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able thing to me is cold, wet feet. I tell my clients to use layers there also. Start with an insulative sock that still allows moisture to wick away from your skin such as wool or polyester. Again, stay away from cotton. The next layer is important if it is raining or wet, buy a good pair of water resistant socks like Seal Skins. They are a little pricey but well worth every penny. Finally are your shoes. I recommend a waterproof, lightweight boot or Gortex shoe. Too heavy a boot and you will feel cumbersome and uncomfortable all day. the hands are the next to worry about. You can wear a big thick ski type glove for running from spot to spot. However, you cannot wear them for fishing. While fishing, I like to wear a half finger wool glove that have a flap to convert to a full glove. Some of them even have pockets for a heat pack. These work great at keeping your hands warm and dry; yet they allow you to feel when a fish bites or what your lure is doing. Last but not least, is your head and face. Some people like wearing hoodies on cold mornings. To me this is just not enough head protection. Let’s face it, most hoodies are made of cotton, your winter enemy. I recommend either a fleece lined balaclava or full-face sock mask made of a wool or synthetic blend. If it is raining or icy then I will top them off with a full face mask like the Save Phace or even a neo- prene style full face mask. The Save Phase masks are great because they protect your eyes from the elements as well. All these things can be easily stored away in that duffel bag we mentioned when not in use. But none of them should ever be forgotten when planning a trip. Communication with your guide prior to your fishing date is a must. He may have an extra set of rain gear, but there is no telling whether or not it will fit you, especially if you are layered up. So always bring your own cold weather gear for your own protec- tion. Don’t be afraid to ask your guide as many questions as you want. One thing you can ask your guide is if he has a single or dual console boat. I know myself as well as most other guides prefer a dual console boat for the comfort of our clients. Believe me, on a cold morning when the wind chill factor is below freezing, that second windshield will be your best friend. One other thing that I tell my clients is to bring an extra set of dry shoes, socks and clothes. You may not need them in the boat, but it sure makes for a more comfortable ride home after a long day of fishing. So remember to dress in layers. Don’t let the cold keep you from fishing, or ruin what could have been a perfect day on the water. Just because its cold out does not mean there are no fish to be caught. BW

Vince Borges Outdoors is a full time guide on the California Delta and Mother Lode Lakes. To book a trip you may contact him by e-mail at vborgesoutdoors@att. net or by phone at 209-918-0828. Vince’s sponsors include Phenix Rods, FishDelta. com, Blackwater / Toray line, Pro-Worms, Pepper Custom Baits, Eye Surrender Sun Glasses, Save Phace, and Fish On Insurance.

January/February 2010