Having the right wading boots is important before you hit the stream. If you don't have good traction you are asking for something bad to happen. You need great grip, which comes from the sole of the boot. In addition to having good boots, some of the other equipment you will need is a
fly fishing flies
fishing vests and gear
sunglasses and apparel.
I recommend several online stores for fly fishing equipment. If you are looking for great prices start with Amazon. I have put some of their most popular items in my
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Here are some things to consider before buying WADING BOOTS.
They need to be comfortable. So this means they need to fit properly. You don’t want them to be too loose or too snug. You want them to feel like a regular pair of shoes. You also want them to be easy to put on or take off.
A felt sole will help you grip the wet rocks. Studded felt soles are also available, and they have an even bigger advantage in gripping over the regular felt soles. However, many guides will not allow this type into their drift boats. If you never plan on fly-fishing from a drift boat then the studded felt soles are probably a better choice then the regular felt sole.
Many manufactures are producing a rubber sole that has been strategically siped for traction. This was created to help protect the ecology by limiting what we bring into a different ecosystem, and still provide great grip. This type can be completely rinsed clean before taking them into a new body of water. You cannot do that with the felt sole type.
A good pair will have small openings to allow quick water drainage but still be able to keep out small stones and debris.
You want them to be durable, and you should focus on those that are manufactured to be durable more than eye-catching. They should also have quality stitching, and quality will come at a price.
If you spend too little you will find yourself replacing them over and over. A pair of quality wading boots will cost $100 or more and last several seasons. They will benefit you most in the long run because of durability and function.
In addition to my FLY SHOP, here are some other suggestions of Where to purchase.
Cabela's Buyer's Guides is a complete on-line store that you can purchase any fishing supplies, apparel and artwork. Click on the Wading Boot picture below to see Cabela's many options for boots and other fly fishing gear. The boots pictured retail for $129.99
These are the boots that I Recommend!
Boots with great footing features StreamTread traction soles with Vibram Idrogrip technology. The soles meet fast water head-on and provide wading confidence. Gusseted tongues and padded collars make them easy to put on. Molded internal heel and toe counters. EVA wedge with rubber insoles. Neoprene-lined. Drain holes. Speed-lacing system. Molded HardBite Stud receptacles.
Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
This is a complete on-line store as well. The boots below are available from Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters. Click on picture to read more about them or to see what else is available from Leland. These boots are great options!
Sierra Trading Post: Save 35-70% on Outdoor Gear and Apparel. This is an on line store that has some fly fishing equipment and apparel but there is limited selection. If you were on a limited budget this would be a good place to look.
Various Fly Shops and Bait Shops listed on the fly-fishing by state pages. This would be a great place to go to talk to someone face to face that is knowledgeable of the area and can make recommendations that would fit your budget. If you are looking for fly fishing flies and other tools and accessories then you should go to Big Fly Co. This is where I get my flies, tippet, leader and tools. Premium fishing flies from 45 cents each. They also provide free shipping for qualifying orders.....it is easy to qualify.
Leave the wading boots find a place to fish.