Greetings from Fly Fishing Retailer in Denver!
We’ll be posting a couple of times a day this weekend with reports on the new gear that’s being released at the show. We’re wrapping up our first afternoon – so far we’ve had a short walkthrough of the show floor and a session looking at the new product coming out from Simms.
Here’s a quick look at the highlights of the new Simms product for the season. We’ll follow up with more detailed reviews on this stuff in the next few weeks.
Guide Windstopper Jacket
We’re big fans of the Simms Windstopper Softshell Hoody. This year Simms is adding the Guide Windstopper Jacket – a warmer softshell that combines thicker, softer fleece material with water-repellent sections where you need ’em. It’s got a nice roomy hood and is pretty darned good-looking. Hooded softshells are good.
The Guide Windstopper Jacket will be in stores on November 15th.
Headwaters Reel Briefcase
There’s no stunning new technology here – just a really well-designed briefcase that will hold maybe 10 reels and has a compartment with perfect storage for sinktips and shooting heads. This is a great one for you spey nerds (like us) who like to tinker around with lines and reels.The Headwaters Reel Briefcase will be out on November 15th too.
NOTE: Click here for our follow-up video review of the Headwaters Reel Briefcase.
G3 Guide Pants
This is a big one. We still use and love our old Simms Classic Guide Pants, and this is the updated version. They’re waist-highs with a waterproof fly. They’re really comfy and provide easy access for those ‘relief breaks’. If you’re fishing out of a driftboat in Montana, or doing a walk and wade day at Chile West, you want these.
These pant-style waders will be out in March.
Simms is releasing their first bug-repellent clothing this year. The Fly Away Solid Shirt and Bug Blocker Plaid Shirt contain No Fly Zone technology developed by Burlignton Labs that actually bakes bug repellent into the fabric prior to construction (rather than washing it in after the shirt is made). We think the Bug Blocker Plaid Shirt is particularly good-looking…and we’ll let you know how the techology works after we give it a try on the water.
These shirts will be out in March.
Stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated over the weekend.