Orvis Fly Fishing
How Long Do Waders Last And How Do I Repair Them?
When you pay good money for a piece of essential fishing gear, it should last a long time. Top-quality waders aren’t cheap. To help ensure you’ll get many seasons out of a pair of waders, here are some things to do.
One of the first rules of buying fly-fishing equipment is to look closely at the warranty. Good waders should be sturdy and tough and the company should stand behind the product and offer a good warranty and repair system. They should offer a good warranty, allow for returns and having a policy for repairs.
If you take care of your waders both during and after the fishing season and are careful about how you use them, they should last many years. Here are some on-the-water tricks to help prolong their life.
Patching waders 101
Just because a pair of waders has a hole in them doesn’t mean they’re destined for the trash. Even with the most careful hiking and wading, you’ll get tiny pin holes in your waders around the legs. With enough of these holes, your waders will leak. Follow these steps to repair everything from the tiniest pine holes to the largest tears.
For larger tears, you may need to use a patch to cover up missing material. If this is needed, you should contact the wader manufacturer and obtain the exact same wader material for the patch. Most waders come with small patches for this purpose. Always save the patches that come with a new pair of waders.
For quick, on-the-water repairs that can come from a tussle with barbed wire or a fall on a rock, Aquaseal isn’t an option because it takes so long to cure. To deal with this kind of damage, carry a small UV wader-repair resin. When your waders leak, this amazing substance cures in seconds in direct sunlight and could mean the difference between heading home early or staying out all day long. Keep in mind, though, you still need to let your waders dry before you apply the UV resin. Take a rest in the sun and relax a while before you start the patchwork.
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