In deep: how a good pair of fly fishing waders can make all the difference

Summer angling in the Rocky Mountains can mean sunny and 80 degrees or 40 degrees and hailing. But one thing is for sure, creek fishing at 10,000 feet means that water is cold.

While warm days might call for little more than a good pair of boots, colder conditions can be met with a nice pair of fly fishing waders.

“Sometimes it’s really nice outside and the sun is really hot overhead, so it’s nice to be wet wading,” said Cole Glenn of The San Juan Angler in Durango, Colorado, who is often knee-deep in creeks in little more than a nice pair of boots and thin pants. “But sometimes that water is cold. It’s snow melt. Waders aren’t always necessary, but they’re empowering.”

Good waders have a waterproof durable nylon shell coated with a polyurethane laminate. The interior liners are also nylon, keeping the chill at bay, even on the coldest days.

“You can get out there,” he said. “It keeps the angler dry, free of bugs, free of water, and sticks and bushes.”