How to Clean and Store Your Fishing Waders: Tips and Tricks for Anglers
Fishing waders are a game-changer when it comes to catching fish in hard-to-reach areas. But, like any other piece of fishing gear, they require proper care and maintenance. In this article, we’ll provide you with some useful tips on how to clean and store your fishing waders to ensure they last for many fishing trips to come.
First things first…
For the uninitiated, fishing waders are a crucial piece of gear for anglers who want to venture into the water and reach those pain-in-the-butt-hard-to-reach fishing spots. They are basically waterproof overalls that cover the angler’s legs and chest, allowing them to “wade” into the water while staying nice and dry. Waders usually come with boots attached, like a half-onesie with feet.
Side note: What does the name angler mean? An “angler” is simple another word to describe a person who fishes with a rod and line, usually for fun.
There are different types of fishing waders, including hip waders, waist-high waders, and chest waders. Hip waders, as the name suggests, only cover the angler’s hips and legs, while waist-high waders cover up to the waist. Chest waders, on the other hand, provide the most coverage, extending up to the angler’s chest.
Fishing waders can be made from a variety of materials, including rubber, neoprene, PVC, and breathable fabrics like Gore-Tex. The material used will depend on the type of fishing and the weather conditions. For instance, neoprene waders are ideal for cold water fishing as they provide insulation, while breathable waders are suitable for warm weather as they allow for ventilation and moisture-wicking.
For the history buffs:
The history of fishing waders dates back to the early 20th century when they were primarily made of vulcanized rubber. These waders were heavy, stiff, and uncomfortable, and they quickly became notorious for causing blisters and chafing.
In the 1950s, neoprene waders were introduced, offering better insulation and comfort. Fast-forward to our time, materials have improved, and fishing waders have become more comfortable and durable, allowing anglers to stay dry and comfortable during their fishing trips.
Nowadays, fishing waders are available in various styles, sizes, and materials to suit different fishing needs and preferences.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro angler, having a reliable pair of fishing waders can make a world of difference in your fishing experience.
Now let’s talk about the fun stuff, cleaning and storing this thing.
Cleaning Your Fishing Waders
Let’s start with the cleaning process. You don’t need to be a pro to get this right. Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Materials Needed
You will need a few basic materials to clean your fishing waders, including a soft-bristled brush, mild detergent, and a bucket of water, and a hose (with running water of course).
Step 2: Cleaning Process
Fill the bucket with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent, the key word here is “mild”. Using the soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the waders, paying close attention to any areas with stains or dirt. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the waders. Once you’ve thoroughly scrubbed your waders, rinse them off with clean water.
Step 3: Drying Your Waders
After cleaning, let your waders dry completely before storing them. Hang them in a well-ventilated area or outside in the sun. Never use a clothes dryer, as the heat can damage the waders. Get a Tough Hanger XL to hang these, as a regular wood hanger won’t be enough, and metal hangers… well they rust!
Fishing Wader Storage Tips
Once your waders are clean and dry (please make sure they are), it’s time to store them properly. Take a look at these Fishing Wader Storage tips:
Step 1: Choosing the Right Storage Location
Select a cool, dry place that is free from direct sunlight to store your fishing waders. Avoid storing them in damp or humid areas, as this can cause mold and mildew to grow. Fishing waders can be on the heavier side, so using a heavy-duty hanger (like Tough Hook Hangers) can make storing your waders a breeze.
Step 2: Tips for Storing Fishing Waders in Different Climates
If you live in a humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in the air and avoid getting a mold on your stuff. In colder climates, store your waders in a warm area to prevent freezing just like you would for skiing gear.
Step 3: Avoiding Damage from Insects and Animals
To prevent damage from insects or animals, store your waders in a sealed container or better yet, a sealed bag. This will help keep pests and critters from getting inside and chewing on your gear. Grrr.
In addition to cleaning and storing your waders properly, there are some simple maintenance tips you can follow to keep them in good condition. Here are a few to keep in mind:
Proper Use: Make sure you are wearing your waders properly to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Avoid walking on sharp rocks or surfaces that could puncture the waders.
Avoiding Sharp Objects: Be cautious when handling sharp objects, such as hooks or knives, to prevent puncturing your waders.
Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect your waders for signs of wear and tear. Look for any holes or tears in the fabric and replace or repair them as needed.
Taking care of your fishing waders is crucial to their longevity and performance. Follow these tips to ensure your waders stay in good condition and are ready for your next fishing adventure. Remember to inspect your gear regularly and take care to avoid unnecessary damage.
With proper care and maintenance, your fishing waders can last for many years to come, providing you with countless opportunities to catch your next big fish! Also, if you liked this article lets us know in the comments below and check out our heavy-duty hangers in stock! FREE SHIPPING on orders $29.95+