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In recent years, ice fishing has increased in popularity across the state. It's an activity everyone can enjoy and offers the chance to catch some big, hungry fish.
If you've never been ice fishing before, you probably have some questions: What clothes do I need? What equipment should I bring? Is the ice safe? What techniques work best?
These are all good questions, and with just a few simple precautions, you'll be ready for a fun, safe and successful day on the ice!
Dressing warmly is critical to an ice fishing trip, but it's not as complicated as you might think.
The first tip is to dress in layers. The second is to remember that when wool and acrylic fibers (such as fleece) get wet, they retain more warmth than absorbent fibers (such as cotton).
It's best to start with lightweight socks and underwear. To those, you should add heavier socks, pants, shirts, sweaters or fleece coats along with a wind-resistant outer shell such as bibs, coveralls and a winter parka. Boots, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, earmuffs and gloves preferably waterproof and insulated will help you stay warm and dry.
The advantage of layering clothes is that you can add or remove items as needed. First-time anglers often find that they wore too much, but it's wise to be prepared for the worst. Dressing in multiple layers allows you to be ready for any weather conditions.
One last thought about clothes: ice anglers need to be able to move about in all those layers. "Warmth," "comfort" and "mobility" are the fashion buzzwords for ice fishing. Try and find clothes that provide you all three...
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