Staying Warm When Fishing in the Cold (2023)

Any hardcore wintertime angler has logged many days chasing fish in conditions that would find most “normal” people inside enjoying the warmth of being at home. Whether you’re a steelheader, a winter Chinook angler, ice fisher or winter cutthroat angler, layering with the right clothing is important for enduring cold days on the water. From head to toe we are going to look at the latest and greatest in cold weather fishing clothing.


Keeping your noggin warm is an important first step to staying warm when angling in the cold. Fun fact, you can lose up to 10% of our body heat just through your head.

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One of the more common and popular headwear choices is a toque. These keep your head warm as well as keep your ears and the back of the neck. Our two most popular choices are the Simms Everyday Beanie and the Patagonia Beanie Hat.

Another outstanding option for keeping your head warm is the Simms Exstream Cap. These hats have 100 grams of Primaloft Gold Insulation, a material that is extremely warm but also has a very thin profile. The Exstream Cap features a Gore-Tex shell making it not only warm but windproof and waterproof too.The ExStream Cap also has ear flaps to keep your ears warm on those especially frigid days.

Base Layering

Dressing for cold weather involves correctly layering. Choosing the right base layer is very important, base layers should be wicking type fabric. Cotton for example is not an advisable fabric as cotton absorbs moisture and holds it against the skin.If you are hiking around and perspire then stop, you will experience instant coldness.

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Our most popular base layer piece is the Simms Lightweight Baselayer top and Simms Lightweight Baselayer bottom.These garments are made with 92% spun polyester and 8% spandex and are finished with HeiQ Fresh Odor control to maintain freshness even with multi day usage. HeiQ speed dry offers the best wicking performance ensuring that you’re warm, dry and comfortable no matter which cold weather fishery you’re involved in.


Now that the base layer is covered it’s time to look at our next layering piece when it comes to bottoms this is typically the final piece needed.

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Some of our most popular bottoms are the Simms Thermal Pants. These pants are a 93% polyester and 7% elastane and are designed with a grid layer fleece to maximize warmth and wick moisture to the outside of the garment. The Thermal Pant legs taper down at the bottom for comfort when putting your leg into waders.

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Another option is the Simms Challenger Sweatpants these are a 100% polyester pant with an extremely comfortable fleece lining.

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One of our favourites is the silky-smooth Patagonia R1 pants. Not only are they warm and comfortable, Patagonia makes, 41% of their polyester used in these pants is from recycled materials.

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Another pair of pants from Patagonia is the Lightweight Synchilla Snap T pant which despite the name, is actually the thickest, heaviest duty of the four bottoms we have looked at.The Snap T is constructed of polyester that is 100% recycled material, not only are you keeping warm with these pants they leave less of an environmental footprint.


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For tops over a base layer, some of our favorites are the Simms Heavyweight Baselayer Hoody. This garment is 96% polyester and 4% elastane micro grid fleece sleeves are designed a little longer and with thumb holes to help keep them in place and offer warmth to the back of the hand. The design of the hood and zipper system offers protection of the nose, mouth and face.

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The Simms Thermal ¼ Zip Top is another good top to consider. Made with a blend of 93% polyester and 7% elastane fabric and grid fleece construction trapping heat in without adding too much bulk, which can limit ones range of motion.

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Last but not least is the Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap T top. The same materials are used for this top as the pants. Like the pants, these tops are the heaviest of the 3 tops we have reviewed. The Snap T is guaranteed to keep you comfy warm when facing adverse weather conditions during commonly experienced during winter angling activities in the Pacific Northwest.

Cold Weather Jackets for Fishing

A good jacket is worth its weight in gold. This layer offers the most warmth and protects you from the wind which can really be one of the biggest enemies when trying to stay warm. Even a faint breeze on a cold day can eventually make one’s bones feel cold.

We simply cannot say enough good things about the Simms Fall Run Hoody and the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket and Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody. We have lumped these three pieces together as they are a very similar product.

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All are made with the same Primaloft material we spoke about earlier. It is truly amazing how this synthetic material can keep you so warm despite how thin it is. We always compare it to wearing a warm comfy sleeping bag.

These jackets break 100% of the wind and have a bit of water repellency and dry very quickly but are not a replacement for a waterproof rain jacket. All these attributes make either of these jackets a number one choice for cold weather fishing.

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Another alternative and a little cheaper alternative for a jacket is the Simms Rogue Hoody this jacket has been a very popular seller for us for many years. Similar to the Nano Puffs and Fall run Jacket, the Rogue Hoody has some water repellency to it thanks to a DWR coating on the fabric.The Rogue Hoody also blocks the wind and keeps the warmth in.

Warm Fishing Socks

To say we like Simms socks would be an understatement for sure. Simms socks have been on our feet during cold weather days since they started making them.

Everybody seems to have different requirements for socks in cold weather. Some people’s feet get cold very easily some people never seem to get cold feet. No matter where you land in the spectrum, Simms has a socks to suit your needs.

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The Simms Merino Lightweight Hiker sock is as the name implies the lightest in the series but don’t let the name fool you these socks still offer an incredible amount of warmth.

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The Simms Merino Midweight Hiker sock is the same construction and length as the Lightweight model just a bit thicker for extra warmth.

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The Simms Merino Midweight OTC sock is the same thickness at the Midweight Hiker but goes further up the calf than the hikers. Last but not least, the warmest thickest of the bunch is the Simms Merino Thermal OTC sock these socks also go over the calf like the other OTC model.

Quick Fact: An important factor to keep in mind about keeping warm feet in the cold weather is to be very mindful that if you put too many layers of socks on or wear socks that are so thick they make your waders or other footwear tight that you’ll be more prone to getting cold feet due to reduced blood flow.

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Fishing Gloves

Some days trying to fish without gloves is just not an option, the cold can make reeling as well keeping the dexterity of your fingers for tying knots a challenge.

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Our favourite gloves are the Simms Freestone Fold-over Mitt and the Patagonia Better Sweater Gloves.One of the highlights of these gloves is the fact that they are a fingerless design with a fold-over mitt option.This design makes it so there's no issues with feel as well as the ability to tie knots grab gear etc. If a warm-up of the fingertips is needed, then the mitt can be flipped over and the cold fingers rewarmed.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post on the proper layering for cold weather fishing. Hopefully the base layering information covered in this blog post will provide some insight on how you can have a more enjoyable day on the water even during sub zero temperatures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email, by phone at 604-931-5044 or stop by the shop at #110 1140 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam BC.

Good luck on the water.

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How do you keep warm fishing? ›

Dress in layers – Wear multiple wool or synthetic layers on bottom and top. Never wear cotton, which gets wet and stays wet (“Cotton kills”). Add a warm hat, buff, and fishing gloves. Hooded waterproof jackets are the best choice for an exterior layer.

How do people keep themselves warm in winter answer? ›

Dress in layers and wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are warmest. When you're indoors, wear warm socks and slippers to keep your feet cosy.

Why Keeping warm is important? ›

It's important to stay protected against a drop in temperature as cold weather can affect your body's ability to fight off viruses and infections. By keeping warm, you can help yourself stay well this winter.

How do you stay warm in cold and wet? ›

A wool sweater makes a perfect middle layer. It does absorb moisture, which is not great, but it stays warm even when it's wet. The best thing about wool is its ability to trap that warm-air layer next to your skin.

How do you keep warm in winter fishing? ›

Keep your extremities warm. Your feet and your hands (and your ears and your nose) often bear the brunt of cold weather when you're fishing. Warm socks are a must—I almost always use wool socks under my waders when I fish in the winter—and gloves are often necessary.

How do you fish when its cold? ›

Because the cold reduces a fish's metabolism, they aren't going to go for the big stuff. Two- to three-inch lures are going to catch the most fish. Also, consider using attractants for soft plastic lures. Because fish aren't as hungry in the cold, attractants will encourage them to bite and hold on once they do.

How do people keep themselves warm in water? ›


If you're one of those people who really feel the cold water get a wetsuit because they keep your core the warmest.

How can I stay warm without heat? ›

How to Stay Warm at Home Without a Heater
  1. Close all of your windows properly. ...
  2. Use cheap clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. ...
  3. Put up curtains. ...
  4. Seal your doors. ...
  5. Let as much sun hit your house as possible. ...
  6. Close off any unused rooms. ...
  7. Put down a rug or carpet.

Is it best to stay warm when you have a cold? ›

If you have a cold then you'd best stay indoors as the temperature drops because scientists have found keeping warm actually boosts your immune response.

What should you do when it is too cold? ›

16 tips on how to stay warm in cold weather
  1. If you can, turn the heat up if you're still cold.
  2. Try to keep the temperature consistent. ...
  3. Keep the heat in overnight. ...
  4. Wrap up in bed. ...
  5. Dress in layers to keep warm. ...
  6. Put blankets around your home. ...
  7. Use hot water bottles, electric blankets and wheat bags.
6 Feb 2018

What is the most effective way to stay warm when it's cold outside? ›

5 Tips to Stay Warm Outside In Winter
  1. Dress in Layers. Wear several layers of clothing and peel them off if you get too warm. ...
  2. Stay Dry. Nothing chills you like wet skin. ...
  3. Keep Head, Neck, Hands and Feet Toasty. ...
  4. Bring a Backpack. ...
  5. Feet First.
6 Jan 2010

What material keeps you warm even when wet? ›

Wool is the best all-around choice for insulation because it still provides warmth when wet. The best clothing combination in bad weather is polyester or polypropylene underwear and shirt, wool pants, heavy jacket, and water-repellent rain pants and parka.

Does shaking cold water make it warmer? ›

The answer is yes. Viscous deformation of the water causes its internal energy and temperature to increase.

Why is it better to fish in the cold? ›

Cold water has the ability to hold more oxygen than warm water. Hot summer temperatures can heat water so it won't hold enough oxygen to maintain fish life.

Is it better to fish when its cold or warm? ›

Water Temperature

In colder waters, fish tend to slow down, and generally need less food to support themselves. In warmer waters, they are much more active, and as a result, need significantly more food to survive. Fish are much more active in warmer waters.

How do you keep fish warm without drying it out? ›

Heat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. When fish is thoroughly cooked and ready to keep warm, transfer it to a wire rack placed over a baking sheet. Do not cover or wrap in foil! Hold in the oven for up to 30 minutes. When it's ready, eat it immediately, and eat it all -- especially if it's fried.

Do fish bite when its very cold? ›

However, there are some days when it does get pretty chilly, and eventually, it's going to get cold. That doesn't mean we need to stop fishing: In fact, we should keep fishing. The fish bite really well on some bodies of water in cold weather, and a true trophy is a good possibility when the weather is cold.

What keeps water warm the longest? ›

The best insulators for keeping the water hot were cotton and plastic while the worst two insulators for keeping the water hot were the aluminum foil and the bubble wrap. Overall, it was found that the best insulator was cotton while the worst insulator was the bubble wrap.

How can I stay warm without heat or electricity? ›

7 Ways to Keep Your House Warm Without Power
  1. 1.) Keep the Curtains Shut at Night. ...
  2. 2.) Use the Fireplace & Candles. ...
  3. 3.) Cook a Meal. ...
  4. 4.) Close the Doors of Unused Rooms. ...
  5. 5.) Get the Entire Family in a Single Room. ...
  6. 6.) Apply Tape or Plastic to the Windows. ...
  7. 7.) Invest in a Backup Generator.
25 Feb 2022

How can I stay warm without electricity or fire? ›

The best ways to stay warm during a power outage are to wear layers, stay in a confined space, use blankets and battery-powered space heaters, and to avoid exposing your home to cold air. Do not use camp stoves, car engines, gas stoves and ovens, or DIY terracotta pot heaters.

What are the five importance of warm-up? ›

These 5 tips will give you a good routine to ensure the right outcome. Warming up helps the body to deliver oxygen to the exercising muscle groups. Warming up increases body temperature, which reduces the chance for muscle and tendon injuries. A 5 minute warm-up increases blood flow to the exercising muscles.

Why is warm better than cold? ›

It's better for your heart and lungs

The cold air makes it hard to breathe. Sub-zero temperatures makes it feel like your lungs are burning, which decreases the amount of time you actually want to spend outside. However, that summertime, warm weather and fresh air gives you just what you need to get outside.

What does stay warm mean? ›

If you tell someone “Stay warm”, you mean for them to be in a warm environment, be well dressed, or to simply enjoy the warmth of the occasion, that is, just feel good, especially in a cold climate or in winter.

What happens when you are too cold for too long? ›

Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body's stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. A body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.

What is the best materials that keep you warm? ›

Best Fabrics To Wear in Winter
  • Wool. One of the most popular natural materials for winter clothing, wool will keep you warm in the coldest of weather. ...
  • Silk. Silk is another natural material that can help you stay warm in the cold. ...
  • Down. ...
  • Polyester. ...
  • Nylon. ...
  • Polypropylene. ...
  • Gore-Tex. ...
  • Synthetic Blends.
11 Jun 2021

What material keeps you the most warm? ›

Our research found that the warmest material is wool, with thicker Icelandic wool being even better, and a wool-acrylic blend being somewhere in the middle. The warmest clothing for you will be dictated by the number of layers you can use, and the thickness of the materials you are wearing.

What kind of coat keeps you warmest? ›

Down is the warmest, lightest, and most compressible type of insulation. Down jackets usually have a Fill Power rating, ranging from 400 to 900. The fill power describes the quality of the down, not the amount, and the higher it is the more expensive the jacket is.

How do you freeze water before your eyes? ›

  1. Step 1: Fill your bowl with ice, rock salt, and water bottles. ...
  2. Step 2: Fill the bottom of a plate with water and put in the freezer. ...
  3. Step 3: Put a thermometer in the ice and watch the temperature drop. ...
  4. Step 4: Carefully pull your bottles out of the bowl and make some ice.

What happens when you hit cold water? ›

Cold water drains body heat up to 4 times faster than cold air. When your body hits cold water, “cold shock” can cause dramatic changes in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. The sudden gasp and rapid breathing alone creates a greater risk of drowning even for confident swimmers in calm waters.

What temperature is too cold for fishing? ›

When the temperature outside is 18 degrees below zero or lower, it becomes too cold to ice fish outside with exposed skin. With the proper layering of clothing, you can comfortably fish inside a portable ice shelter. At lower temperatures, a portable heater inside the shelter will keep you warm.

How can fishing prevent hypothermia? ›

Always carry extra mittens or gloves, and hand warmers. If you're fishing — and successful — odds are your hands are going to get wet, no matter what you do. To prevent frostbite, put your hands in warm, dry gloves or mittens often, and avoid prolonged contact with the water. If your gloves get wet, swap them out.

What temperature is best for fishing? ›

Best Water Temperatures for Fishing (Freshwater & Saltwater)
Fish SpeciesOptimum Water Temperatures for FishingDecent Fishing Temperature Range
Crappie & Yellow Perch68-72°F40-80°F
Atlantic Salmon56-60°F38-65°F
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Do fish like warm or cold? ›

Fish Need Both Warm and Cold Waters

These are the so-called shoulder seasons when the rivers are not at peak summer temperatures. Foraging in these warm habitats can provide fish the needed energy to travel to cooler parts of the river during the summer and to reproduce.

What are 5 ways to prevent hypothermia? ›

How to prevent hypothermia
  1. Wear warm, multi-layered clothing with good hand and feet protection (avoid overly constricting wrist bands, socks, and shoes).
  2. Wear warm headgear. ...
  3. If possible, change into dry clothes whenever clothing becomes wet.
  4. Find appropriate shelter to stay warm.
19 Apr 2019

How can you increase survival in cold water? ›

The key to cold water survival is to conserve body heat. If you find yourself unexpectedly immersed in cold water, discard only heavy garments. Clothing, particularly protective clothing, will help prevent the loss of body heat. Ordinary clothing can reduce the cooling rate by 50%.

What material stays warm the longest? ›

Water is by far the material with the highest thermal capacity no other solid or liquid comes near.

What is the thing you put your hands in to keep warm? ›

Hand warmer packets are a great way to warm your fingers, especially if you're prone to cold fingers and/or have poor circulation. There are other options, too, such as gloves and mittens with heating elements built into them.

How do I keep my hands warm when its cold outside? ›

The best way to keep your hands warm outdoors is to wear loose-fitting gloves. Also, mittens tend to be better than gloves as gloves isolate each finger. The fingers can heat each other while the mitten retains warm air around your hand. If you wear gloves, make sure to get gloves that cover your wrists as well.

What materials keep hands warm? ›

Materials that are insulating and robust are best. Something like cotton is a big no-no when it comes to gloves. Materials like wool, acrylic, polyester, and nylon are things that work best for keeping hands warm.


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