When Orvis first produced its Pro Insulated Hoodie, they sold out pretty quickly. After a wait, I earlier this year received my jacket. I love it. It is hands-down the warmest piece of winter clothing I own for fly fishing. It even beats my ski jacket. The Mrs. asked me to buy her one just for walking around town.
The jacket is lightweight and very thin. When I first got it, I wondered if it would keep me warm. But, the Primaloft material they use is pretty amazing: very compact, lightweight, and extremely efficient at keeping in heat.
With fleece-lined pockets, a convenient zipper-enclosed chest pocket, and a hoodie, this has all the needed features without creating the bulk that limits mobility and casting ability.
Winter fly fishing isn’t easy, but if you can stay warm, you have a shot at running into some big fish without running into the big crowds.