Two fly-fishing friends from Virginia and Tennessee had been fishing together for over 15 years and came up with an idea that may change wading forever. Scott Boggs and Forrest Rogers are the creators of Rock Treads. Rock Treads are aluminum discs that you screw into the bottom of your wading boots and every piece of their product, right down to the packaging they come in, is made in the USA.
“We’re not just a couple yocals looking to make a quick buck, we want to be a part of the fly-fishing community and contribute to the industry,” Rogers said. Making everything in the USA and making a good product is a priority for them.
Boggs and Rogers sold their first set of Rock Treads on their website in 2016 and now has them in over 50 locations nationwide, including IFlyFishMontana’s online store. Here at IFlyFishMontana we are passionate about new and innovative products that work really well. Rock Treads kind of steal the show.
We have been testing Rock Treads for the last month and we like the results. Installation takes roughly 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how drill savvy you are. They screw in to almost any boot and stay on very well. After applying them without any adhesive I can see how it might help in the future. Every so often during the first week of testing I made sure to give the screws a few turns before getting in the water, some looked a little loose. Rogers suggests using Gorilla Glue when screwing the treads to the boot. During the first week I gave each screw a turn or two and they seemed to finally stick even without adhesive.
Getting Rock Treads in the water was a new experience. I didn’t feel a weight change in my boots, the only change was my footing. I was intentionally stepping on round softball-sized rocks to purposefully slip, I wasn’t slipping. I realized that I wasn’t going to slip but testing would continue.
An entire month of testing the Rock Treads and I haven’t slipped on any rivers in Montana. The Blackfoot and Rock Creek have some slippery rocks covered in algae and river scum. Rock Treads cut right through both and once they make a connection with the rocks they won’t budge until you lift your foot again.