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: stockin waders?

05-09-2005, 03:30 PM

Are stocking waders supposed to fit over your pants? are they supposed to fit tight, like a wet suit?
would i benefit by getting a large size for more room to breath. i don't want the breathable waders now.


05-09-2005, 04:19 PM
They should fit comfortably over pants and not like a wet suit. Lots of fleece type wading pants out there for added insulation in colder water. When you are ready for a pair make sure you try them on with the socks you plan on wearing while fishing. When you size your boots make sure you try them on and they are not tight. You want a little room for circulation in your feet in order to keep them from freezing.

05-09-2005, 04:33 PM
what about nylon waders? if i'm "sitting" on my knees in a stream, is there a good chance that they will rip? i would only be using them in shallow stream water probably with rubber shoes.


05-09-2005, 04:37 PM
flgator, i don't understand, i read that neoprene waders are designed to fit snug to the body??? please explain...

05-09-2005, 06:48 PM
Stocking foot waders, gore tex or neoprene, should fit comfortably over your wading pants. You don't want a "body glove". I recommend that you find a local fly shop and stop in and talk with them and try on a pair of each and allow them to size them for you. Make sure when you try on your wading boots it is with your socks and waders on like you were getting ready to go and fish.

Another thing on waders. Like most things, you get what you pay for. I recommend you check out a pair of Dan Baileys (try www.redshedflyshop - site sponsor; carries them and has the best no nonsense approach to fly fishing of any shop I know). They are a good value for the money for sure. If you want to pay for Simms you could do that. However, I don't recommend you go cheap. You'll be very frustrated if you do.


05-09-2005, 06:52 PM
Regarding nylon waders and rubber shoes... Not really a good combination, especially the rubber shoes. You want felt soled wading boots. The felt has much better traction on slippery rocks. The only rubber type shoe I would even consider is the Aqua Stealth type rubber. The nylon type waders generally end up making you sweat so bad (because they don't breathe) you end up as wet inside as out.

Seriously, spend the money on a pair of Dan Baileys or Simms and get a pair of nice felt soled wading boots. Your knees and seat of your waders will hold up to the rigors of fishing and you will be much, much happier in the long run.


05-10-2005, 07:48 AM
Waders should be loose enough that you can easily get them over a pair of pants. I wear a pair of jeans and a pair of flannel pants underneath those, and my waders are still relatively loose. I have breathable waders, btw. You need room to move in them and room for air circulation.

Your best guide is to go by what the manufacturer recommends. They'll have a height/weight range each size is meant for on their website or in their catalog.