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All the secrets of this sports in Patagonia

Wading a River

Among the many attractions in the sport of fly-fishing, nothing brings a smile to a fisherman’s face faster than the thought of wading a river.

Wading a River

River wading is nothing more than walking inside a river, usually in the downstream direction so as not to fight against the current. Leaving the river coast behind enables fly-fishermen to “read” a river’s geography for the flumes, submerged boulders, sinkholes, and pools where The Big One awaits.

Wading a river is a magical experience for fly-fishermen. Many even say that it is the true soul of the sport.

What you need

Fishermen must wear the correct equipment in order to safely and correctly wade a river. Here are the essential pieces of equipment and some considerations to make before purchasing.

A pair of wading pants called “waders” is the fundamental piece of equipment. They are what protect fishermen from the wet and cold temperatures of Patagonian rivers. Waders come in a range of qualities, materials, and prices. On the economic end are latex waders, though they are the least durable option. Then there are any number of mid-range rubber and synthetic waders. Neoprene waders are the most expensive, but also the best performing and longest lasting fly-fishing waders.

Most important, waders should be comfortable and not restrict movement. Two basic styles are available: hip waters that are worn like pants, and shoulder waders worn like a pair of overalls. A good set of waders allows fishermen their full range of motion as if they weren’t even there.

Wading a River

A quality external belt often allows fishermen better mobility from within their waders.

A pair of river boots are equally as important as the waders, and literally the base on which the sport is built. These boots allow fishermen to walk along different types of river beds, a task that is more difficult than it might seem.

River boots are worn over the waders. Most have a felt soul, allowing fishermen to navigate a river without slipping on moss or algae-covered surfaces and rock beds, the most common riverbeds in the rivers and lakes of Patagonia.

And finally, a fly-fisherman should never travel without a wading stick. This piece of equipment helps them test and detect the river bed as they advance through the water. A wading stick is the first and final warning before encountering submerged boulders and dangerous sinkholes.

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Safety

Safety

Even though a good fly-fishing outfit protects a fishermen from hardly getting wet, it would be foolish to forget that river wading is a water activity. A river’s current and depth must be respected because they are the principle dangers of river wading.

To ensure safety, fly-fishermen must not enter the water above their waist. Any deeper and a fisherman runs the risk of slipping, being swept by the current, or water filling their waders. River waders must never forget that waders do allow them to safely enter a river’s waters, but they do not make them invincible. Really, a pair of waders is just a water tight sack worn around the lower body, and when filled with water it will sink along with anybody attached to them.

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