Fishing & Boating News

April is prime time to gear up for angling adventures

Lightweight wind- and waterproof raingear like Simms' Men's Hyalite Rain Shell keeps you dry, comfortable and fishing strong longer, no matter the weather.

by: Dan Johnson,

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From left, Simms Men's Hyalite Rain Shell, Men's Hyalite Rain Pant and Men's Contender GTX Jacket.
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(Apr 7, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MN) As summer approaches, anglers across the country are gearing up for a variety of fishing adventures. Much attention is deservedly focused on big-ticket items like boats, along with must-have tackle such as rods, reels and lures.
However, clothing that keeps you comfortable and protects you from the elements also plays a major role in fishing success, and merits serious consideration as you prepare for the season ahead. Just ask veteran fishing guides and decorated touring pros Scott and Marty Glorvigen.
"Back when I guided, it amazed me that clients would show up at the dock toting expensive tackle, but their only insurance against bad weather was a $3.99 snap-on poncho," says Scott. "If it got nasty, their day would be over. So I always packed extra raingear, and I can't begin to count how many times it saved the day."
Indeed, donning the right rainsuit when Heaven opens the floodgates can mean the difference between enjoying a great trip or getting soaked. Unfortunately, the market is brimming with options, which can make choosing the right raingear an intimidating task.
"I keep it simple and start with a brand I trust," Marty advises. "Next, I look for critical features that can mean the difference between staying dry and getting soaked." Key options include windproof yet breathable fabric and waterproofing membranes; gusseted knees and sleeves; adjustable cuffs; an oversized hood to comfortably accommodate a cap or helmet; storm flaps over zippers; and enough well-placed pockets to hold pliers and other necessities.
Jason Oakes, diehard angler and Lund Boats director of marketing, says Simms raingear meets all of these criteria-and then some. "The company is known for breakout fly-fishing gear such as breathable waders, but it also offers top-shelf outerwear," he explains.
"Their new Contender GTX Jacket is a prime example," Oakes continues. "Its GORE-TEX shell offers 100 percent water- and windproof performance. Plus, it has all the critical features to keep you dry, comfortable and fishing effectively, even in extremely wet conditions."
Fashion Statements
Besides keeping you comfortable in all types of weather, fine outdoor apparel also reflects your passion for fishing, both on and off the water. "Top picks in go-anywhere apparel include Simms' classic Rivershed Sweater and Espirito Block Plaid Shirt," says Oakes. "Both offer serious fishing features yet are so fashionable you can wear them anywhere, from fishing to the office and even out to dinner."
To further personalize your lifestyle wardrobe, both Scott and Marty recommend looking for apparel sporting the logos of your favorite brands. "Lund is a great example," says Scott. "Their site has a consumer section full of great branded clothing, from tees and caps to jackets and hoodies."
Given Oakes' appreciation for Simms' quality, it's not surprising that Lund offers a number of Simms products emblazoned with the iconic Lund logo. "We thought it was a perfect marriage, given the fact that Simms' and Lund's customer loyalty, quality and performance are at the top of the charts," he explains.
"When manufacturers run special promotions on co-branded clothing, it's the best of all worlds," adds Marty. "For example, Lund is offering 10 percent off its Simms gear in April. Cashing in on such deals allows you buy world-class gear for your upcoming fishing adventures at bargain prices."
By following these tips and stocking up on high-performance fishing wear before hitting the water, you'll be ready to tackle the season ahead in comfort and style.

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Stellar rainwear like Simms' Contender GTX Jacket helps you catch more fish in all condition
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