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Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing LOCATION: Lincoln Hills
TRIP DATE: Wed, 19 Jul 2017
NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 3
TIME ON WATER: 8 hours
NUMBER OF HOOKUPS: 42
NUMBER LANDED: 31
RATING: GREAT  
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Colorado’s Greenback Cutthroat
– Jul 21, 2017

In an effort to reintroduce Colorado’s only native trout– the Greenback Cutthroat– back into the wild, more than 50 volunteers from Trout Unlimited in conjunction with Colorado Park’s & Wildlife, hauled these wild beauties into high mountain streams to be released. So many times the news can be sad and depressing so it’s good to […]

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2007 Fly Fishing Gear Preview

Korkers Guide Wading Boots Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review Korkers Wading Boot - Gear Review

Preview Spring 2007 - It has taken a while for me to get this report out because I had so many problems keeping the sole of the first version of this boot I have not been in a rush to test it again. That being said it looks like they have attempted to solve the problem of the sole coming off mid step and they have an innovative lacing system with wire laces and a crank to tighten and loosen. These are also wire mesh drainage hole. We will review these boots after the Simms G3 Wading Boots depending on how long the G3's last this may be in 2008. Cost: $169
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Still reeling from version 1.

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Simms G3 Wading Boots Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview Spring 2007 - I have never been a huge fan of Simms wading boots. As good as their waders are there boot have always lacked something forSimms G3 Wading Boot Product Review Denver, Colorado. me. I am excited to test the new G3 wading boot this season because it is a new idea in wading boots. They have gone away from the soft hiking boot style wading boot now so popular and moved toward an alpine touring boot look and design. For a larger guy like myself (6"3" 200+ lbs.) I like the stout construction. Cost: $179.95
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.

First Impressions, Day 4 - Sturdy and comfortable, without question they are heavy but what else would I expect from three times the boot as the soft hikers. This is one bad ass boot, by far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn and they look good when I look down at them! This is a real plus cause you know the better you look the more fish you catch. What seems to be another breakthrough is the cam lacing system. Someone should have thought of this yeas ago. I bet one pair of laces will last most of the season. Unheard of for a Simms lace, I will keep you posted.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.
1st Impression, Day 4: 5 out of 5 - Holla if ya hear me, I feel like I'm gellin' with out Dr. Scholl and the cam lacing system, wow!

30 Days In - The laces are still going strong with no signs of exposing the white core. For me this is the longest a pair of laces has ever lasted in a Simms boot. As the boots break in they feel better and better, no pain in my feet, plenty of space to wiggle my toes, yet no sliding around banging my toes into the front of the boot. These are a true fit boot; I wear a 12 street shoe and the 12 boots are perfect, they have not shrunk once bit, even without shoe trees.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.
1st Impression, Day 4: 5 out of 5 - Holla if ya hear me, I feel like I'm gellin' with out Dr. Scholl and the cam lacing system, wow!
30 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - My feet could not be happier and my leg muscles are getting bigger to boot.

120 Days In - Still going strong. These boots are showing no signs of breaking down and I still love them. The look as good as the first day I put them on and they are as comfortable as ever. I no longer notice that they are heaver than my old boots and my feet are so happy it would not matter anyway, plus I my wife digs the increased leg muscles. I highly recommend this boot for anyone who hikes hard and fishes even harder.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.
1st Impression, Day 4: 5 out of 5 - Holla if ya hear me, I feel like I'm gellin' with out Dr. Scholl and the cam lacing system, wow!
30 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - My feet could not be happier and my leg muscles are getting bigger to boot.
120 Days in Service: 5.5 out of 5 - Fish On, these boots got you're back.

End of Season 178 Days in Service - I have worn through the felt and the studs are pulling out one by one. I should stop wearing them now and take them to get resoled but, I love them too much and have forsaken all other boot until spring or until the snow built up on the felt this winter gets so bad I am forced to go to rubber. This may be my favorite Simms product of all time although I should probably wait until the euphoria were off before I make such a claim. When fishing, like skiing, nothing can ruin your day like sore feet and bad boots, this will not happen in the Simms G3 Wading Boots. These are my favorite wading boots of all time even without the Aqua Stealth. When I do finally take them in for new soles I'm going with studded Aqua Stealth and I can't wait! PS My boots are back from the cobbler with Studded Aqua Stealth ($72) and I'm really looking forward to wearing them in 2008.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.
1st Impression, Day 4: 5 out of 5 - Holla if ya hear me, I feel like I'm gellin' with out Dr. Scholl and the cam lacing system, wow!
30 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - My feet could not be happier and my leg muscles are getting bigger to boot.
120 Days in Service: 5.5 out of 5 - Fish On, these boots got you're back.
End of Season 178 Days in Service: 6 out of 5 - It does not get any better than this!

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Simms G4Z Waders Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview Spring 2007 - I love to wear the latest gear, somehow it make me feel more fishy, maybe it is because new gear forces you to examine your Simms G4Z Zippered Wader Product Review Fly Fishing The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Coloradofishing IQ and puts you on your best behavior for a new season. However, the price tag on these waders makes me nervous, even at the discounted guide rate. How can a wader possibly live up to this astronomical price tag? Trying to improve on the already improved G3 waders that I and most of my guides are currently wearing will take some work and with the expectations attached to a dramatically increase cost they better be good, no make that GREAT; is a zipper really worth the extra cost. Cost: $699.95
Preseason Preview: 2 out of 5 - Hard to fall in love with a $700 pair of waders no matter what the reps say.

First Impressions, Day 7 - The fit is much improved, slim but roomy at the same time. The new front seams are also working well, much better that I thought after the preview. I anticipate all waders will be made this way in the future. The zipper is great for getting in and out of the waders. Anyone who struggle getting into and out of waders will appreciate this, however I still have not used the zipper as intended, I guess all those years of training my bladder not to go has worked, so I'll get back to you on that. Overall I like them so far but I'm still buzzing from the cost.
Preseason Preview: 2 out of 5 - No love for $700 waders no matter what the reps say.
1st Impression, Day 7: 3 out of 5 - The fit is much better in the feet and overall, the new front seams allow much greater movement.

30 Days In - I do feel like I am getting what I paid for because the Gortex is noticeably thicker everywhere you may come in contact with a sticker, rock or fence. It is so thick it felt almost to stiff right out of the box. After 30 days it has begun to work its way in and I almost feel like I am wearing a pair of thick jeans. The feet have been a joy. Easy on and off no more struggling to get the neoprene stocking foot off at the end of the day. The suspenders are much more comfortable and the zippered hand warmer pockets have become my new stash for weights. The neoprene gravel guards that are built in are also a dramatic improvement over the mesh of the G3. I am beginning to stop buzzing and starting to enjoy.
Preseason Preview: 2 out of 5 - No love for $700 waders no matter what the reps say.
1st Impression, Day 7: 3 out of 5 - The fit is much better in the feet and overall, the new front seams allow much greater movement.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Suspenders are much improved and the thick Gortex is softening up.

120 Days In - I'm still not leaking and like all walk wade guides will tell you 120 days is an eternity to go without a leak. They have continued to hold their shape well and to my surprise the front seams are performing like a champ. The zipper does work for its intended purpose and I must admit it is very nice when the weather is cold and snowy or rainy. Hold your breath I'm upping the rating to a 5, these may be my favorite waders of all time. Let's see if we can get to the end of the year without a leak.
Preseason Preview: 2 out of 5 - No love for $700 waders no matter what the reps say.
1st Impression, Day 7: 3 out of 5 - The fit is much better in the feet and overall, the new front seams allow much greater movement.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Suspenders are much improved and the thick Gortex is softening up.
120 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - Still not leaking, now that's impressive.

End of Season 162 Days in Service - Finally found a leak somewhere around day 150 in the lower outside of my right leg. I still have not fixed it because it is not enough to really get me wet, I only saw it because it was way too cold to sweat and there was a 3 inch diameter wet spot on my pants. So the verdict is in and it reads "best wader I have ever worn and well worth the price." I would rate it higher that a 5 but, at $700 it will take a little more time to get beyond price no matter how good they are. I like them so much they are reserved for fishing only, I have relegated the G3's to stream improvement work.
Preseason Preview: 2 out of 5 - No love for $700 waders no matter what the reps say.
1st Impression, Day 7: 3 out of 5 - The fit is much better in the feet and overall, the new front seams allow much greater movement.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Suspenders are much improved and the thick Gortex is softening up.
120 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - Still not leaking, now that's impressive.
162 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - Better in every way!

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Simms G3 Guide Waders Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Update 2007 - The gravel guard has been improved changing from mesh to neoprene. This is still the favorite wader of the staff and they are clearly durable Simms G3 Guide Wader Review by The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Coloradobecause no one is complaining, except how do you justify a new pair of G4's when the G3's are still performing. I guess that is a good problem to have. Those of you with the same issue may need the advise I gave the staff, "It never hurts to have a back up pair of quality waders, after all don't we have a back up pair of the original guide model?!"
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - The fit is tremendous.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - There are good waders with a seam issue on the inside of the legs.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - The best waders ever... except they tend to leak.
2006 Update: 4 out of 5 - They have solved the seam issue and lived up to the published warranty. That is all I can ask.
2007 Update: 4 out of 5 - Durability with an improved foot, still a solid buy and better than competing brands.

Update 2006 - Based on the 12 pairs of G3 Guide Waders we have working on our staff, I can stay without question that they have solved the leak issue on the inside seams of the lower leg. We are not sure if this was a design flaw or a manufacturing issue but, Simms backed its warranty. The frustrating part is that you hate to be waiting on warranty service when there are fish to catch.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - The fit is tremendous.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - These are good waders with a seam issue on the inside of the legs.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - The best waders ever... except they tend to leak.
2006 Update: 4 out of 5 - They have solved the seam issue and lived up to the published warranty. That is all I can ask.

Original Review

Preview Spring 2005 - Finally an update to the Simms Guide waders which have been the standard for may years when it comes to waders. Touted as more durable and breathable we hope they are as good as they look. Cost: Started at $425 | Down to $399.95
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.

First Impressions, Day 2 - The fit is much improved, slim but roomy at the same time. The new front seams are also working well, much better that I thought after the preview. I anticipate all waders will be made this way in the future. The zipper is great for getting in and out of the waders. Anyone who struggle getting into and out of waders will appreciate this, however I still have not used the zipper as intended, I guess all those years of training my bladder not to go has worked, so I'll get back to you on that. Overall I like them so far but I'm still buzzing from the cost.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - The fit is tremendous.

30 Days In - The cut is the highlight of the wader, the pocket is great and the feet feel much better. Hiking and climbing are a joy, I am not sweating or getting clammy. .
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - The fit is tremendous.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - There are the best waders ever except the leak.

End of Season 120 Days In - I'm still not leaking and like all walk wade guides will tell you 120 days is an eternity to go without a leak. They have continued to hold their shape well and to my surprise the front seams are performing like a champ. The zipper does work for its intended purpose and I must admit it is very nice when the weather is cold and snowy or rainy. Hold your breath I'm upping the rating to a 5, these may be my favorite waders of all time. Let's see if we can get to the end of the year without a leak.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Dramatic improvement in cut and fit.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - The fit is tremendous.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - There are good waders with a seam issue on the inside of the legs.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - The best waders ever... except they tend to leak.

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Cliff Outdoors Dry Fly Rehab Center Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview 2007 - Cliff Outdoors is known for taking simple ideas and making products that work for us all. The Dry Fly Rehab Center (DFRC) is a good example Cliff Outdoors Dry Fly Rehab Center - Fly Fishing Product Review - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Coloradoof that in action. We like this because it gives you everything needed to enjoy a day fishing dries. The DFRC combines two Cliff products the Strait-N-Dry and Cliff's Wonder Dust (WD) into a convenient maintenance option. Cost: $12.95
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Don't we have this combo already.

First Impressions, 2 Day - Here is how it works and it comes with directions just in case. First, use the WD to waterproof your fly. Second, use the "Cram-N-Float" method meaning cram your fly into the WD with your fingers and you are ready to go. As needed clean and dry your fly with the water absorbing pads on the Strait-N-Dry, then cram-n-float into the WD and you are back in business. Take note here that they recommended the cram-n-float, which is different from the traditional dip, brush or shake methods and noticeably harder on your fly. The benefit of the DFRC is how fast you can dress a slimy, sinking or waterlogged fly. It does work and it is quick because everything is in the same place. Cost: $12.95
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Don't we have this combo already.
1st Impression, Day 6: 3.5 out of 5 - Think of a quick draw gun fight... more fly time on the water.

30 Days In - As we have concluded with other floatant products, they work best when used in conjunction with the other type either a gel or powder. WD is no exception. The cram-n-float method is very hard on the fly (maybe I am too rough) and it is hard for more to destroy fly after fly trying to get it to float. I'm going to the shake method from here on out. Cost: $12.95
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Don't we have this combo already.
1st Impression, Day 6: 3.5 out of 5 - Think of a quick draw gun fight... more fly time on the water.
30 Days in Service: 3 out of 5 - The cram-n-float method is killing my delicate flies.

120 Days In - The shake method is working OK. They are right is advising the cram-n-float method for the WD product, it does work better but, as far as I am concerned, preservation of the flies is more important than having to dress is a few more times a day. The strait-n-dry works very well for prepping leaders and drying out the fly after a fish is landed. Cost: $12.95
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Don't we have this combo already.
1st Impression, Day 6: 3.5 out of 5 - Think of a quick draw gun fight... more fly time on the water.
30 Days in Service: 3 out of 5 - The cram-n-float method is killing my delicate flies.
120 Days in Service: 3 out of 5 - The highlight is that everything is in one place.

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