MADE BY HAND.
HEART. AND SOUL.

THE BEST WADERS IN THE WORLD STEM FROM INNOVATIVE DESIGN, CUTTING-EDGE MATERIALS, AND TENACIOUS TESTING. THEY’RE ALSO THE END RESULT OF A PAINSTAKING PROCESS AND THE SKILLED WORKERS WHO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO IT EVERY DAY. TO REACH AN IMPENETRABLE LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE REQUIRES BUCKING THE NOTION OF MASS PRODUCTION AND ADHERING TO AN ETHOS OF ONE-AT-A-TIME. IT TAKES CHARACTER TO CRAFT AN AMERICAN ARCHETYPE. AND IT’S A MAKEUP THAT DEFINES THESE MEN AND WOMEN: BOZEMAN, MONTANA-BASED FOLKS WHO RISE EARLY, TOIL AT THEIR TRADE, AND USE THE TOOLS THEY’RE BESTOWED WITH—TWO CAPABLE HANDS COMBINED WITH KEEN EYES FOR QUALITY AND FUNCTION. FROM A BLANK ROLL OF GORE-TEX® FABRIC, THE SAME HANDS THAT DOUBLE-HAUL SINK TIPS AND STROKE DRIFTBOAT OARS CUT, SEW, TAPE AND, FROM BOOTIE ON UP, HAND-BUILD EVERY WADER THAT BEARS THEIR MARK. THAT’S WHY THEIR STORY IS OUR STORY.

The Makers

Creating the world's best waders begins with premium ingredients. Omissions are not allowed. Substitutions? Not a chance. And, just like all great recipes, there's a closely guarded secret to our method that takes the final product to the highest level. It's not any one material, nor is it any one special tool. It’s the love, passion and artistry put in to each and every cut, seam and stitch by the skilled and steady hands of our wader makers — Bozeman, Montana-based craftsmen who obsess over fishing as much as you do.

The Waders

With some models requiring over 150 steps and passing through the hands of 20 plus wader makers, some might consider American-made wader manufacturing a labor of love. That’s because it is. The wader making process is far from easy, and even further from fast. That’s the price we gladly pay to handcraft products with surgical precision from the ground up that enhance every moment you spend on the water.

Manufacturing waders at Simms HQ offers a multitude of advantages, one of which is having the ability to offer a vast array of sizing. We highly recommend heading to your favorite local retailer to have an expert help you find the perfect fit.

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The Process

1. The finest materials, including proprietary GORE-TEX® are selected for construction of Simms waders. 2. Size sets are received, patterns are drawn and cut by hand. 3. Belt loops, back labels, reinforcement panels and pockets are pressed on. 4. Body panels are sewn. 5. Seams are taped and patched at the end of every tape run and seam intersection. 6. Suspenders and gravel guards are attached. 7. Stockingfeet are cut, glued, assembled, taped (inside and out) and attached. 8. Every wader is turned inside out, filled with water, proven leak free, then hung to dry. The wader is now ready to be shipped. 9. Simms' onsite Repair Center performs maintenance and repairs so you can keep fishing.

  • Step 01 Materials
  • Step 02 Cutting
  • Step 03 Pressing
  • Step 04 Sewing
  • Step 05 Taping
  • Step 06 Finish Sewing
  • Step 07 Feet
  • Step 08 Testing
  • Step 09 Repairs

The Tour

The best way to learn more about Simms' handcrafted waders is to stop by for a behind-the-scenes look at America's only wader manufacturing facility. Simms offers regularly scheduled tours (Mon-Thurs) at 1:30pm.

Stop by on your way to the river or if you are visiting the Bozeman area. Either way, you will get to take a unique, behind the scenes glimpse of the Wader Makers at work and maybe even leave with an exclusive gift, courtesy of Simms Fishing Products.

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Become a Maker

Simms Fishing Products is a leader in the fishing industry – driven to create growth and vitality in the community. You too can become a Wader Maker and start your career with the country's only manufacturer of fishing waders. We are looking for candidates today.

If you think you can be a great fit at Simms, you must embrace the fishing culture and follow our practice to work like we fish – with purpose, passion & curiosity.

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Meet Your maker

A once-in-lifetime experience is yours for the taking with the “Meet Your Maker Contest. Sign-up now for the chance to win a trip to Bozeman, Montana to meet the wader maker team, fish the world-class waters of Southwest Montana, and watch the finishing touches of your own wader coming off the production floor. This is an experience you won't forget.

  • Round-trip Airfare for one to Bozeman, Montana
  • 4 nights lodging in Downtown Bozeman
  • Two guided days of fishing with Simms Pro Guide
  • One pair of G3 Guide™ Waders
  • One pair of G3 Guide™ Boots
  • G3 Guide™ Jacket
  • Simms Swag
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