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Author: Frank Ross
If you're the type of angler that starts before it's really warm enough and fishes long after everyone else has hung up their rods, then Cabela's Dry-Plus® River Guide Jacket is just the ticket for avoiding enamel loss from chattering teeth.
I certainly fall into the category of anglers who don't limit their fishing to nice weather. Some might say, that category would be called lacking good sense. If there's a chance that the fish are biting, no matter how slim, I'll take a shot at wetting a line to see. The problem is that usually means I'm so bundled up casting is a challenge, and on some days, just raising my arms can be more trouble than it's worth. Now that I have the Dry-Plus® River Guide jacket, those days are gone and I'm considering extending the season even further.
On most days this jacket is enough, without extra layers, but when it's really nasty, I add a layer or two underneath, just in case. I usually end up peeling them off fairly quickly; but with the fickle nature of weather, combined with the dampness of the water, it's always best to keep your options open when it comes to comfort and staying with the bite.
A couple of features have been incorporated into the design that I really like.
First and foremost, waterproof sleeves with tapered neoprene cuffs and Velcro straps that keep out wind and water, is top drawer to me. Even when you have to reach down for a nice fish, you don't have to worry about getting soaked to the elbow. These cuffs are designed to fit very snugly around the wrist, and once you've cinched them down regret is eliminated.
Before, when a fish needed to be handled, I'd go after it and in the heat of the moment get wetter than anticipated. If that didn't end the day's outing, it certainly limited the enjoyment, especially if the bite was tough. When you're warm and dry, the world is your oyster, and you don't mind waiting for the action, or the hot sauce. When you're wet, ambiance turns to ambivalence, then adios in quick succession.
Secondly, the jacket feels soft because the body is made of fleece to be comfortable, breathable and warm inside a pair of waders.
When the wind kicks up, just pull up the collar and run the zipper to the top to keep the wind out and your body heat in. I've used the jacket for wading, and have found the length to be perfect, but it has become my go-to jacket for just about every casual trip I take. Zippered pockets on the outside are large enough to store necessary items, or just old-fashioned hand warming. Inside the pockets, the ends of the waist drawstring secure through an eyelet. This makes them handy for making adjustments for a snug fit without having a flapping drawstring that gets in the way.
Cabela's Dry-Plus® River Guide jacket will help you to fish in comfort and style when others are clinging close to the cabin, and that can extend your season on both ends of the spectrum - spring and fall.
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