If you have read my page on the benefits of breathable waders you will most likely be thinking about purchasing a pair. Waders are important, and accessories are available that make wearing them more comfortable. There are a few things that I would say are essential and others that just add to the experience. We will discuss breathable stocking foot wader accessories and you can decide if you need them or not.
Wading boot are required for stocking foot breathable waders and come in various forms. The main type difference is the sole. Over the years different sole materials have been used to help the fly fishing angler keep grip on the wet mossy rocks on a river bed which can be ridiculously slippery. One of the earlier types was felt sole which worked very well but had the tendency to become detached from the boots after several months of wear.
Felt soles now banned, well almost!
While fishing especially fly fishing it is always a good idea to wade in the water. This does come with the responsibility to check if the water is wadeable, for instance the bottom is within reach and not too rocky to make it dangerous. If the conditions are safe then wading does a number of things to help with your fly fishing and in this post we will discuss the benefits of breathable chest waders as well as other types of waders.
So why do we need waders anyway?
When fly fishing there are numerous hazards on the banking when casting therefore entering the water gives the angler the ability to avoid these. Waders will allow you to follow the river downstream through a pool or beat without having to move around trees or other hazards which takes time and can affect your catch rates.
The other benefit is that while fly fishing you need to cover trout to induce a take. Wading allows you to move about to cover these trout better especially in rivers where
wading out into the middle of the river will allow the fly to swim around in the current and sit on the dangle better for trout sitting mid stream.
The dangle is when the cast has completely swum around in the current to its holding position before the retrieve. This is only relevant in rivers because in still waters the cast will be straight out where you placed it and will not move very much.
Some people think wading will disturb trout and this is true if you are like a bull in the china shop but if you are careful and move stealthily trout will pass by very close to you. I have on many occasions been soaked by a trout that has jumped feet from me when I was in stealth mode. (more…)