Thanks so much man for YOUR hospitality! You still need to tell us where you got those magical steelhead pants.
<img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/hihi.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Hihi" class="inlineimg" /> You mean the funny pants.
A few years ago, Aaron Ostoj and I hiked into a stretch of the Sandy R. for winter steelhead. He had these full length wool hunting pants that he mentioned were great for warmth...I was intrigued for under wader wear but thought that full length pants would bunch up in the waders.
I started searching online for "wool breeks". Breeks are the Scots' term for breeches or trousers (in North America, I think the terms used are "knickers/knickerbockers"). I went out on a limb and ordered some online. I may look goofy, but functionally, the pants are the bees knees: easy to slide into waders, keeps me warm enough without too much layering (at times I just wear knee length wool socks with the breeks under the waders). I have La Crosse hunting boots that I just slip in and out of when done with fishing.
Warm. No wet pant leg hems when walking thru brush. No need to tuck pant legs into my wader socks. Get some Plus Twos (or if you prefer the baggy golfer look: Plus Fours - but those likely won't fit in waders).
I have been wearing breeks for maybe 3 years now.. I really like their functionality. The price range for the pants is pretty broad with the more affordable breeks at around 40-50 US dollars (the pair I own) and the top end nearing $500.
I can't believe I just posted about pants on the dry fly thread. <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/chuckle.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Chuckle" class="inlineimg" />