Sunday Classic / Fighting The Wader Funk

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Photo by Tim Romano

Photo by Tim Romano

Do your friends twitch their noses like rabbits when you show up to fish?

Do they have to rub camphor under their noses like Quincy just to run shuttle with you? Does your dog roll in cow shit before before he jumps in the truck to go fishing with you?

You might have wader funk.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of anglers…well, lots of them anyway, suffer from wader funk. It’s not you making those G-4s reek. It’s bacteria growing in them and it doesn’t just smell. It’s silently killing your waders.

The primary cause of wader funk is storing your waders wet. It happens to me. I travel with waders, sometimes for months at a time, waded up in a plastic bag in my luggage. It’s sometimes tough to get them dry. Before you know it those tiny black spots start to form on the inside and it smells like a badger crawled in there to die.

117574Fortunately, there’s an answer. I discovered a great product called Mirazyme. Mirazyme is an all natural, enzyme-based cleaner/odor eliminator used by divers to preserve their wetsuits. It’s easy to use, inexpensive and works amazingly well. Much better than the old vinegar and Clorox trick.

Just fill the tub with warm water, add a few tablespoons of Mirazyme and soak your waders for ten minutes. Then hang to dry. They’ll smell like the day they came out of the box. Best of all, that bacteria that was eating at your Gortex will be dead. You’ll smell fresh and your waders will last a lot longer. Your dog might even be proud to be seen with you again.

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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