to felt or not felt

#1
I am looking at buying a new pair of boots. I fish the salt a lot, but want to expand into river/streams as well. so the question arises, felt bottoms or not? my last pair did not have studs, but my next will I know this.
 
#4
I would go with just corkers last a lot longer than felt The legal issue on felt came up last year I believe Alaska was the first ot jump on the wagon for outlawing felts kinda surprised me but if the issue was the possible transportation of invasive species/bacteria than I can agree with it before all the trendy waders we have today came out us poor kids took normal waders and put aluminum scres in the soles - aluminum was used as it has the propensity to want to stick to what it touches smitty
 

Darryl Pahl

Active Member
#5
Late to the game, so never had felt. Simms guide boots vibram with star hardbite cleats is all I have used. I've been really happy with them, in particular climbing over slippery logs. I hike a lot in my boots as well - as a matter of fact my guide boots are the only hiking boots I have. Great for climbing on rocks on the trail.

Simms vibram guide boots without cleats is a disaster though.
 
#8
Korkers are great and they're what I use for fishing rivers. I just bought a pair of cheap lug soled boots for fishing the beaches. If there's any mud on the beach you're going to be walking around with sole-less Korkers. I think having a pair of boots for river use and one for beaches in the way to go.

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#9
I'd say if you fish the salt more than the rivers, then studded or non-studded rubber is all you need. Barnacles tend to trash the felt, and felt is far more difficult to get all of the salt off of. Korkers are a nice option obviously because of the easy swap of soles. I find the Patagonia Ultralights are the most comfortable boot I have ever tried though.
 

High Flyin

Active Member
#14
I am looking at buying a new pair of boots. I fish the salt a lot, but want to expand into river/streams as well. so the question arises, felt bottoms or not? my last pair did not have studs, but my next will I know this.​
Good job. Better to ask than to just felt. Last time I assumed felt was ok, I got slapped.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#15
SF, curious how felt holds up to beaches. Bare rocks & sand wouldn't be a problem but many prime beaches also have barnacles, etc. Thoughts? I bought some Marlwalkers years ago to fit over my Simms Guide booties, but oddly have never used them. I've always enjoyed fishing in hippers when I can get away with it. Usually I can so I keep a pair in the car.