Fall fishing in Alaska means big fish & big opportunities. We all know, if you aren’t comfortable out on the water, you’re gonna be off your game… especially when it comes to being properly dressed. This is not the time to test new layers & equipment. It’s time to don your bomber favorites & fish all day.
Even though Liz is half the management team at the Andros South Lodge, she is no slouch when it comes to Fishing in Alaska. Liz has years of experience fishing in the Fall in Alaska and these are a few of Liz Fincher’s, half of the Andros South management team, go-to layers for the fall for women, from head to toe:
This is my favorite piece for Liz. Being partial to hoods (the extra warmth around my neck), so be sure to choose what makes you comfortable. Lightweight & packable. This jacket is filled with PrimaLoft synthetic fill, so if it gets wet you still stay nice and warm.
Liz has had an R1 from Patagonia since it’s inception. This new addition to the R1 fleet makes it Liz proof. She’s not dainty by any means. When she bushwhacks, she doesn’t want to have to worry about ripping or tearing her clothes. This TechFace is warm & breathable like the original R1, but with a toughened up exterior. An awesome piece to add to your quiver.
A good vest is a must. Layer it over your favorite puffy if it’s really cold or wear it right over your baselayer, to keep your arms cool but your core warm. This vest has a durable exterior for those times you get a hook in your back… it’s inevitable!
Keeping your upper baselayer light is crucial. I can always add or shed layers if needed. Baselayers wick moisture, and keep you warm which all help you comfortable and dry.
If it’s a lazy day of swinging leeches & or cruising around the river in the boat, the ColdWeather Pant from Simms is it. Nice and toasty to keep your legs warm while wading all day, without being baggy or bulky.
If you are on a tundra hike in the fall, Patagonia’s Midweight Capilene bottom is my choice. Great breathability for when you get warm towards the end of the hike, but enough warmth to stay comfortable once you quit moving.
Be sure to have a couple NoSo patches with you at the lodge or at home. When a bush or hook gets the better of you, these patches go on quick & easy with some fantastic designs to make a look all your own.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Pro-Tip: When choosing outer layers, be sure to choose colors that are found outside. We are women & want to show some spunk, but we also don’t want to scare the fish away with a neon pink reflective jacket. Be bold, but be conscious.