Orvis Fly Fishing
How Many Studs Should I Add To My Wading Boot?
For the fisherman that primarily is wading, adding studs to your boot is something that should top your list when it comes to wading safety. Both felt and rubber wading boots could use a helping hand when it comes to extra traction. Let's face it, rivers are slick and dangerous, and wading around can be tough even under the easiest of substrate conditions. Adding studs to your boot helps to give you that little extra bite when it comes to wading traction and safety.
Most boots do not come pre-studded with metal studs because the placement and number of studs depends largely upon the personal preference of the angler and their own wading needs. However, boots may come pre-studded which may not be a bad place to start out if you want to see for yourself if studs really make a difference (trust us, they do!). Here are some things to consider when placing studs on your boot.
There are a few things about studs that should be considered
When you are placing studs in your boot, you can use a power drill on a very low speed and torque setting. Do not try to just drill the studs into the sole quickly, go slow and steady and make sure you are installing them perpendicular to the sole of the boot. A stud that's been placed at an angle will surely come out after some use. Studs put in perfectly straight and slowly should last for many fishing sessions. If the demanding nature of wading is taking away from your fishing experience, spend the time studding up your boots and you may be amazed at the difference it can create. Safety is number one while on the water, and some well-placed studs on your boot could mean the difference between a day spent fishing and a day spent drying out on the banks after a swim.
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