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My Wading Jacket Blues



None of the jackets I ever owned fit my bill for a perfect jacket



By Martin Joergensen

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A favorite: the Nomad jacket
A favorite: the Nomad jacket
It may well be that their website is ugly, but the jackets have style. Definitely one of my all time favorite wading jacket designs.
Au naturel
Au naturel
I actually prefer fishing woithout a jacket as soon as the weather permits it.
Blue
Blue
Even though it's a dark and dull blue, the color seems kind of strange for a wading jacket. The surroundings are rarely blue - not even by the ocean. The jacket is by Danish Geoff Anderson.
Blueish green
Blueish green
Another fine color: dull and subdued. This is a good alternative for a wading jacket color. Loose the black details and we're getting there. Jacket by Danish Scierra.
Brownish olive
Brownish olive
This is a very good color for a jacket. The dull and neutral color will stir neither fish nor fellow anglers. Jacket by Finnish Vision.
Chest pack
Chest pack
Since I most often carry my stuff in a chest pack, I don't need the jacket as a place to put things. I prefer that the number of pockets is limited to as few as possible.
Notice the outside velcor on the cuff of this jacket: designed to snag a fly line!
Contrast
Contrast
The basic tan color is OK but not really good. What makes it a total mess is the black contrast patches. There's no need for them. Jacket by The System Fabric.
Dull green
Dull green
Simms' jackets have a near perfect color: a very uniform dull greenish hue, which is very descrete. Jacket by US Simms.
Dull olive
Dull olive
Another dull color - this one on a jacket much like the other Geoff Anderson jacket on this page but with a much better color choice. Jacket by Danish Geoff Anderson.
Happy and comfortable
Happy and comfortable
A proper jacket will keep you comfortable - warm and dry - even during the heaviest of showers.
Rain
Rain
I use my jackets first and foremost to keep out rain like here. This is a Scierra Aquatex. Notice the location of the pockets... far too low! There is plenty space above them. Why not move them up? That would make them stay dry when I am wading like this - which is not even particularly deep.
Raindrops are falling
Raindrops are falling
A modern jacket has to be absolutely waterproof - and at the same time breathable. Modern fabrics allow this, but not all are equally good or long lasting.
Red?
Red?
A totally different color for a wading jacket - kind of burgundy or dark red. Quite nice in its own way, but not really suitable for its purpose. The jacket's breathable membrane deterorated after its first laundry by the way. The jacket is by Danish Catch.