A Guide To Thermal Underwear & Base Layers for Fishing
youíre looking for a cost effective way to stay warm when outdoors this
winter, then why not get yourself a set of thermal underwear; itís
cheap, comfy, and will keep you warm as toast! Find a set thatís right
for you with this handy Anglers' Net guide to thermal underwear.
I sit to write this piece, the weather forecasters are tonight
predicting temperatures down to minus ten degrees Celsius, even as low
as minus twenty in the Scottish HighlandsÖ Brrrr!
then, that when you are brave enough to pop out for a bit of river or
sea fishing (as all the still waters are frozen solid!) you are fully
tackled up for the job. Winter fishing can be so rewarding when you do
bank one, but itís meant to be an enjoyable experience, not a lesson in
endurance, so you really need to be prepared. The first and most
essential part of that preparation should be the purchase of a decent
set of thermal underwear.
The idea of thermal T-Shirts, long
sleeved shirts, trousers or long johns (or base layers as they are often
referred to) is that they sit right next to the skin, trapping the warm
air, and thus retaining valuable heat. When used as part of a layering
system, itís like having your own little central heating system. Whatís
more, a good quality thermal base layer will move perspiration away from
the skin, so when combined with thermal middle and top layers, will
keep you warm, dry and comfy throughout Ė no matter how long you wear
Iíve used thermal clothing for years, and not just on
the bank either. Come the cold weather, I put my thermal bottoms on most
days, as Iím always in and out of the house and they really do make
such a difference. Itís not as if they are expensive either, yet so many
anglers still donít use them; Ďgo figureí as our friends like to say
across the (near frozen) pond.