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Walleye Wear at Cabela's

Walleye Wear

Author: Mark Mazour

Walleye anglers very often find themselves in not so perfect weather conditions. Be it spring or fall, the serious walleye guy goes fishing no matter what the weather is doing.

Rainwear -Cabela’s GORE-TEX®Guidewear
Cabela’s introduced their popular Guidewear line of GORE-TEX rainwear in 1989 with the idea of designing the perfect rainwear for professional anglers and guides. They spend their moneymaking hours on the water and can’t afford to stay home if it is raining.

As the name implies, it is what the guides wear, and for more than ten years Cabela’s has continued to make improvements from their input and field testing.

Tough Stuff
If you want tough, you’ve found it. This stuff is literally bombproof, with the sturdy 330-denier Cordura shell and Velcro is everywhere so you can seal up against the storm and wind. The waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® membrane guarantees that you will stay dry, even in driving wind and rain.

People, including myself, can’t say enough about Guidewear. In-Fisherman magazine even voted Cabela’s Guidewear as the toughest weatherproof suit on the market. It is also the rainsuit most used by top pro anglers.
Cabela’s Guidewear Parka
Features for Fishin’
Serious fisherman will love all the unique features, including a comfortable cut that allows easy casting all day long. Also, Lycra cuffs form a watertight seal at your wrist, preventing water from running down your sleeves when you raise your arms to cast.

The 35-inch back length on the parka gives you complete coverage, whether you are standing, sitting, or even bending over the side of the boat to net a lunker.

Large bellows pockets make it easy to store your gear from extra rigs to lure boxes and multi-tools. An ample amount of Velcro is on every pocket and zipper flap, allowing you to really "batten down the hatches." A three-piece hood adjusts for a great fit and is also easily worn over a hat.

Jacket, Parka, Bibs and Optional Insulation
The quality Guidewear bibs are complemented with your choice of either a parka or bomber-style jacket. Ice-out walleye angling as well as the fall bite can mean some pretty cold temperatures. When ice is freezing to the rod guides, but the fish are still biting, the insulated version of Guidewear is just the ticket. A Layer of Thinsulate Ultra provides the warmth you require without the bulk getting in your way.

Layer for the Changing Weather
Weather during the walleye bite can be very fickle, and if you’re headed out for a day on the water, you better be prepared for just about anything. The best solution to possible extreme weather changes is an effective layering system. This allows you to change your layers with the weather.

  • Outer Layer - A good outer layer is obviously a GORE-TEX® rainwear suit as mentioned above. It not only gives you protection from the rain, but also sheds the spray and wind, and lets your perspiration leave.

  • Insulation Layer - The best recommendation here is synthetic fabric to transport moisture away from the body. Varying weights of fleece in styles ranging from shirts, pullovers, and full zip jackets are the most commonly used garments in this important mid-layer. For cold weather protection, Cabela’s Premium Fleece series is designed with loft yarns to help trap more dead air space and keep you warm.

  • Inner Layer - A thin layer of synthetic fibers is always the best choice for protection next to your skin. These fabrics pass body moisture out to the next layer of clothing, and help keep the skin dry. Two of the best underwear options on the market are Cabela’s MTP (Maximum Thermal Protection) and Thermastat.

Don’t Forget Your Hands
Walleye fishing usually involves keeping your hands on a rod and reel, and if you take the time protect the rest of your body from the elements, don’t forget about your hands.

While I did some time in the Boy Scout ranks, and also done my fair share of fishing, I am still not the best of tying knots - even when my hands are warm. If my hands are cold and wet, my fingers are worthless when the time comes to tie on a new rig.
Cabela’s Cold-Weather Fishing Gloves
Cabela’s Fleece-Lined Glacier Gloves are some of the best cold-weather fishing gloves. The pre-curved fingers give you a great fit, while the fleece-lined neoprene keeps you warm and dry. An extremely "handy" feature is the Touch-rite finger tips that flip back on your thumb and index finger to allow you to rig up and tie knots, but flip back for extra protection.

While wet hands in the summer are not a big deal, in the early spring, wet hands mean cold hands. Sealskinz Waterproof Gloves make sure your hands stay dry. Their three-layer system keeps you dry by covering a waterproof breathable MVT membrane with a durable outer shell and a moisture wicking CoolMax lining. The gripper dots come in handy for a firm grip on those keeper fish and make sure you can set the hook when the time comes.

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