Originally Posted by soggyshoes
I was wondering if anyone knows of a local place that makes custom waders. I cannot find waders that fit over my calves. I also have really wide feet and a high arch. (My lovely wife refers to them as Fred Flintstone feet.)
I have tried all sizes that I could find at Fisherman's and checked West Marine and a couple of sporting goods stores. I did a search and found Simms, but was hoping for somewhere local where I could go in and be fitted. I have had to do the same thing for my wetsuits and drysuit.
Many years ago before you could find breathable waders with any regularity I decided to sew myself a pair made out of Gore-tex. It was a labor of love, but when they were done I was so happy. I was able to pick out my own color fabric and sew them to fit me. And they turned out really great! Not one leak, and I used them for years.
I hope you're able to find someone local to make you a pair of custom-fit waders. I'm shopping for a new pair of waders myself. I don't have the time or energy to undertake sewing a new pair so will buy off-the-shelf. But custom-fit waders are really, really nice.