Float tube boots

#1
Having a hard time finding anything acceptable in the stores so I will have to go on line. Does anyone have a brand recommendation for neoprene boots to be used with a float tube? Also, I am size 10 should I go with size 11? Thanks in advance
 
#2
Harvey's (Kent, WA) are best I've found. Well worth the 50 bucks. Kmann was carrying them, now I'd contact Harvey's directly and ask how best to find them. Hint: They aren't readily found on the website but these guys are great at responding if you inquire about their fly fishing/float tube boots.
 

Mike Ediger

Active Member
#4
I have been using the aqua-socks from Target or Walmart for about 10 years. $4.99 each. I can afford a second pair for a back-up and have only gone through about 3 in all that time. Works for me.
 
#5
I have been using the aqua-socks from Target or Walmart for about 10 years. $4.99 each. I can afford a second pair for a back-up and have only gone through about 3 in all that time. Works for me.
I second the aqua-socks, I used to buy booties, etc., however these inexpensive aqua socks for $4-5 bucks work great and are a lot easier to get on or off if you're using stocking foot waders.
 

Preston

Active Member
#6
Chota makes a nice pair. The sole is firm enough to walk at least short distances and has felt under the heel and ball of the foot. In addition to having a side-zip closure, they have a velcro adjustable strap-harness. I've had a pair for five or six years and they've held up well. I'd recommend buying a full size larger than street-shoe size.
 

Jay Burman

Fly Fisher, Bon Vivant, Layabout.
#12
I bought a pair of Hodgemen wading shoes. They were cheap (about $49.00) and they are better than the neoprene booties that they replaced. They fit into the fins just as well and they are much more comfortable. They are also much easier to walk in without the pain of stepping on small rocks. I wear a size 9 shoe and a size 9 boot fits just fine. I've had then for at least 5 years. They definately hold up.
 

LJ

Low Tech Lo
#13
I use a cheap pair of oversized faux "crocs' to walk to and from the water and just wear my fins without a bootie. If you are looking for something that's more durable than a neoprene bootie but not as heavy as a boot, try places that sell kayaking gear. They usually sell lightweight booties with pretty durable bottoms. I like the selections better than the flyfishing booties I've seen.
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#14
What I wear inside my fins depends on where I'm fishing. If it's at a drive-to or short hike-in lake, I like my lightweight Simms Headwaters felt-soled boots. If I'm on a backpacking trip where eliminating every extra ounce is essential, I walk very carefully in my stockingfoot wader feet before slipping on lightweight fins like these: http://creekcompany.com/product.php?productid=16137&cat=250&page=1

K
 

Philster

Active Member
#15
I only use one pair of boots for everything anymore. Some chota boots with the the bungie laces. I have wide ass feet, and no neoprenes ever fit comfortably. Plus, and this is after decades of fishing, sometimes I can barely muster the energy to get to the water! Setting up for fishing needs to be as quick and easy as possible! Especially if I'm using a watermaster or something like that, with the pumping, and the schlepping... OY!

With the wide chotas it doesn't matter if my wader feet are wet, dry, if it's hot, or cold. They slide on easily, tighten up in seconds. Cost about $90 bucks I think. Plus for extended kicking having a rigid sole is the shiznit!