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RanchMTApril 14th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Bozeman, MT

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Great Story Wbranch.

I think that the movie you are talking about is Meet the Faulkers? Great movie! haha. I also had the same problem with the Freestone waders. They didn't fit my feet but I found this out when trying on several pairs of waders. That's one of the reasons why I own one of the higher priced pair.

I'm sorry to hear that your brand new waders had torn on the first time out. That really must have been a hassle having to go repair them before even really getting any fishing in. Any idea what caused the tear?

However, I'm glad you got them fixed and the fact that you haven't had any other problems with them for the last 3 years is pretty impressive! Just another reason why I like Simms waders. They are just a good quality product.
WbranchApril 14th, 2017, 5:00 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2127

Any idea what caused the tear?

There is one of those typical Montana gates where the barb wire is strung across a path and the barbed wire is held together with three vertical poles. Well were we go the gate is often laying almost on the ground because there are no cattle in that field most of the time. I think when I stepped through the barbed wire I must of caught my right leg on the wire although I don't remember feeling like I was stuck.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IasgairApril 15th, 2017, 7:20 pm

Posts: 43

I had a pair of Simms Freestone waders. However I found it very difficult to get the bootie off of my foot art the end of the fishing day. It might just be me and the size of my feet as two of my best fishing buddies have the G3 and are very satisfied with them.

It's not you. I have the Freestone waders as well and have the same problem. And there are others I have heard that with Simms, they have the same issue. But yes, some don't have an issue taking them off. So maybe it is the size of one's feet.

My suggestion for waders, Caddis Wading System has great DURABLE waders for a very reasonable price. My Simms are about to die, and if I can't afford Orvis, it'll probably be Caddis or Redington. I may go Redington because the fly shop in town has them on sale now. I better hurry.
WbranchApril 16th, 2017, 4:15 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2127
Caddis also makes very affordable, and extremely light, wading shoes. For years I would lug my Simms Freestone wading shoes out to Montana with me. Not only did they add weight to my roller duffle but they were so big and un-packable that I had to use both end pockets on the duffle. One for each shoe.

Now I buy a Caddis wading shoes with that new black woven felt and the uppers are a synthetic canvas type material. One pair weighs about 18 ounces compared to about 48 ounces for the Simms Freestones. I can compress them and put both in just one end pocket on the duffle and they cost less than $50. They also sell a higher end Caddis shoe for $67. I have both. I leave one at my cabin and one here at home. In the summer when I use my Hyde I wade wet and these wading shoes are perfect.

I don't need heavy duty wading shoes with ankle support on the river I fish. Here is a link to the model and the store where I get them. If you spend $75 you get free shipping.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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