Leaving Wading Boots Behind

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#16
Krystoff, you are young, carry your stuff and fish comfortably...what happens when you pop that $20 "raft"? Seems like your regular lake outfit is not super heavy, is it? How far are you hiking?
 
#17
We will be hiking in about 9 miles and are camping for 2 nights so I will need to carry in quite a bit of food and gear. My float tube is basically a truck tire wrapped in canvas. I wouldn't say it was particularly heavy but at least 10 pounds. I have neoprene waders which are at least 3 pounds if not more, my wading boots are about 1 pound, and my fins are 2 pounds. So far, that puts my guess at around 16 pounds and to make matters more complicated, none of them are particularly compact. My waders, boots, and fins would take half of my pack and my float tube stays inflated year round and would require a bicycle tire to inflate/deflate since it has a tire valve on it.

Contrast that with one of these guys:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8283942

About 6 pounds and folds up to 11" x 14" x 4". Comes with a patch kit and holds 370 pounds which should be more than plenty for my 160 lbs and my gear.

EDIT:

Found this guy right after I posted.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10928132&findingMethod=rr

4.3 pounds, has 4 air chambers for extra durability, and it is only $14 dollars.
 
#19
First of all, Thanks everyone for the replies!! Hi Allison, you got that right on the Curtis Raft!!! I"ve been looking for one since joining this forum, but haven't come across a single one? Any idea where I could pick one up. Should I try to get in touch with someone from the Hi Lakers to hook me up? Where did you get yours? I want one. Matt
 
#20
Yeah I know Allison, I joined the Hi-Lakers too late to get one but if I come across one I will certainly get it!

For now I will make do with the cheapo brands.
 
#21
I came across a Curtis over a year ago and sealed the deal 15 minutes after it came across on the HL e-mail loop. Act fast if you find a seller, they go quick. They are great for a light weight and compact alternative to a tube.
Mike
 

Trent

Ugly member
#22
You could just get the "Creek Company" fins (around $30), your foot goes in them, instead of strapped to them. That is what I use.

P.S. Aslo, you could just use old sneakers or something.
 

David Holmes

Formerly known as "capmblade"
#23
I am recent convert of the Sevylor Trail Boat. 4lbs. No float tube. No waders needed. No flippers. No wading boots. $60, though some guy is selling his on Craigslist for $35. And its drier and more comfortable.

No brainer.
 
#24
I bought a Sevylor Trail Boat, pumped it up for the first time in my living room before a trip, and then it deflated a few minutes later. Returned it to REI. Didn't give me confidence to replace it with another. Matt
 
#25
I agree that Chuck T's will certainly do the trick, but I'd like to point out that we've been building products to deal with situations like this for years. Our Korkers boots are designed specifically for scenarios like this one. The OmniTrax interchangeable sole system allows for maximum versatility in situations just like this. I know you may be looking for a cheap alternative, so maybe our boots aren't the best option right now for you, but our boots and shoes are perfect for float tubes because our athletic last allows fins to be used on them as well. I don't want this to sound like a sales pitch or anything, but our products are specifically designed to deal with varying terrain and I wanted to bring it up.

We also make a wet wading shoe called the Torrent that you may be able to find on sale at a few local fly shops that works really well with fins too. I know Red's has them on sale right now.
 

Chris Corbiere

"I'm new... dont make fun"
#26
Hey Im thinking of doing the foss river hike and wanted to bring my float tube. I was thinking I could muscle it out without waders? any comments.. think I can muscle it out or will i cause permenant shrinkage?
 

martyg

Active Member
#27
Hey Im thinking of doing the foss river hike and wanted to bring my float tube. I was thinking I could muscle it out without waders? any comments.. think I can muscle it out or will i cause permenant shrinkage?
Chris -

I have a Triniti float tube that I am thinking of selling - $200.
 

Kim Hampton

Not Politically Correct
#28
The neoprene booties with a sole are what I've used for years. If I'm going lake fishing I don't even bring my wading boots along anymore. The fin keepers are a good idea also.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#29
I wear size 11 boots/shoes, and I recently bought a pair of size 13 neoprene surfing booties (by O'Neil) to wear over my stocking foot waders, so that I have a soft-soled, grippy boot to wear in my "tupperware" Ultimate 12. These are skookum for non-slip standing on a slick surface, but don't have hard soles. At 5mm thick, they are very warm, but a good fit over the neoprene stocking feet of my Dan Bailey waders, which are either 3mm, 3,5mm, or 4mm...(can't remember). You won't get cold feet with this setup. Got the info to go 2 sizes bigger, for this application, on the NW Kayak Angler forums.

An old knee boarder who fly fished (or maybe he was an old fly fisherman who knee boarded), that I knew used to wear his surfing wetsuit and his surf booties and Duck Feet when float tubing. I think he's still kickin' around inland somewhere.
 
#30
The neoprene booties with a sole are what I've used for years. If I'm going lake fishing I don't even bring my wading boots along anymore. The fin keepers are a good idea also.
I wear Hodgman "Neoprene Wading Shoes" on the beach and in the tube with fins. They have a sturdy hard rubber sole which fills the fins nicely. They may save you a few oz. and fold up a little better than boots. $35 or so at Outdoor Emporium or I'm sure they can be found online.
 

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