5 tips for looking after your Fishing Waders

Looking after your waders

The guys at Simms have produced a comprehensive guide to looking after your fishing waders. See how the pro’s look after and repair their waders with information on pinholes, scrapes and tears, inner leg abrasion and how to repair small leaks yourself. These 5 useful tips will save you time and money when it comes to your thing or chest waders.

  • Pinholes, scrapes & tears

The most common problem that will occur in Gore-Tex® or other breathable garments is pinholes (we use the term “pinhole” to identify any small violation of the breathable fabric that allows moisture to penetrate into the interior of your garment), scrapes or tears. Pinholes, scrapes & tears are usually caused by thistles & thorns, but hooks, sharp rocks etc. will also damage the garment. The vast majority of the thistles & thorns will be deflected by the fabric, but sooner or later some of them will find a way through the weave and cause leaks. To avoid these damages just think twice when walking the banks; walk around the thorn bushes or other potential harmful objects instead right through them, and don’t sit down on any rough or sharp surfaces. There’s some great tips on repairing pin holes here.

  • Inner leg abrasion (on waders)

Inner leg abrasions are often related to wrong sizing or heavy wear. This is caused by abrasion when the fabric inside the legs rubs against each other when walking. Finding the right size on the wader when doing your purchase is extremely important to prolong the lifetime of the wader. Please note that long days of walking and wading in a pair of waders may result in fabric abrasions along the back edge of the seam. This is easily repairable and a common wear and tear issue.

  • Proper care & storage

After each fishing session make sure to allow the product to dry properly before you store it. Waders, jackets & packs etc. should hang in a vented, warm and dry place. Boots should also be properly dried before put away. If clothes or boots/shoes are stored wet or damp over time mildew will start to grow on them and cause severe damage. On waders & jackets mildew will cause problems like seam tape lifting (seam tape on neoprene feet’s & Gore-Tex® seam tape inside the garment will come off), and sometimes delaminating of the fabrics. Common for all products is that mildew will start a general material breakdown. The microorganisms (mildew is living organisms) produceenzymes that breakdown the cellulose or protein in the fabric to compounds which they use as food. Easily said; the mildew will break down all the components in the garment and eat it.

After the products are properly dried they should be stored in a cool, dry environment with adequate ventilation. If a product is infested by mildew it should be isolated by sealing it in polyethylene bag and it should be disposed immediately or sent to trained professionals for decontamination.

  • Self repairs

If you are getting leaks along any seams in a waterproof, breathable garment, please do not do a self repair to these areas. Most reported seam leaks are in fact pinholes along the seam tape and not a true seam leak. Aquaseal or other adhesives does not come off and any self repair that is done along a seam may potentially void your warranty as we cannot remove and correct the problem without destroying the seam. We understand why a self repair may need to be done in the field, but please realize that we may not be able to correct the problem if the seam has been altered or covered in some sort of glue/adhesive.

  • ReviveX® application and upkeep

Over time and exposure to rushing water, long days in the rain, dirt & other factors your Gore-Tex® garment may begin to” wet out” and will no longer be repelling water on the surface fabric. More times than not, this is a result of the DWR (Durable Water Repellency) wearing off. Though water isn’t leaking all the way through the garment, it may feel and look like it is. This is because “wet out” reduces breath ability and creates excess interior condensation making you damp and cold. It is easily addressed with the use of ReviveX®. Please follow the instructions of use carefully when restoring the DWR.

Celebrities in waders

Celebrities are well known for sporting the latest trends, and this lot of A-listers are going crazy for boots inspired by waders.

From edgy girl Rihanna to super chic Heidi Klum, our favourite celebs are going gaga for fishing inspired shoes.

The thighs the limit when it comes to this lot…

Jennifer Lopez

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J-Lo’s insane snakeskin mini and wader combo would just scare the fish away!
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If it’s a trend, you can guarantee Madge is going to jump on board, waders and all!
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Victoria Beckham

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Ever posh – Victoria’s waders are Gucci daahrling!
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Rihanna – so hot in waders, she’s on fire
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World Wide in Waders

Exploring new countries and cultures is great for the soul, expands the mind and broadens your horizons.

There are some truly stunning fishing spots to find around the world. So pack your suitcase and set off in search of the planet’s most exotic fish and beautiful spots.

It’s time to get World Wide in Waders and put the fly(ing) in fly fishing.

Labrador, Canada

Canadian lake

Wish you were here?
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So it’s named after a chubby dog, but nobody cares about that once they’ve gone fishing there. Few destinations in the world can rival the rivers, lakes and ponds of eastern Canada for fishing.

Set against the stunning landscapes of this Canadian wilderness, you’ll be fishing for wild Atlantic salmon, trophy-winning trout, northern pike and much more. And if that wasn’t enough to pack up your waders right away — it’s common to catch fish up to 8lbs in weight.

Just keep an eye out for bears.

The Amazon Basin, Brazil

fly fishing on the Amazon

Wild and wonderful – fly fishing on the Amazon
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Yes, the Amazon.

Quite an adventurous location this one, so only thrill seekers need apply. This is the largest freshwater system, and the largest rainforest in the world – so you’re well and truly in the wild here.

The fishing REALLY needs to be worth it then, eh?

What this unique area offers is unique types of fish. There’s plenty of Peacock Bass waiting for you to come and have a go with your fly-fishing skills.

For more of a challenge, try to keep up with the speedy matrichana, or brave the white water rapids to fish for a pacu.

Just watch out for the ‘over-friendly’ piranha.

The Alta, Norway

The mighty Alta

The mighty Alta
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Norway is the home of the mighty fjords, mightier Vikings and The Alta.

The Alta is an awe-inspiring location far inside the Arctic Circle, so expect it to feel quite fresh.

Not that you’ll be taking much notice of the weather, as the salmon in this area are seriously big and there are lots and lots of them.

In fact fish have been caught in Norway that far exceed the British record of 64lbs for a rod-caught fish. Every August and September the area boasts some of the best salmon runs in the world — time to bring out the waders.


Cuba is high up on the list of holiday destinations for many people.

In this unique and vibrant place, you’ll find 1950s cars, big cigars and friendly people (when you’re not out fly-fishing).

Yes indeed — saltwater fly-fishing in and around Cuba is pretty remarkable for bonefish and the migratory tarpon. The pristine and wader-friendly inshore flats also benefit from a well-enforced protection policy. So fish populations are abundant and won’t shy away from having a go at your fly.

New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy awakened the world to New Zealand.

Both North and South islands boast crystal clear waters, which are teeming with brown trout and rainbow trout.

It can be quite a challenge to land a fish in these waters, as the water is just so clean and clear. This allows the fish to spot any danger well in advance, your casting has got to be perfect if you are to stand any chance.

Home sweet home

When you return home from your worldwide wading expedition, the best way to relax is by visiting your favourite fishing spot — oh, how you have missed it!

From Cornwall’s rocky coastline to the lochs of Scotland, we do all right in the UK for fishing spots too.

Airflo Airtex Chest Waders Trout Fisherman

“Tackle Testers Choice”

Airflo Airtex Waders - Trout Fisherman Tackle Testers Choice

The Airtex waders, which replace the old Delta designs, come in standard chest and also zip-front versions. They do away with the secondary outer layer of material running down the leg and also have a more snug fit around the legs and the ankle with a contoured cut and articulated legs. They are made from a three-layer Finetex material that is not only waterproof but very breathable so keeps body moisture to a minimum even when you are on the move.

All the inside seams are fully taped. These chest waders have built-in stretchable gravel guards made from a very tough and abrasion-resistant fabric. The guards have a rubber grip strip on the inside edge and a metal lace hook for a secure fitting to the boot. The neoprene feet have a contoured fit so are very comfortable and again they are fully taped throughout. There are three integral belt loops to accommodate an adjustable and detachable 1.5-inch wide webbing belt with a quick release bayonet fitting.

At the top of the waders is a set of elasticated, adjustable and detachable braces with male and female buckle at the front so you can’t get them crossed over or twisted. The waders are a two-tone color with a less spooky brown from the waist down and a tan colour on the top half.

On the standard Airtex chest waders there is a large front pocket that is accessed by a water-resistant YKK zip. On the zip-fronted model there is a RIRI waterproof zip, which runs from the crotch to the top and two smaller chest pockets with zip access. The zip front waders come in sizes M-XXL while the standard waders come in these sizes plus medium and large king. The standard chest waders cost £179.99 and the zip front waders are £229.99 and these prices include a pair of the Airtex wading boots.

The Airtex Wading Boots are incredibly light – the pair of sizes 10’s I had for review weigh in at just 2lb 7oz – But they don’t compromise on build quality. An important consideration when buying wading boots is how rigid and effective the toe box is, and on these boots it’s stiff enough to withstand a good amount of water pressure. This reinforced toe section is also ideal for kicking about on the lake or river bed.

Airtex Wading Boots - Trout Fisherman Tackle Testers Choice

I have quite a wide foot but didn’t feel restricted in these boots and could wiggle my toes in relative comfort. The synthetic uppers are hard-wearing and quick drying and there is a protective rubberised section around the rand, toe section and heel for extra durability. There is also a definite increase in padding around the angle that not only offers good comfort but great support as well. There are four sets of metal eyelets plus two sets of quick release hooks for the laces.

The boots are available with either a felt or Vibram sole and I had the Vibram one to review. Although it is not a heavily cleated pattern it gives excellent grip over a wide range of terrains encountered on stillwaters such as mud, grass, shingle and dam walls. You could use Airflo’s wader stud kit (£9.99 for 30 studs) to increase grip for river fishing conditions.

These Airtex wading boots come in sizes 7-12 with felt sole and 8-12 in a Vibram sole. I think these are Airflo’s most comfortable waders and boots setup to date and offer excellent value.

Written by Robbie Winram.

How to Repair Leaking Waders


Repair minor damage to your waders at home with a few simple tips.
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There’s nothing worse than your chest waders leaking. That moment you feel the cool, slight trickle of water seeping in you’re instantly put off your game. All you can think about is how cold you’re getting and the amount of water that’s quietly filling your waders at a rate of knots.

Here at Fishtec we have created the best wader repair kits for permanent fixes or for a temporary fix on the side of the river.

How do I fix my leaking waders?

First of all, if you can’t find an obvious rip or tear you’ll need to need to find the source of the leak. Airflo Bloc-it leak detector will help you locate the smallest of pin holes in your breathable waders.  This spray should be applied to the inside of a dry pair of waders to reveal any pin hole leaks. Once the leak or leaks have been detected they can be patched with our Block-It wader repair.

Airflo block it leak detector

The Airflo Bloc-IT Wader Repair glue has been formulated to provide a permanent and flexible repair to nylon, neoprene, rubber, nylon and breathable waders. This glue can be applied with ease to any material using a pair brush or flat edge to perform a fix to ripped or leaking waders. Also great for repairing torn fishing jackets, this wader repair glue is the ideal remedy to seal a leaking foot, seam or hood!

How to make a temporary fix

Airflo Block It Wader Repair

If you find a leak in your waders, it usually means you’re already out on the water and you’ll need to wait for your waders to dry out before a permanent fix can be made. Airflo’s Bloc-it emergency repair patches have been designed to create a temporary fix to any leak that may spring up. These emergency repair wader patches are the ideal remedy to block out water until a more permanent fix can be applied. We recommend the Bloc-It wader repair for a solid, waterproof bond.

Airflo Block It Patches

Dave Lane Carp Fishing Diary July

Well the weather seems to have stabilised a bit now but everyone must have been affected in some way by the recent floods.

As anglers all that extra water has a far greater effect on us than most sports because, ultimately, it ends up in our rivers and lakes.

On a recent trip to the big Northants gravel pit I arrived to find that the level had risen over three feet in just a few days. On a sixty five acre pit that one hell of a lot of water.

Rather than be put off by the fact that all the swims had swans gliding around in them and the paths resembled babbling brooks, I was instantly excited at the prospects that lay ahead.

Any phenomenon like this, anything out of the ordinary, will affect the fish and make them behave in an unusual manner and often that is to our advantage.

The first thing I wanted to know was where was the water coming in as influxes, inlet pipes, burst river banks etc have always been a magnet for carp as they love the taste and feel of new water. Usually the muddier the inflowing water the better and I also think that the oxygen level must rise around the source of the inlet as well; this combined with the chance of some fresh food being unearthed by the power of the water as it floods in, nearly always creates an instant feeding area.

I donned a set of waders and went for a paddle around the lake, amazed at just how high the level had risen in such a short time. Within a few minutes I had located the inlet, a pipe about fourteen inches in diameter that was buried into the bank and connected to the two small ponds in the field behind. The river must have burst into the ponds and the water was now being transferred through the pipe into the lake. The flow was absolutely charging through creating big peaks and troughs as it hit the wind generated waves coming in the other direction. The surface of the water near the pipe was a mass of swirling eddies and pools and I just knew that the fish had to be down there in the flow, how could they resist?

Because of the effect of the currents it was impossible to slack line and very difficult even to set up a standard arrangement with the tips near the water. The drifting weed and the attendant flocks of swans feeding on it meant that I had to fish my tips up high, over the reeds and straight down into the flow, more akin to a barbell set up than a normal carp one.

Straight away I started getting knocks and pulls on the tip, far too strong to be just the power of the flow against the braided mainline and, due to the fact I was using four and a half ounce leads, I was pretty sure the rigs were not trundling along the bottom either so they must be line bites.

It felt strange as I sat in my low chair behind two jacked up rods just watching the tips tapping away but within half an hour all doubts about my methods were dispelled as the right hand tip buried itself in the reeds and the clutch ripped into life.

Although not a big fish it still went crazy in the flowing water and started the ball rolling for what was to be an incredible session. To catch one or two fish in forty eight hours from this lake is a mega result and a lot of people go months between takes but this was to be something else. Over the next two days I hooked and landed six fish, all from within a few feet of the bank and all in the flow of the inlet pipe. It seemed as if they drifted in to the swim in packs because all six were caught in pairs a very short while apart. Every time the fish would arrive, the tips would start bouncing as they bumped into the lines and, within an hour, I’d get a couple of bites before they disappeared again.

The carp were varying sizes but the star of the show was a long lean mirror of thirty two pounds that actually picked up the bait whilst I was playing a twenty pound common right next to him. Because I was otherwise occupied he managed to strip sixty yards of line and bury himself in a huge weed-bed before I had a chance to deal with him. Luckily I had a set of chest waders as I had to make my way around the flooded margins and land him from the other side of the bay.

It just goes to show though, how much the fish can be affected by a simple phenomenon like a bit of flood water and, by picking the right approach, it can turn a good session into a great one.

Chest Waders – Safety first

Whilst out on the water your safety is always the highest point on your priority list, other than catching fish, right? But when accidents occur your waders may only be your only chance of surviving! Keeping safe and catching fish, right?

There is much speculation over the safety of chest waders, fishermen have many different theories to what happens to them when they fall in the water whilst wearing them. I for one think waders are your best friend when out on the bank or after an accidental slip!

One important thing to know is that if you fall unexpectedly into a river or lake, your waders will fill with water but will not drag you down. Your weight in waders, even when full of water will be the same of the water around you. Water isn’t heavier than water. The only thing that may add to your weight is wearing several layers of clothing.

Your goal is to get out of the water safely without any injury. If falling into running water is your main  worry, just lay on your back and assume the armchair position with your feet facing downstream, this will prevent any injury from rocks or trees and keep the air inside your waders. This way you can also see where your heading and if there’s any slacks or exit points ahead.

Still-water would seem easier to negotiate if the dreaded happens, swimming is easier as there is no flow to compete against and the shore or boat won’t be too far away. Hopefully other anglers will come to your assistance, but keep your cool and gently make your way back to your the pontoon.

Secondly, anglers think if you were to unexpectedly fall into a lake, your waders will fill up with air instead of water and flip you upside down, legs in the air and head down. Kind of like a swan searching for food!  This, however, has been tested in pools from jumping head first off a platform and even though waders do fill up with air, the person is quickly righted and lies flat on the water. Again, keep your legs up and lay on your back and the excess air will push out relieving itself.

One great addition to your waders would be a wading belt, not only does it make you look a lot better but prevents water from rushing down your legs if you fall in. It also traps air to help float. A Wading staff is also a great help when crossing a fast or deep pool, coloured water can impair an anglers vision and that one rock may cause a slip! That may swing you next time you visit your local fishing tackle shop.

Waders, however, should never be even contemplated as a  replacement for a lifevest or inflatable jacket.

Wild West Waders – aren’t they chaps?

wild west waders

Wild West Waders
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Billy the kid, Doc Holiday and Jesse James; just three of the villainous heroes of the Wild West; not very nice chaps, who wore chaps.

Clothing design and manufacture has come a long way since the days when strapping lengths of cow hide to your thighs was the best protection from the perils of nature. But would cowboys be any better off in waders?

Let’s take a look at why fishing waders would have been best – in the West.


rain clouds

Waders for the Wet Wild West
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When it rains in cowboy movies, oh boy does it rain. Imagine yourself in denim and chaps, hardly proper protection from the deluge we think you’ll agree. How much better to be safely ensconced in a pair of neoprene chest waders. Warm even when wet.


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Waders for the Wild West Winter
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When the going got tough and the snow started to fall, the cowboys of yesteryear donned what were called, ‘woolies’, chaps with and outer layer of fleece or angora. They were thought to be the warmest winter wear around. But they didn’t have fleece lined waders did they?


cowboy canteen

Waders for water in warm weather
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Ever noticed how terribly thirsty cowboys get when they’re in the saddle in the middle of the sun blasted plain. There’s never any water and his canteen – well it’s so small – it’s just not up to the job. Waders by contrast are so versatile; when it gets warm, just fill ‘em with water and sip away in the sunshine.

Gun fighting

cowboy gun

Weapon holding waders
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Waders wouldn’t be much use against a hail of bullets so you’d still need a six shooter, but ask yourself this: where does a cowboy keep his backup weapon? Yes that’s right, down the side of his boot. Simply put, the bigger the boot, the bigger the blunderbus – wear your waders for shootout success.



Waders for poisonous prong protection
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No self respecting cowboy travels anywhere without his ‘pardner’. The reason for this is that when you get bitten on the calf by an angry rattlesnake, your pal can suck the poison out for you. It’s not nice. Wear waders – total protection from poisonous prongs.



Wade in to trouble with waders
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Still not convinced that cowboys would have been better off in waders? Think about it – you’ve been out on the trail for, oh, hours – you’re tired, you’re bad tempered and you’ve got saddle sores. You’re itching for a fight. There’s nothing else for it – somebody has to die. You tie your horse outside the saloon and mount the steps.

Picture yourself, poised before those saloon swing doors. You’re about to wade in there and put some lead into some poor innocent soul. But how can you wade into trouble, if you’ve forgotten your waders?

Five brilliant home uses for fishing waders

Fishing waders will keep you warm and dry even when you’re waist-high in water; in fact they’re every fisherman’s best friend.

Around the home fishing waders completely useless right? Wrong. Say hello to your flexible friends.

fishing boot planters

Flowering boots

1.Plant Pot

Forget the boring plant pots used for common types like Spider Plants. Posh plants like Yuccas, Dracaenas and Monstera Delicosas want something interesting to stand in. So why not fill your boots with foliage.

2.Toilet Roll Storage

Unless it’s in position to enjoy it’s half-day of fame on the holder, toilet rolls just get in the way. Well there’s one splash-proof place toilet rolls can be stored in abundance and that’s a fishing wader. Nobody will be any wiser — just don’t forget where you’ve put them else it might get messy.

3.Money Box

The small coins need some loving too, so give them a fantastic new home this winter and get yourself a jumbo-sized money box, that will afford you something special when it’s full up.

fishing waders umbrella stand

Fishing waders make good umbrella stands

4.Umbrella Stand

The symbol of domestic bliss and disposable income, the umbrella stand is a favourite for tidy people with good hairstyles. Time to get radical with your furniture and show your friends that your bohemian creativity knows no bounds with an umbrella wader.

5.Hot Water Bottle

In those cold winter months when your hot water bottle isn’t quite warm enough it’s time to bring out the waders. Now we’re not saying fill up your waders with hot water — that would be silly — we’re saying put them on and get in bed. Warm as toast.


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