Each year during this time of year we get to reflect on all of the great fortune we have. This is the time of year where we reflect on the year previous, when we are fortunate to be thankful for a great many things this Thanksgiving. Here are just a few of the things that resonated with us this year and leave us extremely thankful.
Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation: 2014 marked a seminal year in the relationship between Simms and Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation. 2013’s version of ICE OUT benefited the non-profit organization that helps soldiers recover from time spent in Afghanistan and/or Iraq. Eight groups of soldiers congregated at Simms for the traditional gear exchange. Warriors & Quiet Waters has become a very special organization for us at Simms as it blends acknowledgement of the true heroes in our world with fly fishing. We look forward to many more years working with these courageous Americans.
Yellowstone Cutts: Last year (2012) we spent critical time in Yellowstone National Park with representatives from the Park Service. Then, we learned the gravity to which the Yellowstone Cutthroat were threatened by a variety of sources. At the top of this list was the threat from lake trout. Well, it seems that some positive momentum may be gathering in the favor of the native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. According to YNP sources, populations of both cutthroats and lake trout might be responding they way we hoped—lake trout are starting to see holes in age groups and cutthroat trout are rebounding in the ages that need to. The result? There is hope ahead for our beloved Yellowstone Cutthroat as they continue to fight the fight of their lives.
ICAST/IFTD Awards: 2014 marks the most ambitious line launch in our history here at Simms. The public launch for the 2014 line came this past summer at ICAST/IFTD in Las Vegas, NV. We went to the show with confidence in a great product team and a great product line. What we didn’t expect was a near run-of-the-table and 5 awards for the Simms product line. We won for best outerwear (Acklins Jacket), best women’s product (Women’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot), best wader (G3 Guide Stockingfoot), wading boots (G4 Boa Boots), and General Apparel (GT TriComp LS Shirt). We are thankful for this great momentum to start off the 2014 line launch and hope that bodes well for its success.
Fish Flex Friday: If you ask staff members at Simms what was the most important new change at Simms over the past year, most of them would reference Fish Flex Fridays each week during this most recent summer. Simply put, this rule stated that if you have your work under wraps, you have the option to leave work at noon on Friday and go fishing. Now you can’t just take the day off to go golfing or shopping—it only counts if you go fishing. It is a great way to get the jump on the weekend fishing and stretch those precious summer months. We think it’s a new tradition that will be around for a while…and we like that.
Pebble Mine: This year, the Pebble Mine project in SW Alaska was dealt a significant below. In September, Anglo American dropped out of the mine project and left it to Northern Dynasty to take on the cause by themselves. This is significant because Anglo American was willing to leave the upside of the Pebble Mine for the security of getting out of the project. The threat of the mine is not gone, however. This is merely a temporary setback for the proposed mine in the middle of the most pristine salmon fisheries in the world. But we will take a good break in this critical fight.
Now it is your turn. For what are you especially thankful for this Thanksgiving?