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Old 01-05-2020, 10:48 AM   #1
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Waders?

Hi all... as we are in the middle of winter, I am thinking about spring fishing. I am going to need some waders as last summer and fall I waded out in hiking pants and Keen Sandals (sturdy, but FREEZING in October and I won't be trying that with snow melt in April!).
So, I have a very rocky bottom, some big boulders and deep holes with a lot of basketball size and smaller rocks. I have heard that studded boots are better than felt? Do they come with the boot attached or is it a separate purchase?
Thanks for the help...any suggestions or opinions appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:47 PM   #2
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Not an authority on this by any means, but I have been spiking my boots with motorcycle tire cleats and they seem to work well. They have been especially effective when I walk on the ice for ice fishing.

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Old 01-05-2020, 01:01 PM   #3
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I use yak tracks on my boots because sometimes I do drift boat trips and they donít allow cleats in the boats. They work great and arenít hard to walk in. If you go with spikes - def buy the ones for motorcycles tires. Much cheaper than ones specifically sold for fly fishing boots- and you end up with enough for your friends and replacements for life.
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Old 01-05-2020, 01:07 PM   #4
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Kold Kutter is one manufacturer of screw in motorcyle/boot cleat.
Grip Studs are another.
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Old 01-05-2020, 08:18 PM   #5
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My wading boots are on their second pair of Simms waders. Yes they look like they’re at least 10 seasons in as well. The Simms cleats are still going, and they don’t rip up my Royalex canoe.
Felt shoes transport invasives more easily. While felt is really good on cobble and cobble with vegetation, it is dangerously slippery on clay. I wear the same boots on a variety of water for a variety of species. I am very pleased with my studded boots.
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Old 01-07-2020, 01:37 PM   #6
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So the motorcycle spikes...they just screw in to the bottom of your boots? I have used yak tracks before they work well for snow blowing.
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Old 01-07-2020, 02:27 PM   #7
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So the motorcycle spikes...they just screw in to the bottom of your boots? I have used yak tracks before they work well for snow blowing.
Yes-there are also other brands not mentioned.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:38 PM   #8
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Also, google up Boot Caulks.
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:41 PM   #9
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Felt soles with Micro Spikes to put on when I want. I keep 'em in the vest year round.

Great for icy, muddy, and algae covered stuff. Take them off when I get in the canoe.
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