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: Wading Boots - Studs or no?

09-06-2004, 02:27 AM
I am somewhat of a rookie, and recently bought a pair of Simms wading boots, just to discover a bag of screws inside!!! Are these necessary? What's the point? :cool:

09-06-2004, 06:46 AM
Probably carbide screws to add grip to the soles. I have found studs to be better than just felt, but was recently schooled by the slime-rock savvy about the soft metal sandal cleats which are far and away superior to either or both.

The point is they add more traction, optional whether you want to use them or not. They do make your footsteps louder in the water however.

But don't wear them in your friend's driftboat!

09-06-2004, 09:38 AM
Well my non studded are on Ebay for sale. Juat got tired of sitting, or laying down in the river. Trying to do a handsand to get the water out of may waders and people laughing at me. Last time I had them rolled down as far as I could get them with my feet in the air and some rafters came by, they damn near fell out of their boat laughing.


09-06-2004, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the help - I think I'll give them a try!

09-07-2004, 08:31 AM
almost requires studded felt or sandles for some of the stretches and a wading staff can be very useful. So, it depends a bit on where you fish and if you mind swimming in waders.

09-15-2004, 01:56 AM
So what do yo guys do if you have studs but are in a drift boat? It would be tooo inconvenient to take them off and on,etc. Or do you get the Korkers and do it that way? I still think that would be a hassle. I lilke the floor of the Hyde over the fiberglas bottom of the Klack, but thats all I think Hyde has over a Klack.
Wonder if I should put some rubber flooring mats down in the Klack?


09-15-2004, 08:44 AM
you pointed out. Also, you can't wear them into the local fly shop.

I think the rubber mat would work great and quiet down things.

09-15-2004, 11:06 AM
Also, you can't wear them into the local fly shop.

You can wear your studs into the Red Shed Fly Shop. We like studs, wet waders, and river mud.

On reflection, maybe you don't think I have a "real" fly shop. :lildevl: :chuckle:

09-15-2004, 05:07 PM
OK OK Forgive me!!! I wasn't talking about family. I try to stop in and buy something every time I am in the area, so I know you have a good shop.

But even there I would be careful and check before coming in as studs can damage the flooring.

09-16-2004, 05:18 AM
hey man, jesus is my guide too. that's wonderful to meet another christian. i'm completely new to this site. i was wondering though, why on earth would you want to wear klunky funky boots in a boat in the first place? i'm usually going the uber-comfy route.

Jere Eshelman
09-16-2004, 08:02 AM
I bought a pair of stud protective rubbers that fit over my wading shoes to allow me to keep from having to take my boots off. The only thing that you have to do is to remember to take them off before re-entering the river. :chuckle:

09-16-2004, 08:42 AM
uzibear, most of the time the fishing, at least with a fly, is done wading and the boat provides transportation. On the Deschutes you cannot fish from a floating device, so you must be standing in the river or on the bank to fish. Rather than remove boots and replace boots multiple times per day they are just worn.

09-20-2004, 12:09 AM
Hello Uzi 9mm Bear, haha just kidding. Yeah, I'm a Jesus freak...

I wear studded felt bottom boots because I mainly do ALOT of Steelheading and wading across rivers,etc. I bought the Clack cause I've always wanted one and use it alot for transportation on the river AND fishing from the boat if I'm at the Yakima for trout or cutties on the Cowlitz. The rubber floor mats aren't a bad idea, gonna see how much they are at my work at the Home Depot.

Peter ><>