Over the last week there were several days that we spent on the water during the rain, which has me thinking about rain coats. Fly fishing during the rain can be quite comfortable, but you have to come to the water prepared for the elements.
In today’s world, there is no shortage of viable options for a rain coat. However, there are still a few items worth discussing when selecting a rain coat for a day of fly fishing.
One of the most important parts of a rain coat is selecting the right size. When it comes to a rain coat for fishing, it’s a good idea to consider a few sizes larger than normal. During the colder months, it’s important to have enough room to fit extra layers of clothing underneath. Having a jacket with plenty of room to spare will also give you the ability to wear your raincoat over top of your vest or pack, which will keep your gear from getting soaked.
Other features that I look at when selecting a rain coat for fly fishing are pockets and a hood. Having a large hood that fits over a hat brim helps keep water off the head, which is much more comfortable.
It’s also nice to have a few pockets on the front of the jacket to keep items that are frequently used easy to reach. Since I keep most of my gear out of the weather under my coat, I slip items such as forceps, split shot, a few spools of tippet, or a small fly box in the pockets of my jacket.
Over the last couple rainy days the fishing has been very good. If it’s time to add a new raincoat to your fly fishing arsenal, talk to Joel in the fly shop and he can help you out.