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    Default Just moved to Kenai...need some advice

    Hello! Just moved here from the lower 48. I am looking to get some new wading boots for the coming year and would like advice for what to get for fishing the local rivers and streams. Coming from Idaho I always had felt soles on my boots. Is that necessary here?

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    Felt soles aren't legal in Alaska. Studded soles can be helpful depending on the river, though.

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    Oh wow...good to know!

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    Last summer I picked up some Caddis wadding boots to go over neoprene waders to fish reds on the Kenai. Got them at Trustworthy's for about $40. Seem to work fine for that purpose....
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    I wear Simms Guide Boots (Vibram soles) with Hardbite cleats installed in them.
    They stick like glue to slippery rocks.
    They are a little pricey but they have other boots that you can install the cleats on as well.
    My old pair of Simms Guide Boots are still going strong after 12 years so I'm confident my new (2 year old) ones will last as well.
    I wear them over G3 Guide breathable stocking foot waders.

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    I wear Korkers. Interchangeable soles make them useful in a lot of places. The studded soles work great in AK.
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    I prefer the korkers and 99% ofthe time I have studs in them. But studs are a pain when in a drift boat, unless there's some type of padding on the deck they slide around back.
    Life's to short for an ugly boat

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    Ditto on the Simms. Picked up a pair this summer and I was amazed at how well they grip. Seem to be as good as felt.

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    I fish year round and have always been pleased with the Simms Vibram boots with studs and cleats. I see WAY too many korker soles lying on the banks that came off someones boot. If you're worried about using cleats in a boat, you could always put on a pair of these over your boots.
    http://www.orvis.com/p/shoe-in-over-...ud-covers/3t93
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    dont cheap out on boots. I learned that the hard way. i have korkers and the only time i had soles come out was in the duck swamp
    I will never be a "Prostaffer" its not that I am not good enough
    but its because I refuse to pimp products for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwackkillncrew View Post
    dont cheap out on boots. I learned that the hard way. i have korkers and the only time i had soles come out was in the duck swamp
    Samre here, only once had a sole came off, but nearly had to take boot off to get outa the mud that time.
    Life's to short for an ugly boat

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    I'm with FG. I won a pair of Korkers at my fly club raffle and the retaining strap cracked and broke about a year later. Now the soles pop off all the time rendering them useless. Glad I didn't pay for them! But, I will never buy them after this! I'll stick with Simms!

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    I have had Korkers and Simms. Can't go wrong with either one. I prefer Simms, and will buy Simms the next time I need new ones.

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    The price of Simms or Korkers seems high compared to Caddis or other lower brand shoes, or rubber hip boots. But compare them to other high quality boots designed for long days hiking in rocks, mud and sticks, and they actually are pretty cheap. Look at good leather sheep hunting boots for a comparison... then think that these boots are designed to be worn wet, day after day, and still last several seasons of fishing, even on a guide's feet, upwards of a hundred days a season in the water! They are designed to grip slick rocks, and keep the soles of your feet in one piece on same. A bargain at any price!

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    Not a fan of my korkers. Soles fall off like crazy in any sort of muck. Funny story, lost my sole in the muck and was digging it out. In the same hole as mine I found someone else's korker sole as well as the one i lost. Same size and everything. Next pair will either be Simms or patagonias. My wife loves her patagonias.


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    the funny thing is my only grip about Korkers has nothing to do with the soles, I dislike how the wire cuts through the material that holds them in place. But I guess as much as I beat up on mine in the past 4 years I have had them I really can't complain.

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