How to Choose the Right Fishing Waders
Remember to think about where, when, and how often you will be fishing.
Consider the environment and your own wading style and ability. This article
will offer answers to the questions you should be asking yourself when
you’re looking to buy your next pair of fishing waders.
Wader Styles Explained
Hip waders are a great choice for the casual angler who prefers staying in
shallow water and fishing in warmer weather. If you aren’t planning on
wading far in, or relying on them for warmth; this style should suit you fine.
Waist High Waders
Naturally, waist high waders allow you to move deeper than hip waders, and
work the same as a pair of waterproof pants. They’re a great choice if you’re
looking to fish during the warmer months or in warmer climates.
Chest High Waders
The most versatile and best all-round choice of waders, although they tend
to cost more. They can be worn for shallow wading, but also allow for deeper
wading and provide added protection needed for fishing in colder climates.
Stand Your Ground: Fishing Footwear Guide
Felt Soled Boots
When it comes to stability in the water, boots with felt soles are considered
the best choice. Felt soles perform best in rivers where the bottom is sand,
gravel, or if the riverbed is slick with algae or slime. The disadvantage to felt
soles is that they offer little traction while walking on a path. If you plan on
staying in one spot, these are the soles for you.
Rubber Soled Boots
While rubber soles do not offer the same level of grip as felt soled boots,
they are a great option for anglers who roam, or hike during their fishing
day, and are willing to give up a bit of traction for a more durable sole.
Studded Soled Boots
Studs can be sold already installed in a boot, or bought separately to be
added later. Studs offer additional traction to the sole, and add better
stability for anglers. If you enjoy fishing in deep rivers with strong currents,
studded soles are highly recommended.
Fishing Personalities: What’s Yours?
The most important things to consider when buying a new pair of waders are
the durability of the wader, how often you plan on using them, and
environment you’ll be fishing in.
If you plan to fish over 100 days in a year, and enjoy hiking through the
woods to find the perfect spot; spending more on a quality pair of waders is
going to be worth the investment. But if you’re a casual fisherman looking to
fish some weekends occasionally, save your money and use it to hire a
fishing guide or buy bait!
Do you typically fish in small streams? Pick up a pair of hip waders. Prefer to
wade in medium-sized meadow streams and cow pastures? Waist highs are
a great choice for you. Fishing for winter steelhead on the rivers of British
Columbia, or on the Washington coast? Think about investing in a pair of
quality chest waders. But if you’re looking for waders that you can wear
anywhere, you can’t go wrong with a pair of chest highs.
Check out this infographic for more information!
Author: Charlie Robinton
Original Source: eReplacementParts Blog