What is Studs

Studs may be an expensive accessory, but the benefits are brilliant.
It doesn’t matter how generous you are with yourself when buying your fly fishing gear, there’s a very strong chance that you might stop in your tracks when you see how much studs cost. And you’ll ask yourself, do I really need them? And that depends on how serious you want to fish…

Despite the very high price, the fly fishing studs deal may still be a steal.

Let’s face it, most serious fly fishers don’t mind spending a bit on the kit. Expensive rods, expensive reels, high end apparel and so on. Perhaps financially irresponsible, chasing the addiction, feeding a love of all things nice. But everyone has their point, and quite often that point is studs.

The same questions rings among fly fishers around the world.

Fly fishers around the world ask themselves, why should they pay such huge lumps of money something that arguably has no justification at all for the exxy price? This is the age old question when it comes to boot studs in fly fishing.

Get ripped off, or fall over dangerously… what a choice!

The general impression is that you are asked to pay a ludicrous cost for a tiny number of studs compared to what you actually need, all the while understanding that you literally just got ripped off. However, the alternative without studs could be a miserable, dangerous day of slipping.

Fly fishing stud costs are more depressing when you do the sums.

There’s not even any specific brands to call out for over-charging on studs, they all do it. The normal boot stud package offers 20 studs and screws for between $25 and $30, which works out to be about $1.50 per screw! They are quality screws admittedly, but still, they are just screws.

Wading accessories
Tips for the right wading accessories.
After choosing your waders and wading boots you need to select other wading accessories. Make sure your waders have a belt the belt is to keep the water from rushing in through the top of your waders should you slip oner. In most rivers, especially fast flowing rivers, a wading staff is a great way to keep your balance. Boot studs are also great to stop you from slipping on slippery rocks.
Consider a waterproof waist pack instead of a vest if your wading deeper water.

The discerning fly fisher’s ultimate luggage packing hack!
Working out what you need to take on any particular fly fishing trip is the process you need to go through which will ultimately guide the luggage solutions you choose. And you can save a lot of time in that decision making process by following our awesome luggage tips and hacks.

When thinking about fly fishing luggage solutions, tick all these boxes!
Follow these fabulous fly-fishing gear tips to ensure a great time on the river:

If you’re flying, put your wading boots in checked luggage and wear comfy shoes on the plane – an easy almost obvious effort in the name of comfort that is often over-looked by keen fly fishers thinking they can save weight and space in their checked luggage.

Prepare for the unpredictable… no matter what the weather forecast, be ready for snow, rain, wind and super hot sun.

Always take a self-contained camping kit, because you never know.

Pack a fly rod that’s designed for travel, breaking down unto three or four pieces and stored in a protective tube along with a few flies and floatants.

For check in don’t go lower than a 60-litre backpack. For your carry on luggage, simply use your fly fishing daypack.

Don’t be a fashion victim, dress for comfort… a polar fleece jacket, hemp shirt, drip-dry polyester trousers, crocs and socks, you name it!

When flying, put as much of your weight as possible in your checked luggage, particularly when you have multiple connections to reach your destination.

Your wash bag staples should include just the bare minimum: a toothbrush, small tube of toothpaste and some floss.

Download the “go to” fly fishing and travel apps… they come in very handy, plus of course just make conversation with locals to get the low down on the region.

Make your hotel room feel like home by spreading your wet tent and waders over the bed and chairs to dry.

Make your packing resolution to ensure you dry out all your camping gear before arriving at the hotel… you’ll probably never get round to it, but give it a go!

Gear bags
Get some organisation into your gear bag for a greater fly fish experience.
Imagine this: You’re out on your favourite river or lake, your hook snags on the bottom. You pull and pull but it’s stuck. You fluff around searching for new lure, line and sinkers but all you get is a stab in the hand for your trouble. If your gear bag isn’t organised, this will be you, one day very soon!

Whatever you think you want in your gear bag, forget this advice at your peril!
So the first question then, why do you need a tackle box? Well, you can’t fish without gear, that’s a fact, so a workable gear and tackle system should have everything you need… including “just-in-case” items like a flashlight, pliers and your favourite reading material.
Your perfect fly fishing tackle system will be highly organised, ensuring you can find exactly what you need, when you need it, also enabling you to move effortlessly shed to car to boat, and back. And whatever gear bag solution you chose, it should stand up to bumps and dumps on the journey.

Your 3 essential things to search for in the perfect fly fishing gear box solution!

Get down to details on size…
Tackle systems and gearboxes range from simple, flat boxes to huge monoliths with removable racks, trays, and drawers. A casual one-day fishing trip will not require such overkill, but don’t forget a tackle system may need more space than you think. For example, you’ll need to hold accessories like drinking water and your phone. Our advice is that, if you’re just starting out, find a small, basic box and by the time that no longer cuts the mustard, you’ll know exactly what you do need.

Don’t cut corners on product quality…

As with any product, the quality in gear bags and tackle boxes varies massively, and you can’t always tell real quality just by looking at it. Some gear bags are made better than others, it’s an unavoidable fact. Look for thick, tough material, reinforced stitching, and durable plastic with big wide zippers and clasps.

Scrutinise the organisation system…
From satchels to trays to hip roofs, there are so many choices of organising methods out there that your brain will fry trying to assess them all – because at the end of the day different equipment will suit different fly fishers, depending on how they fish. For example, some anglers choose to take everything “just in case”, while others pack only what they intend to use for that specific fish. The only way to learn what works for you, is to fish.