How to repair leaking Fishing Waders

Finding a leak or hole in your fishing waders can turn a good day sour in seconds. The slightest of holes, tears or pin-pricks can let water seep through the material and onto your under clothing. Although this may be welcomed in the warmer summer months, throughout any other season cold water entering through your fishing waders can prove fatal, and it doesn’t do your breathable waders any good.

Recently at Fishtec we’ve had many sets of fishing waders back to us which have been littered with pin holes, more than likely caused by the growing brambles, thorns and other bank-side shrubbery.

The usual affected areas are around the knees, waist, hip and bottom of the waders where an angler has accidentally pushed their way past some spiky undergrowth. Even the toughest and most expensive waders will spring leaks from time to time, but how do you find a leak in your fishing waders? Below we’ll show you how to find and repair leaks in your trusty breathable waders.

What do you need to repair your waders?

  • Airflo Bloc-IT flexible repair adhesive
  • Airflo Bloc-IT leak detector
  • OR Airflo Bloc-IT emergency repair patches

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Some leaks may be blatantly obvious, a tear or rip will provide easy visual accuracy, but a pin hole or small puncture will take time and effort to locate. If your having trouble finding a leak in your waders try Airflo Bloc-IT leak detector or other alcohol spray.

Turn your fishing waders inside out generously spray the leak detector on the inside of the wader material. If there are any punctures or holes in the wader a black spot will form accurately giving your the exact location of a leak.

How to repair waders from fishtec

Once you’ve sprayed the entire inside surface of your waders and all leaks have been detected, take some Airflo Bloc-IT wader repair adhesive and put a dot over the shown leak. Repeat this over the whole length of wader so that all holes are covered. It’s wise to lay your fishing waders flat on the floor or table, repair the one side and leave to cure for a few hours then repeat the process on the opposite side.

How to repair waders from fishtec

On this particular pair of chest waders we found a pin hole tear caused by a thorn or bramble which scagged along the front of the wader material. To secure this from leaking simple apply adhesive to the full length of the tear ensuring to cover 1 centimetre around the effected area. This will ensure that any scagged fibres will be glued and cured.

How to repair waders from fishtec

To prove how effective this method of repairing breathable waders is we’ve taken the below picture of a pair of Simms waders which are in their 8th year of service. Many pinholes have been repaired and punctures fixed extending the life of these waders and keeping the angler dry, hopefully for many more years to come!

How to repair waders from fishtec

Emergency wader repairs

If your waders start to leak whilst on a fishing trip try using Airflo Bloc-IT Emergency Wader Repair Patches. They’re the ideal remedy for blocking out water until a more permanent fix can be applied.

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