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Waders San Jose CA

Local resource for waders in San Jose. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fishing gear and supplies, bait and tackle shops, fishing guides, fly fishing lessons and fishing trips, as well as advice and content on fishing equipment and resources.

Pacific Soccer Academy
1484 Pollard Ave.
Los Gatos, CA
 
World Cup Soccer Camps by Ruedi Graf
PO Box 681
Los Gatos, CA
 
The Hyland Familys Bicycles
(408) 269-8833
1515 Meridian Avenue Frnt
San Jose, CA
 
Willow Glen Bikeshop
(408) 293-2606
1110 Willow Street
San Jose, CA
 
Go Fish America
(408) 294-4604
570 Auzerais Avenue
San Jose, CA
 
Griffin Soccer Camps
PO Box 2047
Cupertino, CA
 
Kennedy Tire
(408) 287-0260
1639 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA
 
Arnone`s RV Rentals
(408) 297-0991
186 San Jose Avenue
San Jose, CA
 
Brannons Party Rentals
(408) 288-3000
1615 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA
 
Raineri Automotive & Truck Sales
(408) 293-5869
351 Keyes Street
San Jose, CA
 

Styles of Waders

As with many of the decisions you'll be making, this first decision will depend on the type of water that you'll be primarily fishing...shallow, moderate or deep.

Hip Waders
These fishing waders extend up to the upper leg and groin area of the angler. Hip waders are popular for fishing shallow waters because they are more comfortable than other fishing waders and because they are quite simple to get in and out of.

Waist Waders
These fishing waders extend up to the waist of the angler and include a belt that you buckle around your waist, similar to a pair of pants. Waist waders are popular for fishing moderately deeper waters because while they are not quite as comfortable as the hip waders, they are still more comfortable and easier to maneuver in than the chest waders which we'll talk about next.

Chest Waders
As the name suggests, these fishing waders extend up to the chest of the angler and include straps that you secure over your shoulder to hold them up. Chest waders are popular for fishing deeper, slow moving waters because they allow the angler to closer to the fish in the deepest holes. The down side to these waders is that they are more difficult to get in and out of in the event of the eventual bathroom break.

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Types of Waders

There are two different types of fly fishing waders available today. They are the "Bootfoot" and the "Stockingfoot" wader which we will discuss next.

Bootfoot waders
Bootfoot waders are the all-in-one fishing waders like the ones we remember growing up with as kids. The benefit to these waders is that they are typically less expensive. They only true disadvantage to these waders is that they cannot be turned inside out to dry them out which is very important to keep that mildew smell away. Other cons that are sometimes mentioned are that they are heavier than stockingfoot waders but once the boot is factored into the equation, the weight is very similar.

Stockingfoot waders
Stockingfoot waders do not have a hard-soled boot attached all in one unit but includes a waterproof, neoprene sock instead. Wading boots are purchased independently and fitted over the neoprene sock. The disadvantage to these waders is that they typically cost more since you purchase the wader and the boot separately. The advantage is that they give you more flexibility to mix and match different types and styles of boot and waders based on the conditions you'll be fishing in. These types of waders are definitely growing in popularity because of the flexibility they give the angler.

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Wader Materials

This one is open for discussion but unless you're going for your doctorate in wader technology (which could be a reality some day with all the new technology they're introducing into these waders), we're only going to discuss two types, "Neoprene" and "Breathable" waders.

Neoprene
These waders are made of a thick, insulated rubber-like material called neoprene. Neoprene waders are primarily used today when fishing in colder water conditions because of their insulating value. Generally, neoprene fishing waders run from a 3mm thickness (for general warmer weather fly fishing) to a 5mm thickness (ideal for cold water). Generally speaking, if you plan on doing some winter fishing or will be fishing the icy waters of Alaska or a similar climate, then neoprene waders may be the way you want to go. The problem with neoprene waders is that they are not breathable making them an uncomfortable choice when fishing the warm summer months.

Breathable
Breathable waders have taken the market by storm over the past few years. They are designed to allow your body's perspiration to escape will still keeping the water out. You'll definitely want to hook up with this type of wader to maximize your comfort if you plan to spend a full day or multiple days on the water. Some of today's breathable waders are made from such materials as Simms QuadraLam™, Hodgman's Horco-Tex® and the ever popular Gore-Tex®. With names like these, your pocketbook is really the only thing that will determine which brand or type of breathable wader you decide to go with.

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