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    I have picked up some valuable info when I asked about waders and the best ones to buy but I am interested to know if the majority of owners wear their waders from the house or from the car to their favorite spot. Are waders comfortable enough to wear in the car while driving from fishing spot to spot, which is sometimes 30 to 45 minutes. The off and on business would seem to be a real pain. What do people do?

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    I'll wear mine in the car between fishing spots. Comfortable might be stretching it but it's fine. If I'm driving far enough to want something really comfortable I'd just take them off anyways.
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    I generally put them on once I reach my first spot for the day and then keep them on until I get home. I guess at the end of a long day fishing, I just want to get home.
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    If it is pouring or snowing really hard, I will put them on at home. I have never been uncomfortable in them while driving.

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    Author, Dave Hughes, wrote the following in one of his angling books, An Angler's Astoria, on flyfishing:

    Do not expect to know it all at once. Take the time to learn the rivers, and the fish and this new way of taking them. Above all, learn to pee before you put on your waders. It will save much discomfort later in the day.

    I have a different enjoyable ritual for immediately after I take my waders off. Cheers!

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    I will drive between areas wearing them, but thatís not all that common here. We tend to walk in a half hour to two hours and fish our way back out. Often hiking in with our wading boots and waders in a day pack. About half the year, we wet wade in flats pants and wading boots.

    One little tip that might save you some heartache someday, depending on the areas you intend to fish. Think about pulling over some place well away from your intended fishing access area then wader up and rig up there. Then drive the rest of the way to your fishing desitination...grab your gear and go.

    Some anglers take an inordinate amount of time rigging and wadering up, with rod tubes and gear bags laying about the ground and vehicle. This acts as a prolonged advertisement of whatís in your vehicle to bad guys who might be watching known parking areas that anglers frequent. It also serves to give them a pretty idea that you wonít be coming back to the vehicle any time soon

    Grab and goÖ..avoid an audience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dillon View Post
    Author, Dave Hughes, wrote the following in one of his angling books, An Angler's Astoria, on flyfishing:

    Do not expect to know it all at once. Take the time to learn the rivers, and the fish and this new way of taking them. Above all, learn to pee before you put on your waders. It will save much discomfort later in the day.

    I have a different enjoyable ritual for immediately after I take my waders off. Cheers!
    I sooooo hear you. Taking a 'wizz' on the river bank is no big deal,** other 'issues' take some pre-planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trout trekker View Post
    I will drive between areas wearing them, but thatís not all that common here. We tend to walk in a half hour to two hours and fish our way back out. Often hiking in with our wading boots and waders in a day pack. About half the year, we wet wade in flats pants and wading boots.

    One little tip that might save you some heartache someday, depending on the areas you intend to fish. Think about pulling over some place well away from your intended fishing access area then wader up and rig up there. Then drive the rest of the way to your fishing desitination...grab your gear and go.

    Some anglers take an inordinate amount of time rigging and wadering up, with rod tubes and gear bags laying about the ground and vehicle. This acts as a prolonged advertisement of whatís in your vehicle to bad guys who might be watching known parking areas that anglers frequent. It also serves to give them a pretty idea that you wonít be coming back to the vehicle any time soon

    Grab and goÖ..avoid an audience.
    TT
    Great advise, as a newbie to fly fishing, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks Trout

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    TT's advise is solid. That's pretty much how I do it too but it also depends on how many days I'm fishing.

    I've got a 2 hour drive for steelhead and I'll often stay over a few days. I'm usually the first one there and have my fishing pack all loaded up before I get there. I've got my base layers on under street clothes so throw on other layers, waders/boots, lace up the rod and I'm on my way. When I have a day trip, I'll sometimes pull into a rest stop and get my waders on before I get there and change afterwards.

    Once I'm to my destination for a few days of fishing, it's easy. I get ready at the model, drive to my location then lace the rod up and I'm ready to hike. I also leave my boots on between spots. They come off only at the end of the day. This is one of the reasons I value a comfortable pair of waders. Breathability and fit are essential for me.

    The trout/smallmouth streams I fish are local enough and there is plenty of isolation for me to change in/out of wading gear. I pull the cover over the cargo area of my Jeep before I head out. Always. Rod tubes bags, everything goes back there.
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    All good advice but one thing hasn't been mentioned. If you get into the habit of always waiting until at the river to put the waders on, there is a much higher risk of stepping on a sharp rock or small piece of glass and puncturing them.

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