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.

A Hike/Wade Guide’s Most Memorable Death March

Photo: Phil Tereyla

Photo: Phil Tereyla

High Mountain Strain and Success with Simms Pro, Landon Mayer.

Is hiking upwards of 10 miles in a single day to find willing fish necessary? Absolutely not. However, when you do find yourself that far from the trailhead, the promise of experiencing something truly special runs high.

That’s the mentality Simms Pro, Landon Mayer carries with him every day he spends on the trail/on the water. After 20 years as hike/wade guide in Colorado’s South Platte region, Landon has logged his fair share of death marches but out of all of them, there’s one that stands out.

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Reap the Rewards of Fall

Tips to Take Full Advantage of the Fall. By Simms Ambassador, Mark Raisler.

Why is fall so much better than the spring when the mayflies first show? Why do I get more excited than the first caddis emergence of the summer? Than the early morning and late evening dry fly periods that rival any season of the year? Than the aggressive hopper attacks of mid and late summer? Why do I find the fall arrival so very slow as the remnants of summer finally fade? Oh, lots of reasons. Read more and learn how Simms Ambassador, Mark Raisler of Head Hunters Fly Shop takes advantage of the fall season.

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You Can’t Win It If You’re Not In It

Simms Pro, Ish Monroe May Be the Last Man In the 2017 Bassmaster Classic But he Likes His Odds.
By Joel Shangle

It’s been a roller-coaster couple of weeks for Elite Series pro Ish Monroe. Just six days after finishing the 2016 season in 40th place in Angler of the Year standings – exactly one point out of qualifying to fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic in March – Monroe learned that he had actually qualified for the Classic when the winner of the Northern Open on Lake Oneida failed to meet all criteria to claim that event’s automatic Classic berth — Monroe is officially the “last man in”.

We connected with the four-time B.A.S.S. winner shortly after he got the Classic invite, and questioned him about his off-season preparation, his 2016 season as a whole and how he feels about his chances next March 24-26 when the Classic arrives on Lake Conroe in Texas. Continue reading

Introducing the DOWNStream® Jacket and Sweater

Natural Down Blends  With PrimaLoft® Insulation to Take Cold/Wet Weather Protection to the Next Level.

Sub-freezing temps combined with rain, snow and/or sleet encourage many to remain in the comfort of home but for many of us, it’s when we’re standing in the river in the midst of these conditions that we feel most at home. Now that Fall has arrived, winter isn’t far behind. For the coming season when you need to take warmth and weather protection to the next level, wrap yourself up in the DOWNStream® Jacket and Sweater. Technical Apparel & Sportswear Product Line Manager, Eric Miesch is here to explain all the features and technology behind the fishiest cold weather piece Simms has released.

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Wader Making 101

Making Waders at Simms is Far from Easy and Further From Fast but the End Result is Well Worth the Time and Effort.

Manufacturing Simms GORE-TEX® Waders truly is a handcrafted process. It’s a process that has become the cornerstone of our heritage. We hold our quality standards at the highest level and sweat each and every cut, stitch and seam. Why? Because like you, the men and women who build your waders (The Wader Makers), wear waders too. Our process might not be the fastest way to make them but it sure has proven to be the best way to make them. Read on to learn more about Simms’ wader making process.

The wader making process all starts with production planning. When size needs have been determined, the puzzle begins. CAD software is used to strategically lay the pattern pieces out in such a way that yields the best fabric utilization possible. After the Wader Makers figure out how to cut, they start spreading layers of fabric on the cutting table, checking for flaws all the while. When all the fabric is smoothed out, it’s stapled to the table and the pattern pieces are cut out by hand.

The cut pieces then move into pressing. In the pressing area, belt loops, back labels, reinforcement panels, pockets (also made here at Simms), keychain holders, zippers (in some waders) are all pressed on.

Next, the pieces are bundled into size sets of four and the bundles move into body sewing. This is where the wader really begins to take shape. To ensure ruggedness and durability, the Wader Makers use incredibly high stitch counts, double stitching and backtacking.

Now that the bulk of the wader has been assembled, it’s time to tape all of the seams. At the end of each seam and seam intersection, a patch is attached for reinforcement.

Once everything is taped and patched, the wader moves into hemming. The hemming stage of the process is where all the super detailed sewing takes place on the upper portion of the wader. Here, labels, suspenders, gravel guards and waist bands (G3 Guide™ Pant) are attached.

From hemming, it’s on too attachments. While all the previous steps have been going on, there’s been another intricate process taking place all the while that feeds into attachments — footmaking. Foot making begins with sheets of neoprene that are die cut on a hydraulic press. These pieces get prepped, glued, marked, glued again and are then assembled by hand. When the feet are put together, they are pinched and taped inside and out.

When the feet are attached, the connection is taped and prepped for testing. In the testing area, each and every wader (turned inside out) is filled with water and inspected for leaks. When the wader is deemed leak free, it’s adorned with zipper pulls, retractors, a belt, other included accessories and is boxed, scanned and placed in inventory, ready for a river near you.

 

The Best Waders in the World

Made By Hand. Heart. And Soul

Making the world’s best waders is far from easy and even further from fast. Cutting-edge materials and innovative design are no doubt key ingredients to our recipe. However, the real secret to Simms American-made waders isn’t as much a single hi-tech fabric or tool as it is the skilled and steady hands that bring all of these critical ingredients together. Introducing , The Wader Makers, — Bozeman, Montana-based craftsmen who obsess over fishing, just like you.

For more than 20 years, we’ve been telling stories about the innovative, fish-minded design of Simms waders as well as the breathability, ruggedness and science behind GORE-TEX® fabric. But never before have we told the stories of the talented men and women on the production floor of our state-of-the art wader making facility who one a time — cut, sew and stitch your waders with surgical precision, by hand — the men and women responsible for keeping us all warm, dry and in the moment, day after day, season after season, year after year.

Learn more about Simms Wader Makers here.

Frustrated, Irritated and Confident

2015 Angler of the Year, Aaron Martens Looks to Dominate the Second Half of the Season.

Coming into the 2016 season, Simms Pro, Aaron Martens was coming off the most dominating hot streak in professional bass fishing history. The first half of the season has come and gone. Currently sitting in 18th in AOY points, Martens season isn’t exactly going as planned but with four regular season tournaments to go, Martens’ frustration has turned into sheer determination. Just before hitting the road for BassFest, we caught up with Martens at his home in Leeds, Alabama to talk about the season. Below, Martens talks about some of his frustrations as well as his plan of attack for the second half of the 2016 season.

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Spring Creek Success

A Spring Creek Expert Talks Technique.

No matter what time of year, spring creeks always seem to be a viable option. In the dead of winter, they continue to flow. During the height of runoff, their water remains clear. Best of all, in the spring and summer, spring creeks see some of the most prolific hatches of the year offering dry fly junkie a bug laden paradise. However, even when the water is boiling with risers, spring creek success demands a technically sound approach. Check out the Q&A below with Simms Ambassador and Spring Creek Expert, Brant Oswald and learn how your next hike/wade trip on your local spring creek can become more productive.

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Swearing By Structure

Photo Courtesy Landon Mayer

Photo Courtesy Landon Mayer

Thread the Needle and Fish Structure More Effectively to Catch More and Bigger Trout. By Simms Pro, Landon Mayer.

Just in time for prime hike/wade season, it’s with great pleasure to announce the newest member of the Simms Pro Team. For nearly two decades, Landon Mayer has made a career out of doing what he loves — chasing giant trout with tiny flies on foot. With so many years (and miles) of experience, Landon has developed a tip for virtually every fly fishing situation a hike/wade angler might find themselves in. In 2014, Landon culminated his findings into his second book, 101 Trout Tips, A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques, Headwater/Stackpole BooksTo celebrate the start of the new season, we’ve literally taken the chapter “Swearing By Structure” from his book. Below, Landon explains how you can get better drifts and fish structure more effectively. Take a look and expect to see more great tips from Landon in the near future.

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