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How to keep your fingers warm while on the water


Somebody once said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  Well, if you live and fish in Canada you can add a third one to the list.  At some point in the spring, fall and/or winter, your fingers are going to get cold.

Even on those glorious spring and late fall days when you’re steelheading in a river or casting from the boat and it warms up wonderfully by noon – you still, generally, start the day with icy cold fingers.


Of course, another fact of fishing in Canada is that while your fingers may feel like ice cubes, as mine did on the weekend when my daughter, Jennifer and grandson Liam and I were quickly popping up the ice hut, the fish don’t mind the conditions at all.

In fact, on Saturday, we enjoyed the fastest paced walleye and yellow perch action of the winter.



We were lucky, too, because once we popped up the Clam JM 5000 thermal hub shelter and turned on the portable propane heater, we warmed up to the point where we fished barehanded and in sweaters for most of the day.

In fact, at one point, I had to turn down the heater it was getting so warm.


Still, I wouldn’t have hesitated to have fished outside, braving the elements.  Especially, with this neat little trick that I’ve been using for the past several seasons to keep my fingers much warmer that the rest of the ice fishing brigade who rely only on gloves and mitts.

What’s the secret?  Well, click on this short video link below and enjoy!