the lower half of your body will be heavier than those layers covering the upper half of your body.

Cotton clothing absorbs and retains moisture. Never wear cotton clothing during cold weather.

Fleece is great for lounging at home or at the lodge.

Fishing guides know a lot about polyester microfiber fleece layering, because they live in it a significant amount of time when they are working. They, and their closest friends, also know that it is the most comfortable material to wear while lounging and relaxing between fishing trips. Fleece is warm and soft, doesn't bind or pull hairs. It fits like your own skin. It is comfortable and fashionable when fishing, hunting, and at the ski lodge.