The Importance of Wearing a Wading Belt

Wearing a wading belt could save your lifeOne might think that wearing a wading belt is sort of pointless…but in fact, it is one of the most important pieces of gear. So important, that it could easily save your life! I learned one of my most important fishing lessons on one of my first ever fishing trips. My rubber waders were too big, because I was young (they didn’t make kids waders back then), I also wasn’t wearing a wading belt. I stepped into some very deep water and my waders began filling. Any attempts to swim were pointless, the more I struggled, the more water poured in. After a 20 foot float downstream, I hit shallow water and recovered. If that section of river had been deeper for longer, that would have been my first and last fishing trip. From that day forward I have hated wearing waders at all. If you’ve ever been close to drowning before, it is a very extreme feeling and you’ll never forget it. Had I worn a wading belt that day, the situation would have been no problem.

A wading belt does a great job of keeping water from filling your waders. Today, it seems that everyone is wearing the goretex or nylon breathable waders. They are comfortable, but they are always very loose..This allows a lot of room for water. Neoprene waders are tight, so with those, a wading belt isn’t really needed. Rubber waders are a thing of the past, but if you still wear those, you surely need a wading belt!

Don’t risk your life if you’re wading in or near deep water without a belt. If you have to, just use a rope or shoelace in place of a belt–something so simple could save your life if things start to get deep.

 

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