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Staff Picks: Coastal Steelhead

Staff Picks: Coastal Steelhead

Chase Millemann: Wholesale and Sales Operations Manager

I spend much of my year looking forward to the short, wet, dark days of winter on the Oregon Coast. I do much of my winter steelhead fishing on foot, navigating small coastal streams and thick rainforest. To stay comfortable in these conditions, waterproofing and breathability are key. I need a kit that keeps me warm and dry, but most importantly allows for movement in the river and through the brush. Under my waders, I wear Red Desert Boxers and our Kanab pants. This is enough merino to keep me warm, but this combo breathes well very during periods of high activity. Up top, I start with a Minaret Crew next to skin, and I layer a Chama Hoody on top of that. The Minaret wicks moisture from my skin, and dries extremely fast. The Chama Hoody is quite warm when zipped all the way up with the hood on. When I start hiking, I’ll take the hood off and open up the chest. The SEAK is my go-to jacket for winter steelhead fishing. It can withstand the heavy downpours of the Oregon coast, and it breaths very well for a 3.5 layer shell. The large pit zips are key for releasing heat after a hike to the next “spot.” I’ll also keep an Uncompahgre Vest in my backpack for extra insulation on cold days. I always bring the Talus Fingerless Gloves and a Tag Cuff Beanie. The Talus gloves allow for a ton of dexterity and keep my hands warm, even when they are soaked. The tag cuff beanie comes out of my pack when I’m stationary for extended periods of time.

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