Fly Fishing Outfitters – Waders

Waders are breathable and waterproof overalls that keep you warm and dry in water.

Like all outdoor activities, you’re only having as much fun as you are comfortable in your surroundings, Fly-Fishing is no different. Having the right rod, reel… don’t mean a thing if you are miserable and cold or too hot.

Thank goodness for technology. Once upon a time, wearing a fly fishing wader in warmer weather was akin to stepping into an old fashioned rubber weight-reducing suit. On warm or hot days, an angler wearing the waders of years past would emerge from the stream wet, smelly and steamy on the outside but as dehydrated as a prune on the inside.

What Do Waders Do?

Waders keep you warm and dry in the water. Anglers are often amazed at how cold water can be even in the middle of the summer. Unless you are fishing in tropical waters, you will need waders to fish in lakes, rivers, and streams.

Finally, good fly fishing waders can help you stay in water for long stretches of time, as you won’t need to change clothes. If you choose breathable waders, you will find they deliver warmth without causing excessive perspiration. You will feel comfortable and be able to fly fish for hours.

Today’s Waders are made from breathable lightweight materials like Gore-Tex, which is a material we are all familiar with. Every company nowadays uses its own proprietary materials and manufacturing methods. So just like buying a rod or anything else that’s an investment it pays to do some research and shop different brands. When fishing in colder climates, it’s more about what you wear under your waders. Cotton is bad, synthetics are better.

Different Types of Waders

Before you choose the type of waders you need, you should consider the kind of fly fishing you will be doing:

  • Fly fishing hip waders are very comfortable and practical for fly fishing in shallow waters: in this case, the water should be knee-high.
  • Fly fishing waist waders reach up to your waist and are held up by a belt. They are great for summer fishing when you want your feet to stay warm but don’t want a full-bodywader that keeps your torso and chest hot. However, waist waders should not be worn in deep waters.
  • If you want to fish in deep waters in the middle of winter, then you need chest waders. As their name suggests, they reach up to your chest and keep you warm and comfortable even in the coldest and wettest conditions.

Note that you will be on a boat if you go float fishing. In this case, do not wear a wader. If you fall in the water, the wader will get water inside and make any movement difficult and heavy, which can be very dangerous.

Fly Fishing Waders and Boots

Waders come in two types, depending on whether they can be worn on their own or with boots: bootfoot waders and stockingfoot waders.

Bootfoot Waders

Bootfoot waders integrate an insulated and waterproof boot at the bottom of the wader trousers. This means you don’t need to buy a separate pair of wader boots.

Bootfoot waders have the advantage of being exceptionally versatile: you just put them on and you are ready to go fishing.

However, they can be a little difficult to put on and are heavier than stockingfoot waders because they incorporate the boots, which tend to be heavy. Also, you may find it difficult to find the right size of wader and boot: sometimes the boot size doesn’t match your body size.

Stockingfoot Waders

Stockingfoot waders have neoprene socks at the bottom of the pants. When you buy stockingfoot waders, you also need to buy a pair of wading boots.

Neoprene socks will keep your feet warm while the boots will protect your ankles from rocks and give you a good grip on muddy and slippery soil. Since the boots are bought separately from the waders, you don’t need to worry about sizes.

However, stockingfoot waders require you to make a bigger initial investment. You also need to remember to carry the boots alongside the waders.We highly recommend stocking foot waders because in the heat of mid-summer you might not want to wear your waders but opt to wear your boots with a neoprene stocking.

What Material Are Fly Fishing Waders Made of?

Fly fishing waders are made of PVC, rubber, or breathable Gore-Tex.

Rubber used to be the most common material used in fly fishing waders, as it is highly insulating. Also, rubber waders can be more durable.

However, rubber is not breathable: when you start moving, sweat will stay inside the waders and make your body feel damp. Rubber waders are also heavier and warmer, particularly in the summer.

Thankfully, technology has improved and we now have breathable materials such as nylon and Gore-Tex. These keep you insulated and waterproof yet let excess sweat breathe out. This way, you stay warm and dry throughout your fly fishing expedition. As a bonus, these materials are lightweight, so you tire less.

Breathable materials are more expensive than non-breathable ones, but are worth the expense as they will make your fly fishing hobby much more comfortable and enjoyable.

You should gauge your fishing habits against the equipment you need and find the best fly fishing waders for you: the ones that match your preferences, budget, and comfort level.

How Should I Choose My Waders?

As fly fishing outfitters, we suggest you evaluate how and where you want to go fly fishing. Fly fishing in the summer requires different equipment than fly fishing in cold Colorado rivers in the winter.

You can then decide whether you want chest waders, waist waders, or hip waders. This depends on the water depth. Make sure you calculate the depth of the water carefully. Remember that if water gets in your wader—if you fall or go in deeper waters. We advise our customers to get breathable chest high waders for extra comfort and warmth. This is especially true in the colder seasons. Some waders offer helpful extras, such as insulated and waterproof zippers that make putting your waders on and taking them off very easily.

Fly Fishing Outfitters have a variety of waders on sale, including women’s fly fishing waders, Orvis waders, Redington waders, stockingfoot waders, and bootfoot waders. Once you have your wader on, nothing can keep you from enjoying fly fishing!

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  • Orvis Men’s Clearwater Wader


    The Orvis Mens Clearwater Wader 2020 is designed using waterproof nylon fabric for safety from water on fishing destinations. Also, the wading suit has plenty of useful features that makes it best in the market. There is a kangaroo style pocket for hand warming and internal pockets given to store small items for easy access while fishing. The Mens Clearwater Wader is made of nylon that is rated for 30k waterproofing and 8k breathability. Here are the primary features of the Orivs Mens 2020 Clearwater Wader.

    • Modern fit without traditional bulk
    • Opposing release buckles for waist-high conversion
    • External storage pocket
    • Kangaroo-style hand warmer pocket
    • Updated neoprene booties and gravel guards
  • Orvis Men’s Pro Wader


    The Orvis Pro Wader is made of lightweight cordura fabric that is breathable and waterproof for use on fishing destinations. The Orvis Pro wader suit is comfortable and protects your body from heat, water and makes your fishing gear accessible. As the fabric is flexible, it allows you to move your body as you wish. There is a fleece lined hand warmer pocket on the front side and a detachable gear pocket on the inside. Here are the main features of the Orvis Pro wader suit.

    • Made of multiple layered Cordura
    • External storage pockets
    • Water resistant zippers
    • Mesh interior pocket.
    • Neoprene booties.
  • Orvis Women’s Clearwater Wader


    The Orvis Women’s Clearwater wader is a perfect suit for fishing and water sport activities. Specially designed for women, the wader is made lightweight and comfortable for a woman’s body. The wader suit has a high waterproofing and breathability rating. With multiple useful features like storage pockets, release buckles, and neoprene gravel guards, it is the best wader suit available in the market. Here are some features of the Orvis Women’s Clearwater wader that makes it the best.

    • Opposite side release buckles for waist-high conversion
    • Kangaroo-style hand warmer pocket
    • Neoprene booties with Integrated gravel guards
    • Low-profile seam construction and belt loops
  • Orvis Fly Fishing Women's Pro Wader

    Orvis Women’s Pro Wader


    The Orvis women’s Pro Wader offers enhanced protection for women on fishing destinations. Made of cordura nylon fabric the suit is waterproof to be used while fishing and camping near bodies of water. The Orvis womens pro wader suit comes with ankle length boots that offers protection on all surfaces. Knee pads equipped with foam to protect your knees from impacts. The wader suit has a number of pockets to offer easy access to small accessories that you can put in those pockets.

  • Orvis Women’s UltraLight Convertible Wader


    The Orvis Women’s Ultralight Convertible Waders are designed to offer complete comfort for women anglers for organizing small fishing gear. A lightweight but tightly woven nylon front material makes these waders durable but not heavy. It keeps moisture in check on long distance walks and short, steep climbs. The Orvis Womens Convertible Waders offer good breathability and extra comfort with its four-layer construction. The lining used in the wading suit is made of nylon for protection from internal abrasion.