The addition of studs to the soles of your wading boots can make a huge difference to grip and traction on slippery surfaces.
In this blog post we look at how best to fit and install wading boot studs to felt sole wade boots.
Pick your studs
There are various wading boot studs on the market, including Simms, Greys and Kold Kutters. All work in the same principal way – you screw them into your boot sole. However, this seemingly simple process needs to be done with a bit of care and consideration.
We are going to use Kold Kutter studs in this guide. Kold Kutters are a DIY stud option that are massively popular in the USA. They were originally designed for tyres of vehicles used in ice racing and they provide brilliant grip in snow and ice. They also make perfect wading boot studs, being made of hardened steel with a 3/8 inch diameter thread.
How many studs per boot?
Adding too many studs is a bad idea because you still need flat areas to make contact with the river bed – or you could end up skating precariously on the tips of the studs. 10 studs per boot sole will be about right. This allows you to spread the studs out nicely. Our preferred pattern is 4 in the heel and 6 in the toe area, with the studs near the outside of the sole for best traction.
What do I need?
A packet of 20 studs, Stormsure or Aquasure glue, permanent pen.
Step 1. Mark your holes
Using a permanent marker, mark the soles of your wading boot with the pattern shown below.
Step 2. Apply glue
The addition of a small dab of wader glue (such as Aquasure or Stormsure) this helps the stud lock into place and remain secure.
Step 3. Screw the studs in
No special tools are required!! You can use a standard flat head or socket screwdriver to install the stud. Ensure the stud goes into the sole perfectly straight, not at an angle. Do not over tighten the stud.
Step 5. Ready to fish!
When wading you need to be sure footed and safe – you have gone a long way to achieving this!
Kold Kutter wading boot studs are just £3.99 for a pack of 20. Available here.
For tips and hints on better wading practice and safety, check out our ‘Wade safe’ blog here: https://blog.fishtec.co.uk/wade-safe-tips-for-better-wading