Fly fishing waders come in many styles and price points. Here are some of our favorites.
Fly fishing waders are an essential piece of equipment for anglers. With every species, river, and season, the way you present a fly may change, but the need to stay dry and comfortable never varies. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite fly fishing waders. Since everyone may have a different style of fishing, we opted to pick the top from two categories: stocking foot and booted.
The Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot wader lives up to its name as a breathable, ultra-lightweight pair of waders. Tipping the scales at a scant 36 ounces, the flyweight waders are no doubt some of the lightest on the market. We enjoyed the Simms because they incorporate GORE-TEX stretch to reduce weight while adding flexibility. The Flyweight waders are cut lower than traditional waders, but the Simms make an excellent choice for those who want the ultimate lightweight gear.
The Sierran Reinforced Stockingfoot wader from Frogg Toggs was another top choice for a stocking foot wader. The Sierran takes everything into account, from ergonomic pocket layout to three-ply construction, making them breathable and able to hold up to the abuse we threw at them. The Sierran’s reinforced shins were a feature we appreciated when slogging down the river bank through the brush to get to our favorite runs. The external pockets allowed us to keep everything from phones to flies dry and where we needed them.
Boot Foot Waders
The boot foot wader is the obvious choice for the slip-on-and-go fisherman. There was no fuss with the Rana II PVC felt chest wader. The Rana II works to keep water out while maintaining a lightweight, breathable wader, perfect for warmer weather fishing. This offering from Frogg Toggs also scores well regarding value. The Rana II makes an excellent entry wader for the new fly fisherman, priced lower than many other waders on the market.
The Orvis Clearwater Bootfoot Wader is a classic fly fishing wader from a classic fly fishing company. The Clearwater is a trimmer cut than many traditional boot foot waders, giving a less bulky feel compared to many waders on the market. The felt-soled boots gripped well while providing our toes with enough room to wiggle. The handwarmer style front pocket with zippered pouch was a great addition, something not often seen on boot foot waders.
Fly fishing waders are available in many styles. Weight, flexibility, and price are all points to consider when looking at a pair of waders. Consider the area you fish in regarding boot construction and water temperature regarding how much space you need under your waders. Your pick for favorite waders may be different than ours, but at least this is a place to start.