Your rod, reel and line and all essential equipment for fly fishing. Waders are not “essentia”l 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.
The wader material type dictates the cost. Rubber or Neoprene waders are low cost options but are not “breathable”. You will sweat like crazy on a hot day and the moisture will have no where to go. The top of the line waders are made of GoreTex and are breathable.. Even though you may be submerged, body moisture can escape through the material keep in you dry and confortable.
There are different boot options for waders. Some waders have built in boots while others are called “stockingfoot” with no boots. We recommend stocking foot waders because they provide options for different boots depending on your type of fishing. You may want to use different boots for streams, lake, or other type of fishing. Stockingfoot waders provide that flexibility.
When it comes to waders, you definitely get what you pay for. More expensive waders use higher quality materials that will last and are usually backed by a manufacturers warrenty. Cheap waders will crack, leak at seems, or puncture easily.
Recommended fly fishing waders:
Orvis has introduced this new versatile wader that does bonds material edges together rather than stitching. This provides improved durability and keeps the waders from leaking through seems. They are converatable from chest to hip waders. One great feature is the internal dry compartment to keep your wallet, phone, or keyes protected in case you fall.
Orvis has also produces a video for more information (click here for video).
Some consider Simms waders simply the best wader available. The Headwater waders are made of 3 layers of GorTex for strength and durability. Simms warranty is second to none. These are not inexpensive waders, costing about $280. but will be the only pair you will need to buy.