Monday, December 26, 2011

Outdoor Tip- Warm Feet in Waders

Ok, this is a quick tip.  Winter is upon us, and for some, the fishing isn't over.  We're always looking for excuses to get on the water, but deep snow and cold can be limiting factors.  Extremities, especially our feet, are hard to keep warm, especially when we're going to be standing in freezing cold water.  I've seen neoprene socks on sale by various manufacturers but they seem to be fairly expensive, and instead what I've done is cut the neoprene booties off an old pair of waders and wear them inside my current booties.  It helps that the booties on my current waders are a little over-sized, and your wading boots definitely need to be about two sizes too big.  I purposely buy them that large to accommodate winter fishing.  I wear one layer of wool socks, then the cut-off neoprene booties and then slip on my waders.  So far my feet have stayed toasty warm even when the ice is piling up in my guides.  If you have an old leaky pair of stocking foot waders give this a try before you spend money on something fancy or worse, stay home.  If you don't have an old pair, I'm willing to bet one of your fly fishing buds has a pair laying around- we frequently keep them as an emergency spare (why? if they leak?) or as patch material for our current waders.


Try this tip out- you'll be surprised at how well it works.  JT/FR

Oh yeah, those finger-less wool gloves that sell for about five bucks are your other best friend out there.  Warm when wet, cheap, and they still allow you to use your finger tips.  OK, I'm done.





7 comments:

  1. I like placing a handwarmer between my two sock layers on top of my toes. Man, that makes a huge difference. JGR

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  2. Those always work too. Personally, I'm always looking for a low tech solution that doesn't involve continuous expenditure, but I do love hand and foot warmers.

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  3. If I wasn't so completely sold on my fleece booties, I might try this next. It does sound like a good idea. Both of my waders are still good, so no extra ones to cut up right now. I'm a skiier who has never put foot warmers in my boots. : ) And yes, I am glad that I bought my wading boots two sizes two big. Only way to fish year round.

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  4. What a great suggestion!! I have a couple pairs that will be hacked up tonight!

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  5. RD- use 'em if you got 'em. This worked for me, and allowed me to get further use out of an old pair of waders without spending money.

    Nick- hack away, you'll be glad you did.

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  6. Great tips! I do the same thing with the waders only I used a pair that was too big and put them on my feet after my waders are on, same effect...
    Also cutting the booties from a pair of the correct size can be a big help in the summer time, when you dont need waders but want to wear your boots...

    Good post!

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  7. Bigerrfish- yeah, my old pair of booties are definitely smaller than the current ones and thus fit inside. They say the neoprene will trap and warm a layer of water if worn on the outside, but either way it seems to be a superior insulator, especially for its thickness.

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