There is nothing more satisfying than walking out into a fast river or the shore line in a pair of the best fishing waders waders. being out there, in the water and staying bone dry is just the best – well it is to me!
Waders are used for a number of reasons by anglers. From collecting prawns to use as Salmon or Bass bait to fly fishing in a river, hunting down wild brownies in their natural environment, or even cleaning out the pond.
Waders seem to come in two types, crap (they leak) and great (they keep you dry). There is nothing worse than slowly inching your way into the water to feel a freezing cold leak right next to your crotch! it quickly spoils any fishing session.
Seams are the usual place a wader will break down and the crotch and legging to boot areas are the weakest joints in my opinion. In-fact the crotch is where most of mine have broken down and caused me problems.
The cold can also be a factor. Really cold water without enough insulation can chill the legs very quickly. It’s all to do with the greater density of water than air and the heat transfer coefficient.
Anyway, we are looking for good quality waders that wont let go on the first use and are likely to last you for a while so you get some value out of your money. The more you spend, generally the more technical and long lasting the clothing.
Lets take a ganders of a few pairs that I like:
Michigan 100% Waterproof Olive Nylon Fishing Chest Waders with Belt Sizes 6 – 12
This is a cheaper pair of waders & I have a pair of these for what I call heavy duty work. Stuff like bait digging, crabbing and netting prawns when I often come into contact with rocks and other submerged objects which scuff the fabric and create weak points (I have a couple of patches on mine).
For the money they are great and I have noticed they have over 140 4-5 star reviews on amazon.co.uk. Hard wearing and they keep the water the right side! They are a little bit cold though and I often wear some fleece type trackie bottoms underneath to help insulate and keep the warmth in.
These waders are made from 79D nylon fabric and have taped seams as well as well fitting, supported boots to prevent slippage!
The waist has elasticated panels helping the waders fit and not bag too much as well as a robust clip shut belt. The fit is further enhanced with elasticated braces, keeping the waders held up and comfortable. Please note they are attached with a quick release clip so you can release them if you get into difficulty. To the front is a large pocket, ideal for keeping tackle in or even you sarnies!
Bison 4mm Neoprene Chest Waders – With FREE Phone Dry bag and Studs.
If you have a bit more money in the bank, I would suggest you have a hard think about these!!
Neoprene provides a very warm environment, even in the coldest UK waters. Neoprene also tend to be less sweaty than traditional PVC / Nylon waders and a lot more flexible and comfortable – you pay a bit more for the comfort.
There are more expensive neoprene versions but when it comes to great value for money you will no go wrong with these.
Strong stitching keeps these waders together and watertight. The very adjustable shoulder straps provide real comfort – needed when you wear them all day.
The front pocket is huge and offers plenty of storage for lures, flies or rigs as well as your mobile. Don’t forget these now come with a free phone dry bag (I haven’t seen this to remark).
The studs, used wisely (not to many) will give you extra grip while fishing, especially over green rocks. Always make sure of your footing before moving the next leg!