As we drove up and down the beaches at Pyramid Lake to find a spot to fish, Rodrigo and I saw angler after angler standing on ladders, freezing their arses off. I’m not new to Pyramid Lake, so I’m familiar with the ladder thing, but I still don’t understand it. I suppose a little more elevation can help with some distance on casting, but how much does that really equate to?! And then you are chained to a ladder! I recently heard what might be the most compelling case for fishing from a ladder: By getting out of the water, you are less cold. Not a bad argument, but the water isn’t freezing. After scouting spots, we started fishing and noticed two things. One, we weren’t cold. And two, without the ladders, we were much more mobile.
For us on this day at Pyramid Lake, it was our first real test of the Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Waders. These waders are the real deal. Initially focused on using them in the surf (where bootfoot waders are preferable and eliminating metal for the salt ensured a longer lifespan), these waders are now a go-to for many situations, and we couldn’t offer more praise. The praise:
Comfort is critical, especially in tough conditions. It usually doesn’t take long before Crosby’s Lodge (at Pyramid Lake) is full of anglers warming up over a meal and/or booze. For many anglers, giving in to the cold is time lost on the water and a regrettable turn of events. The three-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell (with four layers on the seat and legs) are are an incredible defense against the cold, and the boots are designed with an articulated fit for comfort when moving around. Additionally, the absence of wet neoprene against the foot makes a significant difference when it comes to warmth. Also, the boots have a 7mm neoprene and grid fleece lining for added warmth and comfort. All of this combined makes an enormous difference.
The word “bootfoot” might bring up old memories of uncomfortable and clinky bootfoot waders that you likely had early on in your fishing days. Times have changed. These boots are designed to perform, and I actually believe the bootfoot waders were an asset at Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Lake was once an ancient sea, and anglers walking the beaches are constantly running up against or stepping on top of ancient coral. Coral has a tendency to scrape, cut, and destroy everything from skin to clothing on its sharp edges. The tough as nails (not literally) boots with Vibram ldrogrip rubber were ideal on this terrain. Less to get caught on, less to tear — bootfoot was the way to go. And in the surf, no more discomfort or wear from sand, rocks, shells, and other debris that more easily gets into boots.
Of course, the “praise” above is the result of design, but Simms reliably adds numerous other features that are icing on the cake. From microfleece-lined pockets to elastic suspender straps, it’s the little things that add up on the Simms G3 Guide Bootfoot Waders. One especially nice feature is the zipper on the chest pockets. It’s so nice to not get oar handles, fighting butts, and Spey rod handles caught in those pockets.
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