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    Winter is coming & you need to be ready for it! Simms Guide Jacket is what most of us here at The Fly Fishing Shop wear as our outer shell all winter long. What do you folks do to combat the cold where you're at?


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    I love my Cabelas Goretex wading jacket. I think Ive had it for 10 years and I suspect I'll have it for 10 more

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    I use an old windriver shell from a 3 in 1 jacket but all of my fishing in the winter is done from my couch on the xbox.
    John L.

    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff

    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

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    This is a good topic and I'm sure there will be quite a variety reflected in the replies. I'm old school and it took a very long time for me to come around to using modern technology for cold and wet fishing conditions. I still can be found sporting vintage Lewis Creek wax cotton or my trusty Filson wax jacket but I do own a Simms also.

    I like wax jackets and have been wearing them since 1980 when I bought a Hoggs of Fife as my first. They are warm and unless the conditions are extreme or you are camping, they are just fine. The Simms G-3 that I have has been a very consistent piece of gear as far as keeping me dry. My 2 favorite features are the large hood with a good stiff brim to extend over a cap, and the neoprene cuff cinching strap design. I can reach right into the river without getting a wet sleeve inside the jacket.

    For good looks in moderate conditions I wear Filson. When I drive an open hulled river boat 70 miles through driving rain at 44* & 35 miles an hour, I wear the Simms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    This is a good topic and I'm sure there will be quite a variety reflected in the replies. I'm old school and it took a very long time for me to come around to using modern technology for cold and wet fishing conditions. I still can be found sporting vintage Lewis Creek wax cotton or my trusty Filson wax jacket but I do own a Simms also.

    I like wax jackets and have been wearing them since 1980 when I bought a Hoggs of Fife as my first. They are warm and unless the conditions are extreme or you are camping, they are just fine. The Simms G-3 that I have has been a very consistent piece of gear as far as keeping me dry. My 2 favorite features are the large hood with a good stiff brim to extend over a cap, and the neoprene cuff cinching strap design. I can reach right into the river without getting a wet sleeve inside the jacket.

    For good looks in moderate conditions I wear Filson. When I drive an open hulled river boat 70 miles through driving rain at 44* & 35 miles an hour, I wear the Simms.

    Ard
    I understand the Wax Jackets myself, used them for many years, with the extreme conditions here in the winter fishing the Sandy River, I'm glad Simms has my back. One of my favorite features is the hand warmer pockets. G. Loomis is making the new Max Jacket and it has been tested and proven for at least one winter. Me personally though, I love my Simms

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    Of all the 'company standing behind a product' stories I can tell there is one at the top of the list.

    I bought a Filson Fishing Jacket back in the 1990's when I had sent my Lewis Creek jacket back for repairs and refurbishing. When the Lewis jacket came back I seldom wore it because the Filson was warmer. Well, by 2011 the old Filson was in pretty rough shape and I boxed it up and sent it to Seattle for some work. I had been waterproofing but by 2011 things were a little beyond a rub down with some wax. I needed patching and some new draw strings at the waist as well as the waist hem repaired / replaced. When I mailed it back I had enclosed a letter describing how much I liked the coat and what I wanted done to it.

    One day I received a phone call from Filson about my jacket. The lady on the phone told me that "if it would be alright with me, Filson would like me to have a new jacket instead of my old one being fixed up" Wow, it took a while for me to get that she was offering to send me / replace my 20 year old jacket at NO COST TO ME!! I accepted and she sent the jacket. I wear the Filson a lot but currently it is hanging on the coat rack at the cabin and I may not get back there before things freeze up for the winter................

    I believe I hade worn that jacket for 16 years and they replaced it!

    Wow

    Here's a few shots of the new Filson in action





    Something about the old time look of the cotton jackets I just like.

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    This is a perfect thread for me as winter has suddenly shown up for us and I am in need of a wading jacket real quick here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    This is a perfect thread for me as winter has suddenly shown up for us and I am in need of a wading jacket real quick here.
    Here is a great article on how to dress like a Veteran Steelheader! We know what it means to stay comfortable in the winter because we fish no matter what the weather is like, because we love it!!!
    Last edited by flyfishusa; 09-27-2013 at 02:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishusa View Post
    Here is a great article on how to dress like a Veteran Steelheader! We know what it means to stay comfortable in the winter because we fish no matter what the weather is like, because we love it!!!
    I'm not seein the article!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Of all the 'company standing behind a product' stories I can tell there is one at the top of the list.

    I bought a Filson Fishing Jacket back in the 1990's when I had sent my Lewis Creek jacket back for repairs and refurbishing. When the Lewis jacket came back I seldom wore it because the Filson was warmer. Well, by 2011 the old Filson was in pretty rough shape and I boxed it up and sent it to Seattle for some work. I had been waterproofing but by 2011 things were a little beyond a rub down with some wax. I needed patching and some new draw strings at the waist as well as the waist hem repaired / replaced. When I mailed it back I had enclosed a letter describing how much I liked the coat and what I wanted done to it.

    One day I received a phone call from Filson about my jacket. The lady on the phone told me that "if it would be alright with me, Filson would like me to have a new jacket instead of my old one being fixed up" Wow, it took a while for me to get that she was offering to send me / replace my 20 year old jacket at NO COST TO ME!! I accepted and she sent the jacket. I wear the Filson a lot but currently it is hanging on the coat rack at the cabin and I may not get back there before things freeze up for the winter................

    I believe I hade worn that jacket for 16 years and they replaced it!

    Wow

    Here's a few shots of the new Filson in action





    Something about the old time look of the cotton jackets I just like.
    The Chevy hat completes the ensemble quite nicely
    Hand crafted wood fly boxes.

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