Fly Fishing for Beginners - Waders

Your rod, reel and line and all essential equipment for fly fishing. Waders are not essential but they come darn near to it. Waders not only keep you dry from the water, but keep you warm from the elements above water as well. Fishing is an outdoor activity and the weather can change dramatically. Waders protect you from the wind, rain, snow, and anything else mother nature can throw at you.

Waders come in different styles, sizes, are made from different materials. They range in price from under $50 to over $500. Hip waders are made to cover your legs only. Chest waders are designed to cover you up to your chest. Shoulder straps or suspenders hold them up.

Recommended fly fishing waders:

Top of the Line - Simms Blackfoot Stockingfoot Waders

Good Value - Frogg Toggs Hellbender Breathable Stockingfoot Chest Waders Size: Medium

Basic Breathable Waders - Hodgman® Lakestream® Breathable Stockingfoot Waders

TIP: - When it comes to waders, you definitely get what you pay for -- Don't scrimp!

Waders also come with either built-in (integral) boots or with stocking feet. Stocking feet waders are used with wading shoes or boots. These are usually more comfortable than waders with integral boots.

Prices vary usually because of the material the waders are made from. Less expensive waders are made from rubber or neoprene. More expensive waders are made from breathable material like GORE-TEX. Both fabrics have their advantages and disadvantages.

Neoprene – Neoprene waders have been around for along time. Neoprene is a spongy, waterproof material and makes a great material for waders. Waders made of neoprene are designated by the thickness of the material. You want a thickness of 4 to 5 mills. Advantages of neoprene include: provide insulation from cold water, durability, and low cost. The major disadvantages of neoprene waders are that they do not “breath” so body moisture cannot escape. This is a problem not only hot days but cold as well. Even on cold days your body produces sweat creating moisture inside your waders. This trapped moisture can dampen clothing under your waders and chill you. Neoprene waders are fairly bulky so it is harder to maneuver around rock, logs, and other obstacles.

Breathable Fabrics – Waders are also made from breathable material like GORE-TEX. These materials keep the water out but allow moisture from your body to escape through the material. The fabric is much thinner than neoprene which allows easier maneuverability. They are not as durable as neoprene but small holes or leaks can be repaired easily. Because they are made from a thin material, they do not provide much insulation. You can wear fleece pants or other material to stay warm though. Breathable waders cost $100 to over $500.