Backcountry Fishing Adventures: Choosing a Pair of Waders

by Donna 30. July 2012 21:24

Waders – Essential Gear When Fly Fishing or Hunting

When choosing waders for angling in the backcountry, you no doubt want to ensure that you are sufficiently protected. After all, you don’t want icy cold marsh waters or a stream’s runoff to keep you from enjoying your time spent in the great outdoors. Therefore, you’ll need to find water-resistant waders that meet your criteria with respect to insulation and construction. Indeed, waders can come in quite handy when you are fly fishing in a stream or are hunting for waterfowl in areas flooded by spring rains.

Determining the Type of Waders you’ll Need

Wader designs then are determined by a water’s depth. Therefore, in order to buy a pair, you’ll need to base your choice on where they will be used. When you’ve made an assessment as to the estimated depth, add about another foot of coverage for moving water. Then, you can determine whether you’ll need waders that cover you up to the chest, hip or waist. Needless to say, chest waders give you the best protection as you can journey into streams that run ankle-deep or trek through rivulets that flow as high as your waist. Chest waders are supported by suspenders and designed to be baggy to allow for comfort while, at the same time, staying secure and in place.

Chest Waders – When to Use Them

Indeed, many fly fishermen and women like wearing chest waders as they provide coverage in streams that are deeper  and can be used on windy or wet days. Therefore, you can enjoy backcountry hunting or fishing just about any time during the year. Just make sure that you always wear a wading belt with your chest waders in case of a short, unexpected dunking.

Hip Waders

If your fishing or hunting adventure takes you to waters that are about knee-deep, then hip waders are the best choice. The waders come in two distinct pieces that are designed to be  worn on each leg, and are secured to your belt with straps. Therefore, the waders are simple to put on or remove and can be worn over your clothes. These kinds of waders are also easy to pack and are a great choice when pursuing such activities as waterfowl hunting, boating, or fly angling.

Waist Waders

Waist waders come up to the waist and look like baggy, waterproof pants. They are made for waters that come up to one’s thighs. The waders come with loops at waistline so they can be belted and secured. Backcountry enthusiasts like to wear these waders during the summer as they do not cover the upper body, which allows for more coolness and movement. Because the upper body is not covered, the wearer has more latitude with respect, say, to casting a fishing line or hoisting a rifle while hunting. Typically, waders that are made to be waist-high are best used in fairly fast-flowing streams.



July is perfect for camping and just around the corner

by Kade 26. June 2008 23:28

July is the apex of summer. The month starts out with a bang and ends with kids dreading having to go back to school at the end of August. There is not a better month to enjoy the great outdoors with your family. Pack up the gear, head out on a camping trip this July and enjoy warm nights, lakeside swimming and priceless family memories.

Winter camping requires great skill and lots of gear to stay warm. The best part of camping in July is being able to pack light. The warm summer nights of July allow one to sleep with minimal covers and enjoy fresh crisp evenings. Tents, expensive sleeping bags, and fires are optional. Everyone can camp in July and enjoy it.

From skinny dipping in the local pond to swimming in the city pool, summer time swimming has become a national past time. A great feature of July camping is having the option to swim. The hot weather allows campers to take a dip and cool off. Swimming is fun and provides entertainment close to camp. If you really want to be “adventurous”, take a couple canoes and have swamping wars. Just remember, everybody needs a swimming buddy.

Society today seems to be doing all it can to degrade families. This is why it is important to spend quality time together as a family. July camping can be quality family time. Remember to drink plenty of water, rest in the shade, and use sun screen. A few small things will help summer camping trips to be much more enjoyable and memorable for years to come.

Break away from the television and the rush of everyday life. Spend some quality time with your family this summer. Go camping! Warm summer nights, lakeside swimming, and family memories are awaiting you at a campsite this July.

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