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ohadicd 04-27-2004 12:37 AM

Ok, I have done the cheap combo and have now migrated to a real nice rod and reel, but the water is a bit cold...

There is always the debate over neopreme and breathable waders. Then when I go to the store, there are waders with attached boots, seperate boots, rubber, leather, and the options go on.

I live in Boise Idaho and would be fishing some mountain rivers and lakes. I would make a guess that the water temps will range from 45-55. I mainly am interested in streams for trout, but figure I would also like to be able to jump in a float tube in the future. Is there a wader I can start wading with and also use in a float tube when I can afford one?

Thanks in advance for the assistance.

roballen2 04-27-2004 01:21 AM

breathables and fleece.. better and WARMER than neoprene!! Even 5 mil bootfoots. WHy?? cause in cold conditions staying dry is the only way to stay warm. Neoprenes don't keep you dry on account of sweat.. Good breathables will breath even when submerged

ohadicd 04-27-2004 07:38 AM

Excellent. So "breathables" don't actually leak? They just wick away my moisture? How about the boots? I see they range from $80-300. I was looking at possibly Simms Freestone, but the $80 price gives me the fright of having to upgrade in not too long. Are they good enough for a beginner, but will provide enjoyment over time?

Now back to the waders, is there a style to consider if I want to wade and use in a float tube? Or do I have to have wading waders and a seperate floating wader? Seems like if I was going to use a float tube I would want the stocking feet right? Or will it leak when I put on flippers without boots?

flyfisha1 04-27-2004 08:23 AM

I wear my stocking-foot breathables with silk pants under 200-weight polar fleece in PA during the colder months of the year (i.e. the first few weeks after the majority of the ice is gone), and am always comfortable. I wear a couple of pairs of good wool hiking socks to keep my feet warm; they stay dry presumably as a factor of the wicking.
I was once interested in a pair of neoprenes for cold water, but I honestly don't think I need them. I may spring for a new pair of boots next year, as the Hodgman's I have aren't the most comfortable.

ohadicd 04-28-2004 10:19 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I got the middle of the line Orvis breathables and some Orvis boots with nice support and cleats. Now I just need to get out!!

Thanks again...

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