Like most anglers, I geek out about a lot of fishy things. I'm very into big streamers. I have a jones for cool poppers. I love vintage fly reels. I also freak out about wading boot studs and spikes. It's weird, I know, but considering I'm convinced that if a boot doesn't have some form of studs, it's not worthy of wetting, I have tried every new spike, cleat, and bar on the market. I've liked a lot of them; others fell short. Now, it's not easy to completely reinvent a little metal stud, so when I caught wind of Rock Treads (pictured above), I was intrigued. What I figured was that these might be a happy medium between wading boots and boots you can wear safely in a raft or drift boat. Prior to Rock Treads, Patagonia came closest with their bars. The bars grip well and won't hurt a boat, but they also don't let you customize their position on the sole, and they only come on Patagonia boots. Plus, when one of those bars comes out, good luck getting it back in. I've had Rock Treads on the water for a few months now, and here's what this geek learned about them.