Support Our Troops With Your Next Wader



For a limited time only, Simms is offering a special edition G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot to benefit the Bozeman-based Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation. WQW helps reintegrate traumatically combat-wounded U.S. veterans and active service members from recent wars into society by building hope and resilience, facilitating camaraderie, and providing security and serenity through fly fishing in southwest Montana.

Help us raise $100,000 for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation by purchasing these limited edition waders. Simms is proud to work with the finest specialty retailers in North America.

Read more about the WQW Foundation and the limited edition Simms G3 Warriors and Quiet Waters Limited Edition Wader Here.


3 Rivers Fly & Tackle
390 E Railroad Ave
Wasilla, AK
212 Lower Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Mossy’s Fly Shop
750 W Dimond Blvd #114
Anchorage, AK 99515
8465 Old Dairy Road, Suite 101
Juneau, AK 99801
118230 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
44370 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669
Mt. View Sports Center
11124 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99515
14899 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
507 2nd Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701

The G3 Guide™ Wader — WQW Limited Edition

  • GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in upper / 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in legs
  • Multi-Cam® camo accents
  • Micro-fleece lined, reach-through hand-warmer pocket with MOLLE webbing storm flaps for more tool utility
  • Custom WQW Patch
  • All the features of the award-winning G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader



October 22nd Remembering Curt Trout

It’s amazing how fast 10 years can fly by in the proverbial blink of an eye.  Yet, when you try to compile the amount of change in that time span, there is not enough ink and paper to visit it all.

Curt Trout passed away on the Kenai River 10 years ago, today.


If you fish the Kenai River, you should know his name.  If you don’t, please take a few minutes today and learn more about Curt, what he gave all of us and his legacy that he left behind.

I was lucky enough to know Curt, my few visits with him in his shop and on the river were always cherished, always leaving me with the feeling that I was amidst greatness for a few moments.  Curt’s status today remains the same as when he was still with us, Legend.

Curt’s willingness to not only share his knowledge of the Kenai, but his kindness set him apart.  Every time I visited with Curt, I always left with something.  Be it, theoretical on the physics of casting, controlling the down stream drift, or that special bead.  All things that Curt was instrumental in fine tuning and paving the road to how we continue to fish the Kenai today.

I, like many others, have fabled stories of run-ins with Curt.  To this day, nothing gets a conversation going on the Kenai when others share their stories about Curt, that can continue for hours. (Please feel free to share your story with Curt in the comment section) I plan on posting one of my more humorous encounters.

Today, Curt’s vision continues at the fly shop he started, Alaska Troutfitters.  No longer tucked into the small red cabin that also housed the front desk for the Alpine Hotel, but in a new rustic cabin a few double hauls down the road.


Billy and Dusty Coulliette, the owners of ATF, both worked and guided for Curt for many years and are as much a part of the legacy of the legend as they were when they resided in Curt’s inner circle.  A visit to the shop will reveal decades of history and pieces of remembrance that I believe Curt would be proud of.

Fly Fisherman magazine published an article written by Curt. In typical Curt fashion, he not only spelled out extending your drag free drift, but also expertly coached you through proper presentation of any fly fished under an indicator.  To this day, the article is the manifesto of how to fish the Kenai.  Lucky for all of us, Fly Fisherman continues to have it available for reading or review.  You can also consider it a first hand historical lesson on Curt’s history on the Kenai, from his point of view.

(Extending Your Drag Free Drifts by Curt Trout)


Another great read came from ‘The Editor’s Creel” in Fish Alaska Magazine, published in December 2005. You get another glimpse of the man and why he is Legend and how he treated other anglers.  Also some additional history on his continuing legacy through Billy and Dusty.

I’m thankful that the spirit of Curt Trout continues to thrive.  Many times, I have called Troutfitters for a friend or stopped into the shop and been given a bead or a fly that changed the outcome of a trip.  So take today, October 22, “Curt Trout Day”, remember and learn about the Legend and maybe share some fly fishing knowledge to give someone else your experience.

“On October 22, at the age of 54, Curt set out to float the upper Kenai one more time. He and a pair of friends drifted through the Canyon section, fishing throughout the day, catching many fine Kenai trout. Then, as the afternoon drew down, they each locked into another fish, with Curt eventually landing one of those special Kenai rainbows he liked to talk about.

After fighting the fish, Curt laid down in the drift boat like he’d done many times before and settled in for a nap as they headed for the takeout. He passed away moments later, fresh from handling and releasing a last great upper-Kenai trout, while still on the river he loved so much.”  

                      Editor’s Creel, Fish Alaska Magazine, December 2005

In Loving Memory of Curt Trout


April 18th, 1951 – October 22nd, 2005

The mighty Kenai called him and will forever whisper his name. God grant that I may fish until my dying day, and when it comes to my last cast; I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s safe landing net I’m peacefully asleep, that in his mercy I’ll be judged as big enough to keep.


For additional images of Curt Trout, we will be celebrating the legacy all day today on Social Media. @AlaskaGuideList *Special thanks to Billy & Dusty Coulliette for providing images of Curt.


MADE IN THE USA: Simms Fishing Products



A visit to the Bozeman, Montana Headquarters for Simms always gets us thinking, MADE IN THE USA.


MADE IN THE USA is a pretty powerful statement.  We get asked quite a bit about what we like most about Simms. As many of you know, we get the opportunity to visit Simms in Bozeman quite often.  The thing that resonates the most every visit is, MADE IN THE USA.

Each trip to the factory reminds us that every time I strap my waders on, somebody at Simms took the time not only to design and craft one of the most important tools in my gear bag, but also meticulously inspected and tested my waders before they got to my door.

Next time you head down to the river, give yourself a high five or a heel kick in your Simms waders.  Your investment in the best waders on the market not only keep you dry and comfortable but also supported a local business with over 100 employees who stand behind what they do living, fishing and working in Bozeman, Montana.

Read more about Simms Fishing: MADE IN THE USA
Another great read was a past feature on Simms “This Built America”

Join TU Today!

Have you joined Trout Unlimited?


Help keep our country’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds safe from environmental threats for this and future generations of anglers to enjoy.

Did you know?

  • 89 cents of every dollar TU brings in, is spent on conservation programs.
  • TU is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible.
  • Outfitters, Lodges, Fly Shops and other fishing related businesses can become members.  Learn more
  • Guides there is even a place for you with the TU Guide Membership
  • TU members get a pretty rad subscription to Trout Magazine.

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Find your local chapter Here.

Alaska Chapters

Alaska Fly Fishing Goods Launches New Web Site

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Always great to see local, Alaskan grown small businesses’, making a big splash.

Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in Juneau has launched their revamped website and it is nothing short of next level awesome.  Tons of great content pertaining to all things fly fishing in Alaska.

Take our advice, work will still be there when you get back from checking it out.

Support the local Fly Shop and #FlyShopSmall


“It’s hip to be square.” – by Mark Hieronymus

Originally posted on ECHO FLY FISHING BLOG:


Military intelligence.

Jumbo shrimp.

Artificial turf.

Black light.

“Where are you going with this, Mark?” Well, valued reader, I think these things are all pretty rad.  If I may, there’s one additional item I’d like to add the list. (queue drum-roll..)

The Square Rod Tube.

Really? Don’t be silly! Rod tubes are round. They’ve always have been. Why mess with a good thing??

After giving the vale tudo treatment to a few of my ECHO 3’s tubes and their funky new shape, I’m a firm believer in the square tube, to the extent that I wish Uncle Tim & Co. at ECHO would ship all of their lovely fly poles with a 4-sided home. By no means should the following be considered an exhaustive list of reasons to love the square rod tube, but viewed as a good start – use the comment section and add your own…


Reason 1#

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