Wading is not always necessary when fly fishing. In fact, if you can catch your fish without getting in the water...well done! But there are times you need to wade to be successful and having the right wading gear not only makes you more safe, it also makes you more comfortable. Put another way, the right wading gear makes your fly fishing life better. At Leland we are always looking to offer our customers "solutions" rather than choices. For years we have sold numerous brands of waders, wading boots, and related clothing. We are excited to offer Waders and Boots by Patagonia and Rain Jackets by Idaho based company KAST. Both these companies are conservation minded and work hard to protect our environment as well as make some great fly fishing gear.
Pre-dawn light spreads slowly over steel-colored waters. You’re up early, greeting the frigid morning air with aspirations of hefty fish. As the first flakes begin to fall, you wonder what type of fishing sickness you must have to brave this kind of weather. Granted, you only get so many days off, but still… You move into the water and wade out into the current. The pressure around your legs is somehow comforting against the black silence of the river. You pick out a likely drift-line in a run that has held fish before, you make your cast.
Post-dawn light spreads over the same water. You take one last look at the water, and step up to the bank. Today was a good day. There weren’t as many fish as you had hoped for, but the two you hooked were strong and beautiful. As you approach the security of your car, you look forward to changing out of your gear. Now it’s time to go back home and relax in front of the fire. Rolling out of the parking area, you take a moment to reflect on your surroundings. “No matter what the temperature,” you decide, “there are few things as good as fishing in a snowstorm.”