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Recommended Gear for Float & Wade Trips

Seasonal break down of gear we recommend for River Trips.

Recommended Gear for Float & Wade Trips

Spring/Summer

Polarized Sunglasses
Provides better visibility into the water for safely wading, and significantly reduces the glare on the waters surface.  Having these will increase your ability to see your fly, read the water more effectively, and aid you in interpreting your guide’s instructions.

Hat
Any standard baseball cap will work.  Hats keep your face shaded from the sun and increase the performance of your polarized sunglasses.

Sunscreen
Don’t forget to pack this.  You wouldn’t think about lying out at the pool for eight hours without applying sunscreen, so expect to use SPF 30+ sunscreen during your day out on the water.

Rain Jacket
Weather is unpredictable and uncontrollable.  We recommend packing a quality rain jacket on all of our fishing trips regardless of the season.  Nothing’s worse than ruining your fishing trip because you’re soaked, cold, and uncomfortable.

Upper Body Wear
A lightweight long sleeve shirt, preferably constructed with a quick dry material is a good choice.  Simms, Patagonia, and Columbia all make suitable clothing to serve this purpose. For days with below average temperatures be prepared to add an additional layer with a sweatshirt or fleece jacket.

Lower Body Wear
A standard pair of jeans or fleece pants can be worn comfortably under waders during the spring.  Quick dry zip-off pants serve better during the summer months.  Wade trips on the Toccoa River may call for an additional layer of long-johns even during the summer.

Socks
Wool socks provide excellent insulation and cushion for your feet. 

Waders
We generally recommend for all clients to wear breathable waders during our trips.  Most of our watersheds maintain water temperatures too cold for anglers to comfortably wet wade.  However, exceptions can be made depending on trip location and during summer heat waves. 

Roomy Wading Boots
Boots that fit too snug are uncomfortable and can decrease blood circulation making your feet and toes cold.  In most cases wearing boots that are one size big will allow extra room for your waders and circulation in your feet.

Camera
Your guide always stows a digital camera with them.  However, we do recommend bringing your own so you don’t have to wait for your pictures to be emailed to you.

Fall/Winter Gear

Polarized Sunglasses
Provides better visibility into the water for safely wading, and significantly reduces the glare on the waters surface.  Having these will increase your ability to see your fly, read the water more effectively, and aid you in interpreting your guide’s instructions.

Hat
Any standard baseball cap will work.  Hats keep your face shaded from the sun and increase the performance of your polarized sunglasses.

Sunscreen
Don’t forget to pack this.  You wouldn’t think about lying out at the pool for eight hours without applying sunscreen, so expect to use SPF 30+ sunscreen during your day out on the water. 

Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless fleece or wool gloves will help to keep your hands warm and functioning during winter conditions.

Under-wader wear
Long Johns under jeans or fleece pants, and a second pair of wool socks will help keep you nice and warm.

Waders
We generally recommend for all clients to wear breathable waders during our trips.  However, neoprene waders may be a better choice during the colder months as long as you won’t be walking long distances.  Neoprene waders are not very breathable, and sweating in them can make you become uncomfortably cold.

Roomy Wading Boots
Boots that fit too snug are uncomfortable and can decrease blood circulation making your feet and toes cold.  In most cases wearing boots that are one size big will allow extra room for your waders and circulation in your feet. Winter months may call for wearing boots two sizes big to allow room for an extra pair of wool socks.

Neck Gator & Ski Cap
These accessories will help keep you warm and sheltered from cold winds and temperatures.  Even on nice days during the fall and winter you can expect a cool breeze on the river.

Warm Uppers & Rain Jacket
We recommend wearing a layer system for your upper body.  Fall usually calls for a light-weight long john top, a breathable long-sleeve shirt, and a fleece jacket.  Winter months can be supplemented with a medium to heavy-weight long john top.  For windy and rainy days you can add your rain jacket for a windproof/waterproof outer shell.

Extra Clothes
Pack an extra set of clothes in case you accidentally fall in the river.  Float trips do not always allow easy access off the water. 

Camera
Your guide always stows a digital camera with them.  However, we do recommend bringing your own so you don’t have to wait for your pictures to be emailed to you.

 
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