Ive a pair of guideline boots with felt soles and put studs in them. I hate the sound of metal on rock/gravel and cant imaging this is doing anything for the fish either. Want to change to rubber grip soles - anyone know if this is wise / doable?
I agree but would much rather have the better grip in the water than on the bank. You won’t drown falling on the bank. And you still put studs in the vibram which is what he’s trying to avoid.Depends how and where you are fishing in my opinion. Ive got 2 pairs of the same boots, 1 has felt with studs and the other the simms vibram with studs. For the tyne felt is better by a country mile but for the coquet where im walking muddy banks and putting the miles in the vibrams alot better as i find the felt too slippy on the wet grass and mud.
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Yep, kee deep silty mud and felt soles just dont mix. I slipped while jumping the mud last season and ended up getting stuck in the mud for agesPersonally, I don't think there is any one answer to this....other than studs in both types of soles.
Thought of ear plugs ?:redface:
Charlie H is right ...the installation pattern is different, and needs to be carefully considered for each type...Felt / Vibram.
I prefer vibram, but without studs they are lethal...Supatracks for me, mix of long and short....on simms g 3's use the pre moulded install positions, but think of where your weight is going to be applying greatest pressure...short under ball of foot, and instep...long everywhere else...it is about how the stud protrudes over the tread, and which part of the sole will compress the greatest, against rock, under your weight.
My local river is remote, and requires long walks, so, as Rrr, suggests felt isn't that great in that scenario....wet grass, and soft mud blinding the felt, is not a pleasant experience...and bloody hard work !:shocked:
Some of the river is rounded 'Whin Cil,' really hard, like curling stone material, and some sharp edged volcanic which shreds felt in a couple of sessions
All in all, it is a trade off at best...look at the rivers / terrain you regularly incur and find the best compromise....2 or 3 miles of river rarely throws up exactly the same terrain ?:nod:
One thing I would say is that if you need studs ...a wading staff is a must !
Not the best answer to your conundrum...but hope it helps !