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The Fish Magnet Gear Guide
For
Steelhead and Salmon Spey Fishing
By Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson Fish Magnet Gear Review

Featured Gear: Redington Prowler Wading Boots Review by Dave Robinson

November 25, 2016


It seems that I am on the Redington gear review bandwagon, so I will top it off with one of their Superb wading boots. Redington has won me over lately. It seems to me that they are doing everything they can to compete apples to apples with Simms at a lesser cost with similar value! For the most part, Redington is excelling in competing with the great Simms products at a lesser price. These Prowler boots are no exception. They are built smart and functional, and the icing on the cake is, they are tough!

I had a pretty great selection of Simms boots, including Guide boots and Rivertec Boa's. Yes they are good boots, and the Boa system seems to be going strong. I did, however have a bad experience with my Boa lacings. I think it was that sand would get in the lacing channels and fray the cables and then eventually fail. Finally I tore them off and drilled lacing holes to finish out the life of the boots. I have always had sore feet after a long day, or days of walking on rocks and river bars. Chalk that up to the personal fit I think.

As I got to the end of my boot life, I started to research what else was out there that might work better for me. I just happened to come across these Redington Prowler boots. They must have just released them because Jeff at Grabflies was only vaguely aware of them and hadn't got them in stock yet, but true to his word, he got me a pair in the sticky walnut rubber soled model. I had them in just a few days, and he even installed a set of Goat Head Spikes for me that I had ordered with them. When they arrived, I was amazed at how light they were, so light in fact that I worried that they may not have the support that I would need. Boy I was wrong! They really fit well. I have a kind of low volume narrow to average foot and yet they really seemed tailor made for me with an extra sock. They may or may not be for you on fit, you know how that goes. Even though they are light, they have a ridged polyurethane mid sole that seems to really stabilize your foot. For me down the road, no more sore feet! Not even on multi day trips.

After nearly a year's use, they remain intact with no tears, seam or stitch failure. I got my son into steelhead fishing this past year and passed my last pair of Simms boots down to him, and ordered another pair of felt bottom Prowlers with Goat Head spikes that I like even better than the sticky rubber style in most situations.

Dave Robinson Fish Magnet Gear Review

Fish Magnet Gear Rating. I give these boots a 10/10!

Prowler Boot Sticky Rubber (click here) | Prowler Boot - Felt Sole (click here)

So far they have been flawless with only the laces slowly deteriorating. As the laces go, I replace them with Titanium Rock climbing laces for the rest of the boot life. But so far, after 200 plus or minus days on the river, these boots are not even close to wearing out!

Sticky RubberFelt


PROWLER BOOT $149

The new men's Prowler Wading Boots are our premier wading boot offering. They offer exceptional performance and durability in a fresh, modern aesthetic. With molded rubber rands, wide soles, and quick-drying and quick-draining synthetic materials, these boots are built for long days in any river condition imaginable.

  • Molded rubber overlays for durability
  • Molded Polyurethane midsole, strong yet lightweight
  • Wide sole- expanded surface sole for stability
  • Padded collar for ankle support
  • Mesh lined interior and drain holes for quick drainage
  • Molded, non-corrosive metal hardware
  • Available in both sticky walnut rubber and felt sole options
  • Stud compatible
  • Approximate size 10 weight: 3.3lbs/52.8oz

  • Siren Boot $149

    The new Siren Wading Boots are our premier wading boot specifically designed for female anglers. They offer exceptional performance, durability, and comfort in a stylish aesthetic that looks as good as it performs. The Siren provides comfortable protection with rubber rands and soles, and dries quickly as a result of quick-drying and quick-draining synthetic materials. These boots are built to fish.

  • Designed specifically for women
  • Molded rubber overlays for durability
  • Molded Polyurethane midsole, strong yet lightweight
  • Wide Sole - expanded surface sole for stability
  • Padded collar for ankle support
  • Mesh lined interior and drain holes for quick drainage
  • Molded, non-corrosive metal hardware
  • Available in both sticky walnut rubber and felt sole options
  • Stud compatible
  • Approximate size 8 weight: 2.6lbs/41.6oz

    My wife fished with me last winter and into the summer with the lady version Siren Boot and she liked them as well. I wish I would have got her the felt instead of the sticky walnut rubber though. She hooked a hard running fresh 12 lb. steelhead way out in the Cowlitz River on her spey rod. We had a heck of a time getting her to shore to land that crazy fish! Those rocks in that river are super slippery and she ended up going down in 3 feet of water and continued to keep her rod up until I hauled her back to her feet! Of course it was my fault! She managed to land that chrome slab after another tumble backwards over a fire pit just as I tailed it! it was all good and we laughed hard along with the small crowd that had gathered around us on the bank!

    Dave Robinson Fish Magnet Gear Review

    Pros- Everything!


    REMEMBER, YOU CAN CATCH A FISH WITH A BAD CAST, BUT YOU WILL CATCH MORE WITH A GOOD ONE!


    See all of Dave Robinson's gear review articles (click here)


    Learn more about Dave, and see some of the fish he catches (click here) - Jeff Layton/Grabflies