Fishing In The Winter: 10 Tips From Guides To Stay Warmer

This is one of my clients on a fishing trip in the winter.

As a river fishing guide, I sometimes stand in ice-cold water every day for months, so when fishing in the winter, I had to learn how to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. I also had to provide advice to my clients on how to dress so they don’t freeze.

Staying warm, especially keeping your hands and feet warm is hard, but if you follow my tips, you can have warm feet and hands too.

The key to keeping warm when winter fishing is to make sure you have the best base layer and proper outer layers to keep your body and legs warm. Winter fishing requires the right gloves, socks, and waders to keep your hands, feet, and legs warm. These guide tips will help.

My Quick Tips For Staying Warm When Winter Fishing

I stand in ice-cold water for 7 to 9 hours a day and I do this sometimes over 100 days a year when I’m guiding for steelhead and trout. I have tried so many different tips and tricks, and some worked, and some didn’t.

  • Overdress: Do not get out of a warm vehicle and think, it’s not that cold; I don’t need this extra pair of pants or this extra sweater. Once you stand still for an hour or two, you will appreciate the extra clothes.
  • Layer, But Not Too Much: I wear a thin base layer pant, and shirt, then a thinker thermal base layer pant and shirt, and then my exterior pant, and shirt, which are both thick. But, if you layer too many socks, it can squish your feet and cut off circulation, and make your feet colder.
  • Use Electic Heating Devices: A rechargeable electric heat insole or sock and hand warmers are highly recommended.
  • Waders: My number one tip for keeping your feet warmer is to buy good insulated bootfoot waders that are 1 to 2 sizes too big. See tips for bootfoot wader below.
  • Jackets: Wading jackets are not insulated. Many anglers are wearing thinker winter coats and this really does make a difference.
  • Bring Extra Gloves: When I guide, I always have extra gloves. If you drop a glove in the water or your gloves get wet for some reason, your fingers will freeze.
  • Move More: Once your feet start feeling very cold, walk and move to the next spot.

These tips will let you know what to wear and what I do to keep you as warm as possible from head to toe when you fish on the coldest winter days.

I even offer bonus Guide Tips on how to keep the ice off your rod guides when it’s well below freezing.

How to Keep Hands Warm When Fishing In Winter

Winter Gloves For River Fishing
Having the right gloves can keep you on the water and fishing for longer.

Your hands are one of the hardest parts of your body to keep warm when winter fishing because you’re always holding onto a cold rod and reel, and thick gloves are tough to fish with.

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’re also putting your hands into ice-cold water to pick up your fish, but this is how I do it.

Best Winter Fishing Gloves

Not any glove will do when fishing! You need gloves that allow you to grip the rod, hold the reel handle, and still be able to cast, which is why gloves meant for skiing or snowmobiling just won’t cut it. My favorite gloves for cold weather fishing is the Simms Fold-Over Mitts.

Neoprene gloves just don’t work for me to keep my hands warm, so what does?

Best Gloves For Winter Fishing
These Simms fold-over gloves are my favorite winter gloves for river fishing.

There are gloves made specifically for fishing, and the ones I recommended are the finger-less gloves like the Simms Fold Over Mitt Gloves that you see in this picture. These are my favorite gloves.

With these gloves, I can flip the mitt part over and I can flip the thumb part back and lock them in. This exposes my fingers for better grip and dexterity as well as for better casting and also for tying knots. They are also made from wool, so they are soft and warm.

If my fingers get too cold I just flip the mitt part back over to warm up my fingers. Sometimes, I’ll even put hand warmer packs in the mitt part of each hand so when I flip it over it warms my fingers fast.

You can check the price of these Simms Fold Over gloves.

Some anglers like wool gloves with no fingers or with part fingers. The Simms Ultra-Wool Core Three-Finger Liner Gloves are popular. Yo-+u can see them at Or check out the less expensive Fish Monkey Wool Half-Finger Gloves at Fish

Another great glove with the open-finger concept is the Cabela’s Guidewear GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER Half-Finger Fishing Gloves. These gloves are meant for serious anglers but come in around $30.00. Check them out at Bass Pro Shops – HERE

If you are the kind of guy that likes full-fingered gloves, you will want one that isn’t too thick and offers good dexterity but still keeps your hands warm. Another tested and proven fishing glove is the Orvis Men’s Softshell Convertible Mitt

Guide Tip: You are near water like you are when you fish, sometimes gloves get wet so I always recommend having an extra pair of gloves tucked away in a pocket as a back-up.

Guide Tip: The HotHands Hand Warmer packs also come in handy. I put them in my gloves on the back of my hands or near my wrist area to warm the blood going into my fingers, and this seems to work for me – You can get them at Bass Pro Shops-HERE or at Amazon- HERE

How To Keep Your Feet Warm When Fishing In Winter

My clients wading in ice-cold water while steelhead fishing.

Cold feet can make winter fishing unbearable.

Keeping your feet warm is another one of those body parts that are very difficult to keep warm, and I get asked all the time how I can stand in ice-cold water all day long.

The answer for keeping your feet warm isn’t as simple as just putting on more socks because that usually doesn’t work well. These are some of my best tips that I have gained through experimenting and from other guides.

The Best Waders For Fishing In The Winter?

You’re probably wondering why I didn’t start with socks first, and the answer is simply that the waders you use for the winter can make the biggest difference, and different waders require a different amount of socks.

If you use the right waders, you may not need super thick socks at all.

The best waders for winter are ones that will keep your feet the warmest, even with minimal socks. The best winter waders will also help wick away moisture from condensation or sweat, and they will have rubber soles. The best winter waders are breathable boot foot waders that are one or two sizes bigger than your normal shoe size.

When fishing in very cold climates, the first thing you need to consider is the type of waders you will be wearing. There are four types of waders that most anglers wear during the winter:

  • Stocking Foot waders – Coldest waders for legs and feet
  • Regular non-insulated Boot Foot waders – Also cold on feet
  • Breathable Insulated Boot Foot – Warmest on feet
  • Neoprene Insulated Boot Foot – Also Warm on feet and legs
  • Standard stocking foot waders are the coldest waders. Whether they are full neoprene waders or the typical breathable waders with neoprene stocking feet, they are the coldest waders for your feet, and you will find it very difficult to keep your feet warm. These waders require heavier, thicker socks, but that may still leave your feet cold. The problem is that the more socks you put on, the tighter your boots will be, which cuts off circulation to your feet and that keeps your feet colder and even uncomfortable. If these are the only waders you have, then see below for tips to keep your feet warm in these fishing waders.
  • Boot foot waders come in two different types. The ones I’m referring to here are the non-insulated or lightly insulated boot ones that guys wear in the spring, summer, and fall when the water is not that cold. These waders can also be cold on the feet during winter, even if you wear heavy socks. If they are a couple of sizes too big, you can add enough socks to make them warmer.
  • Breathable insulated boot foot waders are by far the best waders for cold weather fishing. I have tested these, and I recommend them for winter fishing when the water is ice cold. But there is a catch.

The reason that I prefer the breathable waders over the full neoprene waders is that the breathable part wicks away moisture so your legs stay dryer, which I find keeps you warmer. With these waders, I layer on my legs, so I do not feel the cold water at all.

The boot foot part of these waders is insulated, which offers more wiggle room, so you don’t need as many socks, which allows for good blood circulation, which helps keep feet warmer. With heavy socks on, you can keep your feet toasty warm in these waders even when fishing during the coldest days of winter while in ice-cold water.

While neoprene insulated boot foot waders are also good, especially for keeping your legs warm, I found that my pants would often be damp from sweat or condensation more than they would in the breathable waders, and this can lead to being colder. For this reason, I prefer the breathable stocking foot waders over all other waders when I fish in the winter.

Best Winter Waders
The SIMMS G3 Guide Boot-foot waders are the best waders for winter fishing.

SIMMS Boot Foot waders are the best winter waders.

Guide Tip: if you are going to buy a pair of boot foot waders for just winter fishing, it’s best to go one or two sizes bigger than you would normally wear so that you have plenty of room for thick socks. Tight boots may cut off blood circulation to your feet, and that may make your feet colder.

It’s also important to get winter waders with rubber soles since wet snow sticks to felt, and that makes walking tough and dangerous.

I’ve seen many guys twist their ankles and struggle to walk when three inches of snow builds up on the bottom of their felt boots.

My 3 Winter Wader Recommendations

These waders are the best boot foot waders that I have used and are what other guides and anglers use for keeping my feet warm when winter fishing:

  • Best Overall – SIMMS G3 Guide Waders with Bootfoot with Vibram Sole – Check Price
  • Best Value – Frogg Toggs Steelheader Bootfoot Waders – Best Value Boot-Foot Waders – These are the best breathable winter waders under $200.00. Check the price at
  • Economy – Cabela’s Classic Series II Neoprene Boot-Foot Waders – Best Neoprene Boot-Foot Waders I tested these waders for one season, and they are the best choice for anglers on a budget- Check The Price at Bass Pro Shops

Best Socks For Inside Waders

These are my favorite thermal socks.

You will need a good pair of thermal socks to keep your feet as warm as possible when wading and standing on the river in the winter.

Too many socks or socks that are too thick can squeeze your feet and limit blood circulation, which can make your feet even colder.

I usually use a good base layer sock that will wick away moisture, and then add one pair of thermal socks. I use the Under Armour Tactical Heatgear Socks as my base layer socks.

The good thing is that there are a number of companies that offer these types of base layers and thermal socks.

I tend to stick with socks made for people who work outdoors during the winter or ones meant for skiers, hikers, or other outdoor sports.

The Thermo Sox seen in the picture above is the latest brand that I have been using and testing, and they have been one of the best socks I have used so far.

These are my top 3 thermal socks choices

  • Thermo Sox – Check the Price at Amazon
  • Cabela’s Extreme Cold Socks – Check Price at Bass Pro Shops
  • Simms Men’s Merino Thermal Socks – Check Price at

If you want an inexpensive Merino wool sock, check out the DW Merino Socks at Amazon

Are Electric Insoles Good For Winter Fishing?

This is my preferred choice for any type of heating device for keeping my feet warm inside my waders, and I recommend these for anyone struggling to keep their feet warm inside their waders.

I use these heated insoles in both boot foot waders and in my breathable waders, and they work better than anything else that I have tried before when it comes to keeping my feet warm when standing in ice-cold water.

Heated Insoles
These are the electric heated insoles that I wear to keep my feet warm inside my waders.

While my clients and other anglers have very cold feet, I turn on my heated insoles as soon as my feet start feeling cold, and within ten minutes, my feet are toasty warm inside my waders.

These work on the inside of stocking foot and boot foot waders too.

For stocking foot waders, all I do is put on a base layer or thin sock and then put the heated insoles between my thin socks and a pair of thicker socks, and then put on the waders. It’s a bit tricky getting the heated insoles between the socks, but it’s worth the effort.

I also add a kitchen garbage bag over my socks to prevent any moisture from reaching my heated insole or in case I have a leak in my waders. The bag also helps my feet slide in and out easier. This method works great for me and allows me to wear my stocking foot waders all winter.

The best-heated insoles that I have tried are the Thermrup Electric Heated Insole Foot Warmers Washable 5.5-12.5 from Amazon. These ones have four heat settings, and even at the 50% setting, my feet stay warm for 5 to 6 hours. I have never needed to go 100% full heat.

On a guide trip, I showed these heated inserts to Jake from, so he picked up a pair and sent me a message saying that he loves them. Jake is a hard-core steelhead angler from Ontario, Canada, and it gets damn cold there.

Are Electric Socks For Winter Time Fishing

Heated Socks for winter fishing
These Snow Deer heated socks can be good for cold feet in the winter.

I have tried a few different brands of electric socks and found some worked okay, but most didn’t.

The ones that didn’t work just didn’t seem to get hot enough, or they fell apart faster than heated insoles. I also found that some of these electric socks stopped working after a month of being on the water five days a week.

However, I’m on the water wearing heated socks more in November and December than most anglers would be in five years, so these same socks might last much longer for the average angler who only fish one or two times a week in the winter.

I also know other guides and other anglers who have had some success with some brands of heated socks.

Heated socks are much easier to get on and off compared to heated insoles when used inside stocking foot waders.

One of the best electric heated socks on the market is the SNOW DEER 7.4v Heated Socks from Amazon, which are also rated high on most review websites.

I have researched about 20 review websites on heated socks and these are the most recommended socks.

Caution: There are a lot of crappy China-made knock-off socks selling for cheap on Amazon, and most are just garbage, so be careful when buying electric socks.

Also, these are just socks, and like most socks, electric or not, they get holes sometimes, and sometimes they wear thin, and sometimes the stitching goes along the seams, and sometimes the elements break or the batteries stop working, so don’t expect these to last forever.

Even the ones in the $350.00 range can have issues, which is why I do not recommend them. With all socks and electronics, it’s buyer beware.

Guide Tip: Getting your waders on and off with all these extra socks can be tough. That’s why I will put a plastic garbage bag or a plastic grocery bag over my socks before I slip them into the waders.

The plastic bag helps your foot slip in and out of your waders much easier and may even give your feet a little extra insulation. I’ll even do this during the summer to help get the waders on and off easier for me and my clients.

Heated Foot Warmers For Ice Cold Water Fishing

Warmers For Inside waders
Disposable Feet Warmers are another way to keep your feet warm when winter fishing

These disposable heated foot warmers are another idea that some anglers use with some success.

Unfortunately, I have had little success with these in ice-cold water with stocking foot waders on which is why I only recommend these if you are on a budget and can’t afford the electric heated insoles.

I find these disposable insoles only marginally increase my foot warmth, so my feet stay cold, which is why I don’t use them often. I often find that after three or four hours, they lose too much of their heat, and my feet start to get very cold again.

Even at their maximum heat, which is the first couple of hours, I don’t find that they work as well as the electric-heated insoles do.

I have tried many different brands of these disposable heated soles and find most are about the same, but there are some cheap crappy ones, so buyers beware.

If you are going to try these out, I recommend these brands:

  • Grabber Insole Foot Warmers from Amazon
  • HotHands Insole Foot Warmers from Amazon

How To Keep Your Legs Warm When Fishing In Winter

Cold Weather Wader Pants
These are the best cold weather wader pants that I have used.

When I’m standing in ice-cold water all day in a pair of breathable waders, which I prefer over neoprene, I want layers on my legs, so I don’t feel that cold water on my legs.

My outermost layers are warm wader pants such as:

For my base layer, which is the layer under my winter wader pants, I use the Simms Men’s Heavyweight Baselayer Bottoms. These are by far the warmest base layer pants I have ever used.

Both of these pants are tested and proven to be effective for keeping your legs warm in the river and they both come with good reviews from other users.

If I find on the coldest of days that my legs are still feeling the cold water through all these pants, which happens sometimes, therefore I will add a base layer of pants, which could be anything from a pair of long underwear to my Simms Men’s Heavyweight Baselayer Bottoms or my Simms Men’s Thermal Bottoms. These are good mid-layer pants.

How To Keep Your Body Warm When Winter Fishing

One of my clients fighting another winter steelhead.

Just like your legs, layering is the key to keeping the upper body warm.

A warm upper body will help keep the extremities (feet and hands) warmer.

Keeping your body warm when fishing in very cold weather requires special layering, so I will tell you how I do it and what I wear.

Most wading jackets are not insulated, so multiple layers of shirts and a hoodie sweater are required to keep you warm when the temperatures are well below freezing.

ActionHeat 5V Heated Base Layer Long-Sleeve Shirt
ActionHeat 5V Heated Base Layer Long-Sleeve Shirt

This electrically heated baselayer shirt gets a lot of great reviews and comes highly recommended for fishing and hunting.

This is about as warm as you are going to get in a shirt.

If you don’t want to go with an electrically heated shirt, then this is what I did before they were available.

In extremely cold conditions, I usually start with a good thin base layer full sleeve shirt like my Simms Men’s Lightweight Baselayer Top.

Then I add a thermal base layer shirt like the RedHead Elite Midweight Base Layer Long-Sleeve Crew Shirt or the Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S. Heavyweight Base Layer Shirt if it’s still available.

Now I add a thermal hoodie sweatshirt like my Simms Men’s Heavyweight Baselayer Hoody

If it’s super cold and I know I’m going to be on the water for a long time in my non-insulated wading jacket, I have a Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Vest that fits under my wading jacket which keeps me super warm.

For serious warmth, you can also get yourself an electric heated Puffer Jacket like the ActionHeat 5V Tri-Zone Battery-Heated Insulated Puffer Vest or the Gerbing 7V Khione Puffer Heated Vest 2.0 for Men.

Don’t Sweat

GUIDE TIP – Don’t let yourself sweat! Even with all the right layering, if you sweat, you can still get cold because now you are wet.

Fishing the Salmon River New York In Winter
My buddy fishing the Salmon River in New York on a warmer day in the Winter.

I have walked five minutes through the bush to get to a spot and then realized I was sweating.

Not only is this uncomfortable because chances are you will keep sweating for five to ten minutes after you stop and fish, but after standing still in the water for an hour or two, this sweaty base layer shirt can make you cold.

I will often slow down my pace and be conscious of my body heat. I may also even remove and carry my jacket or take brief rests to keep from sweating.

It’s also important not to sweat when you’re putting on all your gear at the car. When guiding in the winter, I have had many clients get out of a nice warm vehicle, put on their gear, and say “I don’t think I will need this extra sweater because I’m nice and warm”, but this can be a bad mistake.

Three hours into the trip, while standing in ice-cold water, they are always happy I made them bring the sweater. I know better, and I always tell them, “If you have it, you can always take it off, but if you don’t have it, you may really need it, and it won’t be there.”

How To Keep Your Head Warm When In The Winter

Winter spey fishing for steelhead
Winter Spey fishing for steelhead requires patience, the right tactics, and the right gear. There are often lots of steelhead holding over in the river and few anglers around.

Keeping your head warm when winter fishing is important since they say a lot of your body’s heat escapes through your head.

A combination of my thick hooded sweatshirt, my hooded wading jacket or coat, and a ball cap or a toque hat is all that I use, and it seems to work great for me.

How to Keep The Ice Off Of Rod Guides

Tips for keep fishing rod guides from freezing
When fishing in temperatures below freezing, you will need to know these guide tips to keep fishing rod guides from freezing.

Ice can form on the rod guides when fishing below freezing temperatures, and it can cause problems.

There are a couple of things that I do that help keep the ice off the guides both when reeling in the line or when fighting a fish.

One of my favorite tricks is to dip the rod tips in the water. This works best earlier in the fall when the water is much warmer than the air. Once the ice has formed on the guides and is starting to cause problems, I will dip my rod tips (only the ones with ice on them) below the water while I retrieve my line.

The warmer current will usually melt the ice by the time my bait or my lure gets back to the rod. I then tap-tap-tap the bottom of my rod to shake off all the excess water so that it doesn’t re-freeze, and magically, most or all the ice is gone. Repeat if needed.

Sometimes I will do this every third or fourth cast before the ice builds up too much but you could also do this every cast, especially when the water is very cold and it melts the ice more slowly. This has been a great tip that many of my clients appreciate and is one that I use the most.

I will even dip the rod below the water when fishing a fish to prevent further freeze-up. Freeze-up when fighting a fish could stop the line from sliding through the rod guides easily or completely.

Stanleys Ice-Off paste is another good option for keeping you rod guide free of ice
This is my container of Stanley’s Ice Off Paste.

The second thing that I might do is apply Loon Outdoors Stanley’s Ice-Off Paste from Amazon. I will apply a thin layer at home where it is warm and then re-apply it as needed out on the river. Make sure it’s a thin layer so the line doesn’t stick to it. Stanley’s Paste is not a 100% effective solution, but it’s better than nothing.

The other options are to just keep picking the ice off when it gets bad, or try biting it off which works for me when there’s a lot of ice build-up, or even breathing hot air on the guides to soften or melt the ice to get it off easier when the ice becomes a problem.

For more details on keeping the ice off the guides check out my page How To Keep Fishing Rod Guides From Freezing – 3 Guide Tips.

All The River Fishing Gear

For all the river fishing gear that I recommend, check my page, River Fishing Gear In 2021- Everything You Need To Succeed, and for all the Fly Fishing gear you need, check out my page, Fly Fishing Gear: Everything You Need To Fly Fish.

Steelhead fly fishing in the winter
This is my boat covered in snow. Steelhead fly fishing in this weather requires layering and the right gear.

I have done a lot of guided trips in the winter over the last 20 years, so I hope my advice helps you stay warm this winter.

If you have any questions, ideas, or other ways that you have found to keep you warm when you fish in the winter, let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Thanks for posting all of this great information to the site. It has really helped me learn as a new centerpin angler.

    I am wondering if you have any tips for keeping rod guides clear of ice in the winter. I’ve found that to be an issue on any below zero days.

    Thanks again,


    1. Hi Adam, thanks for the great question. I added the answer in more detail to the post above. There are a couple of things that I do that help keep the ice off the guides. First, and this works earlier in the fall when the water is much warmer than the air. Once the ice has formed on the guides and is starting to cause problems I will dip my rod tip and guides (only the ones with ice on them) below the water while I retrieve my line. The warmer current will usually melt the ice off by the time my bait or my lure gets back to the rod. I then tap-tap-tap the bottom of my rod to shake off all the excess water so that it doesn’t re-freeze, I may do this more than once until the ice is gone. Sometimes I will do this every third or fourth cast before the ice builds up too much but you could do this every cast, especially when the water is very cold. This has been a great tip that many of my clients appreciate and is one that I use the most.
      The second thing I do is apply Loon Outdoors Stanley’s Ice-Off Paste from Amazon. I will apply a thin layer at home where it is warm and then re-apply as needed out on the river. It’s not great but it’s better than nothing.
      The other option is to just keep picking the ice off or biting it off or breathing hot air on the guides to get it off when the ice becomes a problem. Hope that helps.

      1. Thanks so much for your reply.

        Dipping the rod in the water seems like a great idea. I’ll try it out next time I fish, and if it doesn’t work because the water is too cold, I’ll get some of that paste.

        Thanks again for all of the advice. This is by far the best river fishing site I have seen, and I’ve been checking it often to see what new articles are being posted.


  2. Hi Graham. You mention putting plastic over your socks. Won’t the plastic bag prevent your sweat from escaping thus leaving you with cold damp feet.

    1. Sweating feet in the winter is not usually a problem, trying to keep them warm is. The bag goes on last so there are usually 2 or 3 pairs of socks that will absorb any sweat. Also, the Neoprene stocking foot part of your wader or if you are in boot foot waders than your boots do not breathe already so, either way, the moisture stays locked in near your feet. Try one foot with a bag on it and one without and see what works best for you.

  3. Thanks very much Graham. This information is very helpful. This year has been pretty tough for myself, though I have only been out a few times. Hopefully late Nov and Dec are better. These body layering tips I found helpful and have ordered a couple items already. Thank you!

  4. Hi Graham, thanks for the extremely helpful and informative article!
    Three questions, do you need a wading jacket and what’s the difference between that and just a waterproof shell? If so, what kind of wading jacket do you recommend? And finally do you wear the wading jacket over or under your waders? Thanks for your time!

    1. Hi Kyle,

      To be honest, you don’t need a wading jacket. A regular jacket, a waterproof shell, or a raincoat would also be fine but there are benefits to a good wading jacket.

      Wading jackets are designed with lots of extra pockets meant to hold your fishing gear.

      Wading jackets are often designed shorter, meaning they ride high on the waist so that you can wade deeper without the bottom of your jacket being submerged.

      Their hoods are also designed to fit under a cap and cover your head and face better and the designers know that we sometimes stand in river for 8 hour or more in poruing rain so they are designed for that kind of abuse.

      A great feature that I really find helpful is that a good wading jacket will have a velcro wrist strap that can be used to tighten up the gap on your wrist which prevents water from seeping in. I have tightened mine as tight as possible to pick up something off the bottom of the river and have put my arm as deep as my shoulder and my arm and shirt inside the wading jacket come out dry because of the wrist seal. That wrist seal is also great when submerging your arms deeper into the water to land or release fish. It prevents wet sleaves and I have used it many times.

      Also, many good wading jackets have built-in hooks for nets and other accessories.

      There’s a lot of thought put into the design of a good wading jacket, all to make your life easier on the river.

      You should wear your jacket over your wader so your packets are easily accessible and so any rain runs down the jack and onto the outside of your waders. Wearing your wading jacket inside your waders will mean rain runs down your jacket and into your waders.

      There are a lot of good wading jackets on the market and some not-so-good ones. You can see some that I recommend HERE

      I plan on doing a full page on wading jackets in the near future.

      Hope that helps.

  5. I enjoyed reading your article. I am a disabled female 5’4” about 115lb. I wish you had more recommendations for lady anglers. I layer my clothes but get cold very fast. I have a very low body fat content and can’t keep my feet warm even with my electric foot warmers. I really need a good warm pair of waders that I will be able to walk in. Everything I have found has heavy boots and they make it hard for me to walk as I have a cramping disorder. Currently I am fishing in 35 degree weather with wool socks and electric warmers. 1 hour and my toes are purple. Pain felt to the core of my bones. I want to fish as I give them away to a food share but, I can’t take the pain for long. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Christina,

      I don’t see why my recommendations would not work for women as well. Layering properly, the Simms Bootfoot waders, the thermal socks, and the heated insoles should work for males or females. I believe Simms can custom make waders for you to fit you better. The weight of the bootfoots might still be an issue that I don’t have an answer for, other than to try to build up more leg strength. Unfortunately, the lighter Stockingfoot waders will always be colder. For many that have tried them, the heated insoles that I recommend have been a game-changer in both stocking foot and bootfoot waders. I found them to be much better than the heated socks so maybe give them a fair try.

      Good Luck