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Be bold in cold!   Dress Like a Veteran Steelheader.
Sounds like a silly subject on the verge of spring. But, many anglers move north with the temperate climate change as water thaws nearer the Arctic and Antarctic. Anadromous fish thrive in cold water. How you dress will make as much difference to your success in catching steelhead, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char and your choice of tackle.  Pictured below are some men who spend a lot of time searching for big steelhead & salmon during wet/cold weather.  Anglers who catch fish like these, don't have the time or an inclination to use any but the most practical gear.  "We know, because most of it came from
The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon."

In much of Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia weather can be harsh in the middle of summer. But huge runs of bright fish are most available when the weather is less than perfect for all but the hardiest humans. Atlantic salmon pour into fjords recently carved by glaciers in Nordic basalt. Pacific salmon cross tidal flats and charge up winding silver paths through the tundra. In Terra del Fuego giant brown trout prowl deforested rivers when cold winds blow from south of  Straights of Magellan.
The word "rain" turns most people off, because they associated it with discomfort. However, rainy and even snowy days don't have to be uncomfortable, if you dress properly. 
Many rainy days can be beautiful.
Everything is washed and clean. Rain softens the edges of the landscape. It dampens sound and a rainy day on the river can be one of personal intimacy. But maybe the best reason to fish in the rain, is that steelhead and salmon are often more aggressive on cloud-cover days, and we all like to catch fish.
If you dress correctly, you can be comfortable, even during long days in cold,
wet weather.
If you don't dress correctly, you can get very cold. Moisture conducts heat away from any part of your body that it reaches. As you lose thermal energy, your motor skills will suffer. Warm muscles perform better than cold ones.  You dress to keep yourself warm and dry.  Keeping your skin surfaces free from dampness is one of the biggest keys to staying comfortable.  
Many people think that preparing for rain only means the addition of a rain coat and chest high waders.
The selection of these items is very important, but what you wear under this outer layer is also very important.  Any moisture trapped within your clothing will conduct heat away.  This means that you not only have to keep the rain out, but your clothing also has to have the ability to disperse or dispell
your own perspiration. 
When dressing for cold or wet weather fishing; dress from the inside out.
The layer of clothing next to your skin is the one you will feel all day.
In this layer nothing beats being extremely soft, non-abrasive and extremely dry.

Maximum perspiration zones are your arm pits, groin and feet.  All these areas need special clothing.  Your inner layer should be made from synthetic material for maximum comfort.  It should be designed to wick moisture away from your skin.
Never wear cotton clothing clothing
under your waders.
Cotton retains moisture and has very little insulation value when damp.  It also becomes a medium for fungal infections.  The organisms that cause infections such a jock itch and athletes foot can not live in synthetic fabrics.  Synthetic materials tend to  "pass-through", rather than "retain" moisture from perspiration.   Nylon, acrylic and polyester do not retain as much moisture as cotton or silk. Marino wool is the only natural fiber that will keep you as warm as synthetics. However, wool is more expensive and often less durable. With those factors in mind, many experienced
outdoorsmen do believe wool under-garments are worth the extra price.

Your outer layer is your first layer of defense.
It must be water-proof, but it too must be able to dispel any moisture that might collect inside it.  This is accomplished by a special membrane sandwiched between two layers of protective fabric.  This membrane is porous so it can breath.  The pours are of a diameter that allows smaller gaseous molecules to escape, but will not allow larger liquid molecules to enter.  Your perspiration leaves through multiple layers of heat retaining. insulation.
Non-breathable waders and rain jackets have all but disappeared 
from the steelhead/salmon fly fishing scene in favor of newer technology fabrics such as:  Gore-Tex.

Because of a revolutionary immersion technology from W.L. Gore & Associates, Gore-Tex keeps water from getting in, yet is very breathable, even when completely submerged and allows sweat and moisture to escape. This keeps your skin dry and helps you retain your body heat. Gore-Tex does not stretch, but the articulated knee design employed in Simms Guide Waders allows a streamlined fit with full mobility of all body parts.  A good fitting pair of waders should mold to your body and give you the most streamlined configuration you can have. This lessens water drag in the currents and makes wading less difficult.  Waders with bent knees enable a closer fit than straight legged waders.  For durability multi-layer construction is nearly mandatory from the crotch down.  Five-layer construction co-developed by W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and Simms was designed specifically for use in fishing waders.  Simms/Gore-Tex®
waders feature the laminate which results in the most puncture-resistant, most durable, most technologically-advanced breathable waders you can purchase. Of these: G3 Guide Waders have proven to be much more reliable than the more expensive models.

Wading shoes serve three purposes; to protect your feet and enhance your balance and traction. High top leather or man-made leather wading shoes give better support and last longer per dollar spent, than their cheaper canvas counterparts. Felt soles with silicone carbide studs are the best traction you can have on all kinds of bottom structure. Some guides object to having studded shoes in their pretty boats. If yours is that way, get a different guide. Fly-casting, like many other athletic events, depends on good traction.  A selection of proven wading shoes can be found here.

Be sure that your wading shoes fit for maximum support, but have enough room so as not to impair your circulation. Always wear your waders and full under garments when fitting a new pair of wading shoes. The most popular shoes are Simms Guide Boots. Korkers Wading Shoes with Omnitrax interchangeable soles may be the most advance angling footwear available. These wading shoes allow you to change soles to fit any environment. Remember all of your casting and wading performance starts with the bottom of your feet. If you are slipping and sliding, you can't cast very well and you're bound to get wet and cold.

Boot foot waders are gaining popularity with some of the Northwest's most experienced steelheaders. Simms will ad BootFoots to any of the their new breathable waders. You can order BootFoots added to G3 and G4 Pro waders from us online. There is a 4 to 6-week wait as all BootFoot waders are custom made. We highly recommend adding Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs  to any BootFoots with felt or rubber lug soles.

Your wading jacket forms the roof over all your innerwear. It must have a weatherproof parka hood. A wading jacket must be impenetrable to rain by keeping water from coming through the fabric shell and must also be designed to keep water from running down your neck or up your sleeves. A jacket that is rain proof is also wind proof. If the outer shell material will allow perspiration to pass through without allowing rain water to get in, you can remain comfortable in about any kind of weather you will encounter during productive steelhead fishing.

We have worn every generation of Simms Guide Jacket since they were first introduced. They just keep getting better and better. The G4 Pro Jacket fhas proven itself to the most demanding anglers and has held up against the most demanding conditions. It's made from 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric, which offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. The Simms G3 Jacket is also proven in harsh conditions and costs about $50 less. It has been redesigned for 2009 and is constructed from 3-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric technology.

  Since your jacket is the outer most shell, it is the most convenient place to carry your gear. Few avid steelheaders wear a fishing vests. A vest worn on the outside of your jacket gets wet. A vest worn inside your vest is hard to get at. Besides, you don't have to carry that much gear.

For a whole day of steelhead fly fishing, all I carry are: (besides my rod & reel) 1. A lanyard with a leader clipper, hook file, and nail knot-tying tube. 2. (1) Medium size box of flies, (or flies in zip-locks). 3. Zippered wallet to carry Skagit tips and leaders. 4. Leader dispenser with 10, 15 and 25 pound test hard, abrasion resistant leader material. All of this gear will easily fit in the breast pockets of a properly designed wading jacket. If these breast pockets are equipped with D-rings you can attach your tool lanyard and then drop the tools into the pocket where they can't get tangled in your fly line.

Don't forget to consider your hands. Neoprene gloves are great for cold weather, especially if you are rowing.  Both slit-finger and fingerless gloves are appropriate at times.

The selection of a hat is of prime importance. It must be waterproof, even though it will be under the hood of your waterproof jacket most of the time.  A baseball cap with a bill will shield your glasses from rain and help keep your face moisture free.  A waxed cotton baseball cap is very practical.  We had these specifically made for the purpose. If the weather is really cold, a cap with ear flaps such as the Simms Gore-tex Extreme Hat is advizable.

The Fly Fishing Shop Logo Waxed Cotton Cap
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FFS-WAXED Waxed cotton baseball cap with The Fly Fishing Shop logo, Forest Green, one size fits all $25.00 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Ice in your guides is never a good thing...
Hopefully no pictures like this again until next December !!!

Lamson Litespeed Reel
This reel design has been around for the last ten years in a nearly unchanged configuration. Yet today's Litespeed is a much different reel than it was ten years ago, even though spools built ten years ago will fit perfectly in reels that reached our store this morning. This proves that if you have a good idea today, it will still be a good idea tomorrow. Some of the pictures of Litespeeds with fish were taken in the 1990's. This is the least expensive sealed drag/large arbor reels available. These reels are extremely light weight, yet unbelievably durable.  Newer venting and possibly the most durable finish on any reel, as well as new seals and bearing are the improvements that have happened over the period years of production. Lamson Litespeed reels offer "incremental improvements" rather than built in obsolescence.  This is a line of reels that you can build a fishing system around because you known that it has staying power and proven value.
   New HARD ALOX Finish     Lamson Reels In Action
Reel Handy!

The new Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox™ is a true large arbor reel with the same fully-sealed drag system that is used in the Waterworks ULA.   No water or dirt can get into the mechanism to effect drag control or pressure setting.  The unique drag system  consists of a pair of perfectly matched cones which are engaged under variable  

spring pressure. The drag is indescribably smooth and has a wide latitude of settings.  These reels are extremely lightweight and have very few moving parts. 
Litespeed Reels are machined in the U.S.A. from solid aluminum alloy bar stock.  The end result is a
very fine, high performance large arbor reel at a price that is comparable to many reels that are made off shore.  The large arbor Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox™ offers incredible value.  Litespeed reels are now offered in only one finish -- a proprietary combination of alloy selection and conversion coating that is called “Hard Alox”. The term Hard Alox is taken from the anodizing process itself, wherein the aluminum surface is converted to aluminum oxide. By increasing the coating thickness and reducing porosity, the Hard Alox coating is much more durable than any other reel.  Hard Alox trumps the conventional and ubiquitous Type 2 anodize, a finish which emphasizes gloss and color selection over durability.  In place of Type 2, Hard Alox enhances resistance to abrasion, impact and corrosion and a look that tells the story of beauty which, while not being just “skin deep”, actually does start there.  

Click for parts diagram.
In order to to maintain structural rigidity each surface of the LiteSpeed
Hard Alox™ is curved.  This subtly complex shape is extremely demanding and expensive to machine, but results in a strong, light, and beautifully unique high-performance fly reel.  The effectiveness and durability of the Litespeed Series of reels has been thoroughly proven by our staff over the last 10-seasons.  This is one of the toughest and smoothest reels on the market today. 
Incremental improvements such as: improved seals, stainless steel bearings and Hard Alox™ finish have taken a superior design to a new level of good looks and dependability. 
If you bought a LiteSpeed 10 years ago, the spools and frames will interchange with newest Hard Alox™ reels. The bearings and seals can be upgraded to the newest standards at no charge. Now that is reel handy! We like 'em!
Lamson Reels In Action (Pictures of anglers having fun)!

New spool hub is ventilated.

New frame is lightened.

New spool is still perfectly balanced.

ULA Force Litespeed
Lamson Fly Fishing Reels have a long history at: The Fly Fishing Shop

At The Fly Fishing Shop we use the products we sell.  We have lots of experience with Lamson fly fishing reels and can answer your questions about them factually.  Lamsons are continually being improved and today Lamson is producing the best reels they have ever made.  Incremental improvements such as: improved seals, stainless steel bearings and Hard Alox™ finish have taken a superior design to a new level good looks and dependability.  We like 'em!

Deschutes River Steelhead - Lamson ULA Force 3.4 - October 2006.  Mark Bachmann photo.
Columbia River Shad - Lamson ULA Force 2X - May 2004 - Patty Barnes photo. Columbia River Shad - Lamson ULA Force 2X - May 2004 - Patty Barnes photo.
Mexican Tarpon - Lamson ULA Force 3.4 - October 2006 - Patty Barnes photo. Sandy River Steelhead - Lamson Litespeed LS4 - February 2005 - Mark Bachmann photo.
Chinook Salmon - Oregon - Lamson Litespeed LS4 - May 2001 - Patty Barnes photo. Patty Barnes with a Shad - Columbia River- Lamson LS2 - May 2004 - Mark Bachmann photo.

Dr. Slick Pisces Pliers The Pisces Pliers has a striated jaw design, tungsten carbide anvil cutters which are replaceable, rubber grips, coiled lanyard and a two-pocket holster. Money saver design. Has practical features of pliers costing a hundred of dollars more. When you grab something with these pliers, it will know it has been grabbed!

Dr. Slick Pisces Pliers comes with a scabard and a lanyard...
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PS65RX Dr. Slick Pisces Pliers $38.95 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Cheap Screw
Are your studs worn out and you don't have the budget for new boots.
Don't sacrifice your safety!
Screw in some of these HardBite Studs for maximum traction at much less cost!
Simms HardBite Boot Studs Hard Bite Boot Studs
Welded carbide gripper pellets enhance traction and durability of any wading shoe soles.
  • 1/4" hex head sharp point screw with carbide pellets welded to screw head
  • 20 studs per package
    Screws into any felt sole, be sure to have hard shield inner sole, bites into the hardest, slickest rocks.
  • 45+ Rockwell hard screws specifically designed for rubber soles
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AHB1090000 Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs for felt soles, per 20-pack 1/4-inch Hex Head $29.95 Sale Over

AHB1090020 Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs for rubber soles, per 20-pack 1/4-inch Hex Head $24.95 Sale Over

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Installing HardBite Boot Studs The staff at The Fly Fishing Shop will be glad to install Simms HardBite Boot Studs in any new Simms wading shoes. There is no installation charge, but you must click the button below to get the installation added to your new wading shoes or BootFoot waders.
 HardBite Studs can also be installed in any newer used Simms wading shoes as long as they are clean (and preferably dry). Bring you wading shoes to the shop or ship them to us. A shipping charge will be added if you wish us to ship them back to you.
HardBite Boot Studs are easy to install and can be used on many soles from many manufacturers. Be sure that your shoe soles are thick enough so that the screws don't reach all the way through the foot bed.
HARDBITE Simms Hard Bite Boot Studs will be installed on new Simms wading shoe soles with no installation fee.
Please Install.
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Dr. Slick Scissors for cutting braided line... Dr. Slick
Braid Cutting Scissors

These affordable scissors are specifically made for cutting braided line cleanly. Even Gel Spun lines like TUF LINE XP are easily and cleanly severed with these scissors.
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SBR4B Dr. Slick Braid Cutting Scissor 4" $8.95 SALE ENDED

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