Simms reaches Watershed moment with waders

Simms Fishing Products has now released its Watershed Stockingfoot Wader – designed to lend financial aid to the Yellowstone ecosystem in response to the devastating floods last year.

The Montana-based specialist is working alongside Montana Freshwater Partners, a non-profit organisation which invests in conservation and restoration projects.

Last June, a combination of an unusual atmospheric rain event and warm overnight temperatures coincided with Montana’s peak runoff, resulting in a devastating 500-year flood event, forcing thousands of visitors to flee with roads, bridges and houses swept away.

Simms immediately leaned into their longstanding heritage of making waders and embarked on a partnership project to generate significant funding support to help revitalise the iconic Yellowstone ecosystem – wader sales will allow it to donate $50,000 to the effort.

The Watershed Stockingfoot Wader is patterned after Simms’ multi-award-winning G3 Guide model and uses excess Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric in a three-layer upper and four-layer lower portion of the wader.

This lightweight fabric is breathable, durable, waterproof and offers an unhindered range of motion. Featuring an oversized stretch-woven zippered chest pocket and a microfleece-lined, zippered, pass-through handwarmer pocket, the wader also comes equipped with adjustable suspenders with opposing buckles that allow for a waist-high conversion.

For mobility and durability, Simms has incorporated its patented front and back leg seams while there are also integrated gravel guards and anatomically correct left and right stockingfeet with an antimicrobial finish.

Allocation of Simms’ contribution will go towards priority based, on-the-ground projects implemented collaboratively with local non-profit organizations such as Montana Freshwater Partners, Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group, Park County Environmental Council, Trout Unlimited and others working in partnership with the Department of natural Resources, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Custer Gallatin National Forest and Bureau of Land Management. 

Available in eight sizes in limited quantities, the Watershed Stockingfoot Wader can be ordered now.