What’s the best way to dry wad­ing boots? They’re not cheap and ob­vi­ously I want them to last as long as pos­si­ble.

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - TROUT SURGERY - Peter Davies, Kelso

AModern syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als dry quickly, but leather should be treated with care. In hot weather, it’s best to leave them in the shade to dry slowly. Dry them too quickly against a high heat and leather may crack. In cool weather, start the dry­ing process in a ven­ti­lated area of a garage and then bring them in­doors to dry com­pletely. Never leave them in a bag or cor­ner of a shed where mould can de­velop if they’re left damp. It’s a good idea to rinse off mud or gunk that may be­come en­crusted in felt soles. This is a pre­cau­tion against spread­ing in­va­sive species that may hide in the felt and it re­duces the weight of the soles, the glue from which can fail over time.

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