Wading Around For Spring?

Spring is fast approaching and now is the time to check your waders and wading boots to see if you need to replace your old ones or upgrade them.  Bass Pro Shops in Independence, MO has a wide selection of waders and wading shoes to accommodate a variety of outdoor activities.  Whether you are trout fishing at the trout parks in the Ozarks or crossing a small creek to get to your favorite turkey hunting area we have many options for you. 

If you haven't been in to our store for awhile come in and browse around and see what we have to offer.  We have stocking foot chest wader/wading boot combinations that can accommodate various needs.  Some of the wading boots even have interchangeable soles you can instantly switch to adjust to the terrain you are walking on.  We carry various waders made with either breathable, neoprene or 3-ply canvas material.  And if you want the basic cleated boot wader we also have them in chest and hip waders.

If you would like to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable then consider our assortment of wader accessories.  For example, if your clothing pant legs move around in your waders and make you uncomfortable we have pant keepers that will help hold them in place.

Or if you need a wading staff to help you walk across the rocks in the water we have one of those also.

We also have various tall socks if you need to add warmth or cushion your feet.

So come in to the Independence Bass Pro Shops and check out what we have to make you next outdoor adventure enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

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Harkers Island for some Redheads

I just recently I got back from what has become an annual duck hunting trip out to Harkers Island, NC. We were hunting on the Core Sound (pictured below) in search of some Red Heads.

Core Sound

The Core Sound is located in Carteret County. South of popular fishing in Hatteras, Okracoke and the Pamilico Sound.

Core Sound Map

Like many old communities on the Southern coast, Harkers Island is undergoing a transformation. People from elsewhere in the state and country are arriving and buying land on the island, building summer houses or settling in as year-round residents. Fishing and hunting and boatbuilding no longer form the core of Harkers Island’s daily life,but rest assured the duck hunting is still as good as yesteryear!

Historical Waterfowl hunting

Photo credits: Harkers Island; photo by Roger Haile. In Carteret County, and hunting party aboard a menhaden boat; photos in the collection of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, at the southeastern tip of the island where Shell Point juts into Core Sound, provides a snug haven for the centuries’ old traditions of these maritime communities. The museum serves as a center for the preservation and documentation of the region’s material culture, and a gathering place where Down Easterners celebrate and renew old ties.

Museum exhibits display beautiful historical and modern-day examples of the region’s finest decoy carving, as well as handmade nets, crab pots, and other tools of the region’s trades, all of which require a high level of skill and experience to make. Exhibits lovingly showcase the daily lives of their hardy forebears, with handcrafts like quilts and tatting, implements of their various maritime occupations, family letters, sports regalia, and many other treasured items.

Given the history of this region and the success of our trips, Harkers Island will no doubt remain an annual staple in our duck hunting season.

Pictured Below one of the first Red Heads harvested during our trip.

Red Head

This trip we ended up having some extremely cold weather to deal with and I was concerned I did not have enough gear and clothing to stay warm and be able to truly enjoy the trip.

I am extremely cold natured but when I checked the weather after hunting Tuesday only to find that they had changed low yet again to bone chilling 8 degrees wind chill, I was worried to say the least.

This was by far the coldest weather I have hunted in yet since I was born and raised right here in North Carolina and temperatures like this are really not that common.

Some of the clothing I used:

Our premier base layering system, RedHead Enduraskin Long-Sleeve Cold Mock Shirt for Men features AXE Anti-Odor Technology and extra-thick 4-way stretch fabric that is ideal as a base layer in cold temperatures. Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, easy care 82% polyester/18% spande

480 gm, 100% polyster spun fleece fits snugly against your skin yet stretches easily to allow for walking and bending. Elastic waist and handy rear zippered pocket. Gives you total moisture control in all types of waders, keeping you completely dry!

Made with 100% waterproof, windproof, breathable Refuge HS with HyperShield 2.0 Technology, the Drake Waterfowl Systems MST Eqwader Plus 1/4-Zip Long-Sleeve Shirt for Men features pullover style with placket-length zipper for easy on/off, fleece-lining, taped seams, midchest adjustment, neoprene cuffs, magnetic call pouch, and zippered security pockets.

RedHead Waders deliver 100% waterproof protection for the entire family. The flexible 3.5mm neoprene construction traps and holds body heat to give you a shield from the chill of the water. The wader's durable ozone-resistant rubber boots are lined with 600 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation to keep your feet warm. Adjustable nylon shoulder straps with quick-release buckles and nylon wading belt help provide a comfortable, customized fit.

 Wader Jacket is a shorter version of our 4-in-1 Parka in a warm waist-length style with elastic bottom for wearing over your waders. The jacket features a 100% waterproof/breathable Bone-Dry membrane; 150 gram ThermoLite Insulation in the body, 100 gram ThermoLite Insulation in the hood and arms; Taslon oxford shell; Ripstop-oxford honeycomb fabric at shoulders and articulated elbows; double storm flap with rain drain; lined collar with chin flap; 3-piece hood; side-seam adjusters; hook 'n' loop cuffs with neoprene barriers; 2 large snap-close cargo pockets; magnetic-closure chest pockets with hidden drainage; lined hand warmers; and license loop. The liner features a water-resistant nylon camo with 100% poly microfiber lining which reverses to brown; built-in shell holders; knit wrists; elastic waistband; micro tricot-lined hand warmers; and 150 gram ThermoLite insulation. Mesh ambidextrious shooting pad pocket with shooting pad included.  

Our Cold Weather System—C.W.S.—is your shield from the full frontal assault that mother nature can unleash in the coldest months of the year, and it will soon become your favorite cold weather system. In driving sleet and blinding snow, you'll stay warm, dry, and comfortable while you stalk your prey. The quiet, waterproof/breathable warp knit suede The quiet, waterproof/breathable warp knit suede features our BONE-DRY 100% waterproof, windproof, breathable membrane, a technical barrier to pounding moisture that also lets your body exhaust perspiration, increasing your comfort level while hunting in inclement weather. C.W.S Bibs feature ultra quiet, waterproof, breathable warp knit suede with 150 grams of Thermolite insulation. Features include integrated adjustable stretch suspender system with dual clip release, 2 front waterproof lock down zipper chest pockets, 2 front slash pocket, 2 waterproof lock down zippered cargo pockets, extra wide belt loops, and two 20 inch waterproof lock down slider leg zippers for easy on and off. 60% cotton, 40% polyester.

 

Thanks to the hunting gear I had with me I will have to say I stayed warm from the boat ride out until we got back to the landing. After looking over all of the gear I had you may think wow that is a lot of clothing and you are right. I think I looked like the Michelin Man walking around on the marsh that day but I was warm and was able to enjoy the hunt instead of being cold and completely miserable.

Group Photo Limit Out

We had a great hunt, almost limited out all three days as a group, enjoyed the great outdoors and got to experience God’s amazing creation. I have used our Red Head hunting clothes for the last thirteen years that I have been working here and they continue to get better and better. Next time you are looking for new hunting clothing make sure to check out our Red Head brand and compare it to the other.

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     "150 Years in the Outdoors Since 1856"

 

Just like one of our print ads says, “ Ducks Don’t Care About The Label On Your Camo”.

 

Happy Hunting,

Dale Rice, Hunting Manager

 

 

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Spring Cleaning ..... Getting Ready to Fly

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Fish that is. It's time. Yes, I know that the thermometer still hovers somewhere in the vicinity of the Arctic Circle and you may need to call in an ice breaker to get on your favorite trout stream, BUT the return of outstanding fly fishing is getting so close we can almost taste it. To ensure you're prepared for that first miracle day when the temperature rises, the water flows, and you have the day off, you need to get things ready now.

If you have been lusting after a new fly rod, now is the time to acquire it. A new rod is a great way to start the season and the perfect excuse to go fishing, as in “I have this new rod I really need to go try out” The same “excuse” works for that rod you got as a gift that has been sitting in the corner taunting you all winter.

If your “old favorite” rod and reel have been waiting patiently since you put them away last fall, they probably could use a little attention. A bit of candle wax rubbed on the male ends of the rod segments will refresh the joints and help that rod fit together snugly.

Having spent the past couple of months wrapped around the reel the line has likely acquired a bit of memory. Find yourself a smooth pole (like a basketball pole, not a tree… too rough). Spool off your line around the pole, grab both ends and walk back to the point where you’re stretching the line; not too taut, just enough to straighten it out. This works best on a reasonably warm day with the line at room temperature.

This is also a good time to inspect and clean that line. If your line is more than a couple of three years old it may be ready to be replaced. Look closely for cracks or breaks in the plastic. Damage such as this will let water into the core and the line will not float very well, if at all it deserves to be retired (I usually relegate my old lines to the rod I use for pond fishing for bluegill and bass). Assuming the line looks to be in decent shape, a good cleaning will ensure it’s ready to go.

I have heard many different perspectives on how to clean and treat a fly line. For some (like me) a simple cleaning with a damp rag and dishwashing soap (a gentle detergent) seems to work just fine. Others, afraid the soap will remove the secret-sauce line coating, wipe off the line with clean water and then treat it with one of the many line conditioners available. Should you have any questions about how to clean and treat your particular line; most line manufacturers have recommendations for their products on their websites. Backing, unless it’s about 100 years old, rarely requires any attention or maintenance (as long as you didn’t put that reel away soaking wet which will cause the backing to acquire a nice coating of mold and mildew).

It is likely that your leader needs refreshed. By the end of the season the last one I used looks pretty sad; short broken sections with wind knots, abrasions, and long pieces of tippet tied on the end (hey, the fish were rising, no time to tie on a new leader!). A fresh new tapered leader will get you started right this year.

Now is also a great time to review your outfit. No, I’m not suggesting you reassess your sense of style, but rather the great load of tools, supplies, and implements of destruction we carry forth each time we head for the water. By the end of the season I seem to have added enough stuff to my kit that when fully outfitted in my waders and chest pack I look like a haz-mat team from the waist down and hardware store from the waist up.

Clearly we need a few things. Extra leaders, some spools of tippet, and the basic tools- nippers, forceps, and a zinger to hang them on- are of course required. Dull nippers are nothing more than a frustration. Some nippers may be sharpened, others should simply be replaced. Forceps last forever. Zingers, however, do tend to wear out and will break at the least convenient and most overlooked times. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve looked down only to discover my favorite and most needed tools have disappeared on the end of a broken zinger. Give them a good look to see if they are frayed and worn.

Rummage through all the pockets of your vest or pack to see what treasures may be lurking there unnoticed. That granola bar you stashed last July may need refreshing; if you find a Twinkie it’s probably still good to go. Strike indicators, split shot, floatant, and other miscellaneous supplies may need refreshed or discarded depending upon how often you actually used them. A lighter load makes you a more nimble angler.aquaseal

Waders and wading boots usually require a bit of attention. That annoying little leak was probably tolerable last September, but will feel pretty uncomfortable in April’s 50 degree water. Small leaks, either punctures or in the seams, may be repaired with products such as Aquaseal. Simply clean the areas with rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and apply a small amount of AquaSeal. Rubbing in the sealant with a q-tip works well on leaky seams. Larger rips or tears are harder to repair and may necessitate replacement.

Wading boots can take quite a beating. Check-out your laces and replace as necessary. Synthetic laces, not the cotton ones designed for hiking boots, work best and will not deteriorate in the water. If you notice any seams that have separated on your boots, there are still a few cobblers about who can repair them at a reasonable cost (there is a great old-time shoe repair place in Fountain City-they do great work). If the uppers of your boots are in good shape but you’ve worn off the felt soles, these may be refreshed by grinding off the remaining felt and installing felt sole replacements. I’ve done this a couple of times and, if you follow the instructions provided with the repair kit, it works really, really well. For those with studded soles, check to see if the studs are worn or missing. Replacement packs of the screw-in studs are readily available. Then again, it may be time for new boots.

Last but not least, you need to take stock of your supply of flies. Remember what worked best last year?? Do you have enough?? If not...get busy tying. If you don’t tie your own, get to the store sooner verses later...once the fishing turns-on the fly shops tend to run out, at least temporarily, of the most popular flies fairly quickly. You don’t want to hit the water for the first time this spring without your favorite flies.

And there you have it, from rod to reel and head to toe, the things we all should be doing to get ready for the best fishing of the year that’s lurking somewhere just over the horizon. If you have any questions about the state of your equipment or what flies to acquire, just stop by the shop...we’ll be glad to look things over and offer suggestions. While I wouldn't go sit by the stream fully wadered with your fly rod in hand just yet - we do need to live through the rest of February - its close enough we need to READY!

Local fishing continues to be challenging, although tail water fishing has improved of late. The Clinch River has seen some favorable generation schedules on the weekends and we’ve talked with quite a few anglers who planned to take advantage of the opportunities. The Holston has also been fishing well with wader-friendly schedules. Remember you can check the tail water schedules, updated around 6:00PM every evening, by looking at the TVA Website.

The national park waters were bone-numbing cold, but the rains over the past weekend have warmed the streams a bit. Unfortunately, we got a little too much rain and the streams were pretty blown-out. Little River rose from about 200 cubic feet per second to near 4,000 this past Monday (it’s down to 904 right now-still too high to fish). Unable to fish the park waters I headed to one of the stocked catch-and-release streams and managed to catch a few big dumb rainbows...not exactly the same as catching a wild trout, but in February sometimes “ya just gotta catch a fish”, if for no other reason than to keep your spirits up.

 

 

Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place

Kodak, TN 37764

865-932-5600

 

 

 

 

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The Hunter’s Footwear Favorites

The Hunter’s Footwear Favorites

     My husband, Bryan, enjoys wearing his Ducks Unlimited Tall Merino Wool socks and Bass Pro waders while he hunts. His favorite socks are the Ducks Unlimited Tall Merino Wool Boot Socks and the Redhead Classic Series II Neoprene Boot-Foot Waders are his favorite. We all have our favorites. What are yours?

SocksThese socks are naturally odor resistant, itch free, and stay up top of  your legs. Nothing is more aggravating than having to pull your socks out of your boots. This particular pair of socks also has the fatigue fighting arch support and reinforced toes and heels for longer wear time. The socks are available in camo and brown/tan. They have improved the durability of the sock, which enhances the product. Oh and best of all, they are machine washable and made in the U.S.A!

Waders

Not only are warm socks a necessity, but waders are also a must! Who wants to get wet and be miserable. You will need a reliable pair of waders. Bryan trusts the Bass Pro brand Redhead for all his footwear needs. He owns the Redhead Classic Series II Neoprene Boot-Foot Waders. They are 100% waterproof. This particular selection is available for Men, Women, and Youth. A bonus feature if you have kids that are still growing, they have adjustable shoulder straps! A few other features that are a must have are the front hand warmer pocket and the pouch for your shells if you are hunting. The waders are durable, and have proven reliable performance. With all the features you are getting, the value is exceptional! Make sure you try on a pair and who knows you might be taking the whole family on your next hunting adventure!

      As we all know, this Memphis weather is very unpredictable. It could be warm or cold. You will want to have a pair of hand warmers in your hunting bag. They are affordable and worth it to have some heat while you are waiting in the hunting blind for your next big buck. They are a great addition and last minute trip necessity!

     We all have our favorite footwear necessities. As hunters, we want reliable, durable, and comfort while outdoors. So, next time you are looking to purchase new footwear gear, stop by our Footwear department and let one of our experts assist you.     

 

 

SIZING CHART:

RedHead® Neoprene Boot-Foot Waders

Size

Chest

Waist

Thigh

Inseam

Outseam

Calf Seam

     

8

41"

38"

22"

31.5”

52.0’’

16’’

     

9

42.5"

41"

23.5’’

33.5”

53.5’’

16’’

     

10

45"

42"

24.5"

34.5”

56.0’’

16.5’’

     

11

45"

42"

24.5"

34.5”

56.0’’

16.5’’

     

12

46"

44"

25"

34.5”

57.0’’

17’’

     

13

48"

46"

26"

34.5”

57.0’’

17.3’’

     

14

49.5"

47.5"

27"

36.5”

58.5’’

17.5’’

     
 

 

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Fly with the Best!

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Rods and Basics

Those who have been fly fishing for several years probably have several rods for different purposes. Each rod is designed for a purpose - to cast a particular weight line. Why? Let's start with how rods are defined. The size number of the fly rod is directly tied to the size or number of the fly line intended to be cast. The numbers and sizes work like shoe sizes.

A 3-weight rod will ideally cast a 3-weight line. An 8-weight rod will ideally cast an 8-weight line. The bigger the number, the larger the rod and the heavier the line the rod will cast.

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Keep in mind, you do not cast the fly rod. You cast the fly line. A fly rod is simply a lever or extension of your arm. It is possible to cast a fly line without any rod at all, but not for very long. Fly rods are actually machines or tools that allow you to cast the fly line very comfortably even when casting big rods on saltwater for extended periods of time.

White River Fly Shop® Dogwood Canyon® Pre-assembled Fly Outfits

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Waders

When fly fishing, light, breathable waders are the way to go. There are numerous styles as well as the boots that accompany the waders. Be aware of your state’s regulations for felt bottom boots as they partake in a little disease known as “Whirling’s” disease.

White River Fly Shop® Classic Chest-High Stocking-Foot Breathable Waders for Men and Women

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White River Fly Shop® ECO-CLEAR™ Wading Boots for Men

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White River Fly Shop® Extreme Wading Shoes for Ladies

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Puttin’ this gear to WORK!

 

Tying Flies

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The first flies were produced after man discovered, much to his surprise, that covering the hook with feathers fooled the fish into thinking that what was really a piece of sharpened bone, was a nice tasty fly. The technique used by these early fishermen was to simply 'lay' the artificial fly on the water's surface. A method similar to “dapping” is much used on Scottish lochs today.

Obviously from this stemmed the intricate and skilled art of tying flies. Talk to anyone who ties flies and they will tell you how passionate they are about creating their own bait and the accomplishment of a big catch from start to finish.

 

White River Fly Shop® WR-Emerger Fly Tying Bench with Vise, Tools and Material Kit

This fine piece of work will eventually be in the budget for my future purchases. This is a great starter kit, and easy to use.

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White River Fly Shop® 20-Piece Streamer Assortment

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Here is a basic sample of flies to start you off. Not too complicated but just enough variety for your needs. If you prefer to have one of our master tiers make your flies or even take a gander through our selection. You can also talk to our fine gentlemen and ladies and ask them for a personalized fly….they created one for me and named it the “Katiebird”.

 

Books and DVDs

Stop on in to grab one of these books or a DVD to give your skills an extra boost.

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Here is our very own Christian Wolff in northern California catching a fine brown trout.

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If you are interested in how to become an avid fly fisherman/woman, stop in the store and get ahold of our fine folks. We are having fly tying nights on Tuesdays. These dates and times will be posted on the store website as well as in store. This is a great way to get in touch with others and swap stories and events.

Catch ya later!

 

KatieKins

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What Do You Use Waders For?

What do you use your waders for?  Do you fish, duck hunt, kayak or do you use them to put in your dock?  Perhaps you need them for work such as being a zookeeper, watertreatment, or chemical plant worker.  Whatever the reason may be we have a large variety of waders to pick from.  With so many brands out there don't forget to take a look at the Redhead Brand by Bass Pro Shops. 

The Redhead Bone Dry Big Man Neoprene Boot is roomy with a full cut.  Very easy to move in and comfortable add waterproof to it and it makes for a great pair of waders.  These waders hold your body heat inside for extra warmth with 600 grams of thinsulate.  Another plus is the expandable side gussets with adjustable straps.

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Need somthing affordable?  Who doesn't these days,  try the Redhead Bone Dry Hobbs Creek Chest Waders/Lug Sole.  These waders have two layers of lightweight 3 ply nylon jersey and have a 100% waterproof barrier.  They resist cracking and are tough and comfortable.

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The Redhead Classic Series II Brown Neoprene Boot/Foot Waders come in mens, ladies and youth.  Lug sole, flexible and have 200 grams of thinsulate.  These waders also include a handwarmer pocket and have padded knees for extra durability.

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So stop on by and check out the variety of waders we have to keep you warm and dry this May.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 

 

 

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It's getting cold out there!

It's getting cold out there! 

Redhead Bone-Dry Canvasback Systems Wader Jacket for Men

Being a shorter version of the 4-in-1 Parka, this waist length jacket with an elastic bottom for wearing over your waders, has all the same features as the Canvasback 4-in-1 parka. It has a rugged Taslon oxford shell that has a Bone-Dry membrane making the jacket waterproof, windproof and breathable. The 100 gram ThermoLite insulation in the hood and the arms and 150 gram ThermoLite in the body, makes this jacket extremely warm. The removable liner, also has features of its own such as shot shell holders in the chest. An additional feature that makes this such a great buy, and a fantastic Christmas gift, is the Rip-stop in the shoulders and the articulated elbows. Additional features include: three piece hood, side seam adjusters, 2 large snap-close cargo pockets, magnetic closure chest pockets with hidden drainage, license loop and mesh ambidextrous shooting pad pocket. The hook ‘n’ loop cuffs with neoprene barriers are great for those frigid mornings, wading in the marsh, setting up your decoys. Just before shooting time, its starting to become light out, ducks are flying overhead, and you’re not sure whether its time to pull the trigger or not: the magnetic closure pockets are perfectly silent, allowing you to check the time without letting the birds know you are there. The Redhead Bone-Dry Canvasback Systems Wader Jacket makes a tremendous waterfowl hunting coat, and would be a great gift for that special someone for the holidays.

 http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-BoneDry-Canvasback-Systems-Wader-Jacket-for-Men/product/49155/

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Risk Mitigation for Wade Fishing at Night- A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Risk Mitigation for Wade Fishing at Night- A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

by Captain Jim Barr of Skinny Water Charters

 

Personally I would rather saltwater fish in very shallow water (preferably with a fly rod), thus the name for my charter business, Skinny Water Charters. (www.SkinnyWaterChartersRI.com).  Most seasoned striped bass anglers know these fish prefer to feed heavily at night and in the low light of early morning and evening. It’s true that in the spring and fall months stripers can be found in the middle of the full light of day, typically when they are making their spring and fall migrations or when they have pushed bait to the surface creating those dreamy sustained top water blitzes. This top water action is found in both shallow water as well as deep water environments. In Rhode Island, during July and August, stripers will often retreat to deeper and colder water that can significantly degrade our shallow/top water fishing opportunities.

In Rhode Island we are blessed with many shallow water /tidal estuaries, flats and salt ponds, absolutely wonderful places to fish for stripers and hickory shad. During those warm summer months one of my favorite places to fish are the salt ponds along our southern coast, each of which is connected to the ocean via narrow breachways that supply cold and highly oxygenated water, and striper forage that includes crabs, shrimp and a variety of small baitfish. Ideally I like to target fishing in darkness, during an incoming tide, and in skinny water. During periods at and surrounding the new and full moons that bring big tidal exchanges and fast moving currents, the incoming night tides can produce spectacular fishing in a beautifully serene environment… few if any competing anglers, no waves or engine noise from passing boats, only the composite sound of the ocean breaking on the distant barrier beach, the occasional screech of a seagull or tern… and the nearby slurping of stripers feeding in shallow water.

Tragedy Narrowly Averted

Several years ago on an early July evening, the stage was set for such an outing. In two canoes, three of us crossed the narrow breachway as the tide began to turn. The new moon would guarantee no light except the faint glow of a starry sky. We each wore a life vest for the crossing, and brought our chest waders, chest packs, and headlamps that would provide the light we’d need to change fly patterns and hopefully unhook fish. We anchored the canoes in a foot of water on the southernmost end of an expansive sand flat that was beginning to come alive with gulls and terns wheeling over clouds of sand eels that were beginning to school on the flat. We removed our life vests and stashed them in the boats for the return trip, wet waded the short distance to dry land to put on our waders and packs, string our fly rods and tie on our starting fly patterns.  In short order we were positioned on the flat and casting to nervous water as the sun set and the salt pond began to fill with cold ocean water.  Our timing was near-perfect, as the light fell from the sky and the “sun setters” on the far shore packed up their beach chairs and wine glasses, the parking lot emptied, and the stripers began feeding… heavily.

As expected the top water fishing became spectacular. We had the entire flat to ourselves on a warm summer evening with all the striped bass we could ask for feeding on the surface as close as a rod length away. We continued to wade the flat casting to pods of breaking fish as they recklessly fed further north on the flat into the belly of the salt pond. During those several first hours of the incoming tide the fishing was so fast and furious that we paid little attention to the gradually deepening water and the distance we were opening from our anchored canoes. The sky was black, the only light being our headlamps that we turned on occasionally to change a fly and unhook a bass. I glanced at my watch and realized there were two more hours of incoming tide before the water went slack. Panic set in when I realized we were roughly 200 yards from where we anchored the boats, that the current was still flowing heavily against us and that I recalled having crossed through several  low areas on the flat where the water would be deeper than the waist high depth I was now standing in.

We soon realized our peril. I was the strongest wader of the three of us, so the plan was that Paul would stay with his girlfriend, turn on their headlamps and make whatever progress they could as I pushed hard against the current and deeper water to get to the boats before we were all swept off the flat into the deep water where with all our gear weighing us down there would be little chance of avoiding being drowned.

As I crossed several deeper areas on my way to the boats, as feared, the current pushed water over my waders so that by the time I reached the relative safety of the canoes I was exhausted and my waders were nearly full despite wearing a tight wading belt.  I stripped off my beach shoes (I never wear wading boots when fishing in saltwater estuaries) and waders and piled into the canoe and floated them down-current to my friends. Together we found shallower water further west on the flat, and eventually paddled back to the launch.

Lessons Learned

I have since wade-fished that same flat during similar conditions but I do a few things different than the night we came so close to tragedy. What’s different?

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  • I tether my canoe or kayak to my wading belt as I wade across the flat. Gone are the days of having to fight against a strong current to get back to my boat.

As anglers we generally are in “overkill” mode when it comes to gear that we take fishing. At the end of every wade fishing venture I take, I can easily identify half the inventory I brought that I didn’t use, but the problem is I don’t carry forward that lesson to the next outing. If you can build into your behavior a discipline that steers you away from toting stuff you never use and backfill some of that space and weight with the safety gear noted above, you’ll be more inclined to fish some of those quasi-risky locations and conditions where the big ones prowl.

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Waders for Beginners

With spring right around the corner and the fishing classic underway lots of fishermen/women are stocking up on all the great deals on the basics for fishing. One thing that is a must for some fishing styles is waders.

Before working at Bass Pro Shops I honestly did not know these existed so here is a complete beginners guide on waders.

Why the need for waders:

People not only use waders for fishing but also for putting in/taking out docks,  hunting, photography, and environmental research. For every activity and experience level there is a perfect wader out there for you. Since the Fishing Classic Sale is the perfect time to get your feet wet (not literally haha) with your new hobby.

First off there are 2 types of waders each with their pros and cons:

Stocking foot – These waders have neoprene socks attached to the waders so you can customize the boot you choose to wear (either felt or rubber). One of the main questions I get about these waders is will your foot get wet since they have no boot attached. The answer is no! Neoprene is  completely waterproof. To keep yourself completely protected from rocks and tears it is good practice to wear some sort of shoe while wearing stocking foot waders. These waders are used more in fishing.

A great starter summer wader is: http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Classic-ChestHigh-StockingFoot-Breathable-Waders-for-Men/product/11100605012317/

Boot foot – These waders have their own rubber boots attached to the wader completely allowing for a one-stop shop when it comes to waders. A majority of these waders are used for more general purposes. Many of the boots have added insulation to keep feet warm even in the coldest of water.

Great for almost everything:

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-BoneDry-Hobbs-Creek-Chest-Waders-for-Men-Lug-Sole/product/10455/

Great for hunting:

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Classic-Series-II-Neoprene-BootFoot-Waders-for-Men-Ladies-or-Youth-Camo/product/103648/

The debate between boot or stocking foot is completely up to you but if you still can’t decide stop by the footwear department and one of our associates will give you a complete wader 101 and help find the wader perfect for you and your activity.

 

FOOTWEAR 101: LAURA

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Spring Cleaning for the Fly Fishing Guru!

With the up and down weather this time of year, now is the time to update and re-organize your fly fishing gear. We have White River tri-foam fly boxes to organize your flies. The boxes have a triangular cut-out that help guide the hook bends while the slit foam holds the flies in place. The flies are held securely and ready for use.

Have you checked your waders and boots for cracks or leaks? Don't forget we carry White River waders and boots in most sizes. The picture below is one of the White River Fly Shop Classic Chest High Stocking-Foot Breathable Waders. They usually run $99.99. They have fleece lined pockets, a safety belt, kneepads, and neoprene booties with gravel guards.  They are also waterproof/breathable, and availabe in tan. Make sure you stop by and check our selection. Nothing is worse than leaking waders!

Also, your fly line needs to be cleaned, so why not check it out while you’re doing some spring cleaning? Rio makes a wonderful and easy to use fly line cleaning kit. The kit cost $10.95 and it’s worth the money to keep your fly gear in good condition. The cleaning kit helps ensure your line casts further, floats higher, and last longer. The cleaning formula also works on all modern fly lines. Don’t forget to check your leaders and tippets too. We all know they can become brittle and need to be replaced from time to time.

Get your gear cleaned up and ready, so when the weather is just right, you are ready to go fishing! Stop the Fly Shop to replenish all your fishing needs and tell them Lesley sent you! Fish on!

 

White River Wader

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How to Buy the Right Boot Wader

Here at Bass Pro Shops we have a variety of waders to pick from and the Associates in our Footware Department will be happy to help you with anything you throw at them. A few questions to think about are:

Where and what will you be using them for?

What material is best for what you want.?  Neoprene for warmth, Breathable, Rubber?

Fitting is more important than you think.  You want to be dry, warm and have them fit.  If your boot wader does not fit well,  you will tire easy walking.  This could lead to a mishap.  It restricts your range of motion climbing over rocks.  Getting in and out of a boat could be a problem also.  You could damage yourself and your equipment.  Remember to give yourself a little room.  You don't want them too tight, you may need a extra layer of clothes.  When trying them on do knee bends, put your foot on a stool.  Another idea is don't get them too long where it may cause a fold.  This could leak over time. 

A few boot waders to try are the RedHead Bone Dry Hobbs Creek Chest Waders.  These come in youth, women, and men.  They are durable, 100% waterproof, resist cracking for years, and come with 200 grams of thinsulate.  We also have the RedHead Bonedry BigMan Neoprene Boot Foot Waders.  Comfortable, roomy full cut, expandable side gussets with 600 grams of thinsulate.  Try the RedHead Bonedry Rubber Foot Chest Waders.  These waders have soft sponge insoles, deep cleated outsoles for good traction and are durable as well as waterproof.

Boot waders do not need gravel guards and are considered low maintenance.  There are no laces and are easy to get on and off.  So stop on by and check them out.  So - when that weather clears you are ready.

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Redhead Canvasback Series, Max 4, Duck Blind

4 in 1 wader jacket

  • Waist length- elastic bottom
  • Usually worn with waders
  • 150 Grams of body insulation
  • 100 grams of arm insulation
  • Bone dry
  • Storm Flap- rain drain
  • Microtrcot lined collar and chin flap
  • Detachable hood
  • Waterproof hook n loop cuffs
  • 2 large cargo pockets, lined hand-warmers
  • Magnetic shell holder
  • Reinforced shoulders
  • Articulated elbows-ripstop fabric lined Thinsulate
  • Machines washable

Parka with Liner

  • Bone dry
  • Longer length than the wader
  • Liner 150 Grams thinsulate reversible
  • Water resistant nylon 100% polyester lining
  • Built in shell shoulders
  • Knit wrists
  • Elastic waist band
  • Machine washable
  • Magnetic closure on pockets
  • Insulated hood with soft visor
  • Invisible game call pocket
  • Inner security pocket
  • Machine washable

 

 

Canvasback Bib

  • 2 way zippers, storm flaps
  • 150 Grams insulation
  • Bone Dry
  • 2 chest pockets, 2 accessory pockets
  • 2 cargo pockets, 1 back pocket
  • No slip shoulder adjustable sharps
  • Full length size sips with covers
  • Machine washable

Canvasback Pant

  • Non-insulated pants
  • Elastic waist- gap shits
  • Belt loops
  • Knee high leg zips
  • 100 polyester
  • Machine washable
  • High stress area reinforced
  • Rear pocket with zip
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Redhead Canvasback Series, Max 4- Duck Blind

Redhead Canvasback Series, Max 4, Duck Blind

4 in 1 wader jacket

  • Waist length- elastic bottom
  • Usually worn with waders
  • 150 Grams of body insulation
  • 100 grams of arm insulation
  • Bone dry
  • Storm Flap- rain drain
  • Microtrcot lined collar and chin flap
  • Detachable hood
  • Waterproof hook n loop cuffs
  • 2 large cargo pockets, lined hand-warmers
  • Magnetic shell holder
  • Reinforced shoulders
  • Articulated elbows-ripstop fabric lined Thinsulate
  • Machines washable

Parka with Liner

  • Bone dry
  • Longer length than the wader
  • Liner 150 Grams thinsulate reversible
  • Water resistant nylon 100% polyester lining
  • Built in shell shoulders
  • Knit wrists
  • Elastic waist band
  • Machine washable
  • Magnetic closure on pockets
  • Insulated hood with soft visor
  • Invisible game call pocket
  • Inner security pocket
  • Machine washable

 

 

 

 

 

Canvasback Bib

  • 2 way zippers, storm flaps
  • 150 Grams insulation
  • Bone Dry
  • 2 chest pockets, 2 accessory pockets
  • 2 cargo pockets, 1 back pocket
  • No slip shoulder adjustable sharps
  • Full length size sips with covers
  • Machine washable

Canvasback Pant

  • Non-insulated pants
  • Elastic waist- gap shits
  • Belt loops
  • Knee high leg zips
  • 100 polyester
  • Machine washable
  • High stress area reinforced
  • Rear pocket with zip
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Fly Fishing Colorado - Beaver Ponds

The hand hold was becoming a familiar friend.  I held it tightly in an attempt to prevent my head from striking the side window of the truck.  The last 5 miles to the beaver ponds were those of a 4 wheel road [sic] which was dusty at times, showing the effects of this year’s 50 percent snow pack in the high country.  The tank trap holes that swallowed and then released our truck tossed us from side to side and forward and backward like tiny sticks.  I held on tightly to mitigate the churning action in an attempt to preserve life and limb, but still felt like a bobble head doll.

Eventually the terrain flattened and we came to the stream crossing.  This was the second indication of just how low the snow pack had been with the result being only a few inches of water trickling over and around the rocks.  A stream that normally ran 10 inches deep.  An early warning of what was to come.  Soon we pulled into a large clearing in the Aspen and Pine forest where Elk hunters will be camping this fall.  Several fire rings dotted the clearing where different groups will be camping and trying to stay warm from the heat from their separate fires. 

We quickly donned our chest waders, wading boots, and rigged our fly fishing rods, eager to get to the ponds.  I tied a #16 Parachute Adams to my 5X monofilament tippet and followed Jack and Nathan down the trail and through the woods to the ponds.  We were quite shocked upon emerging from the thick woods.  The view that unfolded was one of desolation.  Three empty, and I mean dry, beaver ponds lay directly in front of us.  We were heartbroken (that’s a bit strong, but you get the point).  One of these was our favorite pond which always produced a dozen or more hits from Colorado River cutthroat trout (a subspecies of cutthroat trout native only to the Colorado River and Green River basins). Our #16 Parachute Adams, #16 Black Elk Hair Caddis, and #14 Black Beetles remained dry as we bushwhacked our way through the tangled willows up stream [sic] in search of a water filled pond not just a skeleton.

The day was saved when we discovered several ponds filled with both water and cutthroat trout.  With the low water conditions we could not fish the normally fishable stream between ponds.  This was a disappointment because the stream segments usually hold lots of trout hiding under the cut banks, glides above the riffles, and in the run outs. A carefully placed fly will bring a sudden splash from an eager cutthroat in nearly every location where there is enough depth to the water to provide cover for the lurking monster of 8-10 inches.

In tact ponds produced great fly fishing and it turned out the cutthroat trout took every fly pattern we presented in a proper way. I even tied on a #24 Blue Man midge as a dropper off the Parachute Adams and had trout grab it and run like mad.  No, we could not bomb one in to a shallow flat and expect the shocked trout that had been hanging out there to stay around.  A nice soft landing would work just fine though.  Deeper sections held trout that were more forgiving. Casting directly to the rise rings left by a rising cutthroat would nearly always bring a sudden strike if all phases of the cast were executed properly.

In all, a great day enjoying the beauty of Colorado with friends.

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ATTENTION CALIFORNIA HUNTER: WATERFOWL- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Shop Bass Pro Shop Rancho Cucamonga for all your waterfowl accessories.
 
Team up with Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga (Team Waterfowler) on the 1,2,3, steps of waterfowl hunting.

           TEAM WATERFOWL: Russell Freehling, Sandoe Debreceni, Justin Wold, Freddie Washington

(Left to Right: Russell Freehling, Sandor Debreceni, Justin Wold and Freddie Washington)

Bass Pro Shops has a large selection of waterfowl decoys and calls.

Decoys & Calls:      

  • Greenwing & Bluewing Teal
  • Ringneck
  • Mallard
  • Gadwall
  • Wigeon
  • Pintail
  • Also Geese decoys


                   WATERFOWL DECOYS      WATERFOWL CALL

In the early morning hours, under a shower of falling stars, team member Sandor and Russell  spread decoys for the morning hunt.   

SPREADING OF DECOYS: Sandor and Russell

WADER: Chest, Hips, Pants

WADERHIP WADERPANTS WADER

You'll also need a good pair of Waders to retrieve downed birds and set decoys.

RETRIEVING DOWN BIRD: Russell Freehling          RETRIEVING DOWNED BIRD: Sandor Debreceni

( Russell Freehling and Sandor Debreceni retrieve downed birds)

BLINDS: Layout, Netting

Layout Blind       CAMO NETTING BLIND  



     Team Waterfowl Blind

Sandor and Russell build a blind from sounding brush and camo netting.  

GUNS & AMMUNITION:

BENELLI  BERETTA REMINGTON MOSSBERGRUGER   SAVAGE STOEGER   WINCHESTER HEVI-SHOT    KENT CARTRIDGE


Many more brands to choose.

 
The above combination will help in the success of your hunt, and creating memories of a lifetime.
 
Russell Freehling  Justin Wold
Russell Freehling with snow goose, while Justin Wold take aim on incoming birds.

Sandor Debreceni
Oh! what a day. Sandor Debreceni with the days harvest.


At Bass Pro Shops it is our goal to provide you with all of your hunting and outdoor needs, and associates in each department are knowledgeable and eager to assist. 

Remember at Bass Pro Shop Rancho Cucamonga we're "Sitting on Top of The World" to provide all your outdoor needs, and "We all live down stream".


Freddie Washington
Hunting Associate / Hunter Education Instructor
Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga, California

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Feeders, Attractants and Game Cameras

Feeder with game cam and mineral blockBefore archery season last year, Rod and I bought an American Hunter R-225 Pro Tripod Feeder and an American Hunter Feeder Max Solar charger. We filled it with deer corn and Redhead On-Track Premium Loose Mineral Supplement. Assembly was very simple and was completed in 30 minutes, if that.  After the timer was set on the feed timer motor, we were ready to watch the critters. We found it was very easy to fill the feeder with the help of our ATV or the tailgate of our pick up truck.  We set up a couple of Moultrie Game Spy game cameras around the feeder and were shocked at the deer and other critters that were coming in.  Rod sprayed some C'mere Deer attractant around the area and we had some nice buck show up closer to the rut. With the help of a snow plow on our ATV the critters didn't need to travel in the deep snow to reach our feeder. Over the winter we had deer, rabbits, raccoons, red fox and our friendly neighborhood groundhog to watch after the hunting seasons were over and old man winter set in.Mountain Laurel in the spring

The week before April 16th, the opening day of the PA trout season, we went for a hike to look for dropped antlers because one of the game cameras got a picture of one of the bigger buck with only one antler. We found some good buck rubs but no drops. The temperatures were still in the 30's and 40's but we did find that spring is on it's way in Southcentral PA. The mountain laurel, holly and spring garlic were everywhere. We've been hearing a woodpecker's enthusiastic drumming echoing across the mountain ridge and we found his "hotel" in a power line pole filled with holes. For those who like bird watching, Bass Pro has many types of bird feeders and suet for the feeders including hummingbird feeders. Don't' forget to visit our gift department which is full of wind chimes, garden items and other decorative items than can make your outdoor living space more enjoyable and beautiful.

I work in the Tracker Boat Center in Harrisburg and unfortunately we've had so much rain this spring that we haven't been able to take the boat out for trout season.  However, Uncle Rod pulled on his Hodgman chest waders and was able to take our 11-yr old nephew out fishing the first day since his Dad didn't get his fishin' license in time. It was very cold and crowded because the streams and lakes were well stocked by our local fish hatchery but they fished off the bank and caught a small brown trout.  Even though they didn't catch much fish, they both had a good time together and that's what it's all about (Well....almost...catching a trophy Palomino trout would be better, right?).  Please take a child fishing any time you can because the best memories are those of the times you spent together in the outdoors.

God bless you and your family and enjoy our great outdoors!


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Buying Fly-Fishing Waders

By Jason Akl

Picking the right pair of waders will make your day on the water a lot more comfortable.

One piece of fly fishing equipment that should not be overlooked by anglers is a quality pair of waders. If you plan on fishing shallow rivers or lakes that require the angler to wade wet to fish effectively than having a pair of waders that are comfortable, warm, and easy to walk in are well worth their weight in gold. The two main goals that waders are supposed to accomplish for the angler are the same two goals that each angler seems to struggle with the most, keeping dry and warm. Different companies use a multitude of techniques and materials to try and accomplish these two goals, but after all is said and done waders can be separated into three main groups: nylon, neoprene, and breathable styles.


Nylon Waders are the type that most beginners end up choosing, simply due to the reason that they are considerably cheaper than the other styles. One step ahead of the pioneer rubber waders that fishing started out with, nylon is much lighter than its rubber counterpart while still keeping you warm and dry. As you probably thought, along with the cheap price associated with these nylon style waders comes an extensive list of disadvantages to using these types of waders.


First and foremost, nylon is hot and not breathable. Wearing these types of waders on hot, sunny days can make even the coolest fisherman lightheaded. The special construction of nylon although very good at not allowing water in, does not allow water to exit either. When the angler starts to sweat there isn't anywhere for the water to go, creating condensation and making your under wader garments damp. This problem becomes a concern for anglers as winter fishing becomes frequent and as we all have learned many times; once wet it does not take long to become cold. The durability of these types of waders is also in question. Nylon has a tendency to tear or rip easily making a poor choice if you plan on staying dry while walking through rough terrain. 

 

Taking all this into account nylon waders are good choice if you are a beginner angler who is still learning and does not plan on spending too much time out on the water. If you are a fishing nut and are just getting into fly fishing then buying a higher quality pair of waders that can withstand a certain amount of punishment will save you in the long run.


Neoprene Waders are usually thought as being in the middle class of waders available to anglers.  Due to the unique material used in these waders construction, neoprene waders are excellent in battling even the coldest of weather and conditions. Another key feature of neoprene waders is that you can buy them in a wide assortment of thicknesses to tailor them to the specific conditions that you plan on fishing in. 3mm neoprene waders are used for fishing summer conditions while the 5mm and 7mm wader varieties are better suited for winter conditions.


A few of the disadvantages associated with neoprene waders is that if you're planning on fishing cold conditions wearing extra clothing, those layers may not be an option. Neoprene waders are designed to fit snug to the body not leaving much extra room for bundling up. Additionally; like nylon waders, neoprene is not breathable and can become very hot in summer conditions.
Neoprene also has issues with its durability. Sharp rocks and sticks can play havoc with neoprene so if you are planning on a pair of these waders, you will have to watch your step.


Above all else Gore-Tex waders are the best of the breathable style of waders.

By and large, neoprene waders are a good choice for expert or beginner anglers alike. Neoprene is a very good insulating fabric for cold weather conditions while the thinner varieties can be worn comfortably in the long summer months. Moreover the price range of neoprene waders is quite cheap making them a wise choice for the conscientious angler.


Breathable Waders are the last category of wader available on the market. Breathable waders are relatively new to the fly fishing world and have the advantage of using new materials such as Gore-Tex to help keep anglers dry and very comfortable. Above all else Gore-Tex waders are the best of the breathable style of waders. Gore-Tex allows the body to breathe naturally and for body heat and sweat to escape resulting in less build up of condensation, which keeps you drier and happy for hours on end. As far as durability goes, usually breathable waders are covered with a type of tear/snag resistant material.


Overall, for any serious fly fisherman breathable waders are really the only choice. They are good in a wide range of environmental conditions, extremely comfortable and probably the most durable type of waders available on the market. Although breathable waders are a hardy investment, after all the long hours on the water you will be extremely happy with the choice you made. Breathable waders are the only style of waders that if fitted correctly can make an angler feel as if they are not wearing waders which is a chore in itself.


Now that the three different types of fly fishing waders have been covered it is necessary to look at the styles of waders that are available to anglers. Like types of waders there are three general styles of waders; boot-foot, stocking-foot and hip waders


Hip-Waders are a style of wader that simply cover from the foot to the hip of the angler. These waders are specifically designed for shallow, slow water conditions. Hip waders make a great choice for fishing small streams in the middle of summer where water conditions are low and keeping cool is a necessity. Seeing that these waders do not extend over the waist of the angler the amount of heat produced is minimal. Also the weight of these waders is minimal making them very comfortable on long days on the river. Unfortunately these waders can not be used on fast deep rivers or in the colder months.


Boot Foot Waders are simply chest high waders that have a boot sewn in to their respective construction permanently. Having the boot attached to the wader has many advantages for the avid fly angler. First off having incorporating all you need on one piece of equipment makes the chance of forgetting a boot at home less likely. Second, having the boot attached does not allow rocks or sand to slip into the boot and rub your feet raw. Finally, with the boot attached there is just less to take care of while fishing, no laces etc to come free. The major drawback of boot foot waders is that they are heavier and bulkier than other styles of waders. At times walking in boot foot waders especially on soft river boots can be very clumsy and sloppy. Also the inseam of boot foot waders can cause problems for some anglers seeing as they seem to rub right on the lower leg causing a painful walk on long days.


A quality pair of waders and wading boots will make it seem as if you just have slacks and hiking boots on. Stocking Foot Waders are the exact same as boot foot waders except they lack the attached rubber boot. Stocking foot waders plainly have a neoprene sock attached to the bottom of the waders. Anglers who choose this type of wade need to purchase a separate pair of wading boots to wear with these waders. The major advantage of wear stocking foot waders is that they are much lighter than the boot foot style and much more comfortable. Wearing a good pair of stocking foot waders along with a quality pair of wading boots will almost seem as if you just have slacks and hiking boots on. Another advantage of stocking foot waders is that since there is no boot attached, the waders can be folded up and packed away in a gear bag until their next use. Some of the setbacks of stocking foot waders are that rocks and sand seem to find there way passed your gravel guards into the wading boots causing you to stop and cleanout your boots while fishing. A major problem associated with these rocks and sand getting into you boots is that the coarse materials will slowly wear holes into the stocking foot and cause your waders to fill with water.


Overall, what type of fishing wader an angler chooses to purchase is entirely dependent on the type of water and time of year he or she plans to fish.  For warmer weather conditions that are usually coupled to lower water levels hip-waders are a great choice. They allow the angler to stay cool while still providing comfort and most importantly keeping you dry. For the colder weather months or deep water conditions a pair of thick neoprene chest waders is hard to beat.

For the greatest versatility though a high quality pair of breathable waders will handle any conditions that even the most serious angler can come across. Spending a little more money up front for a quality pair of breathable waders will pay off in the long run by keeping you warmer, drier, and fishing longer.

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White River Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders

By Clint Craft

White River Breathable WadersWhile it's nearly impossible to find one wader to match every season and application, chest-high stocking-foot breathable waders definitely come closest to fitting the bill. White River Fly Shops' Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders are no exception either. Here's why.

Equipped with a waterproof/breathable membrane, these waders keep water out while allowing perspiration vapors to escape though the membrane, keeping you dry and comfortable. This is especially helpful when wade fishing on warm spring and summer days, or when you are frequently moving in an attempt to cover water.

When the temperature drops in fall and winter, simply adding a good base layer beneath your breathable waders will keep you surprisingly warm. When I'm in my neoprene waders, a good hike to the river gets me soggy, even when the temps get real low. Then, after fishing for 30 minutes or so, this moisture build-up has nowhere to go, and I end up shivering the rest of the day, totally defeating the purpose of the neoprene wader. Don't get me wrong; I haven't gotten rid of the neoprenes. They're just reserved for the absolute coldest of days when I know I won't be doing a lot of hiking. The rest of the time, though, I opt for the White River Breathable Waders.

Unlike waders with an attached boot, the stocking-foot on these waders gives me the option to adapt my footwear to the bottom composition of the waterway. If you only intend to fish the same stretch of water, then by all means, choosing a wader with boots attached that work for that waterway is fine. But if you are the adventurous type, you will benefit from stocking-foot waders and the ability to adapt to the various bottom compositions encountered when fishing different waterways.

As for wader height, I've always preferred chest-highs because I am constantly wading out into water that ends up being just a little deeper than I intended. Plus, I'm fairly short, so waist-highs only give me a couple of feet of water to wade in comfortably -- three feet if I want to test my luck.

Additional reinforcement in the seat and knees -- very high-stress, high-wear areas -- provide additional strength and durability to ensure extended wader life. The 100% waterproof/breathable membrane is laminated to a high grade 5-layer nylon upper.

A front handwarmer pocket will keep your hands warm in-between casts. Two external zippered organizer pockets and one inside utility pocket gives you addition areas to stow gear. Built-in gravel cuffs with lace keepers keep rocks out of your boots, and since they're attached, you'll never forget them at home. The stocking feet are made with comfortable high-density neoprene. Accessory D-rings allow for attachment of water bottles or whatever else you might need for a day on the water.

If you reside in a warm clime or need a pair of all-purpose waders, I'd suggest the White River Fly Shops' Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders. These breathables feature the construction and features you'll need to confront changing weather conditions associated with the seasons, as well as the differing characteristics of various waterways.  



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Bank Fishing Basics

By Babe Winkelman

 bank fishing

 Early spring is the best time of the year to catch bass and other game fish from shorelines.

Just because you don't own a boat doesn't mean you can't enjoy fishing. Modern anglers have become so enamored with their fancy high-performance boats, they've forgotten about shore fishing. That's too bad, because there are certain times of year we'd all be better off leaving the boat in the garage.  

It seems to me that the biggest difference between bank fishing and fishing from a boat is that shoreline anglers aren't as aggressive. They tend to get locked into one place and one presentation. It's like Dave Genz says about some ice fishermen, "When they put their boats away, they put their brains away, too." It doesn't have to be that way.

With a little effort and versatility, anglers can increase the odds of catching fish from the bank of any river or lake. Here are a few tips:

Be mobile. Locating a hotspot on any body of water is as easy as following the signs. There are vehicle tracks in the ditches, trails through the woods and forked sticks in mud. While these high-traffic areas are proven hotspots, they're not the only places that hold fish.

Lake maps are available for most bodies of water. Pick one up and study the areas where most people fish, then look for other, similar, areas. If other fishermen are bunched on a long, hard-bottomed point, look for other points that are similar. All the fish in the lake aren't bunched up in one spot.

Play the wind. If you really want to get away from the crowds and increase the odds of catching fish, trying setting up on the windy side of the lake. Sure, it's not as comfortable there, but wind is the fisherman's friend.

When the wind blows it riles up the shallows, cutting light penetration and stirring up the food chain. It stacks plankton on the windy side of the lake and oxygenates the shallows, which in turn attracts baitfish. And guess who shows up when there are baitfish in the area?

If the wind is calm, fish "yesterday's wind," that's the side of the lake where the wind was blowing the day before. Chances are the water will still be stained and active fish will still be in the vicinity.

Be versatile. It isn't necessary to invest your life savings in tackle to go shore fishing. On the other hand, it's a good idea to have a variety of lures available.

Instead of the usual round bobber, get some tiny, inexpensive slip bobbers that allow you to quickly adjust the depth quickly. Use a bobber that's just big enough to float your lure. Try fishing next to the bottom. If that doesn't work, set the bobber a little higher. Keep changing until you find a depth that works. Attach a small jig to one line and a bare hook to another.

Try floating jigs. If you're fishing for bottom-feeders like walleyes, a floating jig will keep your bait just off the bottom where it belongs. Sometimes color makes a difference, sometimes it doesn't. The only way you'll know is by trying different colors.

Change baits. A lively little minnow usually works best for just about any gamefish early in the season. But try other baits, too. Try hooking a minnow through the top of the head, which will force it to struggle to right itself. That little trick can be deadly.

Use as many rods as the law allows, each with a slightly different offering and each at a different depth. If one presentation out-produces the rest, switch all your lines over to what's working.

If you're fishing for pike, try a frozen smelt on one line and a lively sucker on another. If you're catfishing, try different stink baits. Never assume what the fish will want on a given day.

Try casting a minnow bait, spinnerbait or big spoon beyond your stationery lines and retrieving them at different speeds. This tactics accomplishes two things. First, you might get a reflex strike from a lethargic fish. But it's more likely a fish will follow your moving lure towards shore where it will take your live bait.

If you really want to get serious about boatless fishing, get a float tube or a pair of chest waders and get in the water. Catching bass or bluegills from a float tube is one of fishing's greatest thrills. I once caught a 300-pound sturgeon from a float tube, although that effort was one of those don't-try-this-at-home experiences. Fly-fishing is another great way to enjoy angling without a boat.

If your goal is simply to soak up some sun, eat a sandwich and listen to the ballgame, get out there and have a ball. But if you really want to catch fish or want to introduce a youngster to the joys of catching fish, try these tips. You may be surprised at how many fish you can catch sitting on the bank.

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