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Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader


• 3-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric technology with 5-layer front leg panel for additional durability
• Patented front and back leg seam design for exceptional comfort and articulation
• Adjustable elastic 1.5" suspender with YKK® non-locking buckles
• Exterior chest pocket with Velcro® closure
• Fleece-lined hand warmer pocket with DWR treatment keeps hands warm & dry
• Flip-out, zippered chest pocket
• Upper features women-specific cut with higher chest
• Patented built-in Guide Model Gravel Guards
• Includes nylon wading belt with unique pattern and repair kit
• Offered in a broad range of 13 sizes - including short & tall - to accommodate diverse shapes and sizes
• Every pair manufactured in Bozeman, Montana
• Approximate weight: 33 ounces
• Color: Gray-blue
• Price: $329.95

What’s the word...

Most experienced fly fishermen, and fly fishing
guides, would acknowledge that Simms makes the highest quality
waterproof/breathable fly fishing waders that you can buy. Simms is the
only manufacturer of waders located within the United States; in fact,
right in the heart of trout country, in Bozeman,
Montana. Most folks are surprised, as I was, when they hear that all of
the other 30 or so wader brands on the market are made in the same two
factories in China. Simms not only has the best designs, the latest
materials, the best fit and the highest quality control, in my opinion,
it’s the ONLY maker, to my knowledge, that water tests every single pair
of waders that leaves it’s factory, so that you don’t have to ‘test’
them yourself the first time you enter the water.

There’s no
reason a woman can’t love her fly fishing as equally (or more) as a man
loves his, and, as such, she demand as much (or more) from her
equipment. But historically, women have sorta gotten a bum rap, often
having to endure ill fitting men’s waders in pursuit of their passion.
Even Simms has admitted that by making multiple versions of women’s
waders in the past, at different price points, they were unable to fully
address a comprehensive women’s size range due to the simple economics
of supply and demand for the women-specific segment of the fly fishing

That’s changed, for 2008, with the introduction of the
new Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader. This is now the only
woman-specific designed wader that Simms makes, but it’s loaded with
features for comfort and function, and offered in 13 stock sizes that
are designed to fit a wide range of women’s body shapes and sizes. Since
it IS Bozeman, there are more than a few serious women’s fly anglers
working at the Simms factory, the lead Simms designer and, as always,
Simms relied heavily on the input and testing of this product from some
of the most accomplished professional women fly fishing guides in the
world. These are waders designed by women anglers, for women anglers.

Features and Materials. . .

Although we fish in a variety of aquatic habitats,
fly fishers most often work their magic in cold, fast moving rivers and
streams fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. This can be a very
harsh and demanding environment on the human body, regardless of the
time of the year. In summer, you may be wading waist deep in 50 degree
water one minute, then hiking in 90 degree weather the next, and then,
back in the cold water again. Or, in winter, you may be exposed to
freezing conditions all day, and
you can only remain out there for as long as you stay warm and dry. In
essence, by keeping you comfortable, your waders become the most
important piece of fly fishing equipment you can own, so it makes sense
to put your money where it counts. “Stockingfoot” is, by far, the most
popular design in fly fishing waders, whereby a separately purchased
pair of felt or studded sole wading boots are worn over the soft
waterproof neoprene socks of the wader. This system is much lighter and
more agile than the heavier, attached “bootfoot” waders one might see in
dad’s or granddad’s fishing photos.

Waders have to be waterproof,
of course, to keep that cold water out. Years ago, we fished in
stretchy, solid rubber waders called Seal-Dris, and, then, when better
seam sealing techniques evolved, synthetic neoprene rubber,( the same as
used in SCUBA wetsuits), became the standard material for fly fishing
waders. Neoprene was relatively durable, and its ability to stretch and
compress allowed for tighter, form fitting waders that had a low drag
profile in fast moving water and very good freedom of movement. The only
problem was that most of the perspiration produced by your body
remained inside these snug waders, eventually soaking socks and whatever
other insulation, causing discomfort and greatly increasing conductive
heat loss. Waders that were cozy in the water could become sauna baths
when walking on dry land. And if you were unfortunate to take a spill,
your waders were going to stay wet inside all day, unless you stripped
them off and dried them out.

Today, thankfully, almost all fishing waders are made from multi-layer, laminated fabrics that are both waterproof AND breathable (wp/b). These
fabrics, by allowing perspiration to pass to the outside through
micro-pores, keep you much drier and comfortable than in years past, and
extend the comfort range of the waders in both warmer and colder
weather, but particularly in hot conditions.

The type of waterproof/breathable fabric plays
an important role in a wader’s performance, and there are two basic
categories of laminate fabrics that are currently used in making modern
waders. Newer polyurethane laminates are by far the most popular
in waders, due to their much lower costs. Higher quality polyurethane
laminates are waterproof, relatively durable, and have a reasonable rate
of breathability. Gore-Tex, on the other hand, has a membrane
composed of PTFE, the same stuff as Teflon, and needs little
introduction to those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Gore-Tex
revolutionized the outdoor equipment industry with the introduction of
the first wp/b fabrics in 1978, and many improvements have been made
since then. Gore-Tex fabrics cost about four times as much as most
polyurethanes, but, in general, are capable of breathing at higher
rates, keeping you drier and more comfortable. Simms uses higher
performance Gore-Tex in its top-of the line waders, including the
Women’s Wader, and polyurethane Quadralam fabrics in their
less-expensive waders.

The 3-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell of
the Simms Women’s Wader has a 100% polyester face fabric which is
light, and highly abrasion and puncture resistant. Reinforced front leg
panels add strength where it counts, yet, at an average weight of only
33 ounces, these waders won’t tire you out. The 1.5” crossed-back
elastic suspenders support the wader very comfortably and have nifty YKK
buckles that don’t allow you to buckle the wrong buckle when you flip
the suspenders over your shoulder. These waders easily convert to waist
high waders for better comfort in hot weather or for wading shallow. The
sculpted wader booties are constructed of the finest, high density
neoprene from Japan and the patented built-in Gravel Guards keep sand,
rocks and other debris out of your wading boots. There's a guy in the
Simms factory that has been hand-crafting these booties for over
fourteen years. Very functional features include a fleece lined hand
warmer pocket for chilly weather, a flip-out zippered chest pocket for
accessories, and no-seam heat applied belt loops. The nylon wading belt
and a small repair kit are included.

Fit and Finish...

Even if Simms used second-best materials,
I’d probably still buy and recommend their waders, based on their
superior quality of workmanship, and without a doubt, the best fit in
the industry.

The intention of Simms, from the very beginning of
this project, was to make the Simms Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Wader
the best fitting women’s wader available, and, as mentioned previously,
professional women fly fishing guides had a lot to say on that subject.
The upper of this wader features a women-specific cut with a higher
chest design and the wader is contoured at the hips, as well. Patented
front and back leg seams significantly reduce wear and are noticeably
articulated for greater freedom of movement on-stream. It’s important to
note that modern fabric wader materials don’t stretch like the rubber
or neoprene waders of old, so it’s critical that extra fabric is put where it’s needed,
so that you can move unrestricted in all fishing situations, whether
it’s sitting, kneeling, crawling, hiking, or climbing (but, hopefully,
not swimming!) Other brands
of waders I’ve used don’t even come close to this fit, and I’ve usually
had to buy a size larger just to make them work. When trying on waders,
one of the best tests for this freedom of movement, while standing, is
to see if you can lift your leg and place your foot on, say, a chair
seat. This would duplicate stepping up on a rock. It should be
effortless. If the fabric tightens up behind your leg or across your
butt to restrict movement, these waders do not fit and will not perform
properly on-stream.

Someone’s going to say, “Hey, you’re a guy.
How can you evaluate women’s waders?” Fair enough. Yes, I’m a male,
and, no, I haven’t personally tried on the Women’s Wader. But in my
favor, I've fitted fly fishers of both sexes in waders for over 30 years
and have helped design waders for major manufacturers. I've gone
through the process of fitting numerous women into these Simms waders
and have gotten their direct feedback and I’ve spent countless hours
fishing in Simms waders with near identical properties. I’ve also had
the privilege to work for the very first outdoor equipment companies to
use Gore-Tex laminates, as well as breathable polyurethanes.

The 13 stock sizes do,
indeed, fit a wide range of women’s body shapes. We’re all different,
so there’s no there’s no guarantee that every woman will find the
perfect fit within this scope. The good news is that some women still
find the Simms men’s waders, with a huge size selection in its own
right, to fit them better. In addition, since their waders are made in
the U.S., Simms is the only wader manufacturer to offer a practical
custom fit program. In the Women's Wader, you can order custom size
booties, or custom Short or Tall sizes for an additional $50 charge.

Every fabric wader,
on average, has about 2000 needle holes, and many seams, and each
constitutes a potential point for water to enter. Seam-sealing
technology is absolutely critical to ensure that water can’t find its
way through. The Simms factory in Bozeman, Montana has the most advanced
seam sealing machinery for waders in the world; many of these machines
were designed in conjunction with the Engineering Department of Montana
State University and are exclusive and proprietary to Simms. The Simms
factory recalibrates its machinery to adjust for temperature,
atmospheric pressure, and humidity every hour. And once Simms completes
the wader, they are the only company that water tests every wader to
ensure that they haven’t missed anything. You simply won’t find this
level of sophistication and quality control in the Chinese factories
employed by their competitors.

Durability, Warranty, Company Profile...

As Simms says, experienced fly fisherman know
that there are "two types of waders; those that leak, and those that
are going to leak". Basically, all waders eventually wear out and fail.
So, if you think that by spending extra money, you’re never going to
have to deal with wader repairs, think again. Durability must be
considered in relative terms; an occassional angler may get eight or ten
years use out of a wader fishing, say, a couple weeks out of the year,
whereas a professional working guide's wader might last a season, or two
at most. Building waders with extra-heavy fabrics to increase
durability tends to make them ungainly, less breathable, and tiring to
wear. In my experience, Simms waders outlast others, and are more
comfortable in the process, due to superior design, materials and
construction methods. Yet, abrasion from sharp rocks, sticks, and
micro-punctures from blackberries, gorse, and, heaven forbid, barbed
wire will eventually take their toll on any wader.

Simms stands behind everything they make. Here’s a breakdown of their warranty:

warranties all their products, for the life of the product, against
defects in materials and workmanship. Waders that fail for these reasons
will be repaired, or replaced, at no charge. This warranty does not
cover damages caused by improper care, accidents or the natural
breakdown of materials over extended use and time.

If, within 30
days of the purchase date, you are unhappy with a Simms wader, bring it
back to the dealer you bought it from. Present your sales receipt, and
they will replace it, no questions asked.

If you accidentally
damage your Simms wader during the first year that you own it, the first
repair is on Simms. Simply ship Simms the wader, along with a copy of
your receipt, and they will repair it and ship it back to you.

they will only charge you their actual costs for any additional repairs
that you may need during the life of your wader. Simply bring the wader
to your dealer, or contact Simms’ Customer Service for a Return
Authorization. Then, ship the wader to them with a note describing the
problem and someone from their Customer Service Team will promptly
contact you with a repair estimate. Once they receive your approval,
they will repair your waders and ship them back to you. Simms even
maintains a sophisticated on-line service that allows their customers to
register warranties, print repair shipping labels and track their
repair status and return shipping status from the convenience of their
home computers.

My suggestion? Unless your Simms wader
has a major problem, like a rip (moderately rare), I’d recommend fixing
the wader yourself. I don’t have time during the fishing season to send
my waders back for minor pin-hole leaks, which are the main culprit for
most anglers as their waders age. It’s usually very easy. Simply turn
your waders inside out and lay them on a flat surface, with the
suspected leak area facing up. Get a small plastic spray bottle from a
convenience or hardware store and fill it with 91% rubbing alcohol from
any pharmacy (70% will work, but 91% is better). Now, spray a little
alcohol on the suspect area, and low and behold, any punctures clearly
show up as dark grey dots against the light fabric Gore-Tex background.
Now, take the little tube of Aqua-Seal that’s included with the wader
repair kit, and simply put on a small, thin dollop (yes, over the wet
alcohol!) that covers the grey spot. The alcohol will dry and the
Aqua-Seal will harden overnight – repair complete! I carry these items
on any overnight fishing trip and I can affect almost any repair in the
field as needed.

Simms was the pioneer in the fly fishing world,
creating the first waterproof/ breathable Gore-Tex waders in 1993.
Since then, they have successfully grown to become the largest domestic
supplier of waders, boots, and fly fishing clothing in the industry.
Simms is one of only three manufacturers worldwide licensed to make
Gore-Tex waders. Based on this success, I would guess these guys will be
around, backing their warranties, for a long time.


Designed with input from professional women guides, for
women fly fishers. Patented front and back articulated leg seam design
and Gore-Tex Performance Shell Technology enhance maximum breathability,
fit, comfort and performance. 13 sizes available to fit a wide range of
body shapes. Easily converts to waist-high waders for warm weather use.
Custom sizing modifications available at an additional charge and a
convenient warranty service from the only manufacturer in the U.S.


More expensive than other women’s waders; at a
cost of $329, you can certainly find some serviceable, albeit,
lesser-performing models from Simms, or other manufacturers, at about
half this price. This is the only women-specific wader choice from

Bottom Line

You get what you pay for; probably the best
women’s fly fishing wader on the planet, from the best manufacturer of
waterproof/breathable waders. Light, comfortable, and relatively
durable. Limited lifetime warranty.
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Simms Windstopper SoftShell Jacket Review


Simms Windstopper SoftShell Jacket


Material: Gore Windstopper Soft Shell Fabric
Polyester microcheck fleece lining
YKK center front zip
High fleece lined collar
(2) zippered chest pockets
(2) zippered hand warmer pockets
Adjustable cuffs
Shock cord hem
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Retail price: $199.95

What’s the word....?

The Simms Windstopper SoftShell Jacket is sorta
like the Swiss Army Knife of outdoor jackets, in that it covers a wide
range of situations when you need it. For those that spend time
outdoors, the fleece jacket has become a basic necessity, and many of us
might own, like five or six. I live in mine. The Windstopper SoftShell
fleece fabric is from W. L. Gore and Associates, who are the pioneers in
the field of waterproof/ breathable fabrics. This cozy WindStopper
fleece, unlike other fabrics
that appear very similar, is completely windproof and highly water
resistant, attributes that can increase the thermal efficiency of this
fleece fabric up to 200% over conventional fleece. So, what that means
to you is a soft, good looking, well fitting jacket that breathes
comfortably on a mild day, but can turn away wind, or even a light rain,
when the weather turns unexpectedly nasty. It provides reliable
insulation on its own, or layered over garments and under a waterproof
shell during extreme conditions. The YKK center front full zipper, high
fleeced lined collar, corded hem and tabbed cuffs all allow for easy
adjustments as the temperature travels up or down.

Fit and Finish....

Almost all, even folks that never leave the city,
own and wear fleece jackets these days. Fleece made the eventual twenty
year journey from arcane backpacking and mountaineering stores to racks
in the department stores because of its light, breathable, stretchy,
comfortable, quick drying and relatively durable nature. These garments
come in a wide array of fleece finishes, but more importantly, they come
in a wide range of quality. The Simms Windstopper SoftShell Jacket,
along with a few close relatives from leading mountaineering companies,
is at the top of the heap when it comes to functional fleece.

rugged stretch nylon outer fabric provides superior abrasion
resistance, similar to a hard shell jacket. Two large, zippered chest
pockets can store glasses, phones and other accessories, while the
zippered, mesh-lined hand pockets are warm on cooler days. The polyester
micro check fleece lining has maximum thermal efficiency and the
WindStopper properties keep wind and moisture out while maintaining
comfortable breathability.

The Simms Windstopper SoftShell Jacket is
cut and sewn on a pattern that allows a greater freedom of movement of
the arms and shoulders than the most other fleece jackets. This is an
extremely important feature in a jacket that will be used for fly
fishing; if you can’t lift your arms to cast without resistance from the
rest of the jacket, you’re going to be tired and frustrated, so fit is
paramount when selecting in this category.

Although Simms
Gore-Tex waders are made in Montana due to the greater technological
demands of these products, their garments, like every other
manufacturer’s, to my knowledge, are made overseas in Asia. Of course,
some of the very finest needlework
in fashion clothing originates there, so in most cases, it’s a matter
of setting high standards for quality control. And that’s just what
Simms has done; the workmanship on the Simms Windstopper SoftShell
Jacket is impeccable, plus the garment carries a lifetime warranty.

  • Softshell blocks wind and rain while offering pliable comfort and warmth of midweight fleece
  • Soft yet rugged stretch nylon shell with soft and very warm microcheck interior
  • High, fleece-lined collar for addtional protection from the elements
  • Large zippered chest pockets
  • Zippered, polyester mesh-lined hand warmer pockets
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Adjustable shock cord hem

Company Profile ... Warranty

Here’s what Simms says about their warranty;

Simms, we stand behind everything we make. If your Simms product fails
due to workmanship or material defect during the life of the product,
please return it to us for repair or replacement. This warranty does not
cover damages caused by improper care, accidents or the natural
breakdown of materials over extended use and time. All defective or
damaged products should be returned to Simms for evaluation and will be
repaired or replaced at the discretion of Simms Fishing Products.”

was the pioneer in the fly fishing world, creating the first
waterproof/ breathable Gore-Tex waders in 1993. Since then, they have
successfully grown to become the largest domestic supplier of waders,
boots, and fly fishing clothing in the fly fishing industry. Simms is
one of only three manufacturers worldwide licensed to make Gore-Tex
waders, and the only one that does so in the United States. Simms’ staff
is largely comprised of committed anglers and they’re located in the
heart of trout country; Bozeman, Montana. In a continuing effort to
improve their products, at any given time, Simms has two to three
hundred prototypes being tested in the field by professional male and
female fishing guides, and other outdoor professionals. I can’t think of
many other manufacturers that are that dedicated to getting things
right. On this success, so far, I would guess that Simms will be around
to back their warranties for a long time.

Overall Rating; 4 out of 5 Stars

The quality materials, workmanship, design, and
good fit make for an incredibly comfortable, and versatile, piece of
basic outdoor clothing. As I said, you’ll find yourself wearing this
jacket to the grocery store, as well as out fishing and hiking. Expect
this product, with minimal proper care, to be extremely durable and
provide many years of service.


Soft, cozy Gore Windstopper SoftShell fleece
provides warmth and breathability like other fleece fabrics, but is also
windproof and highly water resistant, increasing thermal efficiency by
over 200%. This versatile, all-around outdoor jacket will even protect
you if you’re caught out in a light rain without your shell. High
collar, adjustable cuffs and hem with zippered hand warmer pockets. Well


Fancy, high tech fabrics lend themselves to a
more costly garment; $200, in this case. Conventional, yet high quality,
fleece jackets usually run about $110 to $160. Windstopper is heavier
than regular fleece.

Bottom Line

One of the most versatile, and functional, outdoor insulation pieces that you can own for fishing, hiking, or just knocking around. Good looking, too.

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Jim of Naples, FL

Dear Leland Upgrade Team
Last year I happened to tell one of my fishing buddies, that I wanted to sell some of my old fly fishing stuff on ebay.  My friend told me about Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters and the Leland Upgrade program.
After reading about the Leland Upgrade on your website, and a quick phone call for some minor questions, I sent you my fly fishing rods & equipment that I wasn't using anymore.  I can't tell you how surprised I was at how quickly you got this equipment on ebay and sold.  I was also very pleased by the prices that you were able to get for me.
Thank you again for making this an easy process, and making my experience with Leland a great one!  I will tell everyone about the Leland Upgrade team and how you enabled me to upgrade my fly fishing equipment painlessly and without spending a lot of money!
Thank you again.

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I’ve not listed anything on ebay before, but watching the process was like fishing itself, toss the offering out there and see what happens.

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I can't thank you enough for your encouragement to gather up some of my seldom used fly fishing gear and give you a chance to find it a new home. Your program is marvelous and you really do absolutely everything involved in the auction sale process. Every item I sent you was very professionally marketed and each one brought far more value that I expected. It certainly will not be a problem to spend up my

Greg of Fair Oaks, CA

"A Fly Fishing Fairytale" Once upon a recent time there was a tall fly fisherman who during the course of a passionate fly fishing life accumulated many rods,reels and spools that he no longer used. The formerly utilized fly gear languished in a desk,closet and his garage. The equipment was much too fine to not be used and their disuse caused the fly fisherman minor ennui and consternation.  The accumulated unused gear also inhibited the fly angler from buying new and finer gear. As great luck would have it the fly Angler learned of a magician's guild known as Leland Fly Fishing's Upgrade Program where sorcerers could invoke spells that allowed used fly fishing gear to regain some of the luster of it's youth.  the gear was then sold for astonishing prices throughout the known world.  Casey and Jon were the names of 2 of the affable, engaging and expert sorcerers. In short order the tall fly fisherman sent more than 20 spools,reels and rods to the LFF UP and they sold the gear to fly fisherman across the globe.  The story continues and the tall fly angler has new and advanced gear with poetic names like VXP, spey, Galvan and Rio which have graced waters in British Columbia, Mexico, Montana, the California Delta, Northern and Central California with the Amazon on the horizon...........

Steve of South Korea

I have just shipped my third (and probably not final!) batch of gear to the Leland Upgrade Program - what can I say, I wouldn't keep using it if it didn't work so well! Even though I live in Asia, it is still worthwhile for me to use the program - for starters, Leland make it so easy, I get exactly the same outcome as if I did it myself, but they do all the work, plus their status on eBay adds value to my goods when they sell. I have sold several rods, reels and spools and all have sold equally well, in some cases for more than I bought them for!

It's a great service, and it has allowed me to upgrade a rod and some reels to current models. Which fly fisherman doesn't like new gear??!!

Also the team at Leland is very efficient, provide great customer service and communicate well.

Mark of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

I wanted to write and let you know that I have now sent you ALL of my older rods to be sold through Leland Upgrade. I am truly amazed at how well the upgrade program has worked for me. I have never heard of a better program for selling off older gear. I applaud your level of professionalism and knowledge regarding the upgrade program and it is certainly a pleasure to call you and discuss different ideas regarding fly gear. Additionally, I want to thank you for introducing me to the Red Truck Series fly rods. As you know, I was a bit skeptical of them in the beginning. As it stands today, I know of no better rod regardless of the price. Certainly the Red Truck rods are a great value but the "fishability" of these rods is second to none, regardless of the price. In short, I am absolutely thrilled with Red Truck rods. Also, I appreciate you sending the Red Truck Premium 5wt to my friend in such a timely manner. Keep up the great work. You guys have an amazing shop and an even better customer service package. I look forward to working with you in the future

Juan of Clayton, CA

The Leland Upgrade program: easy as heck, reliable, and a great excuse to visit the shop! I have used it on a number of occasions and have really
enjoyed it.  The guys are super professional, prompt, and very

Jerry of Edmond, OK

If you are an angler who wants to sell good stuff in order to get even better stuff, then Leland Upgrade is the only way to go.  Jon and the guys will prep your gear, take professional grade photos and list it in a manner that will guarantee top dollar.  Get serious, who has the time to sell gear?
Leave it to the professionals. You should be out on the water.  Thanks again to Jon and Casey.

Al of Excelsior, MN

Leland’s Upgrade Program is one of the finest services in fly fishing.  Take that reel you never use or the rod you want to upgrade and send it to Leland.  Their photographers and copywriters will present it on ebay, honestly describing it but putting it in the best possible light.  Sincerely, unless you’re a professional you can’t matching Leland’s presentation or the financial results.  The profit on the sale becomes a store credit, and you’re ready to go shopping. 

Gregg of Longmont, CO

This will be my third and fourth rods to sell through the Upgrade Program. The first sales went so well. I was impressed at the professional way everything was handled from the start to buying my new Scott T2H switch rod. I am convinced that you net me more cash because of the great presentation and the Leland name.

Thanks, Gregg

Mark of Great Falls, MT

I recently went on my first Salt Water trip and after doing some research I decided to go with the Hatch reels for the trip. I was not disappointed by their performance. When I returned to the States, I decided to make the full conversion to Hatch reels for all my fly fishing and the Leland Upgrade Program was perfect for this goal. I sold all of my non Hatch reels and used all the profits to replace my old fresh water reels.  I got top dollar for my old gear  and I had no hassles selling it. Leland took care of it all.

My only problem is now I also started buying from the Leland Upgrade
listings.  I found some great values and hard to find merchandise.  I check the listings very few days looking for that new used gear item I can't live without.

The program is very well run and organized. The staff have been excellent in customer service. I would highly recommend this program.

Reverend Joel of Bradenton. FL

I want to thank the Leland Upgrade Program for this incredible program! You guys made it possible for me to sell my used gear, some of it decades old, and get equipment I’d been dreaming about. When I sent my gear to you I had hoped to sell enough stuff to partially finance one particular Winston bamboo fly rod. Not only did I get the Winston bamboo but amazingly I was able to pick-up two Winston IIIx rods and a tackle pack for my spring bonefishing trip to the Bahamas.

This program is great! Selling my used equipment was easy, stress-free and may have contributed to the improvement of my marriage!

of Simsbury, CT

"About my experience with Leland Upgrade I can address to everyone that no matter if you are selling or you are buying from Leland Upgrade like I did few times during last three years, you can be absolutely sure that your product will get best professional evaluation and presentation allowing other people to buy it with confidence and trust. In my opinion this is the key of any Upgrade program and Leland has developed it extremely well."

of El Dorado Hills, CA

"I am heading to Belize for some saltwater fishing in June, 2011. Needed to standardize my reels. Had an Abel Super 8 and Sage 3400D with spools for my 10wts. Decided to purchase two Tibor Riptide reels but how do I sell my Abel and Sage? Bingo, the Leland Upgrade Program. Jon & Casey handled the selling of the reels on eBay from start to finish. I received a good enough price that I was able to purchase one of the Riptides and some accessories. If this program was not available I would probably still have the two reels and spools. Jon and I are also working on some additional equipment that I need. To Jon and the Upgrade Program, "Job Well Done"

of Pingree, ID

"Leland does an amazing job of taking  the hassle out of selling your gear.  I was impressed by the prices they got for my gear and the quality of service they offered.  They truly know what they're doing and don't charge any dumb fees or commission. They did a great job selling my old gear.  The other thing great about this program is that your store credit can literally get you any of the top gear in the fly fishing industry.  The bonus with this program is that Leland has some of the best customer service around.  Talking to them on the phone is just like walking into your local fly shop.  They are knowledgeable and caring and really want to make you happy with your purchase."

of San Rafael, CA

"I had heard good things about the Leland Upgrade Program (LUP) from my brother, who had taken advantage of the program several years ago. I had a closet full of 2-piece rods that were not likely to see the light of day again, so I decided to see if I could recycle them through the LUP. After receiving about 3 times the amount I had anticipated, I went back to the closet and pulled out bags of old reels from different phases of my fishing career, spanning the last 15 to 20 years. All of the items auctioned on eBay were professionally described and accurately rated for condition. Duplicate reels and spools were staggered to get maximum return. When it was all said and done, I netted about $5,000 from gear that was previously destined for the dust bin. The staff is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. I highly recommend the LUP to everyone with unwanted or out of date gear - everybody wins."

of Canby, OR

"I could not be happier with the Leland Upgrade Program! Finally, a
guilt-free way to fish with the newest and latest gear. The guilt of leaving
perfectly usable gear in the closet just to fish with the latest gear kept
me from buying what I really wanted. Thanks to the Upgrade Program, no more gear guilt.

The help from the Leland staff has been nothing short of impressive. In
those rare instances that one of their staff doesn't know the answer, they
get me to a person who has the answer."


of Feasterville, PA

"I was a little hesitant about sending my gear across the country to be sold on ebay. However after dealing with the Leland staff on previous occasions I knew it was in good hands. The quality of their descriptions and photographs was great, and they even took the extra time to clean all my gear so it would turn top dollar. I ended up with more credit than I thought my old gear would receive. Constant email updates and contact through phone calls let me know I was in good hands and Leland's costumer service is second to none. I will not be hesitant in the future to go to Leland for any of my fly-fishing needs!"


of Shreveport, LA

"Like most fly fisherman, I have accumulated a lot of gear over the years
that - while fine when I bought it - has spent more time in the fishing
closet lately than on the water... Happily, I have recently discovered the
Leland Upgrade Program as a way to turn that lonely gear into money.
The program is simple - send your gear to Leland and they'll clean it up for you, sell it on Ebay and won't charge you a dime more than Ebay would charge you for selling it yourself - leaving you with top value for your gear in store credit at one of the top fly shops in the country.  Ariel and the entire Upgrade Team are pros whose specialty seems to be putting dollars in your pocket.
Once your gear is sold and you have your credit, you'll find the Leland staff is an invaluable resource for information on the replacement gear you need no matter where or how you fish. From the newest cutting edge technology to time-tested gear that evokes the rich tradition of our sport, the Leland staff can help you find exactly what you want and need."

Kent of Bedford, NH

So here I am in Bedford, New Hampshire wondering what to do with some quality fly-fishing gear that hasn't seen the water in just about two years. According to Mapquest my home is 3,128 miles away from your flagship store in San Francisco. That said having done business with you in the past via eBay I decided to take advantage of your upgrade program and let's just say I am so glad I did. From the very beginning Ariel Molina was tremendously helpful guiding me through the description and shipment process. As promised the shipping labels arrived via email, I shipped them from the local UPS Store and I was told my gear arrived safely. A few days later I checked out my gear on eBay under the Leland banner and I was stunned at the quality, professionalism and presentation of my gear on eBay and not only that one week later I was very very pleased with the result.

For anyone reading this email I have a little bit of advice for you, buy the best gear you can afford, take good care of your gear and if you ever want to upgrade or sell your gear use the Leland Upgrade Program!

arry of Grand Rapids, MI

Larry was most impressed with the communication from the Upgrade Team during the sale of his gear.

Best of all, he got a little more credit out of the experience than he expected. Here's how Larry's expectations were exceeded:


“When I first came upon it online, I thought it would be a good way to sell some old fly fishing equipment, and I didn't have any idea as to current value, collectiblity or demand,” Larry said. “I had a number in mind as to what would be a fair price for my gear and was pleased and surprised to have gotten twice what I expected.”


Phil of San Diego, CA

Phil upgraded a handful of his collection of older model rods and reels.
After the sales were finished, he was impressed with the quality and professionalism of the service:
“I think your text and quality photos add more appeal to the eBay auction process than I could do on my own; plus, I think buyers feel more comfortable with a retailer than an individual,” Phil said. “As long as I keep fly fishing, I figure I could always use the credit at Leland. When I'm in SF, I always stop by to see what's new.”
After the credit was tallied, he picked up a new Scott S4 4-weight rod and a Simms Windstopper DL Jacket for the small streams and chilly weather in the High Sierra.



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We want to make sure that the only thing you have to worry about is fly fishing.  After your purchase from Leland, if you see a lower price within 30 days, we will be happy to give you a store credit for the difference. We want you to have the most comfortable shopping experience possible and that begins with the best possible price.

Warranty Information

We make sure that all of our manufacturers' warranties meet or exceed industry standards.  Beyond this we personally stand behind everything we sell. So if you have a problem with any item you purchased from us, please let us know. We will do everything in our power to correct it for you.

Warranty & Repair Leland Rod Co.

We know your time is valuable, especially your time on the water. We also know that even a finely-crafted, well-designed fly rod can break. If this happens to your favorite Leland Rod Co. fly rod, just give us a toll-free shout or shoot us an email and we'll have you casting Master Casts very soon.

  • Precision-fit ferrules guarantee a perfect match, every time.
  • Expedited shipping available.
  • $60 per broken section.

Please call (866) 672-1959 x122 or email Burke White at burke@flyfishingoutfitters.com

Warranty & Repair Red Truck Fly Rods

The fastest rod repair in the industry!

Precision-fit ferrules guarantee a perfect match every time, and eliminate the need for you to ship the entire rod to us. Good for your wallet and good for the environment.
You will have you new section 3 business days from when you purchase online.
Replace you broken section here: Link

Warranty & Repair Loop Tackle

Individual sections of all Loop fly rods, with the exception of the LTS, can be replaced through Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters for a cost of $60 plus shipping. For warranty issues regarding fly reels, apparel and accessories, contact Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters with the nature of your situation and we will take every step to promptly address your requests.

In most cases, you can be back on the water within a few days.  ($15 3-day shipping)

Please enclose a short description of the problem with all warranty returns.  

Repair Center directly, please call (866) 672-1959

Simms Gear Fixed?

Simms Repair Center, click here to create a Return Authorization number and begin the repair process. Turnaround time for repairs (with shipping) is about two (2) weeks, but may be longer during periods of high volume. Simms Repair Center directly - (800) 217-4667.

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