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Fishing in the Rain: Dressing to Be Dry

If you’re not prepared, rain can ruin an otherwise promising day of fishing. That would be a shame, because rain shouldn’t rule out a fishing adventure. Rain can improve fishing for many popular game fish, which makes it a great time to be out on the water. But going out unprepared is a pretty sure-fire path to a miserable day. Take advantage of the rain but be prepared—pick up a good fishing shirt for men, for starters.

Find Water-Resistant Outerwear

The first logical step in establishing a rainy-day fishing outfit is picking up reliable outerwear. Look for a wind- and water-resistant jacket, preferably made from something breathable and durable, like polyester. To optimize dryness, find a jacket that is adjustable at the hood, waist, and cuffs. A water-resistant outer shell is going to go a long way toward keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable.

Wear Moisture-Wicking and Quick-Drying Fishing Apparel

For your clothes, find professional-grade performance women’s or men fishing shirts, shorts, or pants. The best performance fishing clothes will be fabricated from high-performance polyester that excels at wicking moisture away from the body and drying quickly. Those features will come in handy when it’s raining, for minimizing wetness from both the precipitation and from sweat.

Keep Your Head Covered

In addition to coats with hoods, hats are another important part of staying warm and dry in the rain. Wearing an adjustable fishing hat on the water makes sense rain or shine. When the sun is out, a hat protects you from direct sunlight and provides shade. In wetter weather, a hat provides one extra buffer between you and the rain and helps keeps you warm. A hat’s bill can shield your face from rain. It also ensures that dripping happens from the end of the bill rather than running down your face.

Additional Tips for Keeping Dry

Consider the following tips for more comfortable fishing in the rain:

  • Bring extra clothes and keep them dry. A dry bag or backpack with a waterproof cover are good for keeping spare clothes, food, and whatever else you store in them dry.
  • Stay fed and hydrated to stay warm. Bring high-protein food and drinks that hydrate you. That means limiting caffeine and avoiding alcohol.
  • Grab a warm drink. Take a thermos of something like hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even soup to warm you up.
  • Bring an umbrella. If you have a backpack, invest in a trekking umbrella, two pieces of cord, and two cord locks. That way you can attach the umbrella to your pack and use it hands-free. Just watch out for it when you cast.
  • If you normally wear glasses, consider wearing contacts. Contacts don’t get covered in obnoxious water streaks and drops and don’t fog up. Taking along an extra pair, a case, extra solution, and rewetting drops doesn’t hurt either.
  • Pack a tarp. Take advantage of cover and keep in mind that a tarp can make a fast, useful improvised shelter if necessary.
  • Mind the weather.Don’t go fishing if there is any risk of lightning in the forecast—no exceptions. If you’re on the water and the rain turns into a thunderstorm, get off the water fast to avoid any issues.

About Reel Life™

If you were #RaisedOnTheWater, you are ready for Reel Life™. Being raised on the water isn’t about where you grew up for the folks behind Reel Life™ gear. It’s about a way of life for anyone who loves fishing, whitewater rafting, diving, kayaking, snorkeling, or just kicking back on the beach with a cold drink and good friends. Whatever your preferred water adventure, Reel Life™ gear will keep you comfortable, protected from the elements, and looking good while you’re doing it. From their Floridian home base, Reel Life™ designs gear for your water adventure, whether that’s a moisture-wicking, quick-drying fishing long sleeve shirt, a stylish hat, or a pair of UV-blocking polarized sunglasses.

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