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Fishing Clothing Review: TFG Eskimo Second Skin Trousers And Top

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Posted: Nov 11, 2010 |

It’s November as I sit here writing this and I’ve just got back from a quick fishing session in the first real chill of the winter. Crikey, it was cold when I got up!

As I slipped on my thermal fishing gear, it dawned on me that I’d owned the TF Gear Eskimo Second Skin trousers and top for quite some time, and I vowed to dig out my original review of them when I got home.

The piece below was written in January 2008 about some thermal clothing that I first got my hands on in 2007. It’s 2010 now, so I’ve had these items for nearly four years. As an ‘outdoor’ type person, my outdoor gear gets worn a lot. The fact that they have lasted so long is a real testament to the quality of them.

Here’s the original review (January, 2008):
DON’T WORRY – I’m not about to subject you to the sight of a tubby bloke in skin tight leggings. This is a family fishing website and I don’t want to be responsible for mass-vomiting on keyboards. I’ll stick with a catalogue shot and let your imagination do the rest!


I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that I often use items designed for anglers in other areas of my life. I’ve also mentioned before that I own a dog. Therefore, I’ll bore you all again by saying that I’m a dog-owning angler who uses some of his fishing gear for other purposes….and that the Eskimo Second Skin Trousers from the Matt Hayes Total Fishing Gear (TFG) range are one of those items!

These black thermal under-trousers cling to the skin, keeping a very small warm layer of air close to the skin. In a way, they look and work a little bit like a wetsuit, but without the water! They’re also made of a lot more comfortable material and are easy to get on and off! I’ll post the technical details below this review, as posting them here would make it look like I’d performed loads of scientific tests and research, which I haven’t done. Instead, I’ve worn these trousers a LOT and am speaking from my own experience.


As soon as you put the TFG Eskimo Second Skin Trousers on, you feel warm. You look a bit like a wannabe Ninja, but this is soon resolved by putting your normal trousers on over the top. Once that’s done, you can forget about them.


I’ve worn these trousers in extremely cold conditions for over a year now and have never felt that my legs are cold in them. They do exactly what they’re supposed to do and have survived numerous trips to the washing machine.


When overnight carp fishing, they are great to wear in your sleeping bag. Coupled with the TFG Eskimo Second Skin top, they’re a perfect combination at night. I have to say that, although I own a top and use it on occasion (especially at night), I haven’t needed it so much during the day, as most of my windproof fleeces and other tops provide adequate warmth. It’s hand to have at hand, though, as it really does provide instant warmth.


Both the Eskimo trousers and top take up very little room. They’re almost like underwear in design, so are well worth having tucked away in your rucksack if you’re doing a long session. If you’re a day angler, I’d certainly recommend the trousers. The top would be handy if you prefer mobility – you won’t need to wear the number of layers that I usually wear when fishing!


I’ve worn the TFG Eskimo Second Skin trousers and top not just when out carp fishing and when walking the dog, but also when fishing from beaches and out on a boat. Trust me, those conditions can be a lot more demanding than when fishing inshore and these products have never let me down.


The RRP of both the top and trousers is £24.95. However, at the time of writing, TackleBargains have them at just £12.24 each.

Elton Murphy, AnglersNet.co.uk – January, 2008


I’ve just checked and, nearly four years on, you can still get these at the prices quoted above, along with a lot of other quality thermal stuff. Try this link to see a lot of thermal fishing clothing in the UK:


Even if you are reading this outside the UK and can’t afford to get stuff shipped to your home country from the UK, I’d advise you to find something similar locally. Being warm when fishing makes you a happier angler, and a happy angler is usually a better angler!

Tight lines,


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Elton Murphy is the founder and Editor of http://www.AnglersNet.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading online fishing magazines.
A keen all-round angler, his main areas of interest are sea fishing and carp fishing. He is also the Editor of Carp Fishing Secrets ( http://www.carpfishingsecrets.com/ ) and owns a number of other angling websites.

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Elton Murphy is the founder and Editor of http://www.AnglersNet.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading online fishing magazines.
A keen all-round angler, his main areas of interest are sea fishing and carp fishing. He is also the Editor of Carp Fishing Secrets ( http://www.carpfishingsecrets.com/ ) and owns a number of other angling websites.

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If you have a good idea of what you want for a pole you will now need a reel. There are as many reels to chose from as there are crappies, not really but almost. There are three main components of a reel those are a barrel, crank and a guide or eye. There are two types of spinning reels, an open face and closed, these are easily distinguished. If you can see where the line is stored it is open faced if you cannot it is closed faced. Both types also vary greatly in operation, one you must flip the bail back while holding the line and the other uses a simple push button on the back of the reel which is loosely egg shaped. I like the first one because you can see what is happening with your line and the general feel is better. The later is very popular with kids and the very casual fisher.

There are two more types of reels, a bait caster and the fly reel. The later is not extremely popular with crappie fishers but should not be excluded especially in the spring where fly fishing can be a great weapon in your armory. The first reel has been around in some form for hundreds of years and is very popular with bass fishers and for good reason. Theses reels are easy to recognize as they are the only ones where the axis of the barrel, the part that holds the line, is perpendicular to the pole where all others are parallel to the pole like a spinning reel.

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3. Bow fishing an ancient way of hunting for food
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There are many different types of fishing rods. A carbon fiber pole is a more technologically advanced pole, which is usually used for coarse fishing in Europe. Fly fishing rods are made to cast artificial flies. They are part of the Fishing Equipment used to catch salmon in the UK. Many fishermen in the UK use this salmon fishing equipment each year for a successful catch. Normally salmon is fished from the rivers in England, although it can be done well in the sea also. In addition to the right rod, you will need waders for the majority of UK Rivers in order to get to the best fishing places.

When you are searching for sea fishing equipment in the UK, try to find sea rods made to be used on the open sea. These rods will be built stronger and longer than the other kinds. For sharks and other huge game, specialty rods are designed. Be sure that the deep-sea fishing rod that you have selected can hold up to the pressure of the resistant larger fish when they are hooked. Also be certain that it is constructed from material such as fiberglass or graphite, which will resist corrosion from the salt air.

Every other part of your tackle has to be able to fit with your rod. This includes the lines, lures, reels and hooks. If you aren’t sure about your choices, get advice from a more experienced fisherman. You need to bear in mind that no matter what kind of fish you are trying to catch in the UK, you have to have the right fishing equipment to be successful.

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