Re: Felt-less wading shoes

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Posted by Frank on October 28, 1996 at 10:09:24:

In Reply to: Felt-less wading shoes posted by Bob Colley on October 27, 1996 at 23:20:00:

: Anyone ever tried the new felt-less wading shoe? They look like some kind of neopreen cleated sole and don't have any felt at all.
: Some of the places I go fishing are pretty bad for slippery rocks. Often I'm miles away from any help should I take a bad fall and I really want to be sure of my step.
: Sometimes I have to do a lot of hard climbing over steep, loose, pine and leaf littered mountain slopes and here again, a slip or slide into a rock filled gorge would not make for a good day.
: Am considering buying some wading shoes soon and want to make the right choice. The new felt-less shoes look nice for hiking but would they grip on wet slippery rocks?
: Any info would be much appreciated.

: Thanks, B.C.

I hope that there is a new feltless, as I spend much time walking and scurrying about the woods on small streams. Yet I think not. I have yet to hear any reputable observer recommend anything other than felt. There are cleated options out there. That can be attached to felt.
Actually, New Zealand anglers solve the dilemma of walking and wading with a long boot with rubber cleats and steel studs on the heel. One adapts for what's underneath. Of course, they would kill for a pair of American bootless hippers and a good wading shoe, I hear.
I,ve wading the West Branch of The Ausable in New York and other tough situations, I wouldn't be caught dead without felt and a staff. As you said, one fall and it's curtains.
On small streams, I often fish with good hiking boots and never get wet, easy walking. Or I pach felt hippers in a backpack for use as needed.
Good Luck, Frank

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