Last week I said it's just right time to stock up/organize flies. But also it's just right time to replace/examine gears for the up-coming season.
My biggest concern was the pair of "FELT" boots........ I myself have never tried Vibram or any other Non-felt souls but for what I've been hearing, I don't think I would like them or trust them. I do understand the invasive species acts/concerns but.......as a guide/angler, I can't get out to rivers when I'm feeling insecure on my footing. I have been with Simms Guide Boots that has just been wearing out over 2 years of hard works. What should I do???? Luckily and coincidentally Simms re-introduced felt lineups again. It FITS!! and I feel SAFE again, period!!
Believe or not, my vest got worn out too. With some tears, rips, and lots of fishy history, if I had put in a washer, it would come out as a rag-ball, maybe......Nowadays there are lots of guides and anglers who don't use vests any more, but I'm still the one. I got Simms Guide Vest, which has the most pockets among their products. First of all, the best feature/design is that it's light in the weight and short in vertical length. I could transfer all of my gears, tools, fly boxes, and other gadgets at exactly the same spots. You see my Finsport Fly Keeper, C&F Rubycell Fly Dryer, Dr. Slick Clipper (these are super useful tools so Google for shopping if your are interested.) and a hooked watch (as I don't like wrist-watches).
Another purchase I'm happy to introduce is the Long Bill hat. See the difference from regular hats. This makes a huge difference for sun-protection and to create larger shadow for your fishy eyes. Not all manufactures or fly-shops carry this type of hat. I'm ready for Dog Days of summer any time!! Not to mention with my lucky color ORANGE!!
Now, I've gotta replace a wader too!! I'm waiting for...........you know when if you are guides who appreciate Simms products.......
More new flies are filling my boxes. And that's what I'm gonna post next!