I've had a few pairs of zip waders and like the versatility and comfort they offer. My previous pair disappointingly lasted less than a year before the zip broke and the booties started to leak, so I decided to try a different brand this time around.
Now I do use my waders a lot and am quite demanding of them so I need a pair that will be durable and reliable, but I refuse to pay £600 - £700 plus for a top end pair that I could ruin on barbed wire on their first outing!
I settled on a pair of Redington, Sonicdry Fly Waders. These do not have stitched seams, they are ultrasonic welded, and are very well made, thick, tough and with plenty of storage pockets and even fleece lined hand warming pockets, a real bonus for winter fishing. A very substantial belt is provided and the waterproof fly zip (manufactured by German company, TIZIP) is flexible and easy to use.
The waders are roomy and comfortable with plenty of room to bend and stretch. My one criticism is with the neoprene booties that are somewhat snug and I would like them to be a boot size bigger.
So in conclusion: Redington Sonicdry waders gets the thumbs up
One word of warning with zipped waders - From experience, always check that the zip is done up before getting in the water!!!!
Well, the weather today was cooler, very windy, but bright and sunny.
I caught a bucket load of salmon parr, it's great to see so many in the river, and in between their splashy little rises to the sporadic hatches and wind blow terrestrials there were bigger fish gently sipping flies from the surface. It amazes me how fish see bugs in among the masses of dead and dying leaves that are blanketing the surface.
I cast a dry fly across one of these rises and a fish takes it, a big fish, it's a grayling and after a tussle it sheds the hook. I carry on down stream and continue to catch parr and smaller grayling. At the bottom of the beat I walk back upstream and gently enter the water again. I wait, and see the big fella is back on station and feeding again. Not wanting to spook it I tie on a small emerger and after a couple of casts it takes it and this time I bring it to the net, and it's a cracking fish!