Friday, April 4, 2008

The hole story

All of us who wear waders have heard of an old saying which goes something like this “Every pair of waders either leaks or is waiting to leak.” Why is this a commonly held belief? It may be because of the fact that we ask waders to allow us to trudge unscathed through brush and thicket containing Mother Nature’s myriad of thorny and pointed creations. Maybe it has something to do with the fact we kneel down on rocky banks and in stream beds with them or sit on whatever we feel like sitting on while wearing them. It may also have something to do with what I call Vampire flies which like to feed on blood. These flies seek to embed themselves into flesh but sometimes (if you’re lucky) they only find your hat, wader or jacket. Barbed wire is a cousin of the Vampire fly and has been known to draw blood but prefers to just tear into stuff. Lastly, this leaky belief could also be connected to how we treat our waders which often means “riding them hard and putting them away wet.” Whatever the reason, leaks do happen even to the best of waders. The good news is that they are often easily repaired (all Patagonia waders come with a repair kit). Patagonia’s Creative and Quality teams have put together a little instruction guide for wader repair that just may prove useful to you someday. Brian Bennett (Fly Fishing Sales Manager) has taken this guide and turned it into a modern day “e-zine” making it accessible and easy to research because rarely do anglers keep all the little pieces of paper and tags that come with new waders. Check it out and may your waders always keep you dry.



Thorn photo by Brian Bennett
Vampire fly photo courtesy of Justin Crump

3 comments:

bota said...

it's true, i walk through and sit on things without even thinking about it...thanks for the 'e-zine' i know i put the instructions that came with my waders in "a place where i'll remember." haven't seen the paper in a while...

even wader repairs has gone digital!

El Pescador said...

http://issuu.com/moldychum/docs/patagoniawaderbrochure/1

grobinson said...

i sent you an email a couple of days ago to the gmail address listed here, rather then posting a very long comment.