These studs are pretty wimpy and chewed up! If you're like me and bang your shins, fall on your patootie, and/or into the river, and depend on your wading staff to stay upright, it's exhausting. Exhaustion interferes with fishing.
Before you go steelheading, or wading anywhere, get the real scoop on traction. See here & here & here.
Some guides aren't crazy about studs in their boats. If you encounter such an experience suggest cardboard or car mats*. Alternatively, find a different guide, wading safely is paramount.
* Tip is from Mark Bachmann, The Fly Fishing Store, Welches, Oregon, online at http://www.flyfishusa.com/
© Marian Tallon June, 2012