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If there’s one thing anglers can agree on, it’s that fly fishing is a beautiful and relaxing sport. Studies have shown that the sound of running water, like that of a river, has a calming effect on the body and it doesn’t hurt that the backdrops of some of these fishing spots are among the most stunning natural areas on the planet.

I would tell you where my fly fishing spot is, but as you can see, it’s far too crowded.

Unfortunately, as with many outdoor sports, the cost of getting into fly fishing can quickly add up. Fly rods, flies, fly-tying equipment, boots, nets, and packs can make any rookie fly fisher a bit nervous at the register. The price of waders especially can make one’s jaw drop. Waders can cost anywhere from just over $50 to a whopping $1,000.

It’s why we here at Hook & Barrel took it upon ourselves to come up with a list of affordable—not cheap—waders under the $300 mark. We want to ensure that a) they withstand the demands of the water and b) will last well over one season. So, without further ado, here is Hook & Barrel’s list of the best fly fishing waders under $300.

Our List of Best Fly Fishing Waders Under $300

Simms Tributary Waders – $229.95

simms tributary waders

Simms is a well-respected brand in the fly fishing community, and their Tributary Waders are reasonably priced without sacrificing quality. These waders were designed using breathable and waterproof polyester with a 3-layer upper and a 4-layer lower. The Tributary waders sport a wide variety of features that’ll please any fly fisher from beginner to advanced.

The waders were designed to include a reach-through fleece lined hand-warming pocket with a zippered top stash pocket and integrated fly patch, a single rear belt loop with 38mm non-stretch wading belt, incorporated Gravel Guards with cinched elastic bottom hem to keep out rocks and debris, and neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish for long-lasting wear. What’s more, Simms offers a 60-day replacement for leaks—no questions asked—and 365 days of free repairs. The Simms Tributary Waders are available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Lost Creek Men’s Guide Series Zip Stockingfoot Fishing Waders: $259.99

Lost Creek Men's Guide Series Zip Stockingfoot Fishing Waders

The Lost Creek Guide Series Zip Stockingfoot Fishing Waders provide optimal waterproof performance for long days on the water as well as convenient oversized chest pockets to keep your necessities at the ready. The chest zipper allows for easy-on-and-off to get you in and out of the water and back to the truck in a flash.

Caddis Men’s Deluxe Breathable Fishing Stockingfoot Waders: $149.99

Caddis Men’s Deluxe Breathable Fishing Waders are perfect for anglers who fish in high-temperature areas. The lightweight yet rugged polyester fabric construction was engineered with CaddisDry™ Breathable Technology for all-day comfort on the water. The reinforced knees, high-density neoprene soles, and attached gravel guards help withstand long-term use and the seams are taped, glued, and stitched to prevent water entry. The feet are also taped inside and out for added protection. A convenient quad pocket keeps your gear close at hand The Caddis Men’s Deluxe Breathable Fishing Waders include a free wader belt and repair kit as well as a one-year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

White River Fly Shop Prestige Front Zip Stocking-Foot Chest Waders: $189.99

White River Fly Shop Prestige Front Zip Stocking-Foot Chest Waders

The lightweight and breathable Prestige Front Zip Stocking-Foot Chest Waders from White River Fly Shop offer all the necessary comfort and strength that fly fishers need at an affordable price. The waders possess a tightly woven micro denier fabric upper with 4MOST DRY-PLUS, a 100% waterproof/breathable membrane technology that expertly inhibits water entry while releasing natural body moisture—no clamminess here!

The seal-tight waterproof front zipper lets anglers open up the waders as temperatures rise and makes it easier to pull the waders on and off. The reinforced triple-layer knees and attached fabric gaiters with rubberized elastic cuffs and lace hooks increase the wader’s strength. These waders also include shaped and contoured 3mm CR neoprene stocking feet with nonslip grippers on the bottom. Lastly, the waders include a cozy fleece-lined handwarmer pocket and include attached belt loops and a wading belt.

Rustic Ridge Men’s PVC Bootfoot Fishing Waders: $59.99

Last but certainly not least, we have the Rustic Ridge Men’s PVC Bootfoot Fishing Waders. While they are the most affordable pair of fly fishing waders on this list, they certainly don’t scrimp on performance. These waders are made of durable 2-ply Nylon/PVC material that is lighter and stronger than rubber and 100% waterproof. The integrated PVC boots also possess PVC construction that is more than ready to take on gritty river bottoms. The waders also offer H-back Nylon web suspenders and a drawstring top as well as a one-year Manufacturer Warranty.

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