Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Simms Freestone Boot Review

I have been wearing the Simms Freestone wading boot for three seasons now and I am very pleased with this boot. I spend a lot of time wading tough rivers such as the Truckee and North Yuba and these boots stand up to the toughest conditions that I come across.This is my second pair and they are exceptionally comfortable and very durable. Getting in and out of them is a breeze due to the gusseted tongue. The Vibram soles are fantastic but as you can see after 100+ days in these boots they are starting to show some wear. I went through two sets of the Alumibite studs before I felt they weren't worth the cost and replaced them with 1/2" #8 sheet metal screws available from my local hardware store.

I give these a 4 out of 5 star rating based on comfort-ability, durability and price. Listed at $129 these are a lot of boot for the price.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Truckee River Fishing Report

I've had the pleasure of spending a bunch of time on the Truckee River lately and the fishing hasn't been half bad. Mornings have been best and we have been finding fish willing to eat dries (elk hair caddis #14-16, Turks Tarantulas #10-12, and Stimulators #8-12) and dry/droppers (same dries as before...zebra copper johns #18, copper head midges #18, red copper johns #18, bh prince nymps #18-20) in the pocket water. Most of the fish have been in thw 10-12" range but we have seen a few larger fish in the 16-20" class. The afternoons have been pretty slow and the water has been a bit warm with very sporadic caddis hatches in the evening.

Fall is right around the corner and the fishing is going to be spectacular!!