Too many anglers think of waders as a luxury instead of a necessity, so here’s why waders are important, even in the summer.
We’ve heard it before: waders, even the right ones, can be cumbersome. Most anglers, especially in the summer, stick to wet-wading, nixing their waders entirely. So why are waders so important? Here are three easy reasons.
While waders do present the hazard of drowning should you slip, they actually are your safest option for wading into unknown territory. Waders protect your feet, your legs, and your hips from coming into contact with dangerous plants and animals. For example, poison ivy is known to grow in lush green areas, and that’s exactly where the best fishing is. Can you imagine the pain of a stinging nettle on the side of the creek just as you’re about to throw out the first cast of the day? That’s a fishing trip ruined.
Waders put a much-needed barrier between you and the environment. They also keep most of your lower body out of the sun, which means less sunscreen to apply less often, resulting in a longer day of fishing.
Many anglers stick to the tried-and-true fanny pack for wet-wading, but waders actually give you more room to hold necessities while you’re out in the water away from the bank. If you have chest-high waders, the pocket near your chest is invaluable for holding a few flies or an extra line of tippet just in case something goes wrong with your fly set-up.
Pro tip: your handheld tools are always within arm’s reach if you keep them in your chest pocket, too.
What’s worse than planning for a warm, sunny day on the stream and arriving to find a rainy, chilly day? Not much. However, by also having your waders on you, you don’t have to let bad weather ruin your fishing. When you wade in without waders, you’re more sensitive to the temperature of the water and are at the will of Mother Nature. Waders also keep you camouflaged regardless of the weather because most are designed with this fact in mind.
Bottom line: waders protect you from the elements and help you stay out on the water longer. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?