The Best Fly Fishing Waders

The Best Fly Fishing Waders
Fly fishing waders have come a long way from the models made of rubber that leaked constantly and were terribly uncomfortable to wear in warm or cold weather. Modern wader manufacturers have incorporated breathable materials like Gore-Tex and neoprene for comfort and durability no matter the conditions you will encounter on a stream.

Simms ExStream Waders

Simms was the first company to introduce breathable waders in 1993 using Gore-Tex material. This unique material keeps river water out of the wader, but allows perspiration to escape through a membrane in the material. The ExStream wader is unique in that is incorporates the breathable fabric with an insulated boot from the Muck Boot Company that is rated for minus 40 degrees F. Other features include a fleece lined hand warmer and a five-layer front panel on the legs for increased durability. These waders allow fly fisherman to pursue their quarry all winter long with warm feet and dry comfort.

Wright McGill Essentials Waders

When Wright McGill set out to design a line of breathable waders, the goal was to produce a product that was both rugged and comfortable. With the Essential waders, Wright Mcgill uses a four-layer Aqualux breathable material throughout the waders with a double layer on the lower legs to help protect this high wear area from abrasions. The shoulder straps are removable to allow the waders to convert from a chest high to waist high; this comes in handy when hiking in the hot sun of summer. Lastly, the Essentials come with a 5-inch wide back support built in the wading belt. This additional support keeps muscle fatigue to a minimum and allows you to fish all day.

Chota Abrams Creek Waders

Chota Outdoor Gear manufactures specialty outdoor equipment and their Abrams Creek waders are designed with features specifically for fly fishing. Starting with the articulated knees and vented knee pads, these waders are made for hiking in comfort since they will not bunch up. The neoprene booties are double-taped for strength and are form fitting so they will not wad up in the wading boot. With an extra layer of material in the lower legs, these waders can take the pounding that seasons of fly fishing can put on a pair of waders.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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