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So I have been toying with the idea of getting a set of chest waders to use for my bank fishing that will let me get out away from all the overhangs etc and work the banks of my favorite lakes. I low Walmart carries some as well as Dicks and Bass pro but wondering are the more expensive ones really worth it.


I had a pair growing up and likely purchased them at local walmart like store and probably bought the cheapest I could given I was a paper boy and had to buy stuff like this on my own.

Any recommendations on a good quality pair that comes in maybe around 50$??
 

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Spidey there is a place in Asheboro called Southern Wholesale that has Calcutta boot Waders for like 40 bux. If your down this way grab a pair I love mine!

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I used hip waders when pond/lake fishing often. I'm not sure I'd go with chest waders though. I'm getting ready to purchase some chest waders for river/stream fishing with the fly rod but your scenario is much different. When you venture off the bank to get more freedom and less headache for improved casting you also gain a disadvantage. This disadvantage is an unknown foothold/lake bottom. You can literally sink up to your neck in a split second and with chest waders you're in trouble if not dead. This is why I used hip waders and stayed around the "more solid" areas of the bank. I've sunk like I described and it's terribly tough to get out with the weight of water and super strong mud suction at your feet. Good luck.
 

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I don't even remember how many times just walking along in the back water fishing down at the coast I have gone completely under...wearing a bathing suit. From a foot of water 4 feet of water instantly.
 

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I used hip waders when pond/lake fishing often. I'm not sure I'd go with chest waders though. I'm getting ready to purchase some chest waders for river/stream fishing with the fly rod but your scenario is much different. When you venture off the bank to get more freedom and less headache for improved casting you also gain a disadvantage. This disadvantage is an unknown foothold/lake bottom. You can literally sink up to your neck in a split second and with chest waders you're in trouble if not dead. This is why I used hip waders and stayed around the "more solid" areas of the bank. I've sunk like I described and it's terribly tough to get out with the weight of water and super strong mud suction at your feet. Good luck.
thanx Wade been debating the hip versus chest waders. The areas I fish seem to have nice rocky bottoms and I have seen folks wading out before not sure if in waders or hip boots. Thought about one of these float like thigs just looking for a simple way to get away from all the overhang so I can work an area more freely.
 

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With a fifty dollar budget I would get the hip boots from the stores you listed. If you have to walk thru any thick brush with sticker bushes I would recommend you get the rubber ones with felt bottoms. But because of the reasons wademaster and Drum Runner mentioned I would use an old broom handle to check before you step. Because I have R/A from my neck to my feet, up until two years ago I could only go fishing with a walking stick. I used a five foot broom handle from Ace Hardware and never got funny looks like my fly was open. I still use it whenever I ware hip boots or waders. Of course I am a night fisherman so you may be comfortable without during the day time.
 

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With a fifty dollar budget I would get the hip boots from the stores you listed. If you have to walk thru any thick brush with sticker bushes I would recommend you get the rubber ones with felt bottoms. But because of the reasons wademaster and Drum Runner mentioned I would use an old broom handle to check before you step. Because I have R/A from my neck to my feet, up until two years ago I could only go fishing with a walking stick. I used a five foot broom handle from Ace Hardware and never got funny looks like my fly was open. I still use it whenever I ware hip boots or waders. Of course I am a night fisherman so you may be comfortable without during the day time.
Great idea most of the spots I am fishing are max 7 feet deep way off the bank so a nice six foot stick would be a good thing to have to check steps. My budget isn't set at 50 just trying to figure out best options. I think I need a good solid boot since the lakes have lots of trash in them likely glass etc
 
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