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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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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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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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.

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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Tidewater — A Mid-Atlantic Billfish Odyssey

A new film proves you don’t always have to get your passport stamped to experience world-class billfishing.

Fly fishing for billfish isn’t anything new. There are numerous places around the world where it’s not at all uncommon for captains and crews to fly 10 or more billfish release flags from the outriggers as they return to the docks. While catching billfish off the Pacific coasts of places like Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico has become commonplace, doing so in the bluewater of Virginia Beach is another story.

Along with thrill seeker, Art Webb and Brian and Colby Trow of Harrisonburg, Virginia based Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, in early 2014 Nick Swingle of Two Fisted Heart Productions set out to film his most challenging work to date — Tidewater. In the following Q&A, Swingle shares some of the ups, downs and special moments during filming that ultimately made the challenges well worth the reward.

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Make the Most of Winter

Embrace the Winter and Catch More Trout with the Following Tips from Simms Ambassador, Joe Dilschneider.

While many anglers view winter as prime fly tying season, others reap the rewards of vacant water and great fishing. Joe Dilschneider of Ennis, Montana based, Trout Stalkers, has spent the last 23 years as a professional guide, 21 of which have been spent on the renown Madison River. After a long spring, summer and fall season, the self proclaimed trout junkie still hasn’t had his fill. Instead of kicking back in the winter, Dilschneider takes advantage of it. Check out the following Q&A and get the skinny on some of his theories and tactics to catch more trout in during the winter months.

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Trophy Hunting with Chad Johnson

Photo Courtesy Steve Dally of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher

 Fine Tune Your Streamer Skills with Simms Ambassador, Chad Johnson.

Throwing dries might be the purist way to catch trout, but when it comes to catching the one, take a lesson from a guy who makes a living putting his clients on the biggest browns of their lives with streamers. Chad Johnson of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher. Born and raised in Mississippi, Johnson now resides a stones throw away from the renown White River in Arkansas. While he happily guides dry fly and nymphers, his true passion and expertise lies in throwing giant streamers to some of the largest brown trout in the world. If you want to up your streamer game, read on and take the advice from one of the best in the biz.
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