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Trouts Journal

This One’s For The Girls….Part 2

Ivan Orsic / Oct 28, 2014

Last week we reviewed the current lady-specific fly rod and reel offerings on the market. Both Sage and Scott have done a fantastic job paying attention to the little details that I'm certain the fairer sex will appreciate in a fly rod and reel. If you didn't get a chance to read this post click here.

This week we'll move on to (what I'm sure) will be of even more interest to all the female fly fishers among us. Waders, Boots....and the all important Clothing. Like I've been known to say a time or three....looking good is always priceless. I can't help but think this motto doesn't transfer into our time on the river as well- or is that just my view on things?

So without further delay......

From a Wader/Boot perspective, Simms seems to be leading the charge in making sure river bound ladies have options.

From a price:quality ratio perspective, it's tough to beat the Simms Headwaters. Made in Montana. 100% Gore-Tex. Women's specific cut. Plush hand-warmer pockets set the circulation dial to defrost, while an external stretch mesh pocket is a friend to essential river stowaways. If you're looking for a wader made to take abuse, while still keeping the bank account in check, these are for you.

For those looking to take their wader game up a notch. Look no further than the G3. Featuring 5-layer Gore-Tex on the legs, and 3 layer on the uppers, this wader is built to take all you can throw at it. Similar to the Headwaters, the G3 features a women’s specific cut with a higher chest for wading deep, as well as patented front/back leg seam construction to minimize wear. A microfleece-lined hand warmer and roomy zippered chest pockets add to the enjoyment of using this wader....or so I've been told.

Simms women's specific boot is also part of their Headwaters collection. Specifically designed to fit a narrower foot, the Headwaters features Simms' CleanStream™ design, which utilizes a synthetic leather upper for easy cleaning, along with a StreamTread™ Vibram sole designed to accept screw in studs/cleats. A sturdy molded toe box and molded rubber toe/heel caps increase durability and provide abrasion resistance. A contoured speed lacing system, paired with non-corrosive hardware and high quality nylon laces round out the remaining components used in making a boot that is sure to provide years of comfort and dependability

For those women who's idea of fishing includes a "bring it on" mentality, we get the Women's Guide Jacket. Made of 100% Gore-Tex, the Guide Jacket features contoured design lines, articulated sleeves and a womens cut. From a storage perspective, Simms gives us 2 large zippered chest pockets, 1 internal stetchwoven pocket and 1 large back storage pocket. If you're looking for a jacket that's ready to take anything thrown it's way, you just found it. Available only in Gunmetal.

I know I've said it before, but I'm not sure you can live in the Rocky Mountains without owning a puffy jacket. The Simms Fall Run is the perfect solution to this necessity. Simms uses PrimaLoft® Gold insulation, which maintains 96% of it’s warmth when wet and provides the highest warmth to weight ratio of any synthetic insulation available. Paired with contoured seams and a women’s fit, this piece works great alone or as a layer under waders or a rain shell. Available in two colors: Black or Storm.

I've worn the men's verson of the Rogue Fleece Hoody for quite a while and absolutely love it (and I know I fall into a large group of guys who feel the exact same way). When I saw a women's version of said jacket hit the floor, I didn't doubt for a second it would be a hit. Step into full fleece comfort—featuring draw-cord adjustments, plush handwarmer pockets, and full center front-zip—and embrace your villa incognito against the damp and dreary. Available in Flint or Olive.

Now that we've looked at the various jackets available aimed at keeping your comfort level high while pursuing your chosen finned adversary, it's time to look at shirts. The Attractor and Solarflex both offer performance and style to the highest degree. The Attractor falls into the "classic fishing shirt" styling, featuring a button up front and quick drying UPF30 Cor3 technology in it's construction. Available in Charcoal and Pool.

Simms Solarflex shirts have almost become a necessity when it comes to staying cool when the heat turns up. Lightweight, quick drying and cut to keep your double haul looking good, it's tough to imagine heading to a salty destination, or summertime float down the Roaring Fork without one of these. These shirts come in a crew neck, as well as a hoody, and are available in Grey, Sandbar or Reef Script Print.

As far as bottoms go- Simms gives us the Drifter in both shorts and pants. Made out of quick drying 100% nylon fabric, providing UPF 50 protection from the sun's harmful rays, the Drifter has you covered no matter where your travels may take you. Available in Stone.

From an on-water gear storage perspective, Fishpond has answered the call with their Women's Chica Vest. Here's what Fishpond had to say about this vest: Through countless hours of development we have come out with a technical vest that is designed specifically for women. This vest is sure to become a favorite.- Lightweight, waterproof and breathable fabric- “One-size-fits-most” adjustable shoulder and waist strap designed for a women’s body- 9 exterior and interior pockets - Mesh backing for warm weather comfort- Large “easy-access” back pouch for raincoat or gear storage- Gear attachment tabs, cord loops, and D-ring net lash- Fleece lined hand warmer pockets. Available in Mountain Thistle.

Trouts is commited to keeping our female contingent comfortable...and of course stylish...on the water. Whether you're headed to Andros with Bonefish on the brain, or the Dean to swing for Steelhead, we've got you covered!

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