Fly fishers are not like golfers or skiers, who put their equipment away when the season ends. For many of us, “the season” lasts 12 months through the heat of summer and the worst winter can bring. We might switch species as the seasons change, but winter doesn’t slow us down. In fact, winter is the best time in many places to catch steelhead, giant Great Lakes brown trout, or tailwater trout. Here’s the best new outerwear on the market especially designed to help you stay out there longer in extreme weather, and be happier doing it. Best New Winterized Outerwear
- Step back to a time before breathable waders. Yes, neoprene was terrible in the summer, but in the winter it kept you warm and also made you buoyant in the event you slipped and fell into icy water. Redington’s SubZero Wader ($300, redington.com) has 5 mm neoprene booties, and 3 mm neoprene on the seat and legs to shield against the cold of an icy river. Not only does the neoprene serve to keep you warm, it adds extra durability to high-wear areas. From the crotch up through the chest, the wader has 4-layer breathable fabric, with 100 grams of insulation in the fleece-lined handwarmer pocket. These are waders built to deal with the most adverse winter conditions, but they also have creature comforts like a zippered outside pocket, flip-out tool pocket, forceps dock, and hypalon retractor dock.