Gear Review – The Fly Shop Landing Net

As kids growing up in Alaska, we didn’t use nets. We brought salmon in and clubbed them. There was no need for a net. As a catch and release fly-fisherman, it is more of a necessity but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I went with the Catch and Release model which…

Gear Review – Simms Headwaters Mesh Vest

I used to think that a vest was nothing more than an accessory for those that wanted to look like better fishermen than they are. ¬†After six months with this vest, I’m considering buying another one to teach in. My slight hyperbole might be directed toward the usefulness of any vest while fly fishing, but…

Gear Review – Fishing Hats

Hats keep the sun out of the face and rain out of the eyes…for the most part. The addition of style makes the hats purpose ambiguous. Gangs adopt certain baseball teams because of their colors or names; people leave their stickers on, and bills flat. There are probably tens of thousands of Yankee hat wears…

Gear Review – Simms Exstream Bootfit Waders

I grew up wet-wading in Alaskan rivers, not because I was hardcore, but the metabolism of a 16-year old tends to fend off annoyances like being cold when fishing for salmon. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20s that I figured I needed some waders and if I was going to get a…