Orvis Fly Fishing
How Do I Pick A Pair Of Fishing Waders?
Fishing waders can be as varied as any other piece of clothing. Since there are no standard measurements, a Medium from one brand often fits different than a Medium offered by another. That’s why buying waders without trying them on first, or without having any experience with a certain brand, could mean trouble. And in this case, trouble is a pair of waders that don’t fit right, are uncomfortable, and inhibit basic motions like kneeling and bending over.
To select a pair of waders:
Neoprene or breathable?
Neoprene is thick insulating material commonly found in wetsuits to provides warmth in cold water. The application is the same for neoprene waders. The fabric’s thick-walled material provides insulation for your body and helps anglers in extremely cold temperatures withstand hours in the water. With the right neoprene waders on, you can stay warm and dry through blizzards and arctic-like temperatures.
Breathable waders are made from a thinner waterproof material, closer to a rain jacket than a wetsuit. They’re preferred by most anglers because they’re versatile. You can layer for cold weather and in turn keep it light in summer months so you don’t over sweat or get too clammy. But stay away from cotton base layers as they do not allow your body to breath and you will build up perspiration and therefor dampness under your waders.
Breathable waders are beneficial because they let out some of your body heat and keep you dry and cool. This is great in warmer weather. In these conditions, neoprene waders can become sweaty and clammy. You’d be sweating a ton in neoprene waders in early August or in a high Wyoming sun.
Boot foot or stocking foot?
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