It may be cold, but winter is still the time when a lot of folks go fly fishing. It isn't always fun to continually break the ice out of the guides on your fly rod, or have your legs get nub because they've stood in the water for hours while you cast, but the rewards of a gorgeous steelhead, a late-run salmon, spawning char or big, migrating arctic grayling sure can make it worthwhile.

Most winter anglers know how important it is to do what is called "layer-up" before heading outside. However, they get dressed for the cold by just loading one garment on top of another without really considering if they have the right mix or the right fabrics.

Original 1489950355 screen shot 2017 03 19 at 1.06.52 pm

Photo by Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf