Felt vs. Rubber Wading Boots

hodg_-hip-wader(1)Those that take up fly fishing in or around Estes Park, CO know what a challenge it can be to find the right pair of wading boots. Over the years the technology has improved, and wading boots have transformed. Aside from style, anglers have the most difficult time deciding whether to go for the rugged rubber sole or stick to the more traditional felt sole boot. It may be a tough decision but hopefully we at Kirk’s Flyshop can help shed some light on the subject.

Felt Sole Wading Boots

The more traditional choice for anglers has always been the felt sole wading boot. These wading boots are a great choice for anglers that spend their time in sandy or gravelly rivers and lakes. The felt soles also allows an angler quite a good grip while in the water which decreases the possibility of slipping. These are not the choice for winter fly fishing. Unfortunately, felt sole wading boots are banned in certain states. The felt soles have the possibility of picking up parasites, invasive species, bacteria, and organisms that can be transferred to different bodies of water. While there is no ban in Colorado, it is still helpful to know which states felt sole waders are not allowed.

Rubber Sole Wading Boots

As an alternative to felt sole wading boots, rubber sole wading boots have become more popular across the world. All around these rubber sole boots tend to work very well in all types of conditions. They are also the right choice for fly fishing in the winter as their soles perform much better in the snow. Many of these wading boots also give the wearer the option of adding metal studs to the sole to improve traction in fast flowing or slippery rivers.

It is a good idea to contact Kirk’s Flyshop about river and weather conditions before you head out on your Estes Park fly fishing trip. Conditions will dictate the type of wading boot you should bring with you.

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