Unguided Alaska DIY Hunting & Fishing Transport Service

Do I need Hip Waders for my Alaska hunt?

We recommend that you bring some waders with you. Depending on where you end up hunting, there could be stream and/or river crossings.

You could need to cross a creek or stream, or two or ten during your hunt. Often you’ll need to do a creek crossing every day from where you’re camped to where you’ll be hunting. With many crossings after that. Sometimes you’ll be hiking right in the creek, you never know. Then, if it rains (or when it rains) you’re gonna want to have them to keep your feet dry while out there.

Types of waders

Our suggestions for which type of hip waders to bring on your hunt.

We prefer a waist or hip-height stockingfoot style, lightweight fly fishing wader with a lace up wading boot. We recommend the Simms G3 Guide Pant and G3 Boot Combo, or a Chota Tundra Hippie and Orvis Pro Boot Combo. These are the best combination for fit, quality and quietness.

Every year we get  asked if the “Muck Boots” (or similar style – you know, shorter/knee height water boots) will work. Ultimately, on one hand, they may work just fine – but then again they might not. It depends on where you end up hunting. We have found that hip waders work for that “all around” option. HAVING SAID THAT ….. If you don’t ever plan on wearing them again, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on them.