How to Pick the Correct Size of Fishing Waders

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How to Pick the Correct Size of Fishing Waders
Properly fitting waders help make fishing more enjoyable. (Foggy Morning Flyfishing image by Joyce Wilkes from

Waders are an important component of fishing for species such as trout and salmon. It is imperative to select the right size waders for your body. Waders that are too small can stress seams, causing the waders to leak. Waders that are too large make walking difficult. Trying on waders before you buy them is the best method to ensure your waders fit properly, but if that's not an option, taking certain measurements should help you attain a proper fit.

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Things you need

  • Flexible tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pen

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    Note your shoe size, especially when selecting boot-foot waders. This is the most important component to proper wader sizing. Although waders are designed oversized in order to fit over your clothing, they should line up with your shoe size. If you wear Size 10 shoes, select Size 10 waders. This step is less critical when selecting stocking-foot waders. Stocking-foot waders require separate wading shoes, for which you must select your shoe size.

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    Take your chest measurement just below the breast by wrapping a flexible tape around your body.

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    Take your waist measurement.

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    Measure your inseam. This is the height from the floor to your groin measured with your shoes off.

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    Measure your outseam. This is the height from the floor to your chest measured with your shoes off.

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    Record the measurements on paper.

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    Compare the measurements to a catalogue sizing chart or give them to your sales associate at a store where waders are sold.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a partner makes taking measurements easier.
  • Women also should record their hip measurements for a more custom fit.

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