Whether you are a fly-fisherman or an ultralight spin fisherman as I am, if you fish for trout a pair of quality waders is an extremely important part of your fishing arsenal. Being able to wade in the water that you are fishing is extremely helpful in the world of trout fishing and a pair of waders enables you to be able to wade in the water no matter what the season or water temperature. When it comes to the best waders the biggest key is that the ones that you choose are quality.
Many anglers try to save a few bucks and buy the least expensive pair of waders that they can find and this is often a big mistake. Why? Because the most inexpensive fishing waders on the market are likely manufactured by a low quality company that produces a low quality product. So, the first key when it comes to trout fishing waders is to purchase a pair of waders that is offered from a quality company.
Some quality companies would include; Hodgman, Simms, Cabelas, and Patagonia. All of these companies produce and sell quality trout fishing waders that last for a very long time. For example, I had my last pair of Cabela’s Dry Plus waders for about 12 years before I finally decided to purchase a new pair. When you try to save a few bucks and purchase the least expensive waders that you can find they end up lasting for a much shorter period of time and in the long runs this costs you money.
So, what is a quality pair of trout fishing waders going to set you back? Well it all depends on your budget, but on the low end expect to pay around $125. When you get into the high end of fishing wader choices (such as Patagonia) expect to spend $300 or more, although in my humble opinion waders of this quality aren’t necessary unless you are in the guide business and use your waders virtually every day of the week. The bottom line is that a quality pair of fishing waders will cost you between $125 and $300.
If you consider yourself an avid trout fisherman (or woman) investing in a nice pair of fishing waders will be one of the best investments that you make. And if the investment seems like it might be too steep for you, consider the example above of my last pair of waders. I bought them 12 years ago for $150. At one point during that twelve years while hiking along the river, these waders got punctured by a sharp stick. I bought a $8 tube of aqua-seal and fixed them without any issues, so my total investment in these waders was $158. Since they lasted me for 12 years, this means that those fishing waders cost me about thirteen dollars a year! That’s a bargain by anyone’s estimation and should prove to you that even though they might seem expensive initially, in the long run a pair of quality waders is actually a bargain.