Hello all, I am not flyfisherman, but an avid angler, mainly bass. I have recently gotten hooked into river fishing the past two years and have gone out about 15-20 times a year and have wet waded each time. I figured it's time I invested in some waders and who to better ask then fly-fishermen.
I am in the Chicago area so besides the early spring and late fall, the water tends to be pretty warm. I have hit spots where the water gets above my waist, but mostly fishing in knee to thigh high waters. The river bottoms are pretty easy to maneuver, meaning no slippery rocks to deal with and not very muddy/silty.
I want to invest in breathable waders since most of my fishing will be done in the warmer months and I feel I can always layer up in colder times. I have asked for gift cards to Cabela's from everyone for Xmas so I will purchase my waders from them.
The three I have in mind are:
1) Cabela's Guide Tech Stockingfoot Waders, normally $199, but on sale at $179.
Cabela's: Cabela's Guide Tech™ Stockingfoot Waders – Regular
2) Simms Headwater Chest waders, $299
Cabela's: Simms Headwaters Chest Waders
3) Cabela's Guidewear Pro SBT, $249
Cabela's: Cabela's Guidewear Pro SBT Waders
The first Cabela's one seems to be a great bargain at $179 so I am leaning towards that. I am not sure about the more expensive Cabela's one, because then I'd might as well purchase the Simms which is only $50 more.
$300 vs. $180 is a pretty big swing considering I can get a pair of waders and boots for the price of the Simms waders alone.
Now, I am all about quality and don't mind paying for something if I feel it's worth it. I own a numbers $300+ reels and rods, but I personally don't see the need to purchase the $500+ reels and rods. I am more than satisfied with what I have. I am wondering if it's the same with waders and if people feel the same way. Remember, I only visit the river about 15-20 times a year so it's not gonna get too abused. Hell, even on the really hot days, I will probably still wet wade it.
I don't think I can go wrong either way, I know Cabela's stands behind their products so should anything happen to them, I feel pretty confident that I can always return them for a new pair. However, I have read so many good things about the Simms brand, normally about the G3's and G4's, but only positive comments about their products.
I know, a trivial question and a topic that has been discussed many times in this forum, but please help this bass angler decide on which waders to invest in.
Thanks for any help you guys can provide.
Happy New Years all.