Fly Fishing Gear: Neoprene and Gore-Text Waders
When it comes to your fly fishing gear, we’ve been stressing the importance of a good pair of waders. Waders are made from different types of material, so you will want to consider what you will be using the waders for and how often.
Neoprene is probably the most popular material for many good reasons. First, it is very durable and can take a lot of abuse. Second, you can select which thickness best suits your needs (typically 3mm or 5mm). If the weather at your chosen fishing spot is mostly moderate with the odd cold day, or you have to walk a a distance to get there, or just walk a lot while you fish, then the 3mm is probably your best choice. If you live or fish in a colder climate, or plan to use your waders for hunting as well, then you might want to consider a pair of 5mm.
The range of colours in neoprene waders ranges from the traditional dark brown to green, blue and even camouflaged. But apart from getting a pair of dual purpose hunting/fishing camouflaged waders, the color selection is very much a personal choice. In the last decade or so, breathable waders have grown in popularity and are slowly replacing neoprene ones as the wader of choice. Breathable Gore-Tex allows moisture to escape through the wader even while in the water. They are versatile, too, and can be worn in the hot summer months so that sweat will not become an issue. Gore-Tex waders can also be worn in winter, with fleecy tracksuit bottoms or wader trousers. The typical loose fit of breathable waders also make them a great choice for fishermen on long hikes to a secret fishing hole, and are also very comfortable for a long day in a float tube or pontoon boat. In any case, do take some time to consider the wader options in your fly fishing gear.