How to: Choosing the Right Boots for Fishing
Any successful fishing trip starts with the right equipment. When you think about what you’ll need for your trip, be sure to consider more than just your rods and reels. Look down! Look way down…to your feet. Do you have the right kind of footwear for the job? Without the right fishing boots, you’ll be uncomfortable and possibly even unsafe. If you don’t protect your feet from the elements and give yourself the best chances of being safe, you may end up having to cut your fishing trip short. And nothing puts a bigger damper on a fishing expedition than that – except maybe having to come home empty handed.
When it comes to fishing boots, there are so many options available that it can be intimidating to try to figure out which ones best suit your needs. The first thing to do is to get a clear understanding of what kind of fishing you plan to do, and how often you plan to do it.
If you are the kind of fisherman who moves from place to place, such as from one spot on a stream to another, consider low-cut boots. These will give you the mobility and easy of movement you’ll need to comfortable move from place to place an also the comfort and support you’ll need for long periods of walking over all kinds of terrain. Low-cut fishing boots are waterproof and breathable, so your feet will stay dry (in shallow water) and cool.
For fishing in slightly deeper water, you’re going to need a fishing boot that comes further up your leg, such as a field boot. Look for a pair that features a waterproof, rubberized section on the foot and a breathable fabric on the leg portion. This will protect your feet from the water while still allowing your feet to stay comfortably cool. If you require even more protection from the water, choose a boot that comes up almost to the knee. This will give you more flexibility to fish in even deeper water, although the downside is that they can be more cumbersome and will require more lacing-up time. That can be an issue in situations where light may be low, such as when fishing at night or in the very early morning hours. For those situations, a slip-on style may be a better choice.
Whichever kind of fishing gear you choose, be sure to check out a reputable source such as Sea Gear Marine. A reputable source will offer customers not only first-rate products but also advice and guidance as to which products are best suited to their needs. And while you are at it, purchase some good-quality socks to go with your boots. The right socks will make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping your feet dry, cool and comfortable. Because there is nothing worse than wet, uncomfortable feet when you are fishing.