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    Default Drying Wading Boots

    Wondered how you all dry your wading boots in the winter. I went fishing Tuesday. Got home and put my waders and boots in the garage. It's Friday and the boots are still pretty wet. I'm afraid they'll mildew (haven't yet). Did a search and got a few ideas, but it didn't really cover how people do it on a routine basis. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    Jimmie: I don't have a very good answer, I use the garage in the summer and fall and in the winter, the few times I get out I bring them in the utility room until they get dry (very understanding wife).

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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    I just let mine air dry. I don't worry about my boots rotting out to mildew.

    If you want to dry out your boots inside and out, try this. Stuff some newspaper into your boots. This will take care of the moisture on the inside. Now position your boots so the felt soles are up. Use a plain electric motor fan to blow air on them. The circulation air will dry out any moisture in the felt. Your boots will be dry within a day.

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    I put mine in front of a ceramic electric heater for a bit in the garage and it usually does the trick.
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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    There are boot dryers that send a low level of heat into the boot. Cabelas has several models and I am sure other companies that sell outdoor products also have them. I used to put them in front of a fan, but the boot dryer is more efficient.

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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    Every time I come back from fishing I clean my boots outside and instde with the water hose and let them dry out,I always wet them before fishing too...it's far easier to put them on

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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Jimmie: I don't have a very good answer, I use the garage in the summer and fall and in the winter, the few times I get out I bring them in the utility room until they get dry (very understanding wife).

    Larry
    I do the same.....LOVE MY WIFE...she puts up with my obsession ...I also have a squirt bottle with a bleach water mix I spray on the boots...mostly on the felt.
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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    I flop mine next to the furnace. Cedar chips are supposed to help take away moisture, but I've never tried it with my boots.

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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    I recommend staying away from heat, especially if they're leather.

    Air circulation will help, and the newspaper idea sounds good as well. I would think you'd want to do that first, then pull it out after a day or two so the inside can finish drying out. That might also be the perfect time to lay them over on their side so the sole can dry out (if felt).
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    Default Re: Drying Wading Boots

    Hi Everyone,

    In Alaska when we flew out to fish or when bear hunting with hiking boots, I would stuff the waders or boots with news paper each night. I hated to put cold boots or waders on the next morning. Leave the news paper out the next day to dry and reuse again that night.

    With stocking feet you can pull the leg inside out except for the foot. The Foot would dry much faster with the leg folded down to the foot. Stuff the foot with paper and dry the inside of the leg. If the out side doesn't dry it is not a problem. Its going to get wet the next day anyway.

    I agree with Cliff, stay away from heat. Warm air is OK but if it makes the rubber hot to the touch, don't do it.

    Frank

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