Freshwater waders for salt?

LimerickShaw

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How many of you use your freshwater waders to wade in the salt water? it's schoolie/striper season in my parts and I'm thinking of trying to throw some flies for them (might be a futile effort given my casting ability but whatever) and I want to go to a beach where I'd likely need to wade in at least a little bit. The thing is I don't want the salt to kill my gear. I live in an apartment so I don't have a hose i can use to spray down my gear. Normally when I come back from a freshwater trip I take a bucket of water and pour it on my waders/boots. I'm sure i can do the same when I come back from salt but I have concerns about really getting it all off. Do most of you use the same pair or do you use separate?
 

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I don't guess I have ever really considered waders specific to salt or fresh. I would be more concerned about any metal on your boots or elsewhere. I think a good rinsing in the sink would be more than sufficient.
 

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I only have one pair of waders, so they get used in fresh and salt water. I rinse my boots down but seldom rinse off the waders. Doesn't seemed to have caused any damage.
 

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You can do that but keep in mind that in the surf and other places with sandy bottoms it going to kick up a lot of sand and a lotof that sand is going to go into your shoes. Gators or not.
I used to duct tape my gators to the top of my shoes, but even that didn't work.
That's why I have bootfoot waders just for the salt
You should give it a try with your regular stocking foots and boots, but understand if you're really going to get into it, there is a better alternative.
 

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My waders cover me in all water environments; freshwater, brackish water (duck hunting), and saltwater wade fishing (mostly bays). I do rinse my waders and boots after brackish and saltwater trips, and most of the time after freshwater trips.
 

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I've never heard of freshwater waders before, but Rip Tide is right about bootfoot being a better selection in sand.
 

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I've never heard of freshwater waders before, but Rip Tide is right about bootfoot being a better selection in sand.
Ha! i didn't mean specifically designed for freshwater just ones that I use for freshwater. I contemplated buying a cheaper pair of boot foot but may just use my stocking foot a couple of times before I purchase to make sure hunting for stripers on the fly is something i'm going to do each year.
 

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You may want your wool undies too. iirc your coastal water would be ice if not for the salt content.
 

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I use my Orvis zipper front waders for both fresh and salt water. I make sure to hose them down good when I get back home from the salt. No problems after a few years of doing this-
 
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