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chauncey 02-03-2013 08:59 PM

Storing waders and boots
 
So I got a pair of g4s and guide boots for christmas and ive just kept them in the taco bag I got with them. Is that ok? What do you guys do after you use them? Hang them up in the garage and let them dry? Then put them back in the bag?

jaybo41 02-03-2013 09:05 PM

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You'll be fine keeping them in the bag once they're dry. Take the time and let them dry completely. Inside first, then flip em and let the outside dry. I hang mine up on a coat rack. If you can let the feet touch the ground it will help keep stress off of the bootie seams.

comeonavs 02-03-2013 09:08 PM

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Just what Jaybo said.

I'm a little neurotic about spreading bugs so I wash my boots in hot water when I get home and leave them to dry in the laundry room. Then in the great bag they go when dry.

chased 02-03-2013 09:09 PM

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When I get home from a day on the water, I give them a good spray off with the hose, then hang them in the garage to dry. Usually by the time they are dry, I am ready to go fishing again so I never really "store" them. Sometime I will bring them in the house and hang them up in a closet if I am not going fishing any time soon since my garage isn't heated. Don't know if it's true, but someone told me not to wad or fold them up for long periods of time or leave them in a hot car. I usually just throw them in the car and go since I don't have a fancy bag to put them in.

Hopefully some other people will chime in and let us know how they do it, I am also curious to know....

-Chase

jaybo41 02-03-2013 09:31 PM

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Once they're dry, ROLL them up and keep them in your house until you need them.

As for the boots, I wash the dirt off of mine with hot water and give them a scrub with dish soap and a boot brush, then thoroughly rise and let dry. In the sun if possible. I especially do this if I'm fishing different waters the next time I go out.

williamhj 02-03-2013 09:47 PM

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I have a nice little set-up in the garage. I bought a short section of wire shelving that I mounted above head level. I put my boots on that so that air can circulate on all sides of them. Put them upside down then flip the right side up a bit later. Have a couple of padded hooks on the wall where I hang the waders to let them dry out after fishing.

Thankfully here in Colorado it doesn't take too long to dry. Back in the Midwest in the summer... that humidity made it a bit harder.

littledavid123 02-03-2013 09:49 PM

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I hang them in the laundry room for one day and then hang in the closet. I don't let the toes touch the ground, we have the brown recluse spider in the south and they like dark undisturbed areas to hide, always check my boots before putting them on also. Actually found one in a pair of shoes once...:eek:

Dave

chauncey 02-03-2013 09:51 PM

Re: Storing waders and boots
 
One more question, I'm going to be up in Glenwood springs in a few weeks to fish and ski and I will probably be in the frying pan and roaring fork (I wont be fishing the pan too far from basalt - probably just through town). Do you guys wash your waders if you are fishing 2 different rivers even if they flow into each other? Does that make sense?

comeonavs 02-03-2013 09:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chauncey (Post 523242)
One more question, I'm going to be up in Glenwood springs in a few weeks to fish and ski and I will probably be in the frying pan and roaring fork (I wont be fishing the pan too far from basalt - probably just through town). Do you guys wash your waders if you are fishing 2 different rivers even if they flow into each other? Does that make sense?

I try to wash then when fishing different rivers , but if it isn't possible I don't sweat it to much. If you are staying in a hotel, a quick rinse in the shower is better than nothing.

Like I said I'm pretty neurotic about it, where as my buddies never do it.

fly_guy12955 02-03-2013 10:55 PM

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After all is right in my mind that they are dry, i hang them with two plastic coat hangers in my dark walk in. Not each one single but laying horizontal thur two coat hangers with about a foot hanging off each end/hanger. I thought,,as the gent said,,that taking stress off of them might be a good thing for the seams. I'll get paranoid about them being in one position sometimes and rotate them. That's just OCD I guess lol
But good waders are a big investment for me,,and I 'try' to take the best care of them that I understand how.


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