On the last day, my best friend fell in to rapidly moving water in a pair of waders and literally almost drowned in 2 feet of water. He was rapidly being swept downstream and as he floated past me, I grabbed his wader strap and pulled his head out of the water. The force of the flow was so great, his waders filled as soon as he fell and were so heavy, he could not lift up his chest and head. He was saved.
Now this was before the time of wader belts, and they really are a great idea. They are really cheap and well worth the meager $ amount one has to pay for them. Now when you first put them on, you look like the Michelin tire man due to the air trapped in the waders, but that is just the point. You float as a result.
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A very small price to pay for safety!
Some waders now have built in wading belts like the ones I use - Dan Bailey's. As a side, most guides out west also use these waders. These are very easy to adjust, and I find to be a little more comfortable than conventional wading belts.
Hard takes, tight lines and many trout to all our Idaho Fly Fishers. Be SAFE! And as the billboards and TV ads say: "Wade Responsibly".
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