Fishing remains one of America’s favorite outdoor activities. In 2018, at least 49.4 million Americans from the age of 6 y/o went into fishing, spending an average of 17.9 days. Freshwater fishing is still the most preferred type of fishing compared to saltwater fishing and fly fishing.
One of the basic needs when going to fish in freshwaters is a pair of fishing waders. Waders will not only make you comfortable in the water, but it can also make it a safer experience. When choosing the best fishing waders, here’s what you should consider.
Fishing Wader Type
Fishing waders come in many designs, but the most common types are the hip, waist, and chest-high waders. Hip waders are suitable for shallow streams and ponds. They are a pair of wading boots that reaches until the hip. It can be the least expensive and can be the most comfortable to use among all the other types of fishing waders.
Chest High waders reaches until the chest and can be the most versatile among the three types. You can use it in shallow parts as well as in deeper portions of a river or lake. They are also suitable when the weather is cold as it can provide warmth to your body while in deep and cold waters.
Waders made from rubber and waxed canvass are now becoming obsolete. The more commonly used waders today are made from neoprene and breathable materials like Gore Tex and Toray. Neoprene is a popular choice because it is lightweight. However, thinner neoprene waders are easy to wear and tear. Thicker neoprene waders are bulkier and warmer. These kinds of waders become brittle over time, which makes it less suitable for long term use.
Breathable fabrics have become the most preferred materials for making fishing waders because of the superior comfort that they bestow to anglers. While they prevent water from seeping in, they allow sweat and moisture to pass through. The best thing about breathable waders is that you can add or remove clothing to suit the climate.
While waders may come with boots attached, the more popular version these days is to purchase a different set of fishing boots called stocking foot waders. Their advantage is that they provide more traction and stability. They may also help you prevent slips. Fishing footwear can be felt, rubber, or studded soles. You must be wearing this footwear if you are an angler who still walks around after fishing.