The bag trick

Published Nov 24th 2011

This is a small trick that will make your life with stockingfoot waders much easier


Bag it!

I don't know where this little trick came from, but I was shown it by my good friend Henning, who started using it a year or two ago. I started soon after, and now do this every time I go fishing.

Too small
It's a very simple trick, which will make your life a lot easier. Put your foot in a plastic bag before you stuff it into the waders!
Simple as that!
It will make it a lot easier to get into and out of the waders
Many wader manufacturers seem to prefer to make the feet small and tight. I have normal size feet for my height and build, and my Simms waders have way too small socks for my feet, especially considering that I often wear thick socks and sometimes even two pairs of socks: a liner and an thick outer sock. That doesn't exactly make my feet smaller, and poking these oversize extremities into the all too tight wader foot is not only cumbersome, but also seems to put way too much stress on the neoprene and the stitching between it and the facbric. It's no wonder that waders often fail and leak exactly in the seam between the sock and the leg - right around the ankle.
Put your foot in a plastic bag before you stuff it into the waders! Simple as that!

Bags to use

Getting in
It will mean avoiding the strain that you put on the neoprene every time you try to get your feet in there. Stick your foot in a suitable plastic bag. Thin bags with a size that fits your feet will be fine, but even a larger bag will be no problem as long as the material is thin. Bags for small garbage bins do fine as do food storage bags with no ziploc mechanism. I have even used small bags that are usually used for scooping up what the dog leaves when he leaves a pile of you-know-what. Have a roll in you fishing kit, and you can always draw off a new set. The bags can be reused many times, but might disappear or be used for other purposes.

Getting out with dignity

Getting out
In my own case I have become increasingly unflexible due to my MS, and I had a hard time pulling the damp and sticky waders off. Now they slip off easy as nothing thanks to the bags. The bags stay inside the waders and can be pulled out after you have gotten out, and the feet will slip smoothly and easily out with very little pull.
Fold the waders down below your knees and pull gently on the neoprene toes, and violá! The waders slip off without you moaning and groaning.

Plastic? On my feet!
You may think that packing your feet in plastic will make them sweaty and smelly, but they will be no different from what they usually are. Remember that you are already putting them into bags - neoprene bags! Unless you have breathable fabric in the feet of your waders, they will be no more water and vapor proof than they are already, and you will feel no difference. Use your normal socks and do as you always do. Just add the plastic bags.

You will not regret it.

User comments
From: Dominik · brandtoenies·at·  Link
Submitted February 18th 2013

What's the bag limit?! ;-)

From: Peter · gff·at·  Link
Submitted September 29th 2012

Have been using this for the whole season and it works like a charm!
Thanks :-)

From: Janus - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted April 12th 2012

Cool website. The trick comes from diving and surfing in cold water, it makes putting on a diving suit or wetsuit a lot easier, I learned it back when I started surfing in 1994. Cheers, I had forgotten about it, will remember this when i become a old bugger.

From: Karel Mainer · karel.mainer·at·  Link
Submitted November 27th 2011

dear Martin, thanks for good idea. As I am getting "younger and younger", slipping my waders off has become a nightmare. But when I am fishing with my friends, I must ask them to help. It works good as well.

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