The Brookies
Paul Prentiss
In mid-September I stopped by Front Range Anglers to pick up several items that I had ordered. Among them was a pair of knee high waders made by Chota. I'd worn-out my previous pair from continuous use. In passing I asked Bill Leuchten, the owner, if he carried these in stock and how were they selling. Bill responded, "sure we have them but people don't seemed too interested in them." My first reaction was, you got to be kidding. These are the greatest accessory for high country creek fishing, summer wet wading, and fishing from drift boats. I start wearing mine in mid-June and don't put them away until October. They go with me on every summer trip and many winter excursions. When I've shown people this product in action, the standard response is "where can I get a pair?"

Prior to discovering Brookies, I'd been making my own out of old retired neoprene waders. At a fly fishing show I met Frank Bryant, President of Chota Outdoor Gear, and said something like "I've got a great product idea for your company." After explaining the concept he laughed and motioned me over to one of the displays with his Brookie Knee-High Wading Socks. "I discovered the desirability of this type of wader some years ago." So much for my advanced product development thinking.

The Brookie is fleece-lined 3mm knee-high closed-cell neoprene sock to be worn with wading shoes or sandals. It's triple-glued and blind-stitched seams are watertight and comfortable. Around the top it has a neoprene gasket coupled with a nylon cinch strap keeps the top comfortably in place just below the knee and retards flooding. Even when water gets in (inevitable when wading deeper) the sock keeps it warm due to the neoprene construction. This great product retails for under $50.

Guess what, the Brookie can do even more. If you fish in the winter try wearing it inside breathable waders for added warmth in cold-water conditions. A friend who was on an Alaskan trip with Brookies told me "I was the only guy in the camp with warm feet."

The reason Front Range Anglers hasn't sold many Brookies relates to the fact that people don't understand their application and inherent value.