August 29, 2014

Go Back   FlyFishingInNH.com Forum > General > Gear Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-19-2011, 03:43 PM
bushbuck's Avatar
bushbuck bushbuck is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bow
Posts: 2,217
Default Best Wet Wading Shoes

This is the time of year to hang up the waders and do some wet wading. I find my tevas are a bit to slick and I blew out 2 pairs last year in the rivers. I am looking for something with a better grip. What are you guys using? What have you found has the best traction.

I was thinking about these.

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-19-2011, 03:58 PM
Dr Gonzo's Avatar
Dr Gonzo Dr Gonzo is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 564
Default I have a pair and love them

I started wearing these around, walking the dog etc... I wore them wet wading last year and now I wear these exclusively for wet wading and am getting a second pair with better treads for my other activities. these things are a home run.
__________________
"They talk of my drinking but never my thirst" - HS

"You are the Kim Jong-Il of fly fishing forums" - Banks10
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-19-2011, 05:01 PM
bushbuck's Avatar
bushbuck bushbuck is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bow
Posts: 2,217
Default

Were they slippery at all or could your foot grip the rocks better because of there design? Did you get the ones with the vibram sole?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-19-2011, 06:06 PM
browntrout browntrout is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MA, VT
Posts: 994
Default

Bushback,

I wetwade with a pair of simms vibram with star studs. I drill in additional tungheads. They are awesome and hold rocks like a tank tread. The boots are the most comfortable I've ever owned.
-BT
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-19-2011, 07:02 PM
natefish natefish is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Conway
Posts: 1,382
Send a message via AIM to natefish
Default

I wear a pair of Korkers with removable felt and rubber soles. I like the way these fit and function but I have burned through two felt souls this year as the glue has worn off and they have peeled. Maybe it doesn't help that I fish almost every day, don't give them a chance to dry. I would guess the simms boots are the best thing going. Those "feet" shoes look cool but I would worry about the traction on slick rocks.
__________________
Hill Country Guide Service
www.whitemountainflyfishing.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-19-2011, 07:30 PM
Dr Gonzo's Avatar
Dr Gonzo Dr Gonzo is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 564
Default

They aren't any more slick than any other rubber soled wading shoe without studs. I found that on small streams these gripped well when stepping from rock to rock when I was out of the water even when these were wet. If you like walking in bare feet, like I do, these are your thing. I feel like these allow me to grip rocks well because I can use my feet.

Simms sandals with studs sound cool. I tried using keens and liked them for walking in to the woods but these are just as good and lighter plus I don't get a lot of grit in these.
__________________
"They talk of my drinking but never my thirst" - HS

"You are the Kim Jong-Il of fly fishing forums" - Banks10
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-19-2011, 08:49 PM
bushbuck's Avatar
bushbuck bushbuck is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bow
Posts: 2,217
Default

Great ideas guys. I never thought about just putting studs in a pair of hiking boots or korkers. I know my wading boots are to big to use without a thick neoprene sock.

I really like the five finger shoe idea and may still try it. I checked and Joe Kings here in Concord sells them. If they dont work I could always use them in the islands in the winter.

BT- I have been called a mossback many times..
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-20-2011, 08:24 AM
wet_fly_action's Avatar
wet_fly_action wet_fly_action is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Quincy, MA
Posts: 1,064
Default

I've been wearing my regular wading boots with some neoprene socks. The socks and my feet dry much faster once I'm done wading.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-20-2011, 09:10 AM
jimmy229oz's Avatar
jimmy229oz jimmy229oz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Fantasy Land
Posts: 245
Default

I have to agree with wet fly action. The ankle support that wading boots offer just isnt there with low tops.
Get the neoprene socks and use your boots.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-20-2011, 12:52 PM
TheMule's Avatar
TheMule TheMule is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Thornton on the weekends. MA during the grind.
Posts: 41
Default

I watched some kids running up and down the Pemi over the weekend like they were running on dry land. I was slipping on my a$$ in my shoes.
I'm picking up a pair of those funny looking, 5 toed shoes this weekend to give them a try. They are about $40 at EMS. If they don't work well on the river I figure I can kick around in them at home.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:03 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.