The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2010, 12:39 PM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,426
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Entry Level Waders - Advice Needed

I am not up to date with all of the waders on the market but will add my thoughts. Unless you are the type of person who loses interest quickly in challenging things do not take your wader purchase lightly. The sweet taste of a bargain can quickly go bitter if the item fails. When selecting outdoor gear I have often delayed an acquisition in order to save up the funds so that I could get the most rugged items on the market. Haste makes waste is a saying that has earned its place in our culture. Rather to wait for one good piece of gear as opposed to throwing money at products that may disappoint you.

Find a shop who sells quality waders and who will stand behind the product. In the past I have owned Orvis waders and when I had a problem the dealer was 100% behind the product. A good (successful) shop will be there for you if the seams leak in the first year. If you buy a cheap wader and only use them a few times per year by the time you discover they are not good they will be long since out of any warranty coverage that they may have have had. Good waders should give you 6-8 years of service unless you really tear them up.

Ard
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2010, 02:25 PM
sxm sxm is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 71
sxm has a spectacular aura aboutsxm has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Entry Level Waders - Advice Needed

Here is another thread on waders.

Value priced waders and boots?

I'll still go with my L.L. Bean emerger bootfoot.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2010, 02:40 PM
fishalong's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bozeman Montana
Posts: 63
fishalong is a glorious beacon of lightfishalong is a glorious beacon of lightfishalong is a glorious beacon of lightfishalong is a glorious beacon of lightfishalong is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Entry Level Waders - Advice Needed

If you aren't comfortable walking across rocks in a fast moving current, then buy neoprene waders, or waders that aren't baggy and can be fastened at the top. That way if you fall in the water you won't fill up and sink to the bottom. Happened to me when I was 12 in the middle of the Gallatin River in the canyon. It was a horrible experience, ever since then I only wear waders that are either neoprene or tight enough not to let any water in if I go down.

If you are planning on fishing water that is low and not usually too cold, just rock neoprene socks and fishing boots. That's how I fish the majority of the year, and I am in Montana where the water is usually pretty cold.

When I use waders I always use Simms, granted the simms shop is only a few blocks from my house, so I might be a bit biased.
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2010, 06:29 PM
bjweller's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 127
bjweller has a spectacular aura aboutbjweller has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Entry Level Waders - Advice Needed

I bought a pair of Simms freestones and I really like them. I fish a lot and beat them up pretty good. I recently had to patch them after about 18 months and the seal has held perfectly. I will buy another pair once these are shot.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB: Entry level salt-water reel 8/9/10 lifeonthefly Fly Fishing Tackle Member Classifieds 3 03-16-2010 10:11 AM
steelheading advice needed thonyb Pacific Northwest 5 02-05-2010 08:08 AM
line advice needed lefty2 Fly Lines 14 01-18-2010 06:17 PM
Beginner advice needed googoo Coldwater Fly Fishing 2 09-06-2008 09:31 PM
Inflatable PFD Advice Needed zerolimit General Discussion 13 08-11-2007 10:25 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.