fishing in fleece gloves - Spey Pages
 21Likes
  • 6 Post By Tyson
  • 2 Post By GR8LAKES FLYER
  • 1 Post By GR8LAKES FLYER
  • 1 Post By eriefisher
  • 1 Post By GR8LAKES FLYER
  • 1 Post By FishDr
  • 3 Post By GR8LAKES FLYER
  • 1 Post By raspberry-patch
  • 1 Post By SpeySpaz
  • 1 Post By Carl
  • 2 Post By RISaltwaterDH
  • 1 Post By YORKIE
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-01-2019, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Tyson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Provo River
Posts: 51
fishing in fleece gloves

Flows drop late in the year but so do the temps. I find myself wearing fleece gloves often and prefering integrated lines with a little longer head to avoid rod-tip freeze-up (going straight swing presentation here to simplify line management and keep rod and reel dry). The fatter, easier-to-grip running line definitely puts a ceiling on cast distance but is a good trade off in my mind as I don't have it slipping out of my gloved hand or twisting up. Glove off for fly removal and sending the trout on its way then back on for more fishing.

Anyone else do any changes to setup or technique when temps drop below freezing?

Tyson
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	srcast_112819_1.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	101.2 KB
ID:	353094   Click image for larger version

Name:	srbow_112819_1.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	110.3 KB
ID:	353096   Click image for larger version

Name:	srbrown_112819_2.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	180.7 KB
ID:	353098   Click image for larger version

Name:	sr112819_backing.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	148.1 KB
ID:	353104  

"It is not the fish that is hard to figure out, but we the fishers, why we do what we do. For a fish survival is enough."

Last edited by Tyson; 12-01-2019 at 10:34 PM.
Tyson is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 07:09 AM
Administrator
 
GR8LAKES FLYER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
Posts: 17,288
Wonderful photos !!
Very cool scenery and really nice fish, thanks for sharing

As far as changing when the weather does, absolutely
When the air temperature drops down to the freezing mark or lower, I say bye-bye to all shooting heads. I change to longer belly lines that best suit the rivers I fish. Most times (80%) I go for intermediate belly, multi-tip lines. No shooting line, no stripping line. The other times (20%) I switch to the traditional salmon DT's. Again most of the times it's full intermediate that has been converted into a multi-tip on one end. Again, no shooting line, no stripping line. Keeping your hands dry and the rod guides dry are key factors in happiness in freezing temperatures
Nothing more frustrating than frozen guides and finger tips on the river.


Mike
Tyson and FishDr like this.

Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
GR8LAKES FLYER is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 10:49 AM
Registered User
 
FishDr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 33
I'm facing a similar situation here in CO - frozen guides and finger tips definitely take the shine of my enthusiasm, so I really like the idea of fishing a straight swing with no extra stripping. I'm fairly new to this, so I assume that while you don't do any stripping during the swing, you still strip in line to get to the weighted head before you make the next cast, right? Or do you just fish shorter swings?

I'm really curious what the hard-core Spey enthusiasts on the Mile and Grey Reef do during their winter outings - they face some seriously cold weather and wind up along the North Platte.

"Prescribing swung flies to the Colorado fishes"
FishDr is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 11:04 AM
Administrator
 
GR8LAKES FLYER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
Posts: 17,288
FishDr, I do not fish any of those areas that you mentioned, however I do not strip during the swing, nor do I strip anything for set-up to cast. The lines that I use during this time can be handled by a "pick-up, cast, swing" method. I may add a downstream roll cast at the beginning to raise the sunk line and fly to the surface, but still no stripping involved and no shooting of line. Longer belly lines and DT's are the "go to" for this method.
What is demanded is the area must be conducive to aerialize the length of line for fishing distance and the outfit being used can absorb the demands of casting that length of line.


Mike
eriefisher likes this.

Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
GR8LAKES FLYER is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 12:03 PM
Registered User
 
eriefisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Lower Grand River, Saugeen and everything else wet.
Posts: 1,151
Heads are only an occasional occurrence for me. Today was an exception, cold water and freezing air and I still looped on a new to me Gaelforce "head"(thanks Mike). I couldn't resist the temptation to play with it but I paid for it with ice in the guides and a temporarily frozen reel. Still a tonne of fun though.

Dan
GR8LAKES FLYER likes this.

Which way to the river?
eriefisher is online now  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 12:28 PM
Administrator
 
GR8LAKES FLYER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
Posts: 17,288
Quote:
Originally Posted by eriefisher View Post
Heads are only an occasional occurrence for me. Today was an exception, cold water and freezing air and I still looped on a new to me Gaelforce "head"(thanks Mike). I couldn't resist the temptation to play with it but I paid for it with ice in the guides and a temporarily frozen reel. Still a tonne of fun though.

Dan
Ah, I forgot to mention resisting the urge to shoot line

I reward myself the last 1/2hr or so of the day to shoot line and it's a good reminder of why I don't shoot during the fishing day. I get to scratch an itch and get to fish mostly ice free for the whole day. Unless I'm fortunate enough to find a player, then the guides get icy. But that's a good thing


Mike
eriefisher likes this.

Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
GR8LAKES FLYER is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Tyson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Provo River
Posts: 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by FishDr View Post
I'm facing a similar situation here in CO - frozen guides and finger tips definitely take the shine of my enthusiasm, so I really like the idea of fishing a straight swing with no extra stripping. I'm fairly new to this, so I assume that while you don't do any stripping during the swing, you still strip in line to get to the weighted head before you make the next cast, right? Or do you just fish shorter swings?

I'm really curious what the hard-core Spey enthusiasts on the Mile and Grey Reef do during their winter outings - they face some seriously cold weather and wind up along the North Platte.
I was using a shorter rod 10'6" and short head of about 14' I think
+ 7' of type 3 versileader
+ 3' leader.

I had to strip some line in to cast most of the time but tried to keep it to minimum
+ 5-10' of running line

So my radius of presentation was probably around 40 - 45'. I like Mike's idea a lot of just taking the shoot out of the equation. Next time I may try a longer rod and more of a scandi style line. Might depend on the streamer I am using which line is more 'fun and relaxing'. Most of my streamers are medium size and not too heavy.

"It is not the fish that is hard to figure out, but we the fishers, why we do what we do. For a fish survival is enough."
Tyson is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-03-2019, 01:17 AM
Registered User
 
FishDr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 33
Okay, sounds like if I want to keep my hands moderately warm, stripping line is verboten. I've got an integrated OPST Commando Line that has about a 15' head, so adding that to a 10' head and then maybe another 5 - 10' of leader would give me around 30 - 35' to work with. I'd likely want to work a little farther out than that, so it sounds like I might need to get another line. Oh shucks.
Tyson likes this.

"Prescribing swung flies to the Colorado fishes"
FishDr is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-03-2019, 06:12 AM
Administrator
 
GR8LAKES FLYER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: All Rivers flowing into Georgian Bay
Posts: 17,288
Tyson, in my opinion, it sounds like a DT may work for you.
The DT will have enough mass at the tip to turnover a poly or Versi-leader with those streamers you are throwing, no issues.
You can then regulate your own distance you need without being restricted to head length.
You can easily roll cast a DT, Single spey, Double spey, Snake-roll, heck I've even done a Snap-T with a DT just to see if I could


Mike
SpeySpaz, Tyson and eriefisher like this.

Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
GR8LAKES FLYER is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 07:42 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eastern Ontario
Posts: 1,618
Tyson,

My approach is similar to yours, and I keep about 4 gloves in winter change backpack by the river. If I have too stop, I also have the warmest linered mitts ever made by a mother-in-law. My favourite gloves are fingerless wool knit from Filson.

Tyson likes this.
raspberry-patch is offline  
post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 10:07 PM
Scandit sublima virtus
 
SpeySpaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Cowlamasqually
Posts: 2,234
Caught a nice little hen last week, when I came up on her all the ice in the guides shattered into a cool little cloud. I was using a 50ish' head and was pretty iced up. Good thing Stren Catfish is cheap.

For me, I prefer a long shooting head like an FF70 or BOSS or whatever when it's cold, I can shoot a rod length without icing up much if I keep the tip up during the swing.
Tyson likes this.

Captain of the Jameson Godawful casting team
Member-Mullockers Anonymous
Sportkilt Sponsored Middle Aged "athlete"
SpeySpaz is online now  
post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 09:04 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Michigan rivers
Posts: 630
Yeah, I do that.

I fish mono running line and wear gloves with either leather or some other friction material on the tips. I shoot and strip line, but essentially only as far as I can keep off the water and thus avoid icing. I donít mind shooting more line, since the mono holds little, but there are times I do have to de-ice. I think itís just the matter of finding gloves with a little traction in the tips and then getting used to fishing with them.
Tyson likes this.
Carl is offline  
post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 09:41 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Narragansett, RI
Posts: 111
I don't pitch products and am not doing so now. I do pass along information on stuff I use and believe in. Try the Sealskinz waterproof wool gloves. They have a breathable waterproof membrane and fit, well, like a glove. They also have embossed material on the palms (rubber or more likely vinyl). Just don't strip or shoot line. You'll eventually wear through the wool outer and might cut the membrane. The nice added feature is a long or short version. The long wristed option fits nicely up the sleeve of a wading jacket. I fish mostly in salt water and rinse them every time. Warm water and a gentle squeezing is all that's required. Don't wring or twist them. I bought mine at Bass Pro. But I'm sure they are available online.
DryflyBum and Tyson like this.
RISaltwaterDH is offline  
post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-16-2019, 07:06 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Tay,Tweed,Ribble.
Posts: 402
Divers shops, ask for 2mm Neoprene full fingered gloves!.
Failing that, there are custom Dive shops that will and do make up Neoprene stuff to order.Might be more expensive right enough, but if you're keen about your sport, worth the money!
Yorkie.
Tyson likes this.
YORKIE is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome