Originally Posted by Cotto
My dad is 67. I just got him wading a few years ago and he enjoys it. He Kayaks as well. I don't push it with the depth and don't take chances. I try to stay waist deep, walk slow and feel ahead with my feet as I go. I have yet to fall in or get in any trouble. I'm not risking my life for a fish. That being said, wading is enjoyable, good exercise and gives you access you can't get any other way.
Unfortunately my getting older is only half the problem. Bad knees, bad back, and other assorted maladies have taken their toll on me. And combine that with general laziness and you get an ass-ache in the boat. Yep, I am going back to wading at least half the time. No sense in letting three pairs of waders rot away.
Originally Posted by Ed
I agree completely.
I have recently spent a couple days on the Fox river in a boat between the Algonquin and McHenry dams and though we caught a few fish I know I would have done way better if I was in waders.
The angles that you can cast into/out of eddys and likely areas are impossible to duplicate from a boat unless one guy is just going to concentrate solely on boat control.
Ain't that the truth. Since I am in the front of the boat and operate the trolling motor, I spend an inordinate amount of time doing that. My brother has at least a 2-1 casting ratio on me. I'm thinking of charging him for the ride...
We like to anchor if we find a suitable spot to cast an eddy or nice pool when the conditions for using the motor to maintain position would be difficult or impossible.