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”?
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.
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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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