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Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing LOCATION: Lincoln Hills
TRIP DATE: Tue, 23 May 2017
NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 2
TIME ON WATER: 8 hours
NUMBER OF HOOKUPS: 37
NUMBER LANDED: 29
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2009 Fly Fishing Gear Preview

Simms G4 Wading Boots Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview Spring 2009: It is well documented that I loved the G3 wading boot rating it a 6 out of 5 and I do not do that very often. Now Simms is backSimms G4 Wading Boots Gear Review Denver, Colorado. with the G4 wading boot a boot that promises to drain better, be lighter and have more traction than the G3. These are all things I like and I am excited to try these bad boys out. Simms is also rolling out their new and patented StreamTread Vibram rubber sole as they begin setting a new standard for slowing and hopefully stopping the spread of invasive species on our boots. The G4 also includes on of my favorite features, the cam boot lace which should help the normally weak Simms laces to last longer than normal. Cost: $219.95
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Better than the G3 would be more than I could ask.

First Impression 4 Days In: I have wore the new G4 boot on four different rivers to begin the season. The first thing I noticed is that the boot is cut smaller, narrower than other size 12 Simms boots I have worn in the past, especially at the big toe. Since the toe box is not as wide and it is putting pressure on both of my big toes. I suggest a size larger than you normally wear to avoid this problem. The second thing that is evident is the superior traction provided by the new StreamTread rubber sole. It has been great and I am wearing it without the studs. I always prefer studded soles (except the screw in kind) and I can report that the G4 has by far the best traction I have experienced in a boot without studs. If you do want to put in the screw in carbide studs that are currently being offered by Simms you will need to grind them down because they are about one thread too long and will end up poking into the bottom of your foot if you do not make the modification (new shorter studs are forthcoming from Simms). This boot is made entirely of synthetic materials and the tongue is not as supple out of the box as I would like (I can not get it to lay nicely like it does in the picture) but, I bet over time it will soften up and wear in nicely. I have a pair of 13's on the way, I will let you know if this corrects the sizing issue. Cost: $219.95
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - Better than the G3 would be more than I could ask.
1st Impression, Day 4: 4 out of 5 - The sizing is off and its is hurting my big toes.

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Simms Rivershed Wading Boot Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Update 2009 - The studded Aqua Stealth sole are no longer available. We will review the boot with the new StreamTread rubber sole this season.Simms Rivershed Streamtread Wading Boot Product Review - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Colorado Fishing Gear Review
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5
1st Impression, Day 3: 4.5 out of 5
22 Days in Service: 1 out of 5 - Now we will see how long it takes to get them back.
Warranty and Return: Days out of service 49 (5 shipping, 2 evaluation, 42 out of stock): 4 out of 5
Overall Rating for the 2008 Model Simms Rivershed Wading Boot: 2 out of 5
2009 Update: 2 out of 5 - No upgrades until we see it in action.

Preview Spring 2008: Designed on a hiking boot bias these are our pre-season pick for the best new wading boots for 2008. The only newly designed Simms Rivershed Wading Boot Product Review Denver, Coloradoboot on the market with studded Aqua Stealth soles (by far our favorite wading sole) this boot has the fit and support for 8+ hours of wading we like to do in Cheesman Canyon and hiking the 20+ minutes in and out.

The dark gray you see in the picture is all rubber and if it performs as well as the rubber on the G3 wading boot then it will stand the rubbing against the hard granite in Colorado. The tongue is fully attached to the boot at least 2/3 of the way up and looks like it will keep the sand out. Cost: $169.95 in studded aqua stealth
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5

The new Simms Rivershed Wading boots out of the box product review.First Impression: Hot off the last, the only studded aqua-stealth boot left on the market, I look forward to seeing how it holds up over the course of a 250+ day season. I am pleasantly surprised that the sizing is true. The twelve I am wearing is still a twelve, even after it has dried out twice. There is a great amount of space in the toe box without making the boot feel loose. That has helped keep my toes warm in the current winter conditions. A couple of other notable items are the heavy rubber toe cap and the sewn in tongue. I really like the idea of the rubber toe since that is where I wear most of my boots out and sewing in the tongue seems to make it easier to get my foot in and out of the boot. I will keep you posted as the season progresses. Cost: $189
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5
1st Impression, Day 3: 4.5 out of 5 - I will be replacing the laces in 30 days.

Simms River Shed Wading Boot close up of failing toe, where the sole is seperating from the boot.Simms Rivershed Wading Boots after 22 days of service breaking down.Twenty-two Days In: Let's just say the rubber toe is not working out so well. As of this report I have stopped wearing these boots to send them back to Simms. The sole has begun peeling away from the boot and the laces are shot to hell. If I did not have 5 pairs of boots I'd be pissed. Something else to note is that I am not thrilled with the arch support in the boot, seems like these were designed for people with flat feet, my feet are exhausted after a day on the water. Cost: $189
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5
1st Impression, Day 3: 4.5 out of 5
22 Days in Service: 1 out of 5 - Now we will see how long it takes to get them back.

End of Season Warranty and Return: The new online return process is simple and effective. Go to www.simmsfishing.com on the bottom left of the home page is a link for the repair center. Here you can submit your repair and then you are responsible to ship the item back to Simms. I followed the procedure and was very please with how they kept me informed about when my product arrived in the repair center and where it was in the evaluation process. After two days Simms decided to replace the boot under warranty. Great news except size twelve was out of stock so it will take six weeks to ship the replacements. I will review the redesign of this boot again in 2009. Cost: $189
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5
1st Impression, Day 3: 4.5 out of 5
22 Days in Service: 1 out of 5 - Now we will see how long it takes to get them back.
Warranty and Return: Days out of service 49 (5 shipping, 2 evaluation, 42 out of stock): 4 out of 5
Overall Rating for the 2008 Model Simms Rivershed Wading Boot: 2 out of 5

They're Back and it only took 14 days: New and improved for 2009 Simms has replaced my boots with the Rivershed StreamTread Wading Boot with the new Vibram sole. It looks like the front of the boot is much improved from the 2009 version and having already worn the new G4 wading boots with the new Vibram sole I know they are going to have good traction. I am sorry to see the true studs gone. I have fished with studs for many years and they are a critical part of my safety and equipment package that is becoming increasingly hard to find. I will review these over the course of the 2009 season and let you know what I find in terms of the arch support and the durability of the sole seam at the front of the boot, it has to be better than last time, right? Note to self, the laces will be blown out by the 15 day, too bad they do not make the cam system standard on all the $150+ dollar boots. New Price: $179.95

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

Update 2009 - There have been no changed to this boot since 2007. I will review the studded Aqua Stealth sole when they become available in 2009.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth.
1st Impression, Day 3: 3.5 out of 5
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - After replacing the insole I am really enjoying these boots.
97 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - A comfortable boot providing 5+ years of wear for the recreational angler.
Warranty and Return: Days out of service 6 (5 shipping, 1 evaluation): 5 out of 5
Overall Rating for the 2008 Model Korkers Guide Wading Boot: 4 out of 5
2009 Update: 4 out of 5 - I have always like the idea of a changeable sole and these boots are as good as that concept gets.

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. Cost: $169
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Still reeling from version 1.

First Impressions 2008, Day 5 - The quick release on the lacing system is working great. I do however anticipate a problem when the weather turns cold and the quick release freezes to the boot. You may need to sit in the truck with the heater on your feet before you can get out. The wire laces are nice and I think they will out last any other wading boot lace on the market, nice because replacing laces on a one month one pair of boot has always been a pet peeve. So far the sole are staying put. They do pop up a bit on the sides but, they have been no where near coming off. I have heard of some people breaking the post off the back of the boot where the sole attaches, I have not had a problem with that as of yet. Stay tuned.
1st Impression, Day 5: 3.5 out of 5 - I like the quick release on the lacing system.

30 Days In - I replaced the insole insert with a two piece one from Berkinstock like I used to do with my Orvis boots back in the day. That has made the 10 hour days over the large cobble of Boulder Creek much more tolerable for my feet. The boot are still holding up well, looking as good at the first day I put them on. Also, a shout out to Korkers for getting the Studded Aqua stealth sole right. I am testing a prototype pair and they seem to be bullet proof and very billy goat. Something to keep in mind is that the Boa lacing system is difficult to get tight and keep tight all day unless you tighten it and walk for about a hour and then tighten it up again as the boot gets wet and stretches. Cost: $169.99
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Still reeling from version 1.
1st Impression, Day 3: 3.5 out of 5
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - After replacing the insole I am really enjoying these boots.

97 Days In - Overall this is a very good product. The average ten to fifteen day a year angler will get many years from these boots. With the addition of an insole they are extremely comfortable and are great for those with tender feet. The BOA lacing system is a nice feature when it comes to getting out of the boot at the end of a long day. Watch out if you are fishing in temperatures below freezing because the BOA will freeze and you will need to defrost your feet before you can get them off. The problem sole from the first generation of this boot has been corrected, the sole will work away from the bottom in the mid foot area but it does not come completely out. It does however, add to wear on the sole in that area. On day ninety-seven, just like clock work, the left outside of the left boot blew completely out. Up to that point they looked basically out of the box new. I have often spoke to manufactures about the longevity of their products and how they must balance quality and wear with the desire for things to wear out so that we will buy new. Korkers is going for 100 service days on a pair of boots and they hit that mark almost exactly. Impressive that they can pull that off even the the pressure of a 200+ pound hard core walk wade guide who puts on about five miles a day, more than worth the $1.75/day it cost me to wear them, I use more tippet than that in a day. Cost: $169.99
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Still reeling from version 1.
1st Impression, Day 3: 3.5 out of 5
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - After replacing the insole I am really enjoying these boots.
97 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - A very comfortable boot the recreational angler will get 5 or more years from these boots.

End of Season Warranty and Return: A simple call to Nick in Korkers' customer service and I had a repair number. I sent the boots back to Korkers at my expense and the boots were replaced under the one year manufacturer warranty. Great service from a small manufacturer, I recommend this boot without question. I can not wait for Korkers to come up with a quality rubber and studded sole. Cost: $169.99
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Still reeling from version 1.
1st Impression, Day 3: 3.5 out of 5
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - After replacing the insole I am really enjoying these boots.
97 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - A comfortable boot providing 5+ years of wear for the recreational angler.
Warranty and Return: Days out of service 6 (5 shipping, 1 evaluation): 5 out of 5
Overall Rating for the 2008 Model Korkers Guide Wading Boot: 4 out of 5

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Simms G3 Wading Boots Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Update 2009 - Still going strong although I only put about 50 days on them in 2008, look like they will easily last through 2009.
Preseason Preview: 4.5 out of 5 - Love the concept to bad there is no Studded Aqua Stealth. Simms G3 Wading Boot Product Review Denver, Colorado.
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!
2008 Update: 6 out of 5 - Amazing with the studs and Aqua Stealth, I am puzzled why Simms and the other major boot manufactures are having so much trouble with this, our local cobbler seems to get it right every time.
2009 Update: 6 out of 5 - Because I am reviewing so may boots I get limited time in my favorites. At 50 or so days a year they might last forever.

Update 2008 - My favorite pair of wading boots... ever!
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!
2008 Update: 6 out of 5 - Amazing with the studs and Aqua Stealth, I am puzzled why Simms and the other major boot manufactures are having so much trouble with this, our local cobbler seems to get it right every time.

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 for 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

Update 2009 - I absolutely positively love these waders. I have never owned a fishing product I value so much. They are better for 2009 with Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric. Still bad ass, 328 days in service I am going to buy another pair, they finally started seeping on the seam on the lower right leg, now that's performance! Simms G4Z Zippered Wader Product Review Fly Fishing The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Colorado
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!
2008 Update: 5.5 out of 5 - They lasted two full seasons and I am still not sure they are leaking.
2009 Update: 6 out of 5 - $700 is no longer too much to pay for waders... if you want something proved to be the BEST.

Update 2008 - This wader continues to win awards and it is because they are the new standard for performance, durability and badassness!
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!
2008 Update: 5.5 out of 5 - They lasted two full seasons and I am still not sure they are leaking.

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 fishing 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 2009 - Still the best selling wader at Simms. Who would have thought then these first came out in 2005 that at $399.95 (a reduced price from the original $425) they would be considered affordable price point waders for the serious angler?Simms G3 Guide Wader Review by The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Colorado
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: 4.5 out of 5 - Durability with an improved foot, still a solid buy and better than competing brands.
2008 Update: 5 out of 5 - Solid, these are my back up waders and clients love wearing them.
2009 Update: 5 out of 5 - Updated with Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric and a lower price.

Update 2008 - Most guides do not want to afford the $700 G4 no mater how much better I tell them it is. That continues to make the G3 the wader of choice for our staff. You can not argue with 10+ operational and working pairs of these waders. Who would have thought then these first came out in 2005 that at $399.95 (a reduced price from the original $425) they would be considered affordable price point waders for the serious angler?
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: 4.5 out of 5 - Durability with an improved foot and front seams, still a solid buy and better than competing brands.
2008 Update: 5 out of 5 - Solid, these are my back up waders and clients love wearing them.

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 because 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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Simms G3 Convertible Wader Fly Fishing Product Preview/ReviewSimms G3 Convertible Wader fly fishing product review.

Preview 2008- It looks like Simms hit the mark with the new G3 Convertible Wader. The news pants are cut like the current G4 model with the front seam and neoprene foot. They have improved on the Rivertek pant design in a number of ways. Making this our pre-season pick for best new wader for 2008.

The G3 Convertible Wader has the ability to hide the pull back Velcro tabs on the built in wading belt after you have pulled them into place. This is a very important improvement for those of us who wear waist packs that need to spin around. They have also added suspenders allowing you to where wading belt to loose enough to allow the air to escape so that you will not puff up like the stay-puff marshmallow man when you kneel down or sit, another significant improvement over the last attempt at a wading pant.

The chest wader extension tucks into a zippered pocket above the belt. It seemed bulky, but may soften and condense with wear. When extend it hooks on to the suspenders with Velcro tabs, we can see the tabs on the suspenders doubling as used fly patches when the extension is not in use. Over all we like this wader and are excited to have a chance to get back in pants next summer, this product will be be review in 2009 with the new for 2009 Simms Headwaters Pant. Price: $379.99

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Simms G4 Pro Jacket Fly Fishing Product Preview/ReviewSimms G4 Pro Wading Jacket Product Review by The Flyfisher Guide Service in Denver, Colorado

2009 Update - No changes for 2009, they must think they got it right... we agree..
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - More supple, better colors and pit zips, what more could you ask for?
1st Impression, Day 2: 5 out of 5 - The zipper is moving freely up and down.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - Like a fine wine this jacket is getting better with age.
End of Season 120 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - Back to 5 because I love the pit zips and since it rarely rains in Denver who needs an around town rain jacket anyway?
2009 Update: 5 out of 5 - Still love it and it was a warm dry winter in Denver, thank God there is snow in the hills.

Preview 2008 - This is basically a better fitting G3 Jacket. One big improvement for those muggy day after noon thunder storms we seem to be getting, pit zips. The zipper has also been improved and is easier to pull up and down and less bulky than on the G3. Other than that we do not see much difference between the G4 Pro Jacket and the G3. Other than the price which has increased by $50, man those zippers must be expensive. The Simms G4 Pro Jacket will set you back $449.95.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - More supple, better colors and pit zips, what more could you ask for?

First Impressions, 2 Day - The zipper is much improved from the G3 Jacket. It zips up much easier and still appears to be waterproof.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - More supple, better colors and pit zips, what more could you ask for?
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - The zipper is moving freely up and down.

30 Days In - This is simply the best wading jacket I have ever worn. The color and weatherproofing aside, the cut is better and the sleek front offers enough storage that there is no vest or pack required on cold winter days and you still will not feel like your fishing in a life vest. The cuffs have kept me dry 2 feet under the water and the hood is roomy enough that I do not feel choked out. The jacket is also very packable and the XXL easily fits into a space 6X6X2. I am taking half a point off because it is too techy to wear around town and for $450 I want the world.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - More supple, better colors and pit zips, what more could you ask for?
1st Impression, Day 2: 5 out of 5 - The zipper is moving freely up and down.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - Like a fine wine this jacket is getting better with age.

Simms G4 Pro Jacket fly fishing product review.

End of Season 120 Days - In Colorado it takes two winters to wear a cold weather shell - rain jacket 120 times, this report began in January 2008 and I am concluding in at the end of February 2009. Wind, cold, snow, sleet, hail, rain... this jacket handled it all and excelled in the process. I did not and have not had the slightest problem with this jacket. The fit is wonderful, the sleeve at the wrists are easily waterproofed when tightening the Velcro straps and the hood keeps everything out while still providing good peripheral vision. You really must be over dressed to break a sweat and you can easily cool down by opening the pit zips, which are easy to locate and operate even while fishing. On the down side hooks do lodge in the exposed Velcro at the wrist and when removing the hooks the Velcro pulls fairly easily. I trimmed off the excess and everything seemed fine, no real change in appearance and no loss of functionality. I anticipate this jacket will still be like new when Simms latest and greatest new jacket hits the market forcing this gear head to add once again to an already overflowing inventory of quality Simms products. Let's hope they give us a new color to spice things up.
Preseason Preview: 5 out of 5 - More supple, better colors and pit zips, what more could you ask for?
1st Impression, Day 2: 5 out of 5 - The zipper is moving freely up and down.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - Like a fine wine this jacket is getting better with age.
End of Season 120 Days in Service: 5 out of 5 - Back to 5 because I love the pit zips and since it rarely rains in Denver who needs an around town rain jacket anyway?

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Winston Boron II MX Fly Rod Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Update Coming December 2009 - Forthcoming is a saltwater review of the Winston BII MX, we cannot wait for Costa Rica.

Preview - Here we go again. This time Winston is trying to be Sage. We love the soft, slow rods Winston is know for, lets see how they do when they try to speed it up. Hopefully this will turn out better than their attempt at budget rod making. Cost $655
Preseason Preview: 2.5 out of 5 - Shouldn't Winston stick to what they do best?.

1st Impressions - Day 1 - This rod is a canon. As far as fast actions rod go the BII MX has the backbone to get the job done. The five weight was easily Winston Boron II MX fly fishing product review.putting out 80 feet of line into a head wind and was able to pick up about 60 feet of line off the water to begin a new cast. I fished a heavy nymph, double bunny streamer, and a size 4 hopper with a tungsten bead dropper and it delivered them equally well. Not lost in the drive for fast action is what I love about Winston, the ability to fight a fish into the butt of the rod and still have a tip soft enough to protect light tippets.
Preseason Preview: 2.5 out of 5 - Shouldn't Winston stick to what they do best?
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Better than expected, the final verdict is still out.

30 Days In Service - Kudos to Winston for finally making a rod that the fast action guys will like, maybe even love, once they get over the fact it's a green stick. This rod is stiff and because of that it makes an old school Winston guy like me think it is a bit heavy. Tthat most likely has to do with my efforts trying to get the rod to bend to the cork like a LT and PS that's not happening with the 5 weight in a trout stream, my arm however is exhausted trying.
Preseason Preview: 2.5 out of 5 - Shouldn't Winston stick to what they do best?
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Better than expected, the final verdict is still out.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Fast rods are not my cup of tea, but I feel like Winston got Sage right this time.

120 Days In Service - We have a wonderful new stick from Winston. The BII MX is as fast as you want a trout rod to be and it seems to make sense that the saltwater weights will get the job done. I will add to this report in December of 2009 when I get back from the salt and let you know what I found. The look of the rod is up to Winston's exceptional standards. The rod is very durable and was up to the task whether it was casting for distance or fighting and landing 5+ pound trout in runoff water conditions. Those who favor fast action rods have found a reason to add to their quivers and the addition of Winston's BII MX will not disappoint. Casting professionals may now use a Winston as a distance casting rod and not get laughed off the platform, that is a huge step for the little company that could.
R.L. Winston Fly Rod BII MX Equipment Review - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, ColoradoPreseason Preview: 2.5 out of 5 - Shouldn't Winston stick to what they do best?
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Better than expected, the final verdict is still out.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Fast rods are not my cup of tea, but I feel like Winston got Sage right this time.
End of Season 120 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - Who would have thought that Winston could build a competitive technical distance casting rod that still knows how to fish.

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Sage Z-Axis Fly Rod Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview: A new generation of graphite from Sage. The Z in the name eludes to the idea that this rod is supposed to take us to the third dimension, the first two being X and Y. I must admit the product demo we received from our local Sage expert was very impressive. The way the aligned fiber technology works makes sense to me. Instead of allowing all the graphite fibers to randomly lay this new technology lines them all up allowing Sage to eliminate weight and add strength. A trip to the casting pond reveals this is my favorite Sage rod since the SP. Still classified fast action the Z-Axis feels softer than the XP and kind of reminds me of a Winston BIIX when casting because it needs to be stroked as apposed to jammed. Cost: $650
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Its been a long time since there was a Sage I wanted to own.

Sage Z-Axis Fly Rod - Fly Fishing Equipment Reviews - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Colorado

First Impression 4 Days In: Sage has always been the rod to have in salt or at a distance casting tournament or when you were ready to finally buy your first good rod. Sage is an interesting brand, it is the one people know and the one credit card anglers buy because it is "the" rod to own. Then after a few seasons on the water many anglers migrate to other brands, Scott, Winston or Loomis rods are the sticks that often identify the more seasoned fly fishers. This may be the rod that reinvigorates Sage in the Colorado trout world among the seasoned trout heads. I enjoyed the feel of this rod and the look and fish-ability help justify the price. It is lighter than the SLT and the XP and it brings back some of the smoothness of the SP (my first good rod). Cost: $650
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Its been a long time since there was a Sage I wanted to own.
1st Impression, Day 4: 4 out of 5 - So far so good looks like we will be adding a couple of these rods to the guide pool.

30 Days In - I am beginning to stop musing and starting to enjoy what is surely a terrific rod. The idea that Sage replaced the most popular and successful line of fly rods ever produced in the XP has to mean they sound something better. Going back to the drawing board to create the incredible new Z-Axis they improved the entire rod-building process, created a rod that is significantly lighter, stronger and easier to cast. Most importantly Sage achived a new level of fish-ability, unprecedented in their previous rod series. Cost: $650
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Its been a long time since there was a Sage I wanted to own.
1st Impression, Day 4: 4 out of 5 - So far so good looks like we will be adding a couple of these rods to the guide pool.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - An anglers rod, with great fish-ability.

End of Season 146 Days In - What can I say they got it right. I like bordering on love this rod for windy days, boats with streamers, size 4 dries and fighting big fish. It will be kind of nice to have a Sage back in the bag, now I can fit in with the masses again without compromising my desire for performance where it maters most, fish-ability. Cost: $650
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Its been a long time since there was a Sage I wanted to own.
1st Impression, Day 4: 4 out of 5 - So far so good looks like we will be adding a couple of these rods to the guide pool.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - An anglers rod, with great fish-ability.
146 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - I am joining the rest of the pundits, you will not be disappointed.

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Sage Bass Fly Rod Series Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview: A flippin' stick for fly guys and gals. We know plenty of places to give this one a try. Let us hope the pictures will be worth a thousand words. New in 2008 there is a Largemounth ($350) and a Smallmouth ($350) rod and new for 2009 is a Bluegill rod ($395).
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - I needed a reason to buy a new rod, bass is as good a reason as any.

Sage Bass Fly Rod Product Review

First Impression 6 Days In: I wade for bass and while most tubers like longer rods to raise their backcast, most of my bassing is in and around overhanging cover with relatively short casts. To get a bug under cover requires sidearm casts with low loops parallel with the water. The short Sage Bass Series rods excel at this type of casting. The Smallmouth, Largemouth and Panfish options are very accurate, specifically presenting bugs outside the vertical plane and around structure. The Bluegill is lighter and designed for smallbass and panfish. Cost: $350/$395
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - I needed a reason to buy a new rod, bass is as good a reason as any.
1st Impression, Day 6: 4 out of 5 - Two days on each rod and I think there is a cross over application with big bug for trout, especially in heavy water.

30 Days In - I emphasize how effortlessly I can jam big, wind-sock type bugs into tight spots. All rods measure 7'11", just under the strict bass tournament rules for rod length. Use the Largemouth for heavy iron angling, pulling power is the main advantage. The Smallmouth has become my go to for Colorado bass and local warm water pursuits including Carp and the new Bluegill Rod is lighter, for smaller bugs and a more sensitive presentation. As crossover rods, they are ideal for hulking huge flies for pike or muskie and I like the Bluegill for hoppers to trout in tight places. Make sure you use the super short, custom fly line included in the package as it will help maximize performance. Cost: $350/$395
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - I needed a reason to buy a new rod, bass is as good a reason as any.
1st Impression, Day 6: 4 out of 5 - Two days on each rod and I think there is a cross over application with big bug for trout, especially in heavy water.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Big flies go where you want them to go.

End of Season 120 Days In - Go big or go home if you are fishing less than 2X leaders and tippets you are fooling yourself and these rods will break you off. This is a very specialized rod series and you should have extra money to spend before you run out and buy it. For the Colorado angler it does have some crossover appeal but you are going to have to fish a bunch or be a dedicated warm water angler to find a place to really use it. I like the rod and since I already have too many rods I will be adding the Smallmouth to my quiver. As the demand for guiding on our private bass ponds increases we may add a couple to the rental pool. Cost: $350/$395
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - I needed a reason to buy a new rod, bass is as good a reason as any.
1st Impression, Day 6: 4 out of 5 - Two days on each rod and I think there is a cross over application with big bug for trout, especially in heavy water.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Big flies go where you want them to go.
120 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - You have seen the pulling power of the BASS guy, new we have it too.

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Simms Rivershed Wading Jacket Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

We love the material on this jacket. Finally a technical jacket you can where to the movies and around town. We will let you know how the baby soft materials hold up over the course of the season, it will be review in 2009. Cost:$279.00

Simms Rivershed Wading Jacket product reviews Denver, Colorado.

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Thingamabobber Indicator Fly Fishing Product Preview/ReviewThingamabobber fly fishing product review Denver, Colorado.

Preview - The guides on the Green River in Utah have been working on the balloon concept for may years. This is one balloon we can get behind. They are great for hungry feeding fish. There is no maintenance and they last for about 5 or 6 fishing days before the metal rig pops out and like most other indicators go floating down the river. Do not throw them out when the line begins to cut through the plastic at the ring, they actually fish much more sensitively when they are half filled with water (remember the fly and a bubble). The down side to this indicator is that if you are dealing with subtle strikes you will miss everything. Cost: SRP $4.99 for a pack of 5
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - A balloon we can float.

First Impressions, 1 Day - I must say I liked the Thingamabobber (TAB), well I hate the name, but TAB performed very well. It is extremely low maintenance compared to the standard yarn we have used on our guide trips and in our school in the past. We fished the medium size and it worked very well. Granted the fish were really eating hard today so the strikes were easy to see. I'm not sure how TAB will perform when the strikes are subtle.
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - A balloon we can float.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Move over yarn there is a a low maintenance alternative.

30 Days In - I am learning how to fish these bad boys. It needs to be mentioned that they come in three different sizes. Most conditions in the fall, winter and spring call for the small size and it can easily float two AB size weights. You can detect most strikes but as will all indicators there are a number of strikes you miss so watching the fish is still critical. The most noticeable difference is how well they cast. You do not feel like you have a water logged weight on your line.
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - A balloon we can float.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Move over yarn there is a a low maintenance alternative.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - This thing is getting better and better.

120 Days In - The large size really excelled in the monster high runoff flow of the spring, carrying almost 3 ounces of weight without problem. The medium has its place in the average flows of summer, however, if the strike is subtle switch to the small. The plastic will eventually split where line connects through ring and I have found that they are more sensitive when half full of water (the fly and a bubble concept). We kept fishing them until they came off casting or more frequently setting the hook Cost: $4.99 to 5.95 for a 5 pack depending on the location.
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - A balloon we can float.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Move over yarn there is a low maintenance alternative.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - This thing is getting better and better.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - A great value for the money and a good product to help you hook fish.

End of Season 180+ Days In - We have official made the switch to TAB for our Angling University classes and almost all of our guides have also made the switch using TAB almost exclusively on our guided trips. The reason for the change is clear following a season of experimentation. They are much easier to cast, they are easily adjusted on the line and they are durable and low maintenance. Learning to detect the strike takes a bit of getting used too and is slightly harder to teach to a new angler, however, the benefit created by more time in the water with the flies brings more strikes and more fish. We previewed the new for 2009 glow in the dark version and found it to be the best nighttime indicator we have tested to date.
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - A balloon we can float.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Move over yarn there is a low maintenance alternative.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - This thing is getting better and better.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - A great value for the money and a good product to help you hook fish.
End of Season 180+ Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Quality, fishy indicator we only wish it had a more sophisticated name.

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Scientific Angler Sharkskin Fly Line Fly Fishing Product Review

Preview 2008 - For Colorado trout guides we smile at 60 foot casts and sometimes struggle when we get to saltwater. Not anymore, even our weakest Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Fly Fishing Line product review Denver, Colorado.link can put out 100 feet with a 5 weight and this line on the platform. I guess $100 bucks can buy, even a Colorado guy, a great casting distance. We will have to wait to see how it fishes. Cost: $100
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Casting ain't everything, especially in Colorado.

First Impressions, 2 Day - Man this line make a lot of noise. If your the kind of person who like peace and quite on the river this line may not be for you. Also you will want to watch out and not hang on too tight because this line will cut you if your not careful. This line indeed breaks new ground if casts like nothing I have ever seen, it floats very high and mends easily.
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Casting ain't everything, especially in Colorado. Cost: $100
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Very nice performance but it's still making a lot of noise.

30 Days In - If you like the sound of screaming reels you are going to like this line. Imagine a thousand screaming reels... well maybe not that many. The danger in those screaming reels is that the Sharkskin will cut the creases in your fingers and palms if you are not careful and I am speaking from experience. Cost: $100
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Casting ain't everything, especially in Colorado.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Very nice performance but it's still making a lot of noise.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - The sound of the line against the guides is growing on me, especially when a big fish is running.

120 Days In - Like all fly lines the tip of the Sharkskin begin to loose flotation when the welded loop end cracks or is cut off. Cost: $100
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Casting ain't everything, especially in Colorado.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Very nice performance but it's still making a lot of noise.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - The sound of the line against the guides is growing on me, especially when a big fish is running.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - The tip still sinks when the loop is cut off.

End of Season 180+ Days In - This may be the worst cold weather line we have ever tested. Turns out that all that sharkskin carries more water to your guides which in freezing weather conditions causes your guides to freeze sooner than usual. All that additional water also caused the line to freeze before any of the other lines we tested. When the Sharkskin does freeze it turns into a solid rope that used to be the line. Cost: $100
Preseason Preview: 3 out of 5 - Casting ain't everything, especially in Colorado.
1st Impression, Day 1: 3.5 out of 5 - Very nice performance but it's still making a lot of noise.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - The sound of the line against the guides is growing on me, especially when a big fish is running.
120 Days in Service: 3.5 out of 5 - The tip still sinks when the loop is cut off.
End of Season 180+ Days in Service: 3 out of 5 - It is the best casting line I have ever looped and it may be the worst performing cold weather line I have ever fished.

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Tiemco Dry Magic Super Powder Fly Floatant Fly Fishing Product Review

Preview 2008 - There are a ton of options when it comes to keeping your fly floating. I am excited to try Dry Magic because it is presented in a new container, something different than the standard and I like that, it will force me to find a new place to carry it among all the other necessities I have with me on the water everyday. I am not sure why they call it super powder since it is a gel. Cost: $8.95Tiemco Dry Magic Dry Fly Floatant product review The Flyfisher Guide Service Denver, Colorado
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Because I like the shape of the bottle but super power is misleading.

First Impressions, 2 Day - Very easy to dispense from the soft plastic bottle and it seems to hold its consistency pretty well in cold weather. We will wait till summer to see how it does in the heat. So far so good, it is helping my midges float like a charm.
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Because I like the shape of the bottle.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - Very easy to dispense from the soft plastic bottle.

30 Days In - For a grease this product is not greasy. It is not going to leave stains on my waders and although it was all over my fingers I never felt sloppy and it was never running all over my hands. It is floating the flies great everything from a #26 gnat to a #16 caddis. Stay tuned to see how it does with hoppers and stones late this year. It is also doing a good job floating the leader when fishing emergers in the film. Cost: $8.95
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Because I like the shape of the bottle.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - Very easy to dispense from the soft plastic bottle.
30 Days in Service: 4.5 out of 5 - A very clean gel.

120 Days In - The bigger the fly the faster it sinks. All good things come to an end and after about 10 or so good drifts the bigger flies begin to sink and need to be redressed. I still really like the bottle it is very easy to use and I finally found the perfect spot to carry it! I find this to be a fine floatant at least if not more useful than the other well known brands. Dry Magic held its consistency up to the low 80's where it began to get a bit liquid and harder to work with. Cost: $8.95
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Because I like the shape of the bottle.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - Very easy to dispense from the soft plastic bottle.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - A very clean gel.
120 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Works best in combination with Frog's Fanny.

End of Season 180+ Days In - We are always looking for a better product, even when we are satisfied with what is currently available. I have gone through a lot of different floatants over the years: Aquel, Frog's Fanny, Gink, Shimazaki and Superfloat just to name a few. None of them work perfectly alone and usually a combination of a gel and a powder works best, especially once a fish or two are caught. Dry Magic is no exception and its real value is the unique shape of the bottle and the ease with which it can be dispensed. Cost: $8.95
Preseason Preview: 4 out of 5 - Because I like the shape of the bottle.
1st Impression, Day 2: 4 out of 5 - Very easy to dispense from the soft plastic bottle.
30 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - A very clean gel.
120 Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Works best in combination with Frog's Fanny.
End of Season 180+ Days in Service: 4 out of 5 - Dry Magic is worth checking out if for nothing more than the bottle.

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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.

End of Season 2008 180+ Days In - Overall this is a useful product that combines the basics needed to wade your favorite stream with nothing buy a few flies and the DFRC. I would like to see Cliff improve this product by adding two more essentials that would make this the ultimate in fly care. A gel of some sort for the initial dressing of the fly and very light and powdery dust, like a Frog's Fanny, for touching up the fly between drifts, that would allow use of the WD on the initial dressing and maybe a time or two during the day, avoiding having to use the cram-n-float method too often. 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.
End of Season 180+ Days in Service: 3 out of 5 - Nothing new but, like peanut butter and jelly it works well together.

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Nymphs Volume 1 & Volume 2 Fly Fishing Book Preview/Review

It has been a long time since we had seen a bug book worth the paper it was printed on, we do not mind loosing a tree or two for this two volume baby. Nymphs Volume 1 and 2: Book Reviews - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, ColoradoThere is a lot to read and look at, it will take us a lifetime to digest this book. Ernest G. Schwiebert passed away in 2005 and we will always have these volumes to remember him.

Nymphs Volume I - The Mayflies | Nymphs Volume 2 - Stoneflies, Caddisflies, & Other Important Insects -If you want to Nymphs Volume 1 - Fly fishing Book Reviews - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, Coloradocatch big fish you must go deep. Nymphs encompasses two monster books revised and enlarged from the 1973 originals. Author Ernest G. Schwiebert spent the last fifty years of his life traveling, fishing, speaking, writing and gathering information on scores of aquatic insect species across the country. At age 24 Schwiebert authored Matching The Hatch, which was published in 1955 and made him a respected authority on fishing bugs going forth. The Mayflies, the first volume, is the singular authority on identifying the myriad species of mayfly larvae and tying imitations that will help us identify and tie the bugs we need to catch the big boys. We find painstaking details of every major mayfly species for identification and tying details for many patterns to imitate the naturals. In addition to mayflies we must know caddisflies, stoneflies, and midges just as well. Stoneflies, Caddisflies, and Other Important Species, volume two, gives us all the essential information we need about these bugs throughout their North Nymphs Volume 2 - Fly Fishing Book Reviews - The Flyfisher Guide Service - Denver, ColoradoAmerican range. Very few fishing books have focused so closely on so many individual species of the particular genera of aquatic insects.

These are indeed monumental works, instant classics for anglers, and an unprecedented view of the bugs we try so hard to imitate. If you are a nymph fisherman this is a must have series, something you cannot afford to live without, if you think you have a fly fishing library you are fooling yourself if these volumes are not the backbone of your collection. A special thanks to Erik Schwiebert, Ernest's son, who made sure the revised volumes came to light.

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Fishpond Wader Belt Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview 2008 - As a base for the ultimate waist pack Fishpond is getting closer. The 2008 version has increased the density and stiffness of the foam material in the belt. Last years model broke down after just one wear. The verdict is still out as to how much better this version really is on the water. This will be review in 2009.

Fishpond Wader Belt product review Denver, Colorado.

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Patagonia Riverwalker Vest Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview 2008 - With a staff full of waist packs if is always a challenge drawing straws to see who will test this years vest. Something about the Riverwalker has all of us in a buzz. While we agree it is not a guides vest (not enough storage) it does seem light weight enough and large enough for a day trip alone. We will let you know who draws the short straw. If we can bear to go without our belt packs we will review this vest in 2009.

Patagonia Riverwalker Vest product review Denver, Colorado.

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Cliff Outdoors Super Days Worth Fly Box Fly Fishing Product Preview/Review

Preview 2008 - Matt Cassle just keep on hustling and innovating. We love the big boxes and we will see how we like this. Adding a flap make lots of sense, stay tuned and we will let you know just how many bug you can stuff in here, and whether or not we can get them out. We will review this product in 2009 with the new fly boxes from SA and CF Designs.

Cliff Outdoors Fly Box product review Denver, Colorado.

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