Thursday, September 15, 2011

Introduction To Fly Fishing Waders



Below are talking points from my most recent podcast, series 1 episode 26, an introduction to waders.

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  1. Two types
  2. History
  3. Protection
  4. Features
  5. Purchasing
  6. Extra info

Membranes:
  1. Permeable- material that allows molecules to pass through it
  2. Non-permeamble or Impermeable - material that DOES NOT allow molecules to pass through it

Two types
  1. Breathable - permeable, allows water vapor to pass through. More expensive.
  2. Neoprene – stretchable synthetic rubber. Less expensive. Impermeable

2. History
  • Stonewall Jackson and the invention of waders- vulcanized rubber
  • Rubber
  • Neoprene
  • Breathable
3. Protection
  • Water – temperature, pollution
  • Cold water and weather
  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Wind
  • Plants – thorns, chemicals, nettles
4. Features – what makes one wader different from the other. Including price.


  • Belts
  • Boot foot
  • Durability
  • Fart smell
  • Foot bootie molding/shape
  • Gravel guards
  • Shoe lace latch on gravel guard
  • Pockets inside and outside
  • Puncture-ability
  • Stitching – seams welding process proprietary by orvis
  • Stocking foot
  • Straps –how and where they attach
5. Purchasing:
  • Bells and whistles
  • How often will you wear them
  • Boot foot vs. stocking
  • Felt vs. rubber
  • Rubber studded
  • Felt studded
  • Boa laces vs. rope (freeze)
  • Size up for winter
  • Shoe size
  • Body size
  • Tall vs. short
  • Big boobs, wide hips

6. Extra Information:
  • Falling in and filling up – does not make you sink. Belt will help keep water out
  • How to dry – open up. Put newspaper in boots
  • Storage – not in sunlight. UV light will degrade.
  • Maintenance –rolled up. Scrub to keep membrane clean
  • Patching holes detected by flashlight, alcohol, or soapy water
  • Aquaseal vs uv patch
  • Layering underneath

Brands:
  • Orvis
  • Cabelas
  • Dan Bailey's
  • Reddington
  • Patagonia
  • Simms
  • Hodgeman

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