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Old 04-08-2013, 09:51 AM
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My son and I were fishing the Park over Easter weekend...snowing above Alum Cave trailhead...still wet waded...I just don't find most of the water that I fish up there to be easily fished in waders...plus it is not unusal for us to put in an 8 mile day and even if you carry the things it becomes a pain on the way out...most of my backcountry fishing doesn't require long periods in the water so I find the extra weight to be a negative.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:06 PM
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I wet wade in warm weather (Mid April through early November), but wear wading shoes and have a wading staff with me.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:21 PM
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I still have a pair of Hippies in size XL that I'd like to sell. Should have bought L's. Used once.

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:29 PM
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To give you the classic cop-out, it depends. Most of the streams I fish, I spend the majority of the time on the rocks and not in the water. I avoid waders whenever possible ( generally late March to early November). HOWEVER, if you are in a larger stream where you plan to spend extended periods standing in the water (especially thigh high or more) you may want to consider waders to avoid gradual hypothermia. For those who are more acclimated to the mountain streams (i.e., no live nerve endings left) even this type wading can bd done wader-less. So, it depends.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Stonefly View Post
I still have a pair of Hippies in size XL that I'd like to sell. Should have bought L's. Used once.

Sorry my bad.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:43 AM
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I always wear light chest waders or " guide pants " because they keep my butt dry when I sit on the bank or wet rocks. I do a lot of sitting. The guys I was with on Hazel last week said the water was very cold but it didn"t matter because they couldn"t feel their feet or lower legs after a few minutes in the water anyway. I kinda like to know where my feet are when wading fast water.
You can't stay dry and one temperature all your life! ROB
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