Wading Boots

Fly Fishing Wading Boots

You need good quality wading boots to go in rivers, streams, and lakes and fly fish comfortably and safely.

Your wading boots will keep you balanced and steady when you step on rocks, muddy waters, and slippery surfaces. They will also keep you upright and safe while you cast your fly and inspect the water for the best fishing spot.

First-time customers are often surprised to learn that wading boots take water in. That’s because wet wading boots are made to take water and let it drain slowly. If you want to have your feet dry and comfortable, you should buy stocking waders, which are equipped with neoprene socks to keep your feet warm and dry.

Wading boots come in various materials and sizes and can have felt or rubber soles. Follow our guide to choose the best wading boots for your fly fishing experience.

Why Do I Need Wading Boots when I Go Fly Fishing?

Water and lichen make surfaces slippery. Lake and river banks can be muddy and marshy. Everyday shoes are not waterproof and can be highly unstable when you step in mud, on rocks, or in the middle of a stream.

When you go fly fishing, you often can’t see what is happening in the water. You have poor visibility and need all your attention and balance to cast your line and fly at the right spot. If you want to stand upright and well-balanced, you need proper shoes—shoes that are comfortable and sturdy in all riparian conditions. That’s where wading boots come in.

What Type of Sole Should I Choose for My Wading Boots?

Wading boots offer you a choice between felt soles and rubber soles.

Felt soles have a tight grip on rocks. However, they do less well in muddy marshy waters and get worn out quickly compared to rubber soles. Also, some states have forbidden the use of felt soles because they may transfer bacteria and other aquatic life matter from one river to the other. If a species is invasive, it could upset the fragile aquatic balance of a river or stream. For this reason, states like Alaska have outlawed the use of felt soles in wading boots.

Rubber soles are sturdy and versatile and will do well in most conditions, including mud and snow. The Orvis PRO Wading boots boast exceptional traction thanks to Michelin’s innovative outsole. Some people place studs on rubber soles to increase their grip and traction. However, remember that studs could puncture rafts, so don’t step into one if your wading boots have studs.

How Tall Should My Wading Boots Be?

The height of your wading boots is a matter of personal preference. Taller wading boots offer better ankle support, so they may help your legs feel firm and well-balanced. However, tall wading boots are heavier than shorter ones.

Shorter wading boots still protect your ankles while weighing less. If you want something more comfortable and easier to wear for long hours, you could try shorter ones. The Orvis lightweight wading boot is great for hiking into a more secluded stream.

What Are Wading Boots Made of?

Modern wading boots are made of several materials. The best wet wading boots for fly fishing are made from a selection of materials, each chosen for a separate part of the boot to ensure optimum support.

Most wading boots are made of rubber, nylon, and synthetic leather. The best fly fishing wading boots will have rubber-encased toes to protect your toes from bumping on rocks and other hard surfaces. The top should be soft but sturdy to help you bend your ankles and upper foot without hurting it.

All the materials used are obviously suitable for water. Even so, you should always clean your wading boots after a fly fishing expedition, especially if you go saltwater fishing.

How Should I Choose My Wading Boots?

If you have chosen stockngfoot waders, then you also need wading boots. If you have opted for bootfoot waders, then you don’t need wading boots as these are already part of your waders.

You should choose wading boots that are as lightweight as possible. You will spend long hours in these boots and want to feel comfortable. Heavy or ill-fitting boots will exhaust you quickly, preventing you from enjoying your fly fishing adventure.

You also want sturdy laces that will keep your wading boots in place. At the same time, your wading boots should be easy to lace up. You don’t want to have complicated ties and knots. Some wading boots have an advanced system called BOA. Instead of tying shoelaces, you press a button that automatically ties the laces and tightens or loosens the boot.

If you have chosen wet wading boots, make sure they drain well. As you enter the water, you want it to drain from your boots fast and give you mobility and steadiness.
The whole point of your wading boots is to deliver solid ankle support. Make sure your foot is comfortable in your boot and you can stand upright and balanced with ease. Don’t leave any space between your foot and your boot, as this can cause you to lose your balance and miscalculate your steps. This is the perfect recipe for sprained ankles and broken bones.

Finally, if you prefer felt soles, make sure that the stream, lake, or river you have chosen allows their use.

Fly Fishing Outfitters Wading Boots

Here at Fly Fishing Outfitters, we have a large selection of wading boots for all sizes and of all lengths. You will find men’s and women’s fly fishing wading boots from various reputable and quality brands, including Orvis wading boots. We have several budget-friendly wading boots that deliver comfort and good ankle support as well as higher end, state-of-the-art boots for anglers who spend long hours in the water.

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  • Orvis Men’s Ultralight Wading Boot – Vibram sole

    $198.00

    The Orvis Men’s Ultralight Wading Boots are the best choice for anglers who want high performance without sacrificing comfort. The Ultralight Wading Boots are significantly lighter than any other boot in its class, making them perfect for long days spent walking on all types of terrain, wet or dry. The Ultralight has a mid-rise design with a hiking shoe-like fit that provides a secure hold and plenty of room in the toe area, even when worn over waders. In addition, the Ultralight Wading Boots can be used for climbing steep canyon walls and other challenging outdoor activities.

    Nylon microfiber with PU coating. Polyester mesh. Imported.

    Men’s whole sizes 7-14.

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    Orvis Encounter Wading Boot

    $103.20

    Looking for an entry-level wading boot that doesn’t compromise on quality or comfort? Look no further than the Orvis Encounter Wading Boot. These lightweight boots feature ripstop uppers for durability, increased interior volume for a wider and more comfortable fit, and an EVA midsole for supportive comfort and excellent stability. The padded collar offers ankle support, and the toe and heel caps offer protection from abrasion and impacts. The 10mm felt outsole provides excellent traction in all conditions. Available in sandstone.

    Men’s whole sizes 5-15.

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    Orvis Men’s ClearWater Wading Boot – Felt Sole

    $135.20

    The Clearwater Felt Sole Wading Boot is made of high-quality leather that makes it a durable footwear in any condition. The wading boots protect your feet from water and other environmental elements while fishing and traveling in any location.

    It comes with a hard rubber toe and heel for enhanced protection and strength on rough surfaces. Orvis has given a phylon sole and ESS plate for high stability and retention on wet surfaces. Here are the main features of Orvis Clearwater Felt Sole Wading Boot.

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  • Orvis Men’s ClearWater Wading Boot – Rubber Sole

    $169.00

    Looking for a tough and durable wading boot that won’t break the bank? Check out the Orvis Clearwater Wading Boot! This boot is built to last with a full synthetic leather upper that can take a beating, and scratch-resistant rubber toe, vamp, and heel counter. The heavy-duty rubber toe bumper protects your foot in tough wading conditions, while the integrated EVA foam footbed offers all-day comfort. Plus, the wider fit is perfect for those with larger feet. The rubber outsole provides an aggressive lug design and strategic stud locations for enhanced grip, making this boot a great choice for both beginners and experienced anglers alike.

    The Clearwater wading boots are mainstay of FFO’s rental and guide fleet. If anyone can attest to their durability it’s us.

    Men’s whole sizes 7-15.

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  • Orvis Men’s Pro Approach Wading Shoe

    $169.00

    Introducing the Orvis Pro Approach wading shoe! This extraordinary shoe is perfect for a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, boating, and wet wading. Its unique design and construction makes it incredibly lightweight and quick-drying, yet still rugged and durable. The PU cage technology provides superior drainage and reduced weight, while the integrated Ariaprene sock prevents debris from entering the shoe. The Michelin Outdoor Extreme rubber outsole provides outstanding wet traction and abrasion resistance. And for all-day comfort, the removable 3D molded OrthoLite insole rests on a single density phylon midsole. So if you’re looking for a versatile, comfortable, and durable outdoor shoe, the Orvis Pro Approach is the perfect choice!

    Men’s sizes 7-14. Weighs 23 oz.

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  • Orvis Pro Boa Wading Boot

    $298.00

     

    The orvis pro Boa wading Boot is THE top-of-the-line wading boot to make all of your fly fishing dreams come true. This incredible boot is equipped with the advanced Fit System, meaning that it will offer you a comfortable, perfectly snug fit no matter what. In addition, this uniquely designed boot features an exclusive outsole compound created in partnership with Michelin – providing you with the best wet rubber traction in the industry. Plus, with the revolutionary new lug pattern, you’ll enjoy reduced shock and amazing stability while you’re out on the water. Ready to take your fishing trips to the next level? Invest in a pair of Orvis Pro Boa Boots today!

    This boot features a unique BOA dial micro-adjustable system that allows you to get a perfect fit every time. The dial is easy to use, even in the harshest weather conditions, and the laces and guide configuration ensure a snug, comfortable fit.

    The M2 2:1 gear ratio provides easy lace take-up and closure, so you can quickly adjust the fit as needed. And the tough, durable construction can handle any terrain you encounter. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just getting started, the Orvis Pro Boa Wading Boot is the perfect choice for all your wading needs!

    Works great in cold weather situations better then traditional laces!

    Men’s whole sizes 7-14 (Women’s equivalent sizes 8-15).

     

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  • Orvis Pro Hybrid Wading Boot

    $279.00

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    When Orvis came out with the Pro wading boot and the Boa Pro wading Boot in collaboration with the Michelin rubber co. It was a revolutionary product for many Fly-fishers. Building on that concept Orvis has once again made strides in being the first in innovation. the new Orvis Pro Hybrid wading boot combines the Michelin rubber with the felt to create an even better wading platform, when it comes to wading in very slippery rivers. The new design allows for even better traction and stability. The new design is lighter, making for more enjoyable long days on the water. The new design incorporates Michelin rubber in the outer edges and toe cap which are the areas of the most wear and tear. Grippier felt makes up the middle of the sole. A unique feature of the Pro Hybrid boot is the use of an algae-based foam that helps clean water when you’re fishing. The upper section of the Pro hybrid boot is still the same as the original. Double stitching where it’s needed. A higher cut provides better ankle support. For the serious wade fishers this boot is the ultimate in comfort and Functionality. 

    Sizes 7-14 (Women’s equivalent sizes 8-15)

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  • ORVIS PRO WADING BOOT – A FLY FISHING EXPERTS BEST CHOICE

    $279.00

    Looking for a boot that will offer best rubber traction while walking on wet surfaces? Look no further than the Orvis Pro wading boot! This boot is specially designed for fly fishing, and features a sole that is specifically designed to provide an effective grip while fishing on river banks and wet soil. In addition, the Orvis Pro wading boot features a two layer midsole and a co-molded plate that offer enhanced stud retention and torsional stability. The Michelin Extreme outsole offers 43% more wet rubber traction and 25% higher abrasion resistance than traditional boots, making this an ideal choice for those who are looking for a high-quality wading boot. Finally, the Ortholite soles provide additional comfort and support, making this one of the most comfortable and functional wading boots on the market.

    T An industry-first cast PU upper eliminates seams while providing a zoned cage for added stability, grip, and extreme abrasion resistance without the added bulk.  The boot is higher cut for ankle support and lined with closed-cell foam. Scratch rubber at the toe cap and heel for abrasion resistance, an oversized heel pull for easier on-and-off, and tightly woven laces reduce broken laces.

    Weighs 50 oz. Men’s whole sizes 7-14 (Women’s equivalent sizes 8-15).

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  • Orvis Wader Sock

    $27.95$29.95

    Wading in the rain during the hot summer months is one of the great joys of fly fishing. With these protective neoprene socks you can wear your traditional wading boots while wading with comfort and safety. These anatomically shaped 2.5mm neoprene socks offer maximum comfort on the river and replace your regular long-legged boot when the weather gets hot. The socks are washable, so you can wear them in wet conditions and if they get dirty, you can wash them anywhere as they dry quickly in the sun.

  • Orvis Women’s Ultralight Wading Boot

    $198.00

    Looking for a women’s boot that is ultralight and leaves nothing to be desired? Look no further than the Orvis Women’s Ultralight Wading Boot. Weighing in at just 38oz, this boot is perfect for long days on the water. The quick-drying microfiber ensures that your boots will not stay wet for too long. The Orvishoe features a Vibram sole, widely considered to be one of the best on the market. Additionally, the Orvis Ultralight has a low profile, making it a good choice if you move around a lot during the day. If you need a little extra grip, you can add pegs to the bottom of the boot- an especially useful feature if you find yourself walking on slippery surfaces like algae-covered rocks. Give your feet the support they deserve with the Orvis Women’s Ultralight Wading Boot.

    In women’s whole sizes 6-11.

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    Women’s Clearwater Wading Boot | Orvis

    $135.20

    The Orvis Women’s Clearwater Wading Boot has been  specifically designed and built for a woman’s foot, providing comfort and durability without excessive seams. The boot is protected by a scratch rubber toe, vamp, and heel counter for added durability, and a heavy-duty rubber toe bumper protects the foot in tough wading conditions. An integrated EVA foam footbed offers all-day comfort and a wider fit and the lightweight material makes all day wading much more comfortable. A phylon midsole and ESS plate provide stability and excellent stud retention. The rubber outsole option has an aggressive lug design and strategic stud locations for enhanced grip. In gravel.

    US women’s whole sizes 6-11.

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