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Redington I/O Fleece Pants Redington, I/O Fleece Pants, wear under waders, casual dress at home
Price: $49.99
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Redington I/O Fleece PantsThe I/O Fleece pant is the good ol' boys answer to insulation. Made from 280g non-pilling fleece, these pants offer a fully elastic waist, full zip fly, and on-seam side pockets. Lycra stirrups keep pant legs down in your waders for added comfort.

Picture, Simms Mens Fleece Midlayer Bottom, Front
Price: $79.95
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Simms Men's Fleece Midlayer Bottoms Short days and icy waters are part of the winter wading experience, but dedicated winter anglers are rewarded with dramatic light and solitude on the water. Simms' men's Fleece Midlayer Bottom sets you up for reliable warmth inside your waders on the coldest days. A grid-fleece interior traps heat next to your body without adding bulk or limiting your range of motion. A front zip offers easy access when nature calls. Tapered lower legs integrate easily with...

Picture, Simms Mens Fleece Midlayer Top
Price: $79.95
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Simms Men's Fleece Midlayer Top Little compares to the solitude of a winter day on the water, especially if you are prepared for the cold. Simms' men's Fleece Midlayer Top adds warmth on its own or can be layered under your favorite jacket. The grid-fleece interior traps heat next to your body without adding bulk or limiting your range of motion, and a smooth exterior makes for easy layering.

Simms Ultra Wool Core Bottoms Simms Ultra Wool Core Bottoms, Merino wool, best base layer, used by professional steelhead guides
Price: $119.95
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OverviewFor submersed parts seeking total warmth, these are your ultimate under-wader layering bottoms.FeatureWool and nylon blended fabric for warmth and durabilityOdor-resistantPatterning promotes ease of movementWide waist band for comfort and durabilityFabric89% Wool / 11% NylonWeight8 oz ...

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.