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Best Fly Fishing Waders of 2015

By: Brett Prettyman

All waders from the 2015 Fly Fishing Wader Test

We asked the companies to suggest their best all-around model and to select the appropriate size based on the information provided—they needed to fit a 6’ 2” and 220-pound male with size 11 feet. The waders compared for these reviews were used in the summer on the Madison River in Montana near $3 Bridge, but it happened to snow on the nearby foothills one of the days during the testing. The waders were also used on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah in late summer and on the Provo River in late fall.

Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders

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2015

Patagonia Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders

The Patagonia Rio Gallegos make use of the company’s decades of apparel design experience to deliver a new perfect fit.

Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders

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2015

Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders

The Orvis Silver Sonic Guide Waders offer the best features of any waders we tested, with a very handy waterproof storage pocket, roomy hand-warming pockets, and great durability.

Redington SonicDry Fly Waders

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2015

Redington SonicDry Fly Waders

The Redington SonicDry Waders use a proprietary laminate for the waterproof-breathability and it proved to work well.

Simms Headwaters Convertible Stockingfoot waders

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2015

Simms Headwaters Convertible Stockingfoot waders

The Simms Headwater Convertible Waders make it easy to shift from full chest-waders to wading pants, with a simple but effective roll-down design.

About the Author

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer at the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990 and also freelances for a number of outdoor-related publications. He tests fly fishing boots and waders for the Gear Institute.

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