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Does anyone have a sugestion on a good wading jacket? I'm willing to spend $75-120 on it. I don't need gadgets, just needs to have big pockets and keeps heat in and water out.

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Columbia Sportswear, Frog Toggs, Redington, and I'm sure others have them. Some of them may not be breathable, but they are waterproof.
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Thanks, I appriciate your help.
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If you're talking cold weather fishing, then focus on warm and dry. Be a minimalist regarding tackle and accessories. Limit your fly boxes to no more than 2. If you're fishing tube flies, buy a tin or two of Altoids, put them somewhere else and store your flies in the tins. They're nice and compact. Hook your nippers and a couple tippet spools on a ring on your chest wader suspenders. Spey line tips can be coiled real nice with twisties, labeled, stored in a sandwich size zip lock bag and fit nicely in your chest wader pocket. Gloves, if you use them can fit on either side of you, inside your waders and cinched a bit by your wading belt. A hook hone can also be stored in your wader pocket. What else do you need? Oh yeah! A flask! Well, that's stored in the hip pocket of course.
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I would agree with the previous posts about Reddington Jackets. They are a good value. Had a friend with me in Alaska that used one in tough conditions (heavy rains and runs in an open boat across Naknek Lake to the Brooks and Margot) and it worked fine. A little heavy for a jaunt or fishing in the lower 48 unless your chasing Steelhead in the Spring or Fall. But a great jacket. Nevertheless, I would take a good look at Marmot's "Pre-Cip" jacket. Though not a jacket with a lot of pockets or designed for fly-fishing in particular, it very packable, no nonsense heavy rain protection AND has a very handy (normally not found) feature called "pit-zips"; i.e. large zippered openings under the arm pits that allows you to open them if the temperature rises to high for your comfort level; or, if your going to be hiking in and developing a little sweat on the hike. NOTE: Goretex breathes, but NOT enough if your going to really exert yourself and start sweating profusely. Pit zips open up the under side of the arm (while protecting you from the down pour) and let the prespiration ventilate quickly. [The ONLY high end "fly-fishing jacket" that I know of that has this feature is the Cloudveil top end model (great jacket, but don't forget your Master Card!)] Because of its compressability, it fits easily into the back of a fishing vest or dry bag if your in a boat. Great piece of gear. . . and pretty rugged, too!
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Don't bother with Gander Mtn's Guide Series. It was right around the $100-125 mark.

Has nice pockets, a couple d-loops to clip stuff to; but will only hold the water out for about 1 hour. After that it starts getting absorbed through the fabric. I even tried to wash and re-treat it with re-vivex(sp); that didn't work either.

Currently looking at Simms and Patagonia.

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If you're talking cold weather fishing, then focus on warm and dry. Be a minimalist regarding tackle and accessories. Limit your fly boxes to no more than 2. If you're fishing tube flies, buy a tin or two of Altoids, put them somewhere else and store your flies in the tins. They're nice and compact. Hook your nippers and a couple tippet spools on a ring on your chest wader suspenders. Spey line tips can be coiled real nice with twisties, labeled, stored in a sandwich size zip lock bag and fit nicely in your chest wader pocket. Gloves, if you use them can fit on either side of you, inside your waders and cinched a bit by your wading belt. A hook hone can also be stored in your wader pocket. What else do you need? Oh yeah! A flask! Well, that's stored in the hip pocket of course.
sounds about right.
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Once again I learn to buy once and cry once...
good advice

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For the Salmon River fishing in November you need complete rain & wind protection. I just ordered a Simms G3 jacket for $400.
But what he heck, you only live once.
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Columbia Sportswear is located in the PNW, where it is known to rain a bit during the mid-November to end of February winter rainy season. Its rain jackets, as well as Redington and Helly Hanson, are designed to stand up to these rather wet and cold conditions. Like I said earlier, some of the Columbia Sportswear and Helly Hanson stuff is not breathable, but they are waterproof, wears and holds up very well, and are great value at around $50-$65.00. And the breathable ones from Redington, Columbia Sportswear, and Helly Hanson are equally good value and well keep you dry and not stuffy since they are breathable. And they sell for around $100-130.00.

But don't sell Frogg Toggs short, they have an excellent product. Granted it is light weight, but is very durable, will keep you dry all day long, and are very reasonably priced. They were developed for southeast duck hunters, who are known to stay out is very wet weather for hours. The downside, they come in sort of a funky camoflage that some folks don't like.
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