Trouts Journal

GEAR GUIDE || Twelve Picks for Wet Wading Season

Ivan Orsic / Jun 24, 2020

Make all the jokes you want, but wet wading season is glorious. Shedding those waders to step knee deep into your favorite trout stream and throw a big hopper tight to a cut bank is about the coolest thing going. As flows settle down, prime time wet wading season is here and it's time to break out your quick drying pants, shorts, guide guard socks and hit your favorite summer spots.

With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you get ready for the most wonderful time of the year.

SIMMS Confluence Wet Wading Sandals

We might as well start off our rundown of wet wading gear with a pair of sandals that are designed specifically for summer's greatest treat. The SIMMS Confluence Wet Wading Sandals are hardworking, wet wading sandals for all-day comfort and protection.

Scott G-Series Fly Rod

PMDs, caddis, and tricos are summer staples and it's a hard to find a rod that's better suited for delicate dry fly presentations. A reinvention of the treasured Scott G Series, this medium action, smooth-flexing fly rod is a perfect wet wading companion.

Ross Reels Colorado LT Fly Reel

Click and Pawl and summer trout are a match made in fly fishing heaven. Designed around the original Colorado’s click and pawl system, the new award-winning Colorado LT retains the same ruggedness and the signature all-metal clicker of its older brother.

SIMMS Solarflex Ultracool Hoody

We don't want to bring too much controversy to a collection of wet wading gear, but it's hot in the summer. Enter the SIMMS Solarflex Ultracool Hoody. Keep yourself from overheating inside this hot-day hoody cut from refreshing Avra cooling fabrics.

SIMMS Guide Guard Socks

The SIMMS Guide Guard Sock are your gateway into wet wading life. Transform your existing wading boots into wet wading powerhouses. It's a simple formula. Take these durable, comfortable neoprene socks + your wading boots = easy, wader-less fishing.

SIMMS Guide Wet Wading Socks

Take our word for it, don't take your standard athletic or wading socks out when you're wet wading. They'll never dry out and you might have to resort to hanging them out of your window drying them out on your way home. The SIMMS Guide Wet Wading Socks are submersible socks with quick-drying, hydrophobic superpowers. A perfect pairing for your wading boots and guide guard socks.

SIMMS G3 Guide Boot - Vibram

If you're looking for a new pair of wading boots that you can use year-round whether wet wading or in waders, it's hard to beat a guide-quality Vibram® soled wading boot that provides the support, traction and durability you need to negotiate varied river beds and the trails that get you there day in and day out.

Fishpond Nomad Mid-Length Tailwater Net

Nomad Nets are constructed with carbon fiber/fiberglass composite material. The result is a very lightweight and durable net. Nomad Nets are built for the conditions that prevail where great fishing exists; they are waterproof, UV protected, and float like a cork. All Nomad Nets come standard with a rubber bag.

The hardcore lumbar pack wearer, however, wanted a net with a little more length in the handle so they could stuff it between their pack and their back. The Mid-Length Nomad is it.

Fishpond Flathead Sling Pack

As anglers, we are constantly making adjustments to take advantage of the conditions we find on the water. The Flathead Sling combines both agility, and ease of use in one comfortable system to give you unmatched access to your gear when you need it most. The sling’s ambidextrous design allows the pack to be carried on either shoulder with a quick flip of the strap. Its large clamshell opening and moveable interior dividers offer tremendous carrying capacity and an organized work station. So, the next time you’re swinging streamers and turn the corner to find rising fish, you won’t have an excuse.

SIMMS Superlight Pant

If you've never wet waded in a primo pair of quick drying pants, you're missing out. The SIMMS Superlight Pants provide UPF 30 sun protection with quick-drying, lightweight fabric.

Umpqua UPG LT Daytripper Fly Box

If you're slimming down your carry to the water, consider the versatile, lightweight LT Daytripper from Umpqua. Store flies for any trip anywhere. Handles micro midges to terrestrials with variable molded storage options.

Staff Picked Fly Selections

With thousands of hours of experience on the water around the Rocky Mountains, let us pick out flies for your next trip to your favorite fishery.

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