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Wading Boots

To go along with your stocking foot waders, you will need boots. There are many different makers and many different aspects to look at when buying boot. Good traction on slippery rocks is essential when you are trying to cross a river or sneak up on fish. With neoprene booties and gravel gaurd, you can comfortably where your boots without waders when water temperatures permit.

Simms Boots

Due to their consistent image of producing high quality gear, the number one pick of boots is again, Simms. They have many models availible to provide almost everyone with a boot that is made for their situation. This is why they are the top gear choice by guides, the people who live in their gear. Check out the entire line up of Simms Wading Boots here:

http://www.flyfishingoutfitters.com/onlineshop-wading_boots_sandals

 

Boots! What's the Difference?

There are several aspects to look at when buying a pair of wading boots. The biggest discrepencies are the soles and will have the most effect on what pair of boots you decide to buy. Lets take a look at the different soles that are availible so you can determine which will best suit your situation.

Felt Soles

These are the most popular soles that you will find on the water. The souls are made out of felt to help grip to slippery rocks.

  1. Pros of Felt Soled Wading Boots
    • grip well to slipery, algee covered rocks
    • comfortable to walk in
    • good for getting in and out of boats
  2. Cons of Felt Soled Wading Boots
    • condusive to the spread of invasive species from one body of water to the other
    • can be slippery on loose gravel or dry rocks, ecspecially when felt is dry
    • tend to pick up a lot of dirt and other debris and bring it into the boat or car

Rubber Soles

Rubber soled boots are becoming very popular with the effects of non-native invasive species becoming wider spread and education of the problem taking hold after years of trying. The rubber almost always will be dried by the time a fisherman gets to the next body of water, thus killing any aquatic life that may be clinging to it. With felt soles, aquatic life can survive for a good lenght of time before it dries and a new body of water is fished. The push for these rubber soles have caused wading boot manufactures to come up with a eco friendly model that performs well in slippery conditions, which are the norm.

  1. Pros of Rubber Soled Wading Boots
    • comfortable, like wearing regular boots
    • do not transport non-native invasive species from one fishery to the next
    • longer life span than felt soled boots
    • soles developed to perform well on slippery surfaces
    • good traction on rocks and gravel
    • do not collect dirt or other debris near as much as felt soles
    • great for getting in and out of boats and vehicles
    • great for walking, similar to a hiking boot
  2. Cons of Rubber Soled Wading Boots
    • not as good of grip on slippery surfaces as felt soles

Screw in Cleats

One option to give a person better tration is to use screw in cleats. Screw in cleats can be used on both flet and rubber soled boots, giving them more traction. while it sounds like they are the way to go, there are some situations where screw in cleats are not the right item to have. Fortunately they can be removed if need be.

  1. Pros of Screw in Cleats
    • improved traction on slippery surfaces
    • cleats can be unscrewed if they are not needed
  2. Cons of Screw in Cleats
    • not good for inside of boats and can damage rubber rafts
    • makes large dry rocks even more slick
    • noisey - steel on rocks

There are other variations of each boot, and each manufacture's products are going to have slightly different results. Felt provide the best traction in the most situations and are good for getting out of a boat, but there are the down falls. Infact, some say that one day there will be restrictions on felt soled boots due to non-native species conflict. Therefor it might be wise to go with the ruber soled model, and if a liitle better traction is neesed, you can screw in a couple of cleats.