Redington Chromer – Summer Steelhead

REDINGTON CHROMER – Summer Steelhead Package

Retail Items = $620.70 / Your Cost = $529.00

also available REDINGTON CHROMER – Winter Steelhead Package

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New for 2017 Redington Chromer. We’ve assembled our top two summer steelhead picks for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. We’ve done our best to simplify your process of deciding which rod and what line. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Chromer spey rod coupled with the Redington Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo summer steelhead package ready to fish.

7126 or 7136?
CHROMER 7126: This is a sweet shorter summer steelhead rod perfect for smaller rivers, tighter quarters or fishing tight brushy areas. We opt for the 12ft 6inch rods on smaller summer steelhead rivers like the Grande Rhonde, Wa or North Umpqua, OR. Great news about the 7126 if you find yourself fishing a big summer river you wont feel undergunned. If things turn south and you find yourself fishing in dirty water conditions you can change to a Skagit shooting head and throw light sink tips and a little bit larger fly.

CHROMER 7136: This is the ultimate summer steelhead rod that will also double as a light winter steelhead rod. The 13ft 6 inch length makes it ideal for picking up longer lines (such as the Rage Compact), has greater mending capabilities and of course, will cast further than the shorter 7126. If you plan on fishing larger rivers like the Deschutes, OR or the Clearwater, ID than the 7136 will be your bread and butter. Great news for those who fish for winter steel (though the ultimate winter rod is the burly 8136) the 7136  will also double as a light winter rod capable of throwing larger flies and heavier sink tips.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS:

  • Redington –  7126 Chromer 12′ 6″ or 7136 Chromer 13′ 6″
  • Redington – Behemoth Reel
  • Airflow – Rage Compact 420gr
  • OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb
  • Airflo – Polyleader 14ft FLOAT
  • Maxima – 1 spool of 8lb tippet
  • Backing – 150 yrds 30lb

Package comes ready to fish. We spool everything on so all you have to do is attach the reel to the rod, run the line through the guides and tie on a fly.

 

REDINGTON CHROMER – Rod
The new CHROMER rods are the ultimate tool for the two-handed angler. We have fished these rods and sold many to clients and friends, all of which love the rods for thier efficiency, cool matte black style and of course, the cost is very friendly. These rods are light in hand and have a surprising power behind their light feel. The rod actions are refined to suit a variety of casting and line styles, (i.e Skagit or Scandi) the rods also feature custom polymer gripping sections on the top and bottom handles. These unique pinch grip sections allow for easy running line management during spey casts and added comfort over a long day of fishing. Over all we love carrying and fishing these Chromer rods and proud to include it into our package deal for summer steelhead.

 

Top Poly grip improves in hand feel and aids in pinching mono running line so as not slip out of your fingers so easily.

Bottom hand polygrip helps with in hand feel. Some guides and casting instructors agree this incidentally helps remind the caster to emphasize use of the bottom hand which is critical to consistently driving powerful casts.

 

  • Super-smooth fast action
  • Downlocking reel seat for improved in-hand balance
  • Polymer Pinch Grip sections on top and bottom handle
  • Polymer grips maintain body temperature for comfortable winter fishing
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Full Anodized aluminum reel seat Premium gradecork handles
  • Fully protective cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Lifetime warranty

 

REDINGTON BEHEMOTH – Reel
Why did we pick the Behemoth? Our new BEHEMOTH reel has been very popular on the Olympic Peninsula, especially for our winter steelhead enthusiasts. Combines the most powerful drag  and tunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel. A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family. Sized for your Redington Chromer the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

  • Most powerful drag in its class
  • Adjustable, CarbonFiber drag
  • Unmachinable, unique Die-cast construction
  • Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory
  • Oversized drag knob foreasy adjustment
  • Easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
  • Deep V-Spool for increased backing capacity
  • Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
  • Nylon reel case included

Lifetime warranty

 

AIRFLOW RAGE COMPACT – Shooting Head


Here on the Olympic Peninsula we know spey and we’ve selected the Rage Compact for its versatility, proven reliability and its our top pick for a summer line that is the easiest to cast while still being a true summer line. We also opt for this head for anglers new to the Scandi game because the head is just a wee-bit shorter than standard Scandi lines. Also with the Rage Compact you have the ability to throw a light T-8 sink tip or the heaviest of the sinking polyleaders for when you need to get the fly down. This is really important to note as some standard Scandi lines do not offer this capability.

  • Rage Compact is just a bit easier to cast than standard longer Scandi lines
  • Allows you to throw a T-8 sink tip or any of the sinking Polyleaders
  • This line keeps you in the “Floating” game under extremely windy and tight quarter casting situations.
  • The front loop has the line size printed on it for easy recognition.
  • Built on low stretch, low memory braided Power Core.

OPST LAZAR LINE 35lb – Running Line
Another hot product from OPST and we have been personally fishing this running line for a few years now and recommend it to to anybody looking for a memory free mono running line that allows the angler to cast further and have a light sensitive touch to the fly during the swing.

OPST Pure Skagit Lazar Line is the finest running line available.

 

  • 50 meters comes already spooled on your reel
  • Hydrophobic
  • Exceptional durability
  • Consistent performance in hot and cold conditions
  • No permanent memory at any temperature
  • High visibility
  • Ties beautiful knots
  • Calculated stretch- high knot strengt

We Spool on the running line for you!

AIRFLO POLYLEADER – Float / 14 – Floating Tip
The 14′ Salmon and Steelhead Polyleaders offers a smoother transition from the head to the fly. The polyleader is great for turning over bulky and heavy wind resistant flies like Bombers or Muddlers.We decided to give you the floating tip due to the fact FLOAT is the most commonly used tips and so you could fish any piece of water without dragging bottom. There are a few other sinking polyleaders that you may want to have in your arsenal. If so here is the link. Click Here Enjoy!

(you do not need to put a tip on the end of you Rage Compact but it helps smooth out the turn over due to the fact the Rage has less of a gradual taper at the end closely to that as a Skagit. To put it plainly a polyleader helps cast larger flies and makes for a sweeter cast and presentation.

Maxima 8lb –  Tippet Spool
8lb moss green tapered leader.

We loop-to-loop all leaders and tips so all you need to do is run the fly line through the guides, tie on a fly and get to fishing.

FOR CHECK-OUT CLICK HERE

 

Have fun out there!

Thanks

REDINGTON CHROMER – Winter Steelhead package

 

 

REDINGTON CHROMER – Winter Steelhead package

ONLINE STORE CLICK HERE

also available, REDINGTON CHROMER  – summer steelhead package

Retail Items = $621.75 / Your Cost = $529.00

New for 2017. We’ve assembled our top two winter steelhead picks for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. We’ve done our best to simplify your process of deciding which rod and what line. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Chromer spey rod coupled with the Redington Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo winter steelhead package ready to fish.

CHROMER 8126 This is a hot stick perfect for tighter quarters or smaller rivers. We opt for the 12ft 6inch rods on smaller rivers or anywhere there might be tight brushy areas. We use the 8126 for rivers like the Klickitat, WA. Or North Umpqua, OR. or one of our many coastal rivers here on the OP. We have fished the 8126 personally and can testify to its surprising ability to chuck lines at impressive speeds and distance. Good news is if you find yourself fishing a larger river you won’t feel completely undergunned.

  • Redington – 8126 Chromer 12′ 6″
  • Redington – Behemoth Reel 9/10
  • RIO – Skagit Max 575gr
  • OPST – Lazar Running Line – 40lb
  • Rio- T-8 10ft
  • Backing – 150 yrds 30lb

CHROMER 8136   This is our ultimate winter steelhead rod. The 13ft 6 inch length goes to work for you on a mess of big n’ nasty intruders and burly sink tips, (because of the length) greater mending capabilities and of course, will cast further than the shorter 8126. If you plan on fishing larger rivers in places like B.C, on the Hoh river, WA. or if you might find yourself dredging for fall Chinook in a heavily glaciated or muddy run off river than the 8136 has the leverage and knuckle to get it done right!

  • Redington – 8136 Chromer 13′ 6″
  • Redington – Behemoth Reel 9/10
  • RIO – Skagit Max Long 575gr
  • OPST – Lazar Running Line – 40lb
  • Rio – T-8 10ft
  • Backing – 150 yrds 30lb

Package comes ready to fish. We spool everything on so all you have to do is attach the reel to the rod, run the line through the guides and tie on a fly.


REDINGTON CHROMER – Rod
The new CHROMER rods are the ultimate tool for the two-handed angler. We have fished these rods and sold many to clients and friends, all of which love these rods for their efficiency, cool matte black style and of course, the cost is very friendly. These rods are light in hand and have a surprising power behind their light feel. The rod actions are refined to suit a variety of casting and line styles, (i.e Skagit or Scandi) the rods also feature custom polymer gripping sections on the top and bottom handles. These unique pinch grip sections allow for easy running line management during spey casts and added comfort over a long day of fishing. Over all we love carrying and fishing these Chromer rods and proud to include it into this package deal for winter steelhead.

  • Super-smooth fast action
  • Downlocking reel seat for improved in-hand balance
  • Polymer Pinch Grip sections on top and bottom handles
  • Polymer grips maintain body temperature for comfortable winter fishing
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Full Anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Premium gradecork handles
  • Fully protective cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Lifetime warranty

REDINGTON BEHEMOTH – Reel
Why did we pick the Behemoth? Our new BEHEMOTH reel has been very popular on the Olympic Peninsula, especially for our winter steelhead enthusiasts. Combines the most powerful drag and tunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel. A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family. Sized for your Redington Chromer the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

  • Oversized drag knob for easy adjustment
  • Most powerful drag in its class
  • arge arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory
  • Adjustable, CarbonFiber drag
  • Unmachinable, unique Die-cast construction
  • Easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
  • Deep V-Spool for increased backing capacity
  • Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
  • Nylon reel case included
  • Lifetime warranty

 

RIO SKAGIT MAX – Shooting Head
Here on the Olympic Peninsula we know spey and we’ve selected the RIO SKAGIT MAX for its proven castabilty and its our top pick for an easy to cast winter line. Rio’s Skagit Max is today’s top selling Skagit head, casting the largest of flies and the heaviest of sinking tips with exceptional ease.

The unique weight distribution deeply loads rods for long, powerful casts while the subtle taper design generates smooth, easy loops. For anglers using Spey rods in tight casting situations, these Skagit heads are a fantastic choice. All Skagit heads are built on an ultra-low stretch core for the maximum in casting and fishing sensitivity.

  • Powerful front end to easily cast large flies and heavy sinking tips
  • Ultra-low stretch core for the best in casting and fishing sensitivity
  • Complete series of heads with varying lengths and small size increments

 

 

OPST LAZAR LINE  40lb – Running Line
Another hot product from OPST and we have been personally fishing this running line for a few years now and recommend it to to anybody looking for a memory free mono running line that allows the angler to cast further and have a light sensitive touch to the fly during the swing.

OPST Pure Skagit Lazar Line is the finest running line available.

  • 50 meters comes already spooled on your reel
  • HydrophobicExceptional durability
  • Consistent performance in hot and cold conditions
  • No permanent memory at any temperature
  • High visibility
  • Ties beautiful knots
  • Calculated stretch- high knot strength
  • We Spool on the running line for you!

 

Rio InTouch MOW T-8 / 10ft – Sink Tip

Your winter steelhead package comes with one 10ft T-8 sink tip. This is a powerful level sink tip designed to cast the biggest flies with ease. T-8 is the lightest full-sink tip of the MOW series.

We gave you the lightest sink tip so you can get to fishing without getting hung up on bottom. If you would like a complete sink tip set that will enable you to fish top to bottom or if this is your first sink tip wallet, see below for the basic setup that we carry anytime we are on the water.

  • Float (we rarely use the float but it may be necessary for 1 – 3ft really shallow and or really slow water at or near the hang down)
  • Included in the Chromer Package: T-8 (6-7ips) (mostly used in 3-5 ft of A typical swing water or for inside seem in faster water at or near the hang down )
  • T-11 (7-8ips) (Mostly used in about 5 ft of A type steelhead holding water, runs or buckets. T-11, being the middle child, will serve most steelhead fishing situations.)
  • T-14 (8-9ips) (The heavy boy. Commonly used in 5ft or greater depths and or in faster swing water or anytime you need to slow the fly down to a slow drag. T-14 is used quite a bit in periods of high/dirty water where you need to get the fly down to fish level and to keep the fly moving slowly throw the pool. Because of the heavy weight of the T-14 tip there is lot of drag in the water thus slowing down your presentation long enough for steelhead to see the fly.)

The MOW full-sink tips also come in two lengths 10ft or 12ft… Don’t get hung up on sink tip length, just keep it simple and stick to one recommended length for all your MOW tips. *IF you have a mixture of different lengths you’ll have to change your casting stroke every time you change a tip and the sink rates will be hard to predict.* So, until you develop a preference or when you begin to see the need for different lengths just keep it real simple. Don’t be that guy that has 20 different tips and isn’t sure which one to use and when to use it. So look at our recommendation, find out if you need a 10 ft or 12 ft then keep it simple.

  • We opt for the 10 ft sink tips for rods under 13′ or for smaller tight quarter rivers.
  • We opt for the 12 ft sink tips for rods over 13′ or for larger broad rivers.
  • If in doubt, just stick to 10ft and you cant go wrong. Simple 🙂

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Redington Hydrogen – Trout Spey Package

Retail Items = $570.80 / Your Cost = $494.00

To check out on our online store CLICK HERE

New for 2017 trout spey models offer trout anglers a new, highly-efficient way to cover water and for you two-handed anglers, a way to scale your favorite pursuit to trout-sized waters. The trout spey allows the angler to fish untouched, tight, brushy areas where back casting space is limited, anywhere distance is needed. i.e beach fishing for Coastal Cutthroat trout in Washington. A longer rod also aids in better mending capabilities. The world of spey has even opened a door to individuals who may have developed joint pain or injuries associated with the wrist, elbow, or rotator cuff, or anybody who has found traditional overhead casting a challenge due to fatigue. The trout spey allows anglers to throw long casts, larger flies all in a relaxed body position with easy and of course the main draw… spey is a world of fun!

We’ve assembled our top pick for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Hydrogen rod coupled with the Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo package ready to fish.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS

Redington – 11′ 3″ 3wt Hydrogen Trout Spey 3113-4 or 11′ 6″ 4wt Hydrogen Trout Spey 4116-4

Redington – Behemoth Reel 5/6 for 3113-47/8 for 4116-4

OPST – Commando Head – 250gr

OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb

OPST – Sink Tip – Riffle (96gr, S2/3)

Backing – 100 yrds 20lb

Leader – 6ft Maxima 8lb

* Bonus* 1 Dozen Flies – Consisting of streamers and a few soft hackles that we have selected as our most productive trout patterns

Package comes ready to fish. We spool everything on so all you have to do is attach the reel to the rod, run the line through the guides and tie on a fly.

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HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY

*Life Time Warranty* Hydrogen rod family is designed especially for the trout angler. A fine-tuned, medium-fast action combined with the lightest weight components available to give anglers incredible performance with a light in-hand feel. Skeletonized reel seats and single-foot guides help reduce weight, while the rod actions and models will match any trout fishing scenario.

3wt 11′ 3″ : Great for smaller flies and trout. Great for soft hackles, smaller to moderate sized streamers like Sculpzilla’s (approx 1inch to 3inch inch steamers). The 3wt is the preferred rod for places like the Yakima River, Wa.

4wt 11′ 6″ : Great for larger trout and summer run steelhead. Opt for the 4wt if you plan on throwing larger trout flies (1″ to 3.5″) i.e Dali Lama Flies. The 4 wt will be preferred by those fishing larger flies and or on larger rivers like the Yellowstone River in Montana.

  • The lightest rod in its class
  • Super-tuned, smooth,medium-fast action blank construction
  • Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery
  • Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Half-wells, premium gradecork handles
  • Euro nymph actions feature a softer tip for easier turnover
  • Fully protected cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Trout Spey models feature Scandi and Skagit grain ratings on rod blanks
  • Trout Spey models feature downlocking skeletonized reel seats for superior in-hand balance
  • Trout Spey models feature Zirconia stripping guide inserts to reduce guide/line freeze
  • Lifetime warranty

Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat

premium gradecork handles

Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery

REDINGTON BEHEMOTH – 5/6

 

 

 

Why did we pick the Behemoth? Our new BEHEMOTH reel has been very popular on the Olympic Peninsula, especially for our winter steelhead enthusiasts. Combines the most powerful drag (not that a heavy drag really matters for trout, but it doesn’t hurt) Stunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel. A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family. Sized for your HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY 3-weight or 4-weight. the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

Most powerful drag in its class
Adjustable, CarbonFiber drag
Unmachinable, unique Die-cast construction
Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory
Oversized drag knob foreasy adjustment
Easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
Deep V-Spool for increased backing capacity
Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
Nylon reel case included
Lifetime warranty

 

OPST COMMANDO HEAD – 3wt / 250 grain : 4wt / 300 grain

 

Here on the Olympic Peninsula we know spey and the Commando head has been an essential tool for our guiding and leisure, steelhead in the winter and trout fishing in the summer. We love these heads for their undeniable practicality. Whether your the seasoned guide or the begging spey caster, these heads are easy to learn and fun to use.

OPST’s Commando Heads are the result of decades of focus on sustained anchor systemology (SAS) by Ed Ward. They are designed to expand the capabilities of shorter spey rods, switch rods and single hand rods beyond that of normal. You may be surprised at their short length, but this was no accident. The ultra-short design provides an effortless casting feel and enhances performance in circumstances of restricted casting room, troublesome winds and in casting bulky flies. It also makes them more fishable than longer lines that are hard to control on the water. Wanna roll cast? Underhand? Nymph? Single hand Skagit with a haul? Overhead? Go right ahead. You have never cast a line like the Commando.

OPST LAZAR LINE – 35lb

Bright Green Mono running line increases visibility giving you greater visual control as the current grabs and pulls at your running line and head, most importantly in periods of limited visibility. i.e Dusk or Dawn and especially for those throwing mice patterns at night.

Your package comes with 35lb. OPST LAZAR line is today’s hot product for many reasons. It’s memory free (less likely to tangle unlike that of standard mono) great range of hot and cold memory, ties great knots, easily visible and of course, it flies through your snake guides like greased lightning for easy of casting with less effort.

 

Another hot product from OPST and we have been personally fishing this running line for a few years now and recommend it to to anybody looking for a memory free mono running line that allows the angler to cast further and have a light sensitive touch to the fly. OPST Pure Skagit Lazar Line is our finest running line available.

User Note: If you where to step on your mono running line getting a nick in it (this mostly applies to those wearing studs), just cut off a foot or so below the damaged section, tie a new double surgeons loop (super easy) and loop-to-loop back onto your Commando Head. This process may happen on the river and takes a maximum of 5 minutes. Good news is you have 50 meters of running line! We typicality re-spool with fresh mono every two to three seasons depending on use and care. Greatest feature of mono running line is you can simply peel off the damaged sections, cut, re-knot, good to go!

50 meters comes already spooled on your reel
Hydrophobic
Exceptional durability
Consistent performance in hot and cold conditions
No permanent memory at any temperature
High visibility
Ties beautiful knots
Calculated stretch- high knot strength

We Spool on the running line for you!

 

OPST 12′ SINK TIP – “Riffle Series” 96 grain / S2/3

  • RAND NEW! OPST now offers dual density Commando Tips, completing your Pure Skagit system from hook to reel. This Tip is 12 feet long to enhance stick/water load and prevent blown anchors, (making it easier to cast for beginners).
  • “Dual Density”: today’s answer to yesterdays technological imperfections. You will notice that the designation on your OPST sink tip is  S2/3, meaning the back half of the line is a Type 2 (2 inches per second), and the front half is a Type 3 (3 inches per second). the front tip sinks more than the back, hence the name “dual density” This produces a straighter sink to the fly. (standard level sink tips tend to sink with a sagging belly in the middle) OPST tips are the answer to this technical imperfection .
  • OPST tips come with strong welded loops at both ends for easy rigging. The rear ends come with color-coded line IDs to identify both grain weight and sink rate. 96 Grains are looped with Yellow.

 

6ft MAXIMA LEADER: 8lb

8lb moss green Maxima might be bit large for trout in a clear water scenario but 8lb will have the necessary diameter give turnover larger heavier trout flies i.e the Dali Lama fly. Also, if your just beginning your spey cast learning, 8lb is less likely to tangle up as apposed to a thin diameter i.e 6lb Maxima.
We tie the loop for so all you need to do is loop-to-loop to your OPST Sink Tip and tie on a fly and get to fishing.

20lb Backing

all you need to do is select “Right or Left Hand Retrieve” in the drop down on our online store below and we spool the backing on the reel for you. That simple

To check out on our online store CLICK HERE

  • Redington Chromer Spey Packages Coming Soon!

If your looking for more exclusive Package Deals keep checking our blog or our online store, we are currently assembling our top picks and more packages will be available very soon!

THANKS!

 

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 2 years of Abuse

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Olympic Peninsula, Wa. December 14, 2016

 

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 800 miles later

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 800 miles later

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 2 Years of Abuse

(for the down and dirty review just browse through pictures and scroll to the bottom and look for the Recap)

The rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula are perfect proving grounds for today’s “latest and greatest” products as they are tested in the extremes of constant moisture and continuous abuse. We are always fishing harder and pushing farther in search for anadromous fish and rely heavily on our gear too take the brunt of this devout persistence. This is a review of such a case.

The Test Subject: The owner of these boots happens to be a local and good friend of ours who by nature is a swing junky and fishes the OP every chance he gets. About 200 days a year. Fishing mainly the mornings in the winter and summer then driving his beater high gas mileage Subaru Forester back to Port Angeles for work in the late afternoon. Living the dream… He weighs 200lbs 6′ 1″ and hikes/wades faster and farther than anybody I know. During outings, on average he may put 2 to 8 hard earned miles into each trip. With much of that over grapefruit sized river-rock and bushwhacking dense rain forest terrain. To be fair, using a low median of only 2 miles per trip that puts these boots well over 800 miles! I almost want to lower that number to make it more believable, but then this blog would only be partially correct.

The disclaimer would have to be that this is only one pair from one individual.

Before and After

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Fresh out of the box

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Felt bottoms did not peel or come off!… but you should replace your felt bottoms way before this happens… just saying

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Laces have been replaced multiple times throughout the life of these boots

When looking for a durable boot we usually consider a few factors.

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Toe guard failure after (approx mile 600) Not bad though

1a: Seam Strength: anywhere material is glued (such as the toe guard pic 1a) is always prone to peeling, few manufactures get this right. Though this did come unglued toe guard held as it should and with signs of separation around (approx) mile 600. Not bad

1b: TPU Fabric (Thermoplastic Polyurethane): At or just above where the toe flexes is a pressure point and common tear/failure location for many boots we see. Many fail at this wrinkle point. For this pair the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane 1b) held up as it was claimed to by Simms. It did not separate or crack, nor was it so stiff as too tear or cause seam separation where the TPU meets the soft leather.

1c:  Minimal corrosion on all metal lace eyelets and lacing hooks. (boot laces have been replaced 4 times) Also, an important highlight, none of the lace eyelets came undone, broke, or pulled out of the boot.

If you ever have owned a pair of wading boots and had one of these pop or brake on you while lacing up at the river you know how disappointing it can be. They are still firmly in place even after all those miles. This fact must not be over looked and greatly appreciated.

 

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These metal “double hole” boot hooks held nicely w/ superb abrasion resistance, minimal corrosion and no signs of detachment

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points of high abrasion

2a: Material Durability: On our OP rivers its not uncommon for us to stand or cross through fast riffles, which requires us to wedge our feet between two or three rocks, locking into place, in order to avoid being swept down stream. This puts massive amounts of wear on materials notably around the lower outer sides of the boot.

2b: This location receives continuous amounts of abuse and abrasion while walking and the meeting point of these two joining materials held up superbly! No evidence of peeling.

2c:  Threads have worn away around points of abrasion. (Which is expected after all those miles) What we don’t want is for threads to pop at those “pressure points” we keep mentioning. Simms got it right when they put the side stitching high and up above the abrasion line. Notice how there are no threads in this concerning area. (the threads in the ankle support are counter sunk, circled in the next picture).

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Score on the counter sunk threads! also notice the heal guard is textured incidentally adding traction when wedging feet between rocks

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by minimizing the amount of side seams and by putting stitching above the abrasion line, threads/seams tend to last much longer

Can you AquaSeal your stitching? yes, but you will render the Warranty and some agree doing this will ruin the ascetic appeal. Also, unless you keep up on resealing those threads, eventually they will wear out. All in all the threads Simms used seem to of held up moderately well to our expectation. 

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Say AHHH. No signs of significant wear. Always ensure your gravel guards are pulled down and hooked to your laces.

5a: The neoprene lining shows no signs of significant wear in this high friction point. (I have yet to see this location showing extreme signs of wear from a “properly fitted boot” so if you have worn this location out then either you need to find a more correctly sized boot, or just always remember to pull down your gravel guards!)

Comfort and Support. These boots are shaped beautifully, molded perfectly to the contours of the human ankle, so when you slide your foot into the boot its instant comfort and support. As this boot was “broken in” it became a little softer and flexible but did not loose any of its form fitting design and ankle support. After speaking to the owner of these boots he noted they were way more comfortable after they “broke in” and the comfort just got sweeter and sweeter.

(Personally most of us thought the ankle support was too much in the Simms Guide boot and restricted mobility much like that of a ski boot. But once this boot is officially “broken in” (maybe a dozen full day wade trips) the boot becomes very comfortable and gives a hiking and wading confidence as the Simms Guide boot design reinforces the ankle makes for a more sturdy footing in fast water.)

Recap:

  • TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) held up nicely stayed flexible, did not peel or crack.
  • Excellent placement of threads (i.e up high and or countersunk) and minimum seams
  • Great comfort and and sturdy ankle support that is beautiful once officially broken in and keeps getting better to the last day
  • Boot lace hooks and eyelets are corrosion resistant and did not pop out of place.
  • Felt bottoms did not peel off… (just check out the pic again to appreciate how well the felt sicks)

They say you can tell a fisherman’s story just by looking at the boots on his/her feet. These boots have seen the miles and tell of many cold hard- earned days searching for anadromous gold on the OP rivers.

Simms G3 Guide Boot: Vibram Tread w/ star cleat review. Coming Spring 2017

For inquiries call (360)417-0937 or to visit our online store WatersWest store

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Happy Trails!

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