I tripped and fell in a fast moving stretch of the Clyde in February and ended up about half a mile downstream.... spent a night in Wishaw general hospital with hypothermiaThis is very serious as we all know and a heads up for others, how many times have you had to go home wet through no fault of your waders n Jacket this season?
Im up to 2 expecting more wet runs home!
Stick some studs into the felt soles, deadly alone on wet grassSlipped on to my rear end in a few inches of water a few weeks ago and just got my cuff wet does this count? this is the first year that i've tried felt soles and they definitely help a lot, it would be suicide wading in one of my favourite spots in cleated soles, and a staff would be more of a hinderance than a help. I tend to have more slips on the bank now instead of in the water!
agree totaly, like i said know your limits. and the simms aqua stealth studded are the bee knees.Wade less & cast more !
Wading is a serious business.
Only wade when I can see the bottom & my boots.
While life jackets and wading staffs are very important when used correctly some people feel these Safety Aids give them license to wade anywhere with a very false sense of security.
A little common sense goes a long way to keeping oneself safe and dry.
A good pair of boots with studs is essential and no felt soles - these days there are far better alternatives - I tend not to worry about what waders I wear these days- though I will only wear simms boots with the aqua-stealth studded soles - incredible grip both in and out of the water.
Don't mean to harp on about this subject but as someone who guides a fair bit I feel that safety in general when fishing can't be over-emphasised and unfortunately is often overlooked and taken for granted.
Personally for me guiding is about helping people catch fish, enjoy their time on the water and above all else Be Safe !
never taken a dunking & hope to keep it that way.