to felt or not felt

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by ptphisher, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. ptphisher

    ptphisher Member

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    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.
     
  2. Alexander

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    Korkers - google them. solves all your problems. Bout to get some myself. :D
     
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  3. RussellB

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    Where I am from felt was forbidden, went with the Simms Rivershed boots with the studs. Great traction, I don't miss felt at all-
     
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    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
     
  5. Darryl Pahl

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    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.
     
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    My brother bought a pair and they seem to be working out well for him. He didn't get the studded felt originally, but after a couple of slips, he picked up the studded felt soles.
     
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    Corkers have worked out great for me. Both the felt and the rubber grip patterns have worked just fine.
     
  8. Matthew Kaphan

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    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.

    M
     
  9. Justin Waters

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    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.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I used aluminum sheet metal screws last year for my new boots. Just like walking on the sidewalk. I only put in about 10 per shoe.
     
  11. David Loy

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    rubber lug soled hip waders in the salt. felt waders in rivers
     
  12. Joe Goodfellow

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    I don't like korkers seem to fall apart real easy. I've had 3 pair and all didn't last more then a month.
     
  13. Stonefish

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    Felt for both salt and rivers. I fish a few beaches that have rocks that are nearly as slippery as rivers.
    SF
     
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    Good job. Better to ask than to just felt. Last time I assumed felt was ok, I got slapped.
     
  15. David Loy

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    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.