Choosing Waders for Trout Fishing

Waders are not necessarily an essential piece of trout gear. If you will be mainly wading in warmer climates, you likely do not need waders; waterproof boots, or even an old pair of tennis shoes will probably suffice. However, if the water in which you are trout fishing is colder in temperature, you will need a pair of waders to help keep you safe and give you the opportunity to catch more trout by allowing you better access. Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing a pair of waders.


Hip Waders: Hip waders are a relatively inexpensive choice when it comes to waders. These waders extend to your upper thigh and groin area. These are great waders if you are fishing in shallow streams, and they are relatively comfortable and easy to get in and out of. They come in two pieces and usually strap on to a belt.

Waist Waders: These waders extend to your waist and are secured with a belt, somewhat like a pair of pants. If you are going to be fishing in waters that are about knee-high, waist waters are a good choice.

Chest Waders: These waders extend to your chest and are secured with straps that go around your shoulders, much like a pair of suspenders. Chest waders are a great choice if you are fishing in relatively high water, but they are they are a bit more difficult to maneuver around in.


Bootfoot Waders: Bootfoot waders have the boot attached to the waders themselves. This makes them a bit heavier and a little bit less flexible, but these types of waders are also a bit cheaper.

Stockingfoot Waders: These types of waders do not have a boot attached to them. Instead, they have a waterproof sock over which you fit a waterproof boot. The advantage here is that you can choose from a variety of waterproof wading boots, giving more options and flexibility than you would have with bootfoot waders. These types of waders are much more comfortable than boot foot waders.

Other Considerations

Waders are mostly made from two types of materials. Neoprene waders are made from a rubber material and help trout fishermen stay warmer by not allowing perspiration to escape. However, they are also tighter and do not allow for as much flexibility. The other popular choice are waders made from a more flexible substance that allow your body to release perspiration while still keeping you dry. These types of waders, often referred to as breathable waders, offer a bit more flexibility. If you are going to be fishing frigid waters, you would want to go with a pair of neoprene waders. If you plan on mostly fishing relatively warmer waters, the breathable waders would be the better choice.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a pair of waders is to check to make sure the waders have some type of knee pad. This will help you to prevent tearing the wader material if you have to kneel down in the stream for any reason.

Again, waders are not absolutely necessary for all trout fishermen, but in colder waters, they do allow you to access spots you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to. So, while not always necessary, waders can definitely increase your chances of catching that trophy trout.