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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Staying warm in winter

How is everyone keeping there feet and hand warm for winter fishing?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 03:01 PM
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By making sure your wading boots are not tight. I buy mine 2 sizes larger. For my hands its 18hr. hotshot hand warmers one in each pocket and one in the inside chest pocket of my waders.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 06:06 PM
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Boot foot waders. The easiest and best way to keep your feet warm in the winter.

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Although there are some universal tips, a lot of it may depend on where your winter is. I live in western WA and there are enough days above freezing that when it's below for most of the day I'll stay home. It might also depend on how you are going to spend your day. Parking and walking in to a spots will give you intervals of exercise to warm you up. Spending the day in a raft, drift boat, or sled will give you little chance to exercise and require you to prepare differently.

I always take at least one extra pair of gloves. Wet gloves are trouble.

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Although there are some universal tips, a lot of it may depend on where your winter is. I live in western WA and there are enough days above freezing that when it's below for most of the day I'll stay home. It might also depend on how you are going to spend your day. Parking and walking in to a spots will give you intervals of exercise to warm you up. Spending the day in a raft, drift boat, or sled will give you little chance to exercise and require you to prepare differently.

I always take at least one extra pair of gloves. Wet gloves are trouble.
Yea I could not agree more.
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Zippo handwarmers are a life saver
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Got a zippo hand warmer and the Simms long winter socks for Christmas...very awesome. Other than that it’s all about layering. Standfields merino undershirt, hoodie, puffer or fleece, then Patagonia minimalist for a rain shell if needed (generally needed).

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Ditto on the boots 2 sizes up. I wear 11 street shoes, but wear sz 13 wading boots. As for socks, the best I've found are the DarnTough Over the Calf Extra Cushion Mountaineering socks. Keep my hands warm by palming the faceplate on outgoing fish. Which is to say, cold hands are a big problem!
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Haven't figured out the feet yet but I wear finger less wool gloves with heat packs in the palm of each hand. When below 32 degrees I also use the adhesive toe packs and wrap them around the base of each thumb. I suffer Raynauds and this is the only way I can prevent that being smashed by a hammer feeling.
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Haven't figured out the feet yet but I wear finger less wool gloves with heat packs in the palm of each hand. When below 32 degrees I also use the adhesive toe packs and wrap them around the base of each thumb. I suffer Raynauds and this is the only way I can prevent that being smashed by a hammer feeling.
I have Raynaud's and other circulation stuff going, and I got tired of it and tried the trifecta- a microfiber cloth in the hand warmer pocket with one of those mega warmers in with it, and the smaller ones in either the back of my fingerless glove or inside the wrist, where they preheat the blood in the radial and ulnar arteries on the way to my hands. Nice to dry your fingertips on the cloth after stripping a bunch of line in, and take turns with the hand in the pocket during the swing.

I was actually grinning last time out. Drying those fingertips while the line slowly freezes in the guides, that's heaven.
I noticed I get Raynaud's attacks way more often right at about dewpoint, for some reason.

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Dew point may be the key. I've had Raynaud attacks when temperatures are mid to lower 40's but have never thought to associate it with dew point. I do have better luck with heat packs in my palm as opposed to back of my hands or wrist. Have to keep the heat packs dry though as they do stop working when soaked.
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Hands........We have had some really cold days on our late fall trip to BC the last couple of years and one of the guys showed up with an electric hand warmer. I checked them out and bought one for when we go on a daily hike and I am convinced it's a winner.

The one I bought is called the Outdoor Way Electric Hand Warmer (37$) and it will last on the lower (and just fine) level of heat for 5 or 6 hours. I have used it once fishing and to have it in your raincoat pocket and slip the hand in for a bit is comfort. I have always used the chemical one use ones and when they get a bit wet it's over. This is going to be a good solution at least I hope so.

Celestron makes one for couple bucks more that will stay warm 12 hours.
Anyway maybe a solution for cold hands........
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Anyone seen this! It popped up on my Instagram. Slip a pair into your waders! Could be a game changer!
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