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.

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Have fun out there!

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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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PROMO DISCOUNTS – SAGE – Fly Rods & Reel

 

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SAGE PULSE – single hand rods: *FAST ACTION*. Whether your a dry fly fisherman or the die hard steelhead swinger.       $450.00 Save: 15% off = $552.50

Trout Fishing From a Drift Boat/Smaller Rivers: 5wt 8′ 6″ (586-4 PULSE) built to cast a wide variety of fly sizes and weights makes it a great rod for wade fishing for trout. Because of the shorter length the 8′ 6″ inch is the perfect length for drift boat fishing, specifically so, pounding the bank with streamers and large terrestrials/simulators.

Trout Dry Flies and Nymphing: 4wt 9′ (490-4 PULSE) A light and versatile trout rod, for dry flies and smaller nymphs.

*Trout: 5wt 9′ (590-4 PULSE) Sage’s most versatile and *most popular rod model*. Handles trout flies of nearly any size and lines of varying densities.

Trout Streamers/Big Bass Bugs: 6wt 9′ ( 690-4PULSE) A streamer junkie’s favorite, this rod has enough power to cast big streamers or bass bugs all day. The 691-4 PULSE is saltwater-ready with an anodized aluminum reel seat.

Steelhead/Larger Saltwater Species: 8wt 9′ (890-4 PULSE) Great steelhead rod that will throw larger sinking leaders and flies, as well as the nymph rigs. The 8wt is the go-to saltwater model. Able to effectively present flies and handle the fight with bonefish, redfish, striped bass, largemouth bass or other similarly-sized species. Best option for steelhead nymph fishing out of a boat.

Steelhead Streamers and Nymphing: 8wt 9′ 6″ (896-4 PULSE) for anglers fishing heavy, sinking lines or heavy, multiple-fly nymphing rigs to anadromous species. The added lenght give more mending control and added distance to your cast.

Trout Stillwater Chironomid/Big River Trout Streamers: 5wt 9′ 6″ (596-4 PULSE) A slightly longer five-weight to aid in casting distance and line control (better mending capabilities) when fishing for trout. The 596-4 PULSE is great for big river fishing, nymphing and stillwater situations when fishing chironomid rigs using extra long leaders. Also, the rods extra length adds distance to your cast.

Trout Euro Nymphing: 3wt 10′ (3100-4 PULSE) is a European-style nymphing rod that allows anglers to fish a variety of long and short line techniques with varying fly sizes. This is a go-to Euro rod.

Steelhead Steamer or Nymphing/Large Trout Stillwater Chironomid: 7wt 10′ (7100-4 PULSE) offers the greatest line control (mending capabilities) of all 7-weights. Due to the exceptional length you have incredible mending capability in rivers and distance casts are lengthened on lakes or bigger rivers. Will make for great summer steelhead rod. Consider the 10ft for its incredible mending capabilities allowing the angler to work a fly or indicator rig through tricky riffles and runs. If fishing lakes with long leaders like many Chironomid fisherman of British Columbia who at times may fish tapered leaders up to 20ft these longer rods get the lift you need for such a task.

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SAGE PULSE – two handed Spey/Switch rods: *FAST ACTION*        $650.00 save: 15% off = $552.50

Trout: 3WT 11′ 0″(3110-4 PULSE) a Trout Spey rod designed specifically for two handed casting and swinging flies for trout. Ideal for swinging streamers to trout with Skagit lines and light sink-tips. Target grain weight: 250. this 3WT switch is equivalent to about a 6 wt single handed rod due to the leverage of the longer rod.

Steelhead – Summer and smaller winter rivers: 6WT 12′ 6″ (6126-4 PULSE) Ideally suited for a multitude of steelhead, light salmon, and big trout and works well with Scandi, Skagit, or Traditional spey lines. Excellent rod for rivers like the Grande Ronde, WA.

Steelhead – *All-round summer and winter*: 7WT 13′ (7130-4 PULSE) BEST all-round rod. 7130-4 PULSE Spey is a go-to choice for anglers chasing anadromous species on the swing. From Skagit lines and intruders for winter steelhead to Traditional spey lines and classic flies for summer steelhead.

Steelhead – Winter: 8WT 13′ 6″ (8136-4 PULSE) *Go to winter steelhead* angler has an ideal rod in the 8136-4 PULSE Spey. Big fish, heavy sinking tips and big rivers. Able to handle the unique demands that anadromous species require.

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SAGE MOTIVE       $450.00 save: 15% off = $382.50

single handed rods: *MEDIUM FAST ACTION* a little easier to cast for anglers who may not have quite developed the strength/technique to load stiffer fast action rods and are enabled to cast all day due to its light weight. The MOTIVE has the capabilities of casting distance and powering through the wind without the broomstick feel of modern “fast action” rods. Best yet at a friendly price. Here’s the line up…

Trout/Coastal Cutthroat/Bass/Smaller Saltwater Species: 6wt 9′ (990-4 MOTIVE) best all-round trout rod. Handles fast-sinking lines and packs enough power for big permit and snook, striped bass and around here in the Northwest, the 6wt is the pick of the litter for Coastal Cutthroat beach fishing.

Trout/Coastal Cutthroat/Salmon/other Salt Water Species: 7wt 9′ (790-4 MOTIVE) though still a great pick for freshwater trout fishing the 7WT is the best all-round saltwater species rod. Applications are many: bonefish, redfish, salmon, sea trout. For here in the Northwest, these 7wt’s are the go to for all salmon, summer steelhead, and an essential tool for beach fishing for coastal Cutthroat when the afternoon winds decide to pick up.

Salmon/Steelhead/Medium to Larger Saltwater Species: 8wt 9′ (890-4 MOTIVE)The most versatile and popular of the MOTIVE family, the 890-4 is ready for action in a multitude of fisheries. Built to handle large flies and lines, the rod can do battle with bonefish, permit, snook, baby tarpon, striped bass and salmon/steelhead.

Largest of Salmon/ Big Saltwater Species: 9wt 9′ (990-4 MOTIVE) handles fast-sinking lines and packs enough power for big permit and snook, striped bass and more.

Go to Tarpon rod: 11wt 9ft (1190-4 MOTIVE) 11 weight rods are becoming the go-to size for tarpon.

 For the big boys: 12wt 9ft (1290-4 MOTIVE) is strong enough for any tarpon or GT.

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SAGE 2200 SERIES       $129.00 save: 15% off = starting at $109. 65

This is a large arbor with rugged machined die-cast frame, generous concave spool surface, whisper-smooth carbon drag and unexpected finishing touches like its fully machined drag knob and handle, the 2200 gives you high quality tools without the costly expense of a fully machined aluminum and anodized frame and spool. available in 3 flavors: Black Platinum / Black Blaze / Black Lime (in reel sizes: 3-4 / 5-6 / 7-8 / 9-10. From a lightest weight 3-4 (4 7/8oz)  to the heaviest in lineup 9-10 (7 13/16oz).

For check out, all items are available online Closeouts and Bargains / rods and reels... If you have any questions about availability or if you have questions about pairing up a rod, reel, backing, line or for any other questions always feel free to call our shop (hours Mon-Sat 9:30am – 6:30pm / Sun 11:00am – 5:00pm)

 

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Spey Fishing for Winter Steelhead 2017

It’s that time of the year again where you get all pysched up, buy your plane tickets, hotels, etc to go stand in the cold rain praying that this year you’ll finally hook up with a steelhead.

 

Some things that can seriously increase those odds:

Guided Trips. This is the fastest way to learn a river, learn what you’ve been doing wrong all these years, and maybe even get your first glimpse at hooking up. If nothing else you can spend the next week fishing hard and with confidence becuase at least your doing the right thing.

Cant swing a guided trip?

Take a spey casting class or even better the fishing class if you’ve got the basics down. At a fraction of the price you get a crash course of how to be more effective, and again, that confidence thing can be a game changer.

You dont need a new rod to catch a fish. The benefits of new rods are that they are generally lighter and more powerful which means more water time with out getting as tired. If you’ve only got a week to fish and want to fish every legal second, it can be a nice investment.

Best bargain spey rod: Redington Chromer

Top of the line spey rod: Burkheimer or Sage X

For reels, you need something with a good drag that wont freeze up in cold temps, won’t backspin on you, and absorbs the shock of a fast take.

Best bang for the buck: Lamson Guru HD

Top of the line spey reel: Einnarsson Invictus

We’re generally fishing skagit heads with T8 to T14 sink tips (10ft-12.5ft) and 2-4 feet of  10-15lbs maxima as tippet.

Skagit heads: Rio Skagit Heads or Airflo FIST Head

Flies: John Aleveras Suskwa poacher if you can only buy one.

It’s an especially cold winter so far, so make sure to layer up. The best layering for socks, long undies and under shirts we’ve found is Woolpower. Puts Patagonia, Simms, Smartwool, etc to shame. Winter Steelhead on a Snowy Day

 

 

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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Whiting Saddles and Capes

With the winter tying season on its way it’s time to start picking through your fly boxes and filling in the empty spaces. Whether you’re tying classic steelhead flies or a Parachute Adams, chances are you’re going to need hackle and a lot of it. We here at Waters West highly recommend checking out our selection of Whiting’s capes and saddles. The benefit of purchasing a whole cape or saddle isn’t just that you get a large amount of feathers, but also a large variety of sizes to choose from. That way you can tie a #14 stimulator and a steelhead intruder with the same saddle.

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Top: Sol Duc Spey (tied by Sean Dalquhist) Middle: Isabella Spey (Tied by John Alevras) Bottom: Winters Hope (Tied by John Alevras)

Whitings “American Rooster Capes” are everything you’re looking for when it comes to tying classic steelhead flies. We offer a large variety of colors and styles of these capes including grizzly, badger, black laced white and solid colors. All of these styles make beautiful wings on flies like the Winters Hope, Isabella Spey, and Sol Duc Spey. The same feather that’s used on the wing can also be used as the hackle or collar on the same fly. They also tie in surprisingly easily so even an inexperienced tier can tie some beautiful feather wing patterns with a little practice.

Not only are they great for steelhead flies, but they are perfect for small tails on trout flies. The fibers stick straight off the back of the hook and are stiff enough that they won’t foul up around the bend of the hook. These hackles have also been the feather of choice for tying tails on saltwater patterns such as Lefty’s Deceiver. They’re stiff enough that they don’t constantly foul up, and their translucence helps it look like a natural bait fish under the surface.

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Whiting’s “High and Dry” saddles are a fly tyers dream! When it comes to tying intruder wings or camo squids these feathers are exactly what you’re looking for. They’re long, soft, webby and come in an incredible variety of colors. Tied in as a tail these feathers explode in the water with pulsation and movement and are still extremely durable. You don’t have to worry about their fibers falling off in the current or tips breaking after a few smacks on the rocks.The pointy tips also make them great for wings on smaller summer flies such as a Silver Hilton or Orange Summer Run.

Not only are these saddles great for steelhead tying but they are perfect for any of your trout flies. The large variety of colors and fiber lengths makes it easier to customize your dry flies to your exact specifications while still being able to use the same saddle for any of your streamers and nymphs. They wrap in wonderfully to make a great bugger hackle or even for nymph legs such as a bitch creek special.

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You can find all of these capes and saddles on our website! Click here to check them out.