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What Are the Best Waders for Spring Fishing?

After spending the winter dreaming about fly-fishing, I'm itching to get back out on the river. What are the best waders for early-season fish-stalking?

What Are the Best Waders for Spring Fishing?

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For many U.S. states, this weekend is the start of fishing season. While it's still a little early for good trout fishing, the bass will be up and biting. To get to these fish, you’ll have to stalk the cold waters of snowmelt-swollen rivers and streams.

With a good pair of waders, though, it's easy to stay toasty. Like other performance sporting apparel, fishing waders now use sophisticated waterproof-breathable fabrics to draw away all that sweat and body heat you generate while moving to the perfect casting spot. Taped or electronically-welded seams make them more durable than previous models, and many even have dedicated waterproof pouches in the bib to carry along a cell phone or camera.
Our three picks for the best waders on the market are all stockingfoot, which means they have a cuff and a neoprene booty that slips into a pair of wading boots.

Simms Headwaters Gore-Tex Stockingfoot
Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front
Orvis Women's Silver Sonic Convertible-Top

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