what do you guys use for stud protection?


Active Member
Rubber mats add 50 lbs to the boat and carpet is major maintenance. What other options are there to protect the floor from studs?

Jerry Daschofsky

Staff member
You can do a spray in type bedliner. Unfortunately all venues have downfalls. At some feedstores they have thinner rubnber mats and you can buy the restaurant grade mats with holes in them. Both would reduce weight a bit.


Cheapest alternative is to buy a couple sizes of the booties that fit over your studded boots for wearing in the boat. I know Orvis has some, I'm sure Simms and Sage do (or will soon).
So you guys that say "no studs" don't get out and fish? I have no problem with studs. Of course I have a Al. boat with rubber covered wood decks in it. Yes the studs are tearing up the rubber, but I think thats better then calling the float short to run someone to the ER. because they slipped. I can always replace the rubber easier then a fishing partner.

Guess it would be a different story if I had a glass boat. I'd go with some vinyl flooring or something like that.


Ignored Member
I use both studs and plain felt. I have no issues wading with either. If the bottom is so bad that using plain felts might be considered overly dangerous I suggest using a wading staff and an inflatable PFD. The no studs rule in my boat is enforced period.

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
I keep some small sections of the rubber flooring that Jerry described in the back of my truck for anyone who is wearing studded boots.

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
I have a cataraft. I put PVC lumber across the cross bars to allow footing for all. My fore and aft casting pods have 5/8" load bearing plywood with Line-X covered decks that seals the wood for life, won't be gouged by studs and overall is just about bomb proof. Wear what you wish for your wading and floating comfort, but DON'T STEP ON THE TUBES. I wear studded rubber or studded felts in my own craft all the time. You could get some thin plywood, get it cut to fit your standing areas and get it Line-X covered. It would be lighter than those heavy rubber mats and add the barrier protection similar to the aforementioned MAGNUMS!