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Hi Folks,

Okay so I don't yet have my Yak, but before I do I want to make sure I don't have to wait until spring to have a fish. So, what do other southern water yakkers wear when out on the water?

I have heard mention of Wet Suit pants and the like, but what about the upper half of the body, how comfortable is a wet suit to paddle in?
 

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me...

long wetsuit pants and dive booties keep the legs and feet warm (waterprrof golf pants over the wetty pants also help), on top several layers of thermals/lightweight polarfleece and a breathable shell/sprayjacket, with a beanie on my noggin.....toasty

also have recently found some neoprene fishing gloves (tip of thumb and index finger are not gloved to allow you to still tie on hooks etc)..they also help with grabbing fish..
 

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For winter yak fishing I wear fairly snug fitting 3mm neo stocking foot chest waders. Underneath fleecy tracky dax and a high tech version of explorer socks. Just polo shirt then fishing vest, then pfd then padded fleecy lined jacket with built in hood to pull up over a beanie when the squalls pass over. Warm as toast, very comfy to wear and easy to have a leak after several cups of coffee. Nothing to remove and as I explained to Kevin on the weekend, a pvc pipe rod holder extension has other uses.
 

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Nothing to remove and as I explained to Kevin on the weekend, a pvc pipe rod holder extension has other uses.
:shock: :eek: :idea: :idea: Wow! Why didn't I think of that? I've been thinking of taking some sort of tubing or bottle with me to help me 'reduce the pressure' when I stay out there for more than a few hours. I usually manage to sit sidesaddle when it's calm enough but on choppy water it can get a bit messy. Thanks to your comment I now realise that I'm already carrying an 'extension' :roll: on the yak.
 

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I wear wetsuit boots, thermal longjohns, shorts, lightweight waterproof (golf?) pants on the bottom and thermal longsleeve top, shirt, PFD & sometimes a spray jacket on top. I wear a pair of fingerless U-veto (sunblocking) gloves & a hat for warmth AND protection from the sun.

The thermal gear is great as it keeps me warm even when wet and is very light. Even on a resonably warm day they're comfortable.

kingfisher111, where do you find stocking foot chest waders? I've asked in a number of tackle shops here & in Perth & just get blank looks.
 

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I wear waders over woolen socks and jeans, a T shirt under a fleecy shirt and a light weight spray jacket over my pfd if its really cold or wet. - I've been out some pretty ordinary weather here in SA and haven't got cold yet. (although I am still trying to convince myself that from a safety point of view waders are ok)!
 

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Hi Daveyak, I actually got my stockingfoots from Cabelas in America by mail order. I`ve had them for 11 years and never holed them. They are great because you can wear lightweight neo booties with them and because your feet never get wet in the first place, they stay toasty warm. I`m sure you can get them here though, several of my mates have the seabee brand. Steve.

Fisher if you are worried about wader safety just wear a belt around your waist done up snug. This drastically reduces the rate at which water can enter your waders. Remember also that even if your waders completely filled, they will only fill to the water level at the top of your waders. Assuming we all wear pfd`s safety should never be an issue. In warmer weather do a wet test in 5 foot of water and see just how hard the outside water pressure pushes the waders against your body, even looser fitting ones. Steve.
 

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I dress very much like Daveyak. Wet suit shoes, thermal pants and top. Wet suit shorts over the thermal pants and paddle jacket over the top. Must admit haven't done a lot of winter yak fishing but this outfit has kept me warm when I have. Usually only get wet around the ankles during entry but if I'm quick the water runs off the thermals before soaking in. I too still wear the sun protection, finger and palmless gloves and the Arafat hat (though they don't call them that anymore, not politically correct). I agree with Daveyak this is a light effective outfit the only improvement I have contemplated would be waterproof pants (golf pants).

Brian
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Thanks again guys you have been a great help, you have given me a number of spots to start from.
 

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I wear waders and a PFD in calmer conditions and a 4mm or 6mm long john style wetsuit (singlet top, long legs + neopreme booties in rougher conditions. I am going to get anchor (the place that made my 2 wetties) to put a fly in my wetties to make it easier to slash on the yak. I paddle and fish right through winter without issue.

Catch ya Scott
 

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Glad this question was asked as now I know I am on the right track. I have a set of 3mm bib overall looking wet suit pants and thermal top with a spray jacket. neopreen booties with beach shoes over. And of course a PFD in there too.

and where I come from CENTER rules over CENTRE :)
 

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Scott said:
I am going to get anchor (the place that made my 2 wetties) to put a fly in my wetties to make it easier to slash on the yak. I paddle and fish right through winter without issue.

Catch ya Scott
Thanks Scott, I must be on the right track I went into Anchor on Saturday morning and spoke to the guy there about getting fitted for a Bib n Brace style suit plus boots. Will have to ask him about the fly, never thought about that option :lol:
 
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