By George Revel
The Hopper Dropper Rig is easily one of my favorite and most productive rigs. This rig is my go to summertime creek and river rig. I have had great luck with hopper dropper rigs on the North Fork of the Yuba River, The Upper Sacramento River, The McCloud River, and The Truckee River.
The hopper does not always have to be a hopper just as long as it serves as both and indicator and an enticing meal. The dropper is generally a bead head nymph and size will depend on how buoyant your dry fly is.
My favorite flies for this set up are:
The Chubby Chernobyl for the dry
The Flashback Pheasant Tail for the nymph.
How to set up a hopper dropper rig:
1) Leader choice for the hopper dropper rig:
I start with a 7.5 foot 4x mono leader and loop to loop it to my fly line or butt section. I chose a shorter mono leader because it turns over the larger foam flies I like to fish with my hopper dropper rigs. Also mono leaders float.
2) Choose your dry fly/Indicator for your hopper dropper rig:
The next step is to choose and tie on your dry fly for your hopper dropper rig. You should base this on the size of dropper you want to fish. My favorite dry fly to use with a hopper dropper rig is the Chubby Chernobyl. Tie this on with a Clinch Knot.
3) Attach fluorocarbon to the bend of the dry fly for your Hopper Dropper Rig:
Tie a section of 5 or 6x fluorocarbon on the bend of you dry fly with a clinch knot. The longer you make this section the deeper your dropper fly will sink. Keep in mind the longer this section is the more difficult the hopper dropper rig will be to cast. I like to keep it around 3 feet.
4) Choose and tie on your dropper fly:
I like to use a beadhead nymph that I have confidence in. Usually I end up using a pheasant tail, a prince nymph or a copper john.
5) Put some floatant and dry shake on the dry fly of your hopper dropper rig:
How to fish your hopper dropper rig:
I like to fish this hopper dropper rig in shallow riffles. The faster moving water gives the fish less time to inspect and just react. Another great method is to fish your way up stream, cast your hopper dropper rig in front of rocks allowing the hopper and dropper rig to flow around the rock and back toward you. As your hopper dropper rig is drifting back toward you lift your rod and strip in the slack.
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Most experienced fly anglers 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, Simms is 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 wader brands on the market make their waders 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. Simms is the ONLY maker, to my knowledge, that water tests every single pair of waders that leaves their 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 fly fishing as much as a man does, and, as such, she can demand as much (or more) from her equipment. But historically, women have gotten a raw deal, having to endure ill fitting men’s waders while pursuing their passion. Even Simms has admitted that by making multiple versions of women’s fishing 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 market...
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BOZEMAN, Montana – Simms Fishing Products introduced its line of StreamTread™ boots – the world’s first Vibram® soled wading boots. The StreamTread™ boots offer traction, grip and stability unparalleled in rubber-soled boots and give anglers an important tool in their fight against the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
In the March edition of Field & Stream, the Simms StreamTread wading boots are honored with a “Best of the Best” award. The award marks the seventh consecutive year Simms products have reaped kudos from magazine’s panel of fishing experts that test hundreds of items – from rods and reels to filet knives, jackets and electronics.
“Prestigious awards like the Field & Stream ‘Best of the Best’ help us confirm we’re on the right path with our StreamTread boots,” said Simms president K.C. Walsh. “Winning kudos is rewarding, but making products that change the culture of fly-fishing is even more important.”
Field & Stream noted that the unique Simms HardBite™ Star Cleats, designed to work exclusively on the StreamTread wading boots, provide superior in-stream traction. “These broad, flat, screw-in cleats are encrusted with carbide chips and recessed into the tread pattern; the result is a low-profile stud that gives a solid, metal-to-rock bite for better traction than plain felt soles on all surfaces, wet or dry,” wrote the Field & Stream editorial staff.
Field & Stream’s acclaims are echoed in the February/March issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal, where editor James R. Babb writes that Simms HardBite Star Cleats are “stellar performers all around, within a rounding error of studded felt in the river and vastly superior scrambling through the woods and in the surf.”
In both Field & Stream and Gray’s Sporting Journal, the Simms StreamTread wading boots are mentioned as part of anglers’ fight in the spread of aquatic nuisance species like didymo and New Zealand mud snails. Simms reminds anglers that Vibram-soled boots are not a cure-all and that anglers must check, clean, and dry all gear.
Montana-based fishing brand makes elite list for sixth consecutive year
BOZEMAN, MONTANA (MARCH 6) – Simms's American-made Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoot Waders garnered an honorable mention award as Field & Stream Magazine unveiled its “Best of the Best” list of fly fishing products in the March issue.
The award marks the sixth consecutive year Simms products have reaped kudos from the panel of fishing experts that test hundreds of items – from rods and reels to filet knives, sinkers and electronics.
The waders took an honorable mention in the competitive “outerwear category” where three outstanding products were called out from a strong field of nominations for being unique, innovative and functional.
“We’re extremely proud Field & Stream is spotlighting these waders,” said K.C. Walsh, president of Simms. “Since we introduced our women’s fly fishing product line, we have strived to provide women with waders, outerwear, boots, and sportswear for a wide range of body types and fishing styles, utilizing the highest quality materials. We are pleased to have produced a wader that exceeds the standards of discerning field testers and veteran fishing journalists.”
Simms began offering women-specific line of waders in 1993 using input and feedback gleaned from serious female anglers and expanded the line with outerwear and sportswear.
The women’s line currently includes technical fishing shirts, a women-specific wading jacket, and women-specific wading boots that come equipped with Simms’s revolutionary StreamTread™ soles from Vibram®. The women’s waders have been redesigned slightly, with 13 sizes now available to fit women.
“Wader manufacturers have finally grasped the architectural differences between men and women,” wrote gear reviewer Ted Leeson in the Field & Stream “Best of the Best” piece. “This is all gear, no gimmick – tough Gore-Tex shell fabric, reinforced legs, and high-performance features.”
Simms has been awarded five “Best of the Best” top honors from Field & Stream: in 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for products that have included waders, jackets and travel bags.
More Than 80 New Products Debut at FFR
DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 14) – If you’ve stumbled down a stream bank in the pre-dawn hours and knew – just knew – that the pulsating river at your feet was full of big, hungry fish, then you can relate to the electric feeling running through Simms® these days.
Simms is wading into extraordinary territory at the Fly Fishing Retailer Expo, introducing more than 80 new products – from boots and waders to sportswear, outerwear, vests and packs – in the most aggressive product expansion in the 28-year history of the Montana-based company.
Highlights of the revamped product line include:
• The world’s first Vibram-soled wading boots with exclusive Simms StreamTread™ grip sole. Simms will offer eight footwear models with sure-footed, easy-to-clean Vibram soles including wading boots designed especially for women anglers, sandals, and wading shoes. These boots have been extensively field-tested and in virtually every fishing situation have preformed as well as, or better than, felt-soled wading boots.
• A new finishing process for the expanded sportswear collection. Simms’s exclusive COR3 Technology™ fabric finish has a UPF rating of 30+, anti-microbial properties to minimize odor, and outstanding wicking performance. The rallying cry for COR3 is “No sun, no stink, no sweat, no iron,” all of which are big benefits to those who want to do more fishing than laundry. Additionally, there are new pants, shorts, and stylish, functional shirts for all types and sizes of anglers.
• New made-in-the-USA GORE-TEX® waders like lightweight Simms Headwaters stockingfoots in both men’s and women’s styles and the Simms Headwaters™ pants for those days when chest-highs are just too much. Simms is also introducing three waders with premium design features utilizing Toray® QuadraLam™ technology.
• Updated versions of Simms’ award-winning fishing vests and a collection of all-new backpacks, day packs and chest packs. Simms’ waterproof Dry Creek™ line has been refigured, too, with offerings including everything from boat bags to flats packs.
• Redesigned features on a number of technical outerwear products, including new colors on the Simms G4 Pro jacket, and updates to the best-selling Simms G3 Guide jacket.
• New casual-wear T-shirts designed by leading fishing artists Jeff Currier, Derek DeYoung and Mike Stidham – with a retail price under $30.
Simms’s vibrant new line will be in retailer shops across North America.
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