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Bristol Bay - What to bring

Postby bristolbay-blues » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:51 am

Hey all - I'm headed out to Bristol Bay for my first season, and feeling pretty well prepared with personal gear but wanted to crowdsource ideas for what I might be missing. What is some personal gear that you wouldn't get on a boat without? Whats you're favorite water proof apparel? What's the best brand for bibs, or wicking socks? etc. etc. etc. THANKS!
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Re: Bristol Bay - What to bring

Postby Once and Future » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:33 am

We're not Bristol Bay guys, but here's some advice anyway. I hate Nike as a company, but I am forced to continue to buy their white half-cushion athletic socks called "Dri-Fit" because they keep my feet the coolest and driest. Bristol Bay may demand some warmer socks as well. Depends on your feet, but I have followed advice here and gotten away from cotton socks. Wool is good, but I have been using more polypropylene as well.

I don't know what to tell you about boots since Xtratuf whored themselves out to China.

You can still find some Grundens rain gear that is made in Portugal, I don't know if there is a problem with their Chinese stuff.

I guess what makes me more comfortable than anything is very light long underwear. I don't understand the tight fitting concept of the Body Armour, and get looser fitting polypropylene instead.

Hoodies are fishing fashion, but I don't get it - they're mostly cotton. I recommend one wool shirt for warm performance in damp weather, with the disadvantage that you can't wash out fish gurry easily.
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