Folks, you've got to be prepared. If a fellow's boot falls apart in the wilds of Alaska, how are you going to fix it?

I wasn't ready for my wading boot to fall apart and as a result, I had to go looking for someone who had something that would make my boot work for the rest of the trip. Fortunately, one of my friends brought duct tape. Unfortunately, it was in leopard print!

The ooze in the muskeg is hard on boots. We were pike fishing 20 miles out of Yakutat. I stepped into a moose bog and the bog didn't want to let go. My boot sole came off. I had to limp around the rest of the afternoon and then had to fix it when I was back at the lodge. Then I bummed the borrowed duct tape and a Snickers bar to soothe my ego.

If I'd been in town, I would have picked up a tube of FreesoleĀ®. I've used Freesole before, to fix shoes and for boot repair. It's a good choice for wading boots too. And now I always carry Tenacious Tapeā„¢ too. It comes in white and silver, but I like basic black best of all. I've sworn off leopard print patterns.

Originally Published: Jun 17, 2015

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