It has been awhile since I have posted but have had a question in the back of my mind throughout the year which is whether or not to put studs into my Simms Riversheds, streamtred version. I am leaning towards yes.
I have seen threads on studding wading boots and have read all sorts of useful information but I was looking for a bit more info and wanted to share some thoughts on the topic. These boots are way better then felt when hiking into a spot and aren't too bad when wading. The only complaint I have is that when the rocks get a bit slimy the traction falters. A few places I fish have some rocks that are covered in a thin film that is really slippery, combine that with some faster running water and it gets a bit tricky. I was thinking about putting sheet metal screws in as a suggestion from what I have read on here. I get the idea that 1/4 X 1/4 would work or 1/4 X 1/2. Not sure which one to go with but I am assuming this would depend on my tread thickness. I am thinking that I will not put too many in but was wondering what patterns would work the best, I was thinking about something like on the left as found here: Simms Fishing Products -- StreamTread Sole Technology
I have read to either go with aluminum or steel depending on which you prefer. My thoughts are with the steel. Now I have no idea what type of steel sheet metal screws are made of but it would be possible to harden them if they are the right type. Now the best steel would be a medium carbon steel, 0.4% to 0.6% carbon, not sure if this is something you can find on the label. The process would involve heating the screw heads with a torch and then after a bit of time, been a while since I have done any of this so not sure here but it would be red hot, you drop the screw, VERY CAREFULLY, into a bucket of water. The process will harden the surface making the studs a bit more resistant to wear, although a bit more brittle. Now the trick would be to have a proper setup and a good way to move the screws as you really don't want a red hot screw to touch your skin.
More info on hardening can be found here if you feel any need to check it out, it is also the site I used for the above information: Heat Treatments: Hardening: Selective
Just thought I would share, maybe someone has done this. Oh and contrary to what some people think studs should not scare fish any more then someone splashing around and walking around. The high pitched sound of a stud scrapping on a rock would not travel through the water as well as a low frequency sound, from what I remember from physics. Plus fish are better at sensing low frequency sound so movement and the thud of a step are a much larger concern then the scrapping sound. Not sure of peoples opinions on this but I thought I would throw that out while at it.
Looks like a long post so I will cut it there.