Found an old box of photos in the shop mostly fish pictures from the 90's and early 2000's. Brought back memories of fishing as a kid in giant oversized neoprene waders with click and pawl reels. You just got really hot and clammy midday and went for a swim to cool down. I never remember having anything clothing, boots, or waders that actually fit you'd just roll up the sleeves and hit the river draped in heavy cotton or some fabric that didn't breath at all. Still had a blast fishing but was very uncomfortabler at times.
With all the breathable waterproof gear on the market right now it has become so easy to fish all four seasons in the worst conditions and stay remarkably comfortable. The Gore-tex membranes work so well because they are designed to be able to breath moisture outwards but not let water in. If you think of the Gore-tex membrane like a chainlink fence the tiny holes are big enough for small water vapor molecules to pass outwards away from your body but not let the larger liquid molecules come into your waders that is how you can have a material that keeps water from entering and allows moisture to escape thus keeping you dry. Where as neoprene is more like a cement wall so no water can pass through either way. You won't get wet from the outside, unless you have a leak, but any perspiration is trapped inside keeping you nice and clammy.
Patagonia R1 glove
Simms Skeena Glove
Now when it comes to gloves neoprene has it's benefits especially in winter fishing scenarios. Both Patagonia's R1 glove and Simm's Skeena glove are a solid neoprene option that keep your hands bone dry and still allow for line handling in cold temps, awesome for spey casting. Lot's of us have been using them with great success as a bird hunting glove for chilly days since you can still shoot with them on as well.