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Old 05-25-2015, 08:44 PM
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Default Wading boot ?

What wading boots do you recommend, brand, sole, etc.

I primarily fish the Smokies, but will also fish Bald and North rivers.

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Old 05-25-2015, 09:18 PM
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Felt soles are a must in my opinion if you fish waters in the Smokies and other southern Appalachian freestone streams. I like the Chota STL Plus boots or Simms Freestones. If you are looking for something a little more economical, the Chota Abrams Creek boot is a fantastic boot for the money.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:59 PM
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I'm in total agreement with the felt. If you have the $$$ then I would have to recommend the Korker "Devils Canyons". With the BOA lacing system (no more laces), neoprene upper cuff for perfect fit, the lightness (each boot ways a little over a pound), plus the versitilaty of the omnitrax sole system (instant traction and grip for each situation). They can't be beat. They run $199 and come with a pair of rubber and felt soles. If you wanna have the same features and save some money Korkers offers a more pocket friendly model, the BUCKSKINS, just in a heavier boot and no BOA, for $139. If you are really on a budget Korker makes a wading shoe that's a low top, it comes with omnitrax soles, and retails around $79. I love my boots (DC), I started with a pair of buckskins, and I can say I have been really impressed with both. I have also had dealings with their customer service, and those guys are outstanding!!!!!! I can't say enough good things about them. One key fact to remember is, egardless of which brand or model you choose, remember they don't last forever, however, if you invest your money in a good pair you will be more pleased, than if you have to buy a new pair each season. Hope this helps JR.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:07 AM
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Topher2003,
I love the Chota STL's and the STL plus which is the same felt sole boot with the option to put spikes in for different rivers, but don't recommend spikes for the Smokies. If you get spikes make sure they are aluminum and not steel. The STL series are great and the toes are a little wider which is nice to be able to wear thick socks for the winter time.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:44 AM
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Topher2003,
I love the Chota STL's and the STL plus which is the same felt sole boot with the option to put spikes in for different rivers, but don't recommend spikes for the Smokies. If you get spikes make sure they are aluminum and not steel. The STL series are great and the toes are a little wider which is nice to be able to wear thick socks for the winter time.
I like my STL+ boots a lot. Definitely the most comfortable pair of wading boots I have owned.

Josh, can you explain the aluminum spikes? The steel spikes on my pair have lost their edges and I'm going to be replacing them. I'd suspect the aluminum would wear even faster. Who makes the aluminum studs?
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:47 AM
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Josh, can you explain the aluminum spikes? The steel spikes on my pair have lost their edges and I'm going to be replacing them. I'd suspect the aluminum would wear even faster. Who makes the aluminum studs?
Matt, I assume he is saying aluminum over steel, simply because as the steel studs wear, they tend to round off and you loose traction, and won't cut into the rock. Were as with the aluminum , they actually create more surface area as wear and tear occurs. Once again I'm not an expert, however, this is mho.
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