Either it’s top of the line, or I don’t even consider trying them out, because in my eyes, leaky waders are like leaky diapers – they really stink.
So when I first try out a new pair of waders, I’m always skeptical, which was the case with Adamsbuilt Truckee River Breathable Waders.
In fact, the reason I decided to give these a fair shake was the name, Truckee River.
The Truckee River is one of my favorite fisheries in the Lake Tahoe area, so if these waders were anything like their namesake, I knew they’d be good.
And they were.
About the Truckee River Wader
The Truckee River Wader (which retails for $239.95) is named after the river of the same name, which offers some of the best river fly fishing for everything from rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies, to whitefish and kokanee near Lake Tahoe.
And like the Truckee, these are awesome all-around waders.
From the fleece-lined, hand-warmer pockets in the chest, to the additional layer in the lower legs, these waders have found a home next to my Pyramid Lake Wading Jacket in my trusty Klamath River Wet-Dry Bag.
From the premium microfiber fabric and waterproof/breathable membrane, to the Dupont Teflon DWR/Ultrafresh Anti-Microbial Treatment, these waders aren’t prone to leaks … and they’ll keep invasive species from hitching a ride in the pores in the process.
Technology aside, these are very functional waders as well, with quick-release belts and suspenders for easy on-off, and in case you slip while wading, along with solid gravel guards and 4 mm neoprene booties for that high-mountain snowmelt we all love.
They even have a line and clip for your license and an interior pocket for your fly box.
And they’re available in just about every size available: standard XS-XXXL, stout M- XL, and Long M-XL.
Now that you have your new waders, the only question that remains is: How’s the Truckee fishing?
Adamsbuilt, headquartered in Fallon, Nevada (775-423-4254, AdamsbuiltFishing.com), is a relative newcomer to the fly fishing industry in name only.
Hendrix Outdoors, the parent company of Adamsbuilt, has been in the fly fishing business for four decades as a distributor and also started making its own gear under the Hendrix name more than a decade ago.
In 2011, Hendrix Outdoors spun off those fly fishing products under its own brand, Adamsbuilt, to avoid any confusion with the distribution side of its operations.
So while you might be hearing Adamsbuilt for the first time, when you get these products in your hand, they feel like a brand that’s been doing this for years. And, well, the latter part is certainly true as their products feel like fly fishing gear from the “good ol’ days.”
Another good thing about Adamsbuilt products is the fact that everything they offer is fully guaranteed.
And if their products fail due to a manufacturing defect, Adamsbuilt will repair or replace the product at their cost, which offers nice piece of mind to anglers who aren’t as familiar with the Adamsbuilt brand.
I, personally, always try to purchase gear from brands that offer a full guarantee, particularly for wading products that often leak or easily break down because of poor manufacturing.
In my initial tests of the Adamsbuilt brand, I don’t foresee any issues with the manufacturing of their products, but, if you run into trouble, it’s good to know they stand by their product.
Additionally, for Adamsbuilt fly rods, they offer an additional rod warranty program through their retailers, so if you break a piece of your rod or have another issue with it, be sure to ask about the rod warranty/replacement program when purchasing through a dealer.
Their products are also thoroughly tested, and many of the lakes and rivers the products are named after – local fisheries to the Nevada and neighboring California regions.
And once you pick up that Adamsbuilt gear, be sure to read up on our favorite fisheries in the Lake Tahoe region, including the Truckee River, Stampede Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, Prosser Creek Reservoir and Spooner Lake.