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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wading Boots

Simms Wading Boots - Obviously Well Used.
Wading boots? Out west, summers are frequently very hot and dry. Algae in larger western Idaho fly fishing rivers is the rule. Point, they can get VERY slippery! Be careful, for even your chest high, breathable waders leak if you fall head first into a large western river. This is why I now use cleated wading boots and carry a wading staff. One thing to consider, although none of us like to admit we are getting older, balance does become a consideration as we age as well as loss of flexibility.
Sorry cleats are a bit rusty from usage.

How much money you got? Well, if your budget is limited and you are fairly young, less than 50 and still flexible, go with felt covered wading boots like Hodgeman. They are inexpensive and work great over the breathable, chest high waders discussed in our previous post. They are available from numerous shops and vendors so search online at your leisure. Pricing should be less than $50-60. Remember size wading boots one size larger than your shoe size. Also, wash them off well after each usage (vinegar works great), for they can carry diseases like the whirling.

Once you get to the point of staying with Idaho fly fishing because you truly have the bug, get some nice wading boot early on. These are more important than the expensive chest high waders and more practical. I personally chose Simms wading boots for comfort. The ankle high ones work perfectly. These will cost between $150-250. The main item though is those little titanium cleats which will set you back $75 or so. There are about 10-12 in each boot, but they really do keep you from slipping. Oh, and make sure the spikes are the small (about the size of a #8 hex sheet metal screw).
My horse drinking coffee before
a day of Idaho fly fishing.

Orvis, Cabelas and others make these spiked wading boots, so shop around for the ones you like. Lastly, do tell the guides with whom you fish that your boots are spiked. Some will ask you not to wear them for they can damage their expensive drift boat bottoms, so some back up inexpensive Hodgeman felt wading boots are not a bad idea. Spiked boots are becoming very popular though, so most guides have begun placing rubber mats in their drift boats to accommodate the fishers preferring spikes. But out of courtesy, when you book a trip, check with them.
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels, sore arms and great fish stories to all of our Idaho fly fishing enthusiasts. Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated. Come soon and fly fish Idaho.

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