Renee Johnson wearing ATN compression socks and simms boots.

Compression for Anglers

Most of us salmon and steelhead anglers are regularly hiking, rowing, crossing rivers, chasing fish, and pretty much abusing our bodies doing what we love. As an angler I am always looking for products and technology that help me fish harder while improving my comfort on the water.

My regular job is in healthcare and I have been exposed to compression garments for medical issues for many years. After a few seasons of fishing in the cold with numb feet I decided to start wearing knee high compression stockings while fishing. The results blew my mind! My circulation improved and the fatigue I felt in my lower legs significantly decreased. After I noticed a difference I bought some socks for my husband. He was just as happy with the results as I was and he was even talking to his guy friends about how much compression socks helped him.

After trying many brands of compression socks for athletes I went back to my healthcare roots. I had a pair of About the Nurse knee high compression socks that I only wore to work because I didn’t want to chance them smelling funky forever. Thankfully all my other compression socks were missing or dirty and I finally wore them fishing.

The entire day on the water I didn’t have issues with my sock rolling down or digging into the back of my leg. I paired these socks with Heat Holders socks on top and I didn’t lose feeling in my feet once due to the cold.

Why graduated compression socks help improve circulation and decrease the feeling of fatigue in the lower leg?
• Blood flow is increased to the limb that graduated compression is worn on. The increase in blood flow brings new oxygenated blood to the limb.
• Tendons and ligaments are supported.
• Edema and inflammation is reduced by the graduated compression that creates improved circulation in the limb.
• For more information on the benefits, contraindications, and mechanics of graduated compression visit ATN Compression Benefits

I have found the 20-30mmHg socks to be the most helpful to me on and off the water. My feet stay the warmest, my arch feels supported, my joints get support, and I have way less swelling in the ankle I had surgery on. This amount of compression is also not too difficult to put on and take off.

Correct sizing is key to getting the most out of your graduated compression socks. They are to fit the tightest at the ankle. The measurements you will need are of both ankles and calves (at the largest part.)


In my opinion quality graduated compression socks are worth the investment with the amount of time I spend on the water and I would like to share a discount code for purchases you make from About the Nurse. LOVEYOURLEGS will save you 20%