2015 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Casey Ashley Shares his First Impressions of the New ProDry™ Suit.
Fishing competitively since he was 10 years old, Casey Ashley’s childhood dream of winning the Bassmaster Classic became reality in February of 2015. All anglers on the professional circuit abide by their own unique winning philosophies and Casey is no exception. In his mind, to contend amongst the best anglers in the world, it all comes down to mental focus and confidence. Whether competing under a blazing hot sun, bone chilling temps or wind and rain, to maintain his concentration and self-reliance when conditions get tough, Casey puts his trust in Simms. After a few months of test-driving Simms new ProDry™ Jacket and Bib, Casey is amazed that what he thought was the best rain suit in the world could actually become so much better.
Simms: How long have you been wearing a ProDry™ Suit?
Ashely: I don’t know, I’d have to think about that one. I’ll put it this way, I’ve been wearing that thing for a long time now. Once I started wearing it, I came to the conclusion that it was the best and quite honestly, I haven’t had the need to look for anything else since.
Simms: What are your thoughts on the new ProDry™?
Ashley: Man, that deal is the lightest one yet. It’s going to be a huge player not only for Simms but for any serious fisherman. I can tell you, anybody who doesn’t have one, better get one.
Simms: In your mind, other than how light the new suit is, what sets it apart from others?
Ashley: I guess I’d have to say, it’s the attention to detail. You can really tell a lot of thought went into every part of it and it was designed with serious fishermen in mind.
Simms: What do you mean exactly when you say you can tell a lot of thought went into it?
Ashley: Little things make a big difference. This new suit has so many ways to adjust it so it fits just right. Having the ability to custom fit it in so many areas really makes it comfortable and most importantly, it stays out of the way and doesn’t hinder you in any way. I really like the new cord adjustment [Cohaesive™ cord lock system] and that’s what I’m talking about. Everything stays out of the way and there’s nothing for your rod to get stuck on while you’re casting, working a bait or landing fish and to us, those are the details that matter the most in a tournament.
Simms: Can you talk a little bit more about the fit?
Ashley: Like I say, the whole thing pinpointed every little detail and because it’s so light and breathable and fits so good, you’re never fighting it and it doesn’t pull you down. There’s no sag and because of all the adjustment capabilities, not only do you stay dry and protected, you don’t have anything flopping around in heavy winds or while you’re running.
Simms: Are you finding that the suit will be a year round piece of gear for you?
Ashley: Absolutely. To be outside in a suit like that is everything. You can wear that thing in the dead of summer or when it’s 10 degrees like we did in the Classic. I’ve already fished it in all conditions and I’m amazed that what I thought was the best rain suit in the world could actually be so much better.
Simms: Tell us a little more about your winning philosophy of keeping your mental game sharp and your confidence high and how your gear plays into that?
Ashley: I tell everybody, if you’re going to fish a lot, you’re going to want to buy the best boat, the best motor, rods, reels and so on that money can buy. The same goes for foul weather gear. You can’t go out in a cheap plastic poncho and expect to stay dry and comfortable and man, in a tournament, that can really screw up your focus, confidence and ultimately, your fishing. In a tournament, when you get a bite, you have to be 100% confident that your line isn’t going to break, that your rod and reel are going to perform and your boat and motor are going to get you from point A to point B every time. The same goes for your rain gear.
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