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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Waders (aka Keep Your Stuff Dry Coveralls)



Give me a pair of wading sandals with spikes on the bottom and jean shorts and a fly rod any time. But it’s just way too cold in February in Idaho to do this—great in July/August though. With the cold shrinkage that would occur in February, bodily functions might just be impossible. This is called “wet wading”. So what to do when you can’t “wet wade”? 
Michelin Man

There are a gazillion different types of waders out there. Hip, chest, neoprene, rubber, synthetic waterproof, breathables, with or without built in boots or neoprene booties. What does one do? How much do I spend? What’s the best for me and what I would use them for? Well, the very first question to answer is how much money do I have?

If resources are unlimited, in my opinion, the very best waders are Dan Bailey’s chest high, breathables and neoprene stocking feet without a doubt. Add a pair of Simm’s wading boots with those expensive little titanium spikes and some Undrearmour long johns if necessary and you have the very best and most expensive. Do you live and sport in a cold or hot climate? Well I had much rather be able to move in my long johns under some breathable waders where I fly fish in Idaho than feel and look like the Michelin Man and not be able to bend over to tie my wading boots in a pair of 3-5 mm neoprenes.

Absolutely, for sure, chest high waders are a MUST! Simply ask newbie Steve S. whom I recently took fishing on his first large western river. Those little thigh highs do look sexy on a man or woman, like a pair of biker chaps, but the waters quickly seep into them and then you have to deal with chaffing the rest of the trip, and for some days to come. So chest high breathables are definitely the way to go. Many stores carry these including Cabelas, Bass Pro and even Walmart. The better ones are in the $100 range and last a long time with care given and can be easily patched should a mishap occur.


South Platte Rainbow

I would personally suggest neoprene feet on your waders, for if you do wade in the cold, your feet won’t have to suffer. Jeans and long johns are usually enough to keep your legs warm and body temperature up. Put some wading boots over the neoprene booties and you are ready to go. Wading boots are the subject of another post soon to come.

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