Leland on the 2010 Simms Flats Sneaker
Bonefish and Permit?
You bet, and flyfishing doesn't get any better than wading a beautiful coral reef flat in pursuit of these powerful and wily species! But you need the correct footwear for all-day lightweight performance and protection from those spiney and sharp critters that inhabit the flats at your feet. The new Simms Flats Sneaker
gives you the ankle support and the protection to wade any flat, or scamper around on a pitching boat deck with confidence. These shoes are sized to be worn with the Simms Wet Wading Socks
for blissful comfort that keeps debris out of your shoes, and on the ocean bottom where it belongs. Next time you step out hunting the "ghosts of the flats", do it in style with Simms Flats Sneakers
Leland on Specifications
The Simms Flats Sneaker
has been re-designed for 2010 with the addition of tight-weave Schoeller side panels and an internal puncture resistant plate
inside the footbed to protect your feet from sea urchin spines, sharp coral and other potential hazards when wading the flats. The non-marking soles are perfect for sand and marl bottoms or slippery boat decks. The mid-hiker design offers full foot coverage and support, all in a lightweight package for full day comfort. The padded collar and micro-screen drain ports keep sand out and allow water to drain quickly. Available in whole men's sizes from 7 to 14. Christmas Island and Los Roques are calling your name!
- Schoeller® panels featuring tight-weave fabric for added durability and puncture resistance
- Mid-hiker design for full foot coverage, support and protection
- Internal puncture-resistant plate in footbed
- Padded collar and tongue
- Drain ports with micro screens for drainage without sand build-up
- Corrosion-free hardware
- Sized to be worn with a Wet Wading Sock
- Non-marking boat sole
- Offered in men's whole sizes 7 - 14 EE
Simms on Simms
Simms Philosophy - Wherever you
fish, you're going to find fishing guides. And wherever you find
fishing guides, you're going to find Simms. Guides need gear that is
functional, innovative and can withstand whatever abuse they put it
through. What does that mean for someone who's not a professional
guide? Anything that's designed to meet the performance needs of guides
is gear you can count on. Simms. The choice of professional guides. And
anyone else who lives to fish.
Simms is a fishing company. We
have enjoyed success by staying true to the original vision of our
company by building the highest quality products to keep our customers
dry, comfortable and protected from the elements in any fishing
conditions. We work with the very best materials suppliers in the world
in our commitment to make high performance, technical clothing and
We’re the only wader manufacturer in the US, and
one of three worldwide that is licensed by W.L. Gore & Associates,
Inc. to make GORE-TEX® waders. We compete through innovation and
quality. Our staff is largely comprised of committed anglers who
understand the importance of quality, dependable fishing gear. They use
our products all the time, and contribute significantly to our
continuous improvement efforts.
Simms History - Simms
Fishing Products was started in 1980 by John Simms, a well-known and
respected fishing guide and outfitter in Jackson, WY. A creative guy
and talented artist, John wanted to enhance the fishing experience by
developing better waders and accessories. Simms was the second company
in the world to introduce neoprene waders in the mid-eighties, which is
when the company really started to take shape. At that time, Simms was
purchased by a division of Life-Link International in Jackson, WY, and
the brand continued to progress.
In 1993, K.C. Walsh, a
passionate angler and entrepreneur, acquired Simms and relocated the
business to Bozeman, MT. Walsh had grown up in a fly fishing family and
developed a passion for angling at a young age, mostly fishing the
Eastern Sierra of California. It was his life-long dream to live in
The same year that Walsh acquired the company, Simms
introduced breathable waders in a pioneering effort with W.L. Gore
& Associates (makers of GORE-TEX® fabric) that changed the face of
fishing waders and opened up new possibilities for the sport.
Simms has grown and evolved over the years, our vision remains the same
- to build the highest quality products to keep our customers dry,
comfortable and protected from the elements in any condition.
Simms Wading Boot Notes
"COLD FEET ARE FOR WEDDINGS”
“Dependable, well-made wading foot-wear is a necessity for anglers.
What you need on your feet is something that's comfortable to wear, can
take a lot of abuse, provides plenty of protection and offers superior
traction and stability. We have designed our wading boots, sneakers and
sandals to meet the demands of professional guides and anglers around
"Why do professional guides choose Simms? Because we take pride in what we make, and products have been designed to go the distance. Our in-house design team has a combined 50 years of experience
in making durable technical outerwear. We work closely with top
material suppliers from around the globe, and continually test both our
new and old products in the lab and out in the field to make sure we
meet or exceed your expectations.
Nothing pleases us more than
to see our products, like those on the guides featured in out catalog
and on our website, go the distance.”
“The thrill of discovering a pristine stream after a long hike into the backcountry,
the exhilarations of being on the flats on one of those incredibly
clear days, the rush of a crisp morning on a British Columbia river
when the steelies are running, these are the memories that keep us
tying through the dark winter months, and always find us plotting our
next angling season or weekend.
At Simms, we never forget that
the goal of every committed angler is to stay on the water as long and
has often as possible-regardless of the weather. That’s why we never
stop looking for new ways to keep you dry and comfortable.
Whether you’re waist deep in a drizzling snow on the Missouri or
scouting the Keys in the sweltering heat of a June afternoon.
So for all those who will be out there earlier, longer and later, we’ve got just one thing to say: "Your Gear is Ready”
Simms on Conservation
“IF YOU COULD PASS JUST ONE THING DOWN TO YOUR KIDS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?”
“Fishing is dependent on clean water, healthy ecosystems
and just as important, people who care about conservation and resource
preservation. It is the responsibility of everyone who enjoys angling
to help protect and enhance our fresh and saltwater fisheries. After
all, what greater inheritance would we leave future generations?
local, regional, and national conservation organizations is certainly
an important role that angles can play in caring for our fishing
resources. However, one area of vital concern, and one that all anglers
can easily help do something about, is the spread of aquatic invasive
species. These “hitchhikers”, including New Zealand mud snails, Didymo
and whirling disease are having an enormous effect on rivers across the
United States and are directly linked to reduced trout populations.
Unfortunately, anglers are part of the problem, given that invasive
species are spread by “hitchhiking” on waders, wading boots, drift
boats, trailers and other gear.
Aquatic invasive species, such
as mudsnails, are threatening our resources. One of the primary ways
aquatic nuisance species are spread is by “hitching” a ride on our
clothing, boats and items used in the water.
We must all be
diligent about proper cleaning and care of any equipment or gear that
enters the water, particularly boots and waders. Below are some general
procedures for preventing the transportation of aquatic hitchhikers.
leaving any body of water, it is important to examine all equipment,
boats, trailers, clothing, boots, buckets, etc. and remove all visible
mud, plants, and fish/animals."
- Eliminate water from all equipment before transporting anywhere.
- Clean and dry anything that came in contact with the water.*
- Do not release or put plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.
there are varying solutions for proper and safe cleaning of equipment
to kill aquatic hitchhikers, the following is recommended and will not
harm our waders: Use hot (< 40° C or 104° F) water to clean your
equipment or dip equipment into 100% vinegar (or soak your gear in a 9
to 1 solution of water and bleach or 409) for 20 minutes.”
To join the fight against invasive aquatic species visit Clean Angling Pledge at http://www.cleanangling.org
For more information on limiting the spread of invasive aquatic species visit Protect Your Waters at http://www.protectyourwaters.net