Gear Review: Redington Sonic-Pro Waders

Waders can make or break a good day of fishing.  Finding a decent pair of waders without spending and arm and a leg is often a difficult task to accomplish.  Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to use the Redington Sonic-Pro Waders.  I’ve gone through many different waders over the years and can honestly say they are some of the best waders I’ve ever worn.

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Redington Sonic-Pro Waders – No worse for the wear

Wader Specs and Features:

Redington offers a unique array of features when it comes to the Sonic-Pro’s.  For starters, they are made of a 100% nylon material that also happens to be very breathable.  This comes in handy, especially for those who like to hike a lot while fishing.  Sweating inside your waders is just as annoying as leaky waders, and the Sonic-Pro’s breathable material prevents that from happening to a large extent.  By using four layers of material in high wear spots, areas that are normally prone to leaks are significantly more durable and abrasion resistant.

The main feature and biggest draw of the Sonic-Pro’s is the way the seams are built.  Instead of using the traditional needle and thread sewing methods, ultra-sonic sound waves are used to weld the seams together using a special glue.  Every seam is double taped to prevent any leaking.  On top of that, the materials used are also waterproof and treated with Redington’s DWR Finish to ensure they stay that way.  Simply put, they are built to keep you dry!

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Warm Spring Day on the Henry’s Fork

There are a few other important features to take note of.  One of my favorite features are the micro fleece lined pockets.  On breezy and chilly days, they warm your hands right up.  There is also a front pocket and and inside pocket, so there is plenty of room to store a few things.  Although I didn’t use it very often, the inside pocket also features a tool pocket with individual places for your forceps, nippers, and tippet.  Just be careful not to put your cellphone or any other electronic device in any of the pockets because they are not 100% waterproof.  I forgot about this one time and my phone got a little wet.  All of these features help set the Redington Sonic-Pro’s a step above the competition.

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Field Testing:

Comfort is one of the most important things to me when it comes to waders.  One of the first things I noticed while fishing in the Sonic-Pro’s is how comfortable they are to move around in.  Many waders are too tight in one area, or far too loose in another.  This is not the case with these waders.  Wading boots slip right on with little effort and the neoprene booties fit perfectly.

Durability is extremely important to me with any gear that I am using.  I usually fish 3-4 days a week and whatever gear I am using is going to take a beating.  One of the first areas to fail in waders I’ve owned in the past has been the neoprene booties.  Because Redington uses a high density neoprene, this is no longer an issue.  Not only are leaky waders and cold feet annoying, it can also be damaging to your body and put you in a dangerous situation.  The only issue that I’ve had is a broken zipper on the inside pocket.  However, this does not really affect the overall functionality of the waders and is not a huge problem.  I’ve put many miles on these waders, and they still function just as well as they did the first day I used them.  I’ve taken a few falls in them, including through thistles, and they still keep me completely dry.

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Wild Idaho Cutthroat Trout

Versatility is also important to me.  There is a lot to be said about a product that can be used in a wide variety of situations.  I’ve worn the Sonic-Pro’s in temperatures in the mid teens while steelhead fishing and they kept me warm the entire time.  On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve worn them all day while chasing carp at Blackfoot Reservoir with temps in the mid 80’s and never got too hot.  It is convenient knowing that my waders will work fine no matter what the weather is like.

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Conclusion:

I have been nothing but pleased with Redington’s Sonic-Pro Waders.  As I mentioned previously, I have put them through the ringer and they still work great.  If there is one thing to take away, it’s that Redington has created one durable pair of waders.  I plan on putting many more miles on them in the months to come and I know they will continue to work well.  I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in the market for a new pair of waders.  Good waders are hard to come by, and I already know what I’ll be getting when this pair wears out.

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Blackfoot Reservoir Carp

Redington’s Sonic-Pro Waders have a retail value of $299.95.  At that price, they are pretty hard to beat.  Want to get your hands on some Sonic-Pro’s of your own or any of Redington’s other great products?  Head on over to their website at www.redington.com.

The Fish That Smiles Back

Ever since I was a little kid I have wanted to catch a pike.  I remember watching fishing shows on television and seeing the incredibly vicious takes that Northern Pike are known for.  I remember seeing the massive fish and the size of their razor sharp teeth.  Since the beginning of February, Brent and I had been in correspondence Targhee Boss, the guy behind Utah Stillwaters, discussing when we could come down and try our hand at some pike on the fly.  After getting all of our schedules lined up, the chosen dates were April 1st and 2nd.  I thought about the trip every day leading up to it.  I had pike on my mind and I couldn’t get them off.  Brent and I took off from Idaho Falls early Monday morning and made the drive down to Utah to meet Targhee.  After some quick introductions, we all packed in to Targhee’s pickup and headed for the lake.  It rained a lot of the way down and eventually reached torrential downpour status once we made it out on the water.  High winds forced us to park the boat for the first hour or so in a cove, but soon enough the storm passed and it was time to catch some fish.

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Rough Waters

Throwing the heavy flies was something that I was not used to at all.  A large portion of my fishing is spent throwing articulated streamers on the 8 wt, but my trout steamers don’t even compare to the large, heavy, and wind resistant pike flies.  Eventually I got into a rhythm and the flies became a little easier to cast.  Brent was the first to hook into a fish.  It was a frisky female that couldn’t have been holding in more than a couple feet of water.  The skunk was off and my confidence was immediately boosted.  Twenty minutes later, I hooked in to my first fish of the trip and my first pike ever.  He was just a little guy, but that didn’t lessen my excitement at all.  The next few hours consisted of a handful of small males, another crazy thunder storm, and even one bite off.  Targhee said he had another spot in mind and we motored over to try our luck at the next cove.

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Brent with the First Pike of the Trip

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My First Pike

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Incoming Storm

As we approached the cove I immediately felt good about it.  The water was calmer than most of the other places we had fished that day, and the water clarity was significantly better.  Brent was the first to get some action.  The fish chased his fly down hard, but in all the commotion it somehow missed the hook.  I realized that seems to happen a lot with pike fishing.  They will often push so much water on your fly when chasing it down, that they end up missing it all together.  Nonetheless, it makes for an exciting time and always keeps you on your toes.  We couldn’t get the fish to come back, so we continued trolling a few feet off of the weed and tree line.  I noticed we had come up to a small ledge and decided to let my fly sink deep to the bottom this time before beginning my retrieve.  When I was nearly finished with my retrieve, I felt one of the subtlest takes I have ever had and set the hook hard.  As I lifted the rod, I immediately felt the weight of the fish and knew I had latched into something a little bigger.  The fish slowly made it’s way to the surface and I let out a holler of excitement.  I was face to face with one of the biggest fish I had ever seen on the end of my line!  The fish made a short run but never went out of sight.  The first attempt to scoop it in the net failed and the fish ran again.  Net attempt number two came quick enough and the fish was landed.  I can’t remember the last time my heart was beating so fast over the thought of potentially losing a fish.  The big gal taped out at 41.5″ and weighed in at 20.6 pounds, just shy of the Utah Catch and Release State Record.  We snapped a few photos and sent her on her way.  Many thanks to Targhee and Brent for all your help.  We decided to call it quits and headed back to Targhee’s place for dinner and to get some sleep before hitting it hard again the next day.

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41.5 Inches of Northern Pike

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Smiling for the Camera

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Back She Goes

It didn’t take long at all to figure out day two was going to be much faster fishing.  It took exactly three or four casts to hook into the first fish of the day.  The boat couldn’t have been parked more than five minutes.  It was another cookie cutter male that couldn’t resist the 7-inch long pile of feathers.  The next few hours went by with what seemed like non stop action.  We ended day two with 19 fish to hand, and lost or missed at least that many, if not more fish.  Brent landed his best fish of the trip, a beautiful and healthy female.  Many of the takes were visual, and we even saw quite a few pike sunning themselves in the shallow coves.  What more could you ask for?

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Northern Pike

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Underwater shot by Brent

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Brent’s Best of the Trip, A Beautiful Female

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Another Beautiful Female

Looking back at the trip and the photos we took, I picked up on something that almost every fish had in common.  Most of the fish look like they are smiling for the camera, as if they are saying, “I’m glad I could make your day, now let me go!”  One of my favorite things about fishing is the rush that I get from the take and the hook set.  Whether big or small, every pike gives you that rush.  What some of them lack in fight is completely made up for in their vicious takes.  Pike are one of the most incredible fish I have had the opportunity to fish for, and I am chopping at the bit to get back down to Utah and try my hand at it again.  Thanks again to Targhee for being such a great host and for putting Brent and I on so many fish.  Some trips leave you with a permanent grin, and I still smile every time I think about this one.  Both Brent and Targhee have full trip reports on their blogs.  Head on over to Uprising and Utah Stillwaters and take a look!