OK, so it's hardly the most glamorous of subjects, but to those of who practically live in breathable chest waders for our fishing and perhaps work, then wading boots are of the utmost importance. I have used mainly studded felt soles for as long as I can remember, and for the most part they have done me as proud as is possible on all kinds of surfaces. I have also used and abused plenty of different makes over the years, and to be perfectly honest, I have not found any really bad boots yet. I accept that my heavy use of wading boots is going to trash them say faster than a fly guy doing perhaps occasional wading, but that's the name of the game - especially when it comes to mobile bass fishing over rocks, cliffs, sand, weed etc.
But I have been using a new pair of wading boots for a while now, and they have rubber studded soles (see the photo above) - and I have to say that these particular grips are 100% the best all round grips I have ever used for shore fishing. Without a doubt the combination of rubber and fairly long studs gives a superior grip over the majority of surfaces, indeed out in France I could move far easier and safer over wet, slippery rocks than I could with felt and studs. And what has really surprised me is the lack of wear that my wading boots are showing after loads of heavy use. OK, so they are not going to last me years and years, but any mobile bass angler who is out and about a lot and expects this kind of performance is dreaming.......
The specific wading boots that are now my "go to" pair are the Greys Platinum ones, as you can see in the photo above - you can see all the info you need right here. Yes, I do some work for Hardy and Greys, but I have nothing to do with these wading boots, and the guys there know full well that I simply have no interest in any products that don't work properly for my own fishing. So take it as the truth when I say that these Greys Platinum wading boots are the mutts. I walk a long way in my fishing and work, and these things are really comfortable, and I am slipping and sliding far less than I ever was. I know you can get hold of them right here. It can be confusing for anglers who are new to wearing wading boots when it comes to choosing the size to buy - should you be getting one size larger to allow for the stocking feet part of the waders ? NO - you don't need to with these wading boots. I take a size 11 shoe, and I have these wading boots in size 11 - they fit perfectly, and there is even enough room to wear a proper pair of wading socks for extra comfort if needs be (and to keep warm in cold water).
But there is one thing you need to be aware of with these boots - if you are prone to going fishing in saltwater and then leaving your boots in a damp pile until the next time you go, then over time the outer material on them will start to break down a bit. It is not doing any harm to the boots, but I presume that some of the outer material is actually rotting when left damp with saltwater for long periods. Personally I tend to wash my boots down in freshwater and let them dry after use, and if you do this then you will never see any of the above happening. It is a problem with many wading boots that are used extensively in saltwater, but it just depends on how you leave them.
Check out this insane spin fishing for salmon video right here, from Norway - the long haired guy is Cato Bekkevold, the drummer for one of the all time classic metal bands, Enslaved (yes, the guys who came out with my favourite album of 2008, the mighty and yet to be surpassed Vertebrae, see here). Not only is Cato a friend and one of the outstanding drummers in any form of music, but he is also an incredibly talented and versatile fisherman. Norway has got the lot !!
And if that's not enough, Cato also sent me a link to a huge mullet taken on the fly over there the other day - check here for this huge fish. At 4.8 kgs, this is over 10lbs in real money !! I have never in all my years of fishing heard of a mullet that big being taken on the fly, proving beyond doubt that it is not only places like Alderney that throw up monster mullet. Cato told me ages ago that there some huge mullet in southern Norway, and I guess a fish like this proves his point again. I can't understand a word of Norwegian, but whatever the case, that's a hell of a mullet, and especially on the fly.