WADER STINK can be a significant problem. Waders are a very important part of a fly fisherman’s gear. They are a relatively big purchase and will cost you up to $500+ depending on where and what you buy, so take care of them. My favorites are my Dan Bailey breathable guide waders. I have 3 pair, but my oldest ones are my favorite and have been repaired several times. Actually when you are visiting Livingston, MT and fishing on the Yellowstone River, stop by their shop. It is not very large and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Talk fly fishing with them. It is their life and livelihood.
There are a multitude of wader manufacturers and everyone sells them. There are Dan Bailey, Simms, Cabelas, Bass Pro, Redington, Big Y, Sears, Orvis and many more. By the way, Simms is located in Bozeman, MT on the way up the Gallatin River. Cabelas and Bass Pro and Orvis are located of course everywhere and really are cool stores to visit.
Wader style decision is personal. It depends entirely on your needs. Warm, cold, wet or dry, neoprene or breathable, you name it. It is your decision. I will tell you from experience the most important thing – COMFORT! “Wader repair and care” you can find info most everywhere online or YouTube. But wader stench is not frequently addressed. It is a shame, for if you wear them enough, they all will eventually stink. It’s like passing gas in a pair of waders – the odor always comes back to haunt you.
Here is what I do. Once I get home from fishing in my waders, I hang them up to dry for 24 hours. Then I turn them inside out for 24 more. Once completely dry, I turn them right side out and put 2 heaping tablespoons of plain old ordinary, run of the mill baking soda down each leg (making sure it hits the bottom) for another 24. Then I roll them up and place in my stow bag for my next trip. THAT’S IT.
Leave the baking soda in for it will help foot odor the next time out, will keep your feet drier and may even decrease your chances of foot and toenail fungus. The benefits are numerous. The stench is gone.
Hard takes, screaming reels, bent rods, tight lines and get out there and catch ‘em. Got to love Idaho fly fishing. Fly fish Idaho on.