Wader Tips

Wader Tips
Waders are an important tool when you are planning on doing some in stream fishing. Especially fly fishermen---and women---enjoy the feel of having a wide stream pass all around them while they maximize their position in the midst of the water to gain access to a host of fish. Waders keep you dry, warm and protected against the rocky outcroppings you may not always see quite so easily when first going into the water. In recent years there have been a wide array of improvements to the basic wader, and if you are in the market to perhaps purchase your very first pair, read on find some wader tips on material selection, footing and color considerations.

Wader Material Tips

Choose one of three materials when buying your waders: neoprene, rubber or breathable fabric. Neoprene is comfortable in most cold weather settings, but it has the potential to really heat up in summer when you sweat. Rubber is functional, but if you plan on doing a fair amount of moving from place to place in the river, you will find this material to be somewhat chafing and uncomfortable. Breathable Gore-Tex material makes for the most comfortable waders in all types of weather. These kinds of waders are also the most expensive and least durable of the three types, so it pays to consider how often you really will have need of waders before you go out and spend a lot of money on a pair you might only use once or twice a year.

Wader Tips for the Foot End

Pick your foot end with care. There are two types of foot ends: waders with built in boots and those with built in stocking feet. The boot version is great if you find a pair of waders that fit well all the way around, and if you do not want to invest in an additional pair of boots. The stocking feet waders, however, are better if you plan on moving around quite a bit while fishing and do not find that the boot end waders are quite so comfortable. Buying your own pair of wading boots to go with the waders can make a big difference when it comes to prolonged foot comfort.

Wader Color Tips

Consider the color of your waders carefully. Hunters wear camouflage so as to not tip off the wildlife to their presence, but hunter green will not work in water that is primarily clear. The best waders are blue and help to blend in with the sky's reflection. Even so, there is the possibility that a color that is too light or too dark will greatly hamper your success at fishing. Ask local bait and tackle shop operators about their recommendations for the best colors when it comes to waders.

Some waders are very light colored to make the angler easy to spot from the air in case of an emergency. While this is a personal safety measure that could save a life, it might also greatly decrease the presence of fish.

Wader Tips for Proper Cleaning

Remember that the water is home to a number of bacteria and also spores. These may attach to your waders and wading boots, and the next time you go wading you may inadvertently release them into untainted waters. Protect yourself and unspoiled bodies of water from contamination by hosing down your waders and wading boots with clear water after you return home.

Hosing down your waders and wading boots is also a critical step in ensuring their longevity after wading in saltwater. The salt has the power of destroying neoprene and rubber, and if you fail to remove it from the material, you will find yourself shopping for new waders sooner rather than later.

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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