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Fishing Waders

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in Trout Fishing

A fisherman’s waders can be his best friend or worst enemy. If you’ve ever had a leak in your waders, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When you first think there’s a leak in your waders, you ignore it and hope it goes away, but invariably it doesn’t. It’s there and has to be dealt with, because there are few things worse than a pair of leaky waders. There are two main materials that waders are made out of, and they are really quite different. As a matter of fact, If you spend a lot of time wading in rivers fishing, you may want to consider having a pair of each kind. The two main materials are:

2) Neoprene Waders – Neoprene waders are also wonderful for fishing cold water and climate situations. Neoprene waders don’t let perspiration out, which can lead to dampness on the anglers’ legs. This type of wader is quite durable though and can stand up to quite a bit of abuse. I have a friend who’s had a pair of neoprene waders for over 15 years! Neoprene is without question his favorite and neoprene is usually less expensive than breathable waders.

3) Breathable Waders -On the cost scale these are the most expensive, but they are also by far the most comfortable. While neoprene waders are warm in cold weather/water, breathable waders can be just as warm, by layering clothes underneath. One of the great things about breathable waders is that they are cool in hot weather. When it’s hot outside, I just wear shorts under my breathable waders and am good to go. Breathable waders also “breath”, which means that they allow perspiration to escape from your body as you, sweat. This adds to the comfort factor as well. However, if you have to walk through a lot of brush and such while fishing, this material can tear easier than neoprene. Breathable waders are much less durable than Neoprene waders.

The bottom line is that a decent pair of waders is a must for anyone who spends time fishing rivers and streams. Although waders can be expensive, as long as you take care of them they will last for years. Remember to always store them properly. In case you don’t know that means upside down when they aren’t being used, and in the case of breathable waders, upside down and inside out when not in use.


What type of material your waders are made out of is up to you, depending on the type of fishing and time of year that you do most of your fishing. Both materials have their strong and weak points, and as I alluded to earlier, if you spend a lot of time wading, you may want to have a pair of both. That way you’ll be ready for anything mother nature or the fish have to throw at you.

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