Appreciating Cold Water Fly Fishing
Anglers of all ages enjoy fly fishing. Young and old alike find themselves deep in thought and concentration while standing amongst the quiet trees and water. But, there are many different ways to enjoy fly fishing. One of them takes you to chilly waters where trout, salmon and steelhead live. Cold water fly fishing provides a unique environment that many fly fishermen avoid. For those willing to experience it, matching your skills with your prey in the icy waters can be an unforgettable adventure. Below, we'll describe the equipment you'll need when you're fly fishing in cold water. Plus, you'll learn what you can do when your feet don't touch the bottom.
Waders For Warmth
When you're cold water fly fishing, half of your body may be submerged underwater. The chill can cut right to the bones. That's the reason you'll need to invest in a wader. Waders are basically boots that come up to your chest. They're waterproof and can help you retain body heat. You wouldn't be able to fly fish in extremely cold water without a wader. The chill is too great. Years ago, waders were constructed of a vulcanized rubber. While you can still buy rubber waders, they've mostly been replaced by better materials. Today, most high-quality waders are made from Gore-Tex or neoprene.
Wading Boots For Protection
A decent pair of wading boots should provide 2 things: protection and traction. There are plenty of objects underwater that threaten to harm you such as craggy rocks, splintered and submerged branches and even pieces of glass. Even when approaching the water, there can be dangerous objects on the banks. You need wading boots in order to protect your feet. Wading boots should also protect you from slipping. The soles of most boots are made of felt so they can grab rocks and other slippery surfaces.
Some waders actually come with the boots attached. Others waders merely have stocking feet which are meant to be worn inside separate boots. For cold water fly fishing, wading boots (either attached to your wader or separate) are a must.
When You Can't Touch The Bottom
Occasionally, you'll want to do some fly fishing in cold waters that are deep. In fact, the water may be so deep that your feet can't touch the ground under the surface. In those circumstances, plan on bringing an inflatable fishing vest. Not only will the vest keep you afloat, but it can help protect you in the event that you fall. When you're cold water fly fishing in fast currents, it's surprisingly easy to lose your footing. If this happens in deep waters, an inflatable vest will protect you.
Cold Water Fly Fishing Isn't For Everyone
Most people prefer fly fishing in warmer waters. They happily sacrifice the chance to catch salmon and steelhead for the comfort and relative safety of streams. But, for those with a sense of adventure, fly fishing in chilly waters can provide an opportunity to enjoy an experience few others have. If you're interested in testing your mettle in the icy waters, invest in a neoprene or Gore-Tex wader (preferably with the wading boots attached). Plus, even if the water isn't high enough to cover the top of your head, purchase an inflatable fishing vest. With the right gear, you're ready to brave the cold.