Clothing Tips for Winter
Stay Warm Whilst Fishing
(as Blogged by Korum)
As an avid carp angler, I have often found myself out on the bank in some extreme winter conditions! Waking up to find even your sleeping bag is white-over only goes to confirm even more the importance of wearing the correct winter clothing. I've been caught out before through choosing the wrong outfit, but have learnt along the way what clothing combinations work, and which ones don't.
In the winter I also do a lot of river pike fishing, usually with lures, which means covering mile upon mile in a single day. This requires a different approach to winter clothing again, which I hope to elaborate on in this feature.
If you're fishing from a station like a Korum Chair or a seatbox, or even sat in a bivvy or shelter, then you'll need to consider your clothing options carefully. As you aren't moving around so much, staying warm is much more difficult.
My advice would be to layer-up, as you can always take layers off when there's a mild spell. You'll also want to remove layers as you travel to your swim with your kit, and as you set up your shelter and fishing station for the session. Keeping lots of layers on will cause you to sweat, creating moisture. When this moisture cools down, so will you, and you'll wonder why your numerous layers and winter jacket and trousers aren't doing the job.
Caption: Layers and headware are essential in keeping warm on cold nights like this.
Remember, if you're travelling to your swim or just setting up, take off a few layers, take off your winter hat, and pop it all back on again when your body starts cooling down.
For me, a winter trip's clothing is weather dependant. If it's seriously cold (or you feel the cold more) you'll want something different to if it's reasonably mild, but wet. Here's a brief rundown of what I suggest this winter:
Base layer - The Korum 2-piece Undersuit is ideal as a base layer. Not too thick, but still warm. I tend to wear a base layer that's a snug fit, as my initial combat from the elements.
Caption: A good base layer will last you years.
Second layer - Whilst a Microfleece is a more effective second layer than a hoodie, some anglers prefer hoodies for the extra protection around the neck area and ears. Both will be a good second layer. Try not to wear either too tight - the trapped air between your base layer and second layer will warm up quickly and keep you nice and comfortable.
Caption: Microfleece layers and waterproof outer layers are essential.
Outer layers - A waterproof outer layer is essential, and the Korum 3-in-1 Suit and Thermal Suit both have very waterproof jackets. The jacket with the 3-in-1 suit is lightly lined and best for a roving angler who wants a wind and waterproof layer that packs down small when not required. The Thermal Suit, meanwhile, is well padded and more suitable if you're sitting still on a chair, bedchair or seatbox. Around your legs, a Bib & Brace can be really effective when combating wind due to the extra protection around the waist and lower back, whilst Trousers offer, again, a nice alternative for an active, roaming angler.
Caption: When choosing headware, think about the weather conditions.
Headwear - If you don't feel the cold too much around your ears, a light beanie hat will be okay, but the Korum Knitted Hat is a really effective way to combat the wind and cold air. If it's raining, the dedicated Korum Winter Hat is a better option, as it offers full-round protection and is waterproof.
Caption: Korum's Gary Knowles uses the Thermal Suit layers and fleeces to stay warm, with the Winter Hat.
Extras - The Korum Neck Warmer can make a massive difference on icier days with strong northerly or easterly winds, and the Microfibre Towel is a sensible option as dry hands are warm hands. We all know that feeling of freezing cold finger tips after handling a wet fish! We also sell Polaroid Sunglasses to help you spot fish too. These remove the glare from water, giving you a better view of what lies under the surface.
Caption: Added extras can make a massive difference to your enjoyment of fishing.
As you can see, the Korum clothing range offers a full variety of items to keep you protected from the elements. Remember, you can't catch fish sat at home, so get out there in the cooler months and catch one of the many obliging winter species we have in this country. Get out there!