Waders for Fly Fishing
The choice lies between rubber hip-boots, regular wading stockings to be worn with wading shoes, or wading pants worn with wading shoes. Wading pants and stockings are good to use when you are living or camping near your fishing; otherwise, they are, in some ways, undesirable. Woolen socks should be worn between waders and shoes to keep the feet of the waders from chafing. An outfit of mackintosh stockings and wading shoes will cost about $10.00; wading pants, $2.00 more. I do not believe that anything is better suited to the purpose, under average conditions, than a good pair of light-weight hip-boots. For wading very rocky streams have them leather soled and the soles studded with a few soft hobnails. Wear inside them a pair of well fitting woolen socks — not the "rubber-boot moccasins" which are usually furnished and are sure to work down at the heels and make things generally uncomfortable. The mackintosh boots are also good; also more expensive.
In the warmer months, if you are so situated that you can change into dry things reasonably soon after you are through fishing, the best plan is to wear neither boots or waders but to wade the stream in woolen socks and an old pair of knee-high hunting boots with small slits cut in them to let out the water; or the regular wading shoes may be worn with canvas leggings. Many anglers prefer to get wet from the "outside in" rather than from the "inside out." Following this plan you do not, as Mr. Wells expressed it, “stew in your own juice."
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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