Waders are considered an accessory item of gear, but we feel they should feature high in the list of priorities. They should be warm, comfortable and safe.
The felt sole is still the best all rounder providing excellent grip in most situations. The River Spey is fast, clear and pure but in places the wading is treacherous; akin to traversing a bed of greased cannonballs! A safe footing prevents the inadvertent dip and allows us to concentrate on the fishing. Be careful though when wearing felts on the bank and walking on wet grass, mud and snow.
For cold water fishing, Neoprene has still to be surpassed. This material is waterproof and very warm. One becomes oblivious when fishing, to the cold snow melt waters of a Speyside spring. It gives readily when bending, stretching and climbing into the car. It only becomes a problem on hot Spring or Summer days when the insulating properties are just too good!
See Daiwa for excellent Neoprene waders.
For late Spring, Summer and early Autumn fishing we recommend Goretex waders with felt soled boots. Stocking-foot Goretex waders are comfortable to wear and yet protect from overheating in the warmer months. Good quality felt soled boots are the ideal accompaniment providing sure footing, ankle support and comfort when walking the bank.
See Simms for excellent Goretex waders and boots.
We are privileged in having a great choice of warm comfortable undergarments and excellent lightweight waterproof wading jackets to accompany us when fishing for Salmon in the most varied conditions. Comfort when fishing should never be undervalued.
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