Simms ProDry jacket is comfortable to fish in all day long
prominence as a supplier of premium fly fishing garments but over the last two
seasons has quickly gained a foothold in the bass market with the introduction
of a complete range of garments designed for both everyday anglers and
tournament anglers. Last ICAST they introduced the premium the ProDry Gore-Tex
rain jacket which was built with a single purpose, to deliver the very best
fishing rainwear on the market.
Built into the pocket is a polishing cloth
Like most of the company’s products the ProDry is immediately recognizable as
Simms garment. The jacket features clean lines and is available in familiar
Simms colors that include greys, greens and the bright orange that is a common
element on many Simms waders, fly vests and jackets. You can’t mistake this
jacket for that of another brand as the ProDry is also somewhat of a walking
billboard and has the Simms logo proudly displayed on all sides.
Simms logos double as reflective surfaces for visibility
features a large stowable storm hood, adjustable cuffs and an adjustable waist.
There are also a number of large pockets including two high capacity chest
pockets capable of holding low profile tackle boxes, and there are even two
zippered microfleece lined hand warmer pockets that come complete with built in
heat pack pockets for those extremely wet and cold days.
cuffs are watertight preventing water from entering your sleeves
ProDry Jacket looks rather large it does fold down and pack quite small since
there is very little insulation beneath the Gore-Tex main layer. This is a rain
jacket, not an extreme cold weather jacket so insulation needs to come from
other garments like a fleece worn underneath.
Rain beads up on the Gore-Tex surface
Simms has access to a rain room which simulates downpours. The ability to test
garments in this environment allows the company to continually test, alter and
re-test during the design process. Unfortunately other than a pressure washer we
have no such apparatus at our disposal so we had to rely on good old Mother
Nature for the majority of our water and wind tests. We purchased a ProDry
Jacket and Bib directly from Tackle Warehouse and fished the garment from Winter
through Spring. While we logged plenty of hours fishing the jacket in cool
weather we had an abnormally dry season, even by California standards.
After a while the jacket becomes saturated but keeps you dry
normally hope for great conditions we found ourselves praying for rainy windy
conditions so we could finally test the ProDry as well as competing garments
from Gill in a real field test. Our opportunity finally came when we finally got
a few days of solid rain, it was time to go fishing. During the course of the
tests we fished for everything from largemouth bass to Lahonton cutthroat trout
across the California and Nevada border.
ProDry allows for free range of fishing motion