Best pants / shoes for wading

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I was just thinking about the same question. Do folks just wear their wading boots with a pair of neoprene socks, or some special wet wading shoes?
 

Steve Call

Active Member
#4
I usually wear quick dry nylon shorts wet wading in the summer. But if you want pants, I think I got mine from LL Bean. Also light weight nylon that dry fast and have a built-in bug repellent.

I found some light weight sneaker type wading shoes on close out a couple of years ago that work great. But if I need felt and/or studs I use neoprene socks and my wading boots. I wear a light polypro sock under the neoprene.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#5
I usually wear quick dry nylon shorts wet wading in the summer. But if you want pants, I think I got mine from LL Bean. Also light weight nylon that dry fast and have a built-in bug repellent.

I found some light weight sneaker type wading shoes on close out a couple of years ago that work great. But if I need felt and/or studs I use neoprene socks and my wading boots. I wear a light polypro sock under the neoprene.
Good Call Mr. Call. I pretty much do the same. Cargo convertible pants for the shorts/pants versatility. I like my smaller wading boots and wool or neoprene socks.
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#6
I use Smartwool socks then neoprene wading socks under my normal wading boots. Buzz Off clothing works well for repelling mosquitoes and drying quickly. The Ex-Officio company store across from Bellevue Square frequently has deals on this clothing. I have some zip off Buzz Off pants that I like as wading shorts and I can zip the legs on if the bugs are bad. Rick
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#7
When it's really hot and not too brushy where I'm fishing, I just use a pair of felt-soled wading sandals from Simms and a pair of shorts.

When it's brushy and maybe rattlesnakey, I use full-length nylon hiking pants (the cheap kind that don't have a water-repellant finish b/c I want maximum breathability), neoprene socks, knee-high snake gaiters (worn over the top of the pants), and my usual wading boots. I add a thick insole to the boots to make them fit correctly because the neoprene sock doesn't take up as much volume as waders + thick wool socks that I wear most of the year.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#8
When I was backpacking into a wilderness area and really didn't want to lug tons of stuff, I'd take old running shoes and glue some strips of dense felt onto the soles with barge cement. That and some neoprene sox, with a pair of those zip-off legged pants, the ones that convert to shorts? If the pants had a nylon brief sewn into them, that was just another thing I didn't need to pack. Usually got myself down to around 25lbs for a weekend's trip.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#9
I've worn everything you can think of from tennis shoes, Teva and Chaco sandals, Crocs to light wading boots, rubber knee high boots, etc. I find that with anything less than my normal boots, I have to excerise too much care while wading. After slipping, sliding, plus foot and ankle injuries, I almost always just wear regular wading boots now with neoprene socks like Rick along with quick dry pants. If the water is really cold but the weather hot, I wear taller neoprene socks. Chota just introduced a cool Goretex sock (with neo foot) that converts from a below the knee to an over the knee to hip waders. I might have to try a pair as there are many occasions when I want just a little more....
 
#10
I'm curious why you all wear the neoprene socks for wet wading? Is it just for thickness so your boots fit properly? I've always just worn a pair of thick winter smartwool socks, my regular wading boots and shorts. Haven't had issue yet, although I mostly just mess around on small streams where it's not challenging wading.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#11
For me, it is for warmth in cold streams plus neoprene doesn't get water-logged and heavy. I have a pair of regular wading boots that are a size smaller for summer so I can wear them with thin neo or regular socks but I prefer neoprene.
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#12
It's fit for me. If your boots fit well with your regular gore tex waders, with socks and the sock foot neoprene, then to get the same fit wet wading you need the neoprene socks, otherwise the boots will be loose and that is NOT good! Rick