About John Frazier

John Frazier is the Community Specialist at Simms Fishing Products. Fresh or salt, John loves being on or around the water. When he doesn't have a rod in hand, chances he's watching the action unfold through the view finder of his camera while mentally crafting a story.

Low Light Equals Best Bite

Take Advantage of Low Light Conditions. By Simms Pro Team Member, Landon Mayer.

We all love those bright sunny, warm days but often times, “ideal conditions” don’t always lead to the best action. Here, Simms Pro Team member, Landon Mayer shares a chapter from his book, 101 Trout Tips, A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques, (Headwaters/Stackpole Books) on how you can time your fishing sessions to take advantage of low light conditions.

The Problem: I  see fish in bright conditions, but they shy away from my flies.
The Solution: Make a mental note on where the fish were located and pursue them in low-light conditions the same day, or another day when the weather is bad.

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Tarpon Essentials

Before cashing in on your tarpon days, make sure you’re bringing along the essentials.

No matter how many times you have chased a specific species or how familiar you are with the gear required to pursue it, when it comes to a big trip, the question of what to pack always rises. It’s May, which for many of you means the excitement and anticipation that’s been building since you booked your tarpon days last season are transforming into reality. Before you pull your suitcase out and begin sorting through your salt water gear, check out our tarpon collection – there might be a few items here that come in handy when it counts.

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The Artwork of Jake Keeler

Heavy Metal, Dungeons & Dragons, Fly Fishing and Protecting the Boundary Waters.

If the name Jake Keeler sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the only artist out there who somehow, has cohesively blended fantasy and fly fishing. Formally trained, Keeler’s unique style was shaped by his love for heavy metal, Dungeons and Dragons and of course, his passion for fly fishing in his home state of Minnesota. Already a conservation minded angler/artist, Keeler was an obvious choice to design the Save Our Streams Boundary Waters T-Shirt. We recently caught up with Keeler to dive deeper into his inspirations and to get his thoughts on protecting the Boundary Waters.

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Growing Up on the Stone

Born and Raised in Livingston, Montana, James Anderson Speaks About the Current State of his Home Water – the Yellowstone River.

Born and raised in Livingston, Montana, quite literally, James Anderson grew up along the banks of the Yellowstone. Because of his upbringing, his connection with the river runs deeper than most. From dawn to dusk fishing excursions with his father, to refreshing rope swing plunges into the river’s pools, to guiding clients to trophy rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, Anderson has been privileged to experience the Yellowstone in all its glory. On the flip side, after the temporary closure that occurred during the summer of 2016, he knows all too well what an unhealthy Yellowstone means to the town of Livingston and its community. Below, Anderson recounts some of his fondest childhood memories and candidly speaks about the current state of his home water.

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G4 Pro® Pack Collection

Easy Access and Fishy Internal Organization Meets Durable Weatherproof Protection.

Now that winter has come and gone, the time has arrived to gear up and get organized for full day pursuits on the water. Whether it’s drifting dries, stripping streamers or stalking the flats, the months ahead are some of the best for hike/wade enthusiasts. Those who fish on foot know the importance of a quality pack. Finally, after over 4,000 hours of rigorous field-testing, Simms is able to offer a collection of packs worthy of the G4 badge. Available in a backpack, sling, hip and tactical-hip style, the G4 Pro® line is no doubt the fishiest to ever leave Simms HQ. Read more:

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Shaw Grigsby Preps for his 16th Bassmaster Classic Appearance

By Joel Shangle

Few faces in the world of professional bass fishing are as familiar as that of, Shaw Grigsby. Thanks to both a highly successful 40-plus-year B.A.S.S. tournament career and the 20-year run of his popular television show, One More Cast With Shaw Grigsby, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more well-known (and well-liked) personality than the amiable Floridian. Grigsby’s career is about more than longevity and TV recognition: the upcoming 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe, Texas, will be his 16th (the 15th-most among all-time Classic competitors). He’s made three Classic Top 10s, and has been identified as a threat on Conroe because of the later-than-usual time of this year’s Classic. Below, the veteran tournament anglers talks about his career and how he feels about his odds come March 24 on Lake Conroe.  Continue reading

Fish Longer and Harder With Simms Right Angle® Footbed

Finally, the end of winter is in sight, which means it’s time to prep for the longer fishing sessions that come with spring and summer. Whether it’s long hikes to secret stretches of river or dawn to dusk tarpon missions, we all spend a ton of time on our feet this time of  year. Sore feet, tired legs, and achy backs have pretty much become accepted side effects of hard fishing. However, with the right foundation, you’ll be surprised at how much longer and harder you can fish without feeling it when it’s time to do it again the following morning. Simms Right Angle® Footbed (RAF) debuted in the award winning Currents Shoe. Because of its popularity, the RAF has found it’s way into a wide array of Simms footwear. Here’s the entire collection and a little more info about how the RAF will help you fish longer and harder.

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The Wader Makers Latest Award Winning Creation

Go Behind the Scenes and Learn the Story Behind the new Headwaters™ Pro Wader.

In July of 2016, Simms unveiled the biggest secret behind the best waders in the world – the Wader Makers – Bozeman, Montana-based craftsmen who obsess over fishing as much as you do. It was also during this time that we launched the new Headwaters™ Pro Wader. Pushing the envelope of performance, comfort and durability is the driving force behind all Simms waders and the new Headwaters™ Pro is no exception. In the film below, the Wader Makers take you under the hood and tell the story of their latest award winning creation.

Yakutia — A Siberian Exploration

Go Behind the Scenes of Capt. Jack Productions’ Latest Film.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) kicks off in Denver this weekend and like many of you, all of us here at Simms are stoked to check out all the new films and tip a few beers back in the process. One film we are extra excited for comes from Capt. Jack Productions. Founder, Jako Lucas, is the kind of guy who is perpetually days away from his next off the grid adventure. So before he could escape to Gabon on his next angling quest, we snuck in a quick Q&A to learn more about his latest film, Yakutia and why it’s his favorite piece to date.

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Hey Montana, Don’t Mine the Yellowstone!

Photo: William Campbell

A Canadian Company Continues to Threaten the Yellowstone.

If you’ve ever spent a day fishing the Yellowstone, you understand this iconic river isn’t merely an angler’s paradise — it’s a treasure you could never put a price on, let alone compare it’s value to that of gold. Foreign mining companies don’t view the Yellowstone this way. Is it because they’ve never felt a 22” brown smash a Sex Dungeon in October or because they’ve never witnessed the river boiling with risers in early spring? Probably so — but more than anything, it’s because where there is gold, there is greed. Thankfully, lovers of the Yellowstone ecosystem had a big victory last month, a time-out for mining on public lands near the Yellowstone. The bad news is, a Canadian company has a plan in place to explore for gold on private land, a plan that would undoubtedly yield adverse socioeconomic and environmental impacts to an already fragile resource.

How can you help? Montana Department of Environmental Quality is taking your comments on the Canadian company’s proposal through Dec 12, which means this is your time to speak out. Contact Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality today and let them know the Yellowstone’s doorstep is no place for gold mines. Take action here.