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    Default Waders or not?

    I am planning a trip to Hazel Creek the second week in May. I have fished Hazel every year, but always in June where I have wet waded. I just hate to have to carry my waders in, but obviously I will if the water will be too cold. Help a brother out- waders or not?

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    i will be on eagle creek that same week and am not bringing any. it depends on your tolerance. its a little brisk at first but i get used to it pretty quick.
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    I really appreciate the input! I suppose I will go wader-less as well!

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    Just cause I'm curious, how are you planning to get across the lake? You hiking in, shuttle from the marina or got your own watercraft? I have a canoe and kayak so we will be paddling in ourselves.
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    Default Hazel advice

    Quote Originally Posted by got2fish View Post
    I am planning a trip to Hazel Creek the second week in May. I have fished Hazel every year, but always in June where I have wet waded. I just hate to have to carry my waders in, but obviously I will if the water will be too cold. Help a brother out- waders or not?
    I have been to Hazel in early May, late May, June, July and August. The water will be cold when you are there but I have always waded wet at Hazel. If the air temperature is going to make you cold when you are out of the creek, then I would take waders. The mornings will be chilly. We will be there in June this year. Enjoy your trip. We are counting down the days.

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    I may be late on this post but "always be prepared." I myself alway have some waders with me just incase, and t.p.. Made that mistake as a kid and thank the scouts I know what posion ivy looks like if you know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imnohero View Post
    I may be late on this post but "always be prepared." I myself alway have some waders with me just incase, and t.p.. Made that mistake as a kid and thank the scouts I know what posion ivy looks like if you know what I mean.
    I agree. I carry my waders on every trip just in case. If your waders are neoprene I might not take them simply because you get hot and dehydrate VERY quickly. If water temps. are above about 53 degrees F. then I would probably wet wade.

    Hope this helped!

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    Waders this time of year is plain silly

    The mobility you lose while climbing up a stream can't be worth the trade off of feeling cold water. Yesterday I was standing in the creek just to help me body cool down.

    While on the bigger water in early and late season I understand why some choose to do this, but this time of year why one would make this decision is beyond me

    But I agree totally with the TP part.
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    i completely agree with ducky. no waders, no how. i havent used my waders since the end of march. no way Id pack waders in, no matter how short or long of a hike I had. just my 2 cents.

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