I have been a drift fisherman, spending a majority of my time chasing rainbow trout, for more than a quarter of a century so I have a very good understanding of just how important a quality pair of fishing waders is to the type of fishing that I enjoy. You see, when you drift fish you are standing in the water that you are fishing almost all of the time, so if you want to be comfortable (especially in less than ideal weather situations) a pair of fishing waders is of the utmost importance. Below I will outline 3 pairs of quality fishing waders that I currently use or have used in the past, to give you a better idea of which option would be the best choice for you, no matter what species of fish you choose to target when drift fishing.
- Cabela’s Premium Dry Plus Breathable Waders – These are the waders that I currently use and couldn’t be happier with them. As a matter of fact this is my second pair of Cabela’s Premium breathable waders and the first pair that I owned lasted me 10 years of heavy fishing with hardly any problems whatsoever. These waders have attached gravel guards which is very convenient along with triple layered knees for extra protection and are great for all seasons as you can layer underneath them for warmth when fishing in cold water or temperatures.
- Cabela’s RVG II Stocking foot Waders – These breathable waders are very much like the premium dry plus, and come at a slightly more economical price point. If you are a fisherman who only gets a chance to fish four times or less a month, these fishing waders will likely be perfect for you. You can save some money, and still have a quality pair of breathable waders that will last you for a long time. These entry level waders have 3MM neoprene booties and and a highly abrasion-resistant face that guards against scrapes from brush and such.
- Roaring Fork 3.5MM Neoprene Waders – If a majority of your fishing is done in very cold water or cold temperatures in general, a pair of neoprene waders is the way to go and the “Roaring Forks” are a hard pair of waders to beat. These waders come with built in boots that have felt soles and are an extremely comfortable, economical, and durable pair of fishing waders. They are very popular among steelhead fishermen from the great lakes to Alaska.
The bottom line, as I said earlier, is that no matter what species of fish you like to target when drift fishing, the above fishing waders are 3 of the best waders that are on the market today. Whether you are chasing rainbow trout in Vermont or Montana, or are chasing salmon or steelhead in New York state or the Pacific Northwest any of these waders will serve you well for many fishing seasons. And once again, I use (or have used) them all and speak from experience when I outline this information.