Simms Wading Boots – G4 Rivershed Consumer Review

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November 1, 2013 | Posted in Fly Fishing | By


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This is an exercise in learning how to properly describe to Youtube/Google – what your video is actually about.

As you know, Google does not see video and so it is important to show Google what it wants to see which is text.  That is why you transcribe the dialogue from your video post and put it into the description.  Google wants to be able to understand all spoken languages to the point where typing text into a search becomes unnecessary.  We can already see this in action today with some of the services provided.  For this post we were told to either “pay” to have our videos transcribed or manually retype our dialogue into our Blog posts… we were not instructed to put them into the description of our video posts for Youtube, which is really what you should be doing.

I found that if you go into Youtube’s “Caption” settings, you can pull a time stamped transcript right from Youtube.  It then let’s you download it into a text editor (I used Notepad) so you can rework it into a somewhat legible form of what you had said in your video for the hearing impaired and Google to follow along with… still not sure why we were told to pay for a service to transcribe our videos for us.  Anyway, below is an example of the transcript from the above video.  As you read through it you will see that it is not perfect but it is close…. and more importantly, there is textual content for Google to index.  Feel free to watch and read along in two separate windows if you like…

 – “Hi and thanks for joining me today…

Today we’re going to be talking about Simms wading boots, were actually going to  be

reviewing the g4 Rivershed with the Vibrams souls and this is not

going to be your typical fresh out of the box, new pair of boots

let’s take a look at them, review… because there’s lots of videos online

that you can take a look at and see exactly what these

boots are like new and this product review is my own personal consumer review on the

boots that I’ve now owned for two seasons… and in case you

were not aware of what the boots look like, than these are them, the Simms g4 Riversheds are a

pretty decent sturdy boot but then again, like I said these boots

are not new and hence the review.

These boots have probably been out about 30 times with

roughly five hours to six hours a day on them…

and so we’re looking at about 150 hours of use

give or take and I just want to let

everyone know what the durability, fit and feel and usability is like.

So let’s start with fit and feel. So I’m a  size 11 and the boots are  true to fit

and there is still a reasonable amount of  toe room, so that you’ve got your

waders with your neoprene booties on, as well as a pair of liner socks on and

wading Sox to keep your feet warm….and so there seems to be a sufficient
amount of room anyway.

and as I said  I’m an  11D, so it’s a pretty
average size foot and I would probably move up a half
size if I could but

they just weren’t available in half
sizes at the time I bought these boots…

and the toe box on these shoes

are quite good and stubbing your toe is farely normal and

these have come in handy more than once…
and so I’m pretty happy about that. Again the weight of the boot is

farely reasonable… I do walk and Wade as opposed to

fish from a boat, so I’m constantly on my
feet and do a fare bit of hiking into my favorite spots and so they make
a farely good hiking boot and

also a farely decent wading boot… lots of
support throughout the whole boot with good lateral support.

So if anyone has got weak ankles these are a tough boot

for getting you through you know a days worth
of wading and

so all in all I, think I’m pretty happy
with the boot, aside from the fact that

if you look at the separation I’m starting to see
throughout the boot…

it runs on both boots and all around the
boots.  I have had them in to be resoled and

you know it’s certainly do-able as a

but one that would be in vain I’m
afraid to say… simply because

the material that Simms has  chosen to

wrapped these boots in, is a rubberized
material that has

not only started to separate from the sole of the boot
but it’s actually cracked

straight through the boot as well… so much so, that you can

see that these are cracks that are actually not the separation of the soul…
that’s the boot itself that’s cracked.

And now that’s not something that can
be repaired.

It might be a warranty claim kind of
issue and Simms has a pretty solid warranty program, unfortunately I’m past my warranty

date and considering I’m in Canada and the

cost to mail them back down to
Bozeman, Montana to have them inspected and

possibly fixed or replaced is

pretty cost prohibative, so it’s just not something I’m
gonna be doing plus it gives me the

perfect excuse to run out and

try on the new  Boa Rivershed lace-up systems which are the
ratchet laces as opposed to the laces that
you saw on these… So there you go

that’s  my personal take on my
experience with the Rivershed… pretty solid boot, a little disappointed with the

materials that Simms choose to use to

build the boot out in, simply because a you
know the fact that you know that they’re
close to a three hundred dollar boot up here in Canada…

and I would have just like to have seen
a little more than two seasons worth to

use the boots before having to go out
and replace them

and if anyone is listening at Simms it seems
thats something to consider

before buildng out your next line of boots and
I hope I’m the only one that’s got that kind issue.

I hope everybody else that’s

got them enjoys them as much as I do and

thanks for tuning in.” –


I know it wasn’t a perfect transcription but it was close and as I said above “Google now has something to index” aside from the title, tags and basic description.  Remember, Google loves content!

I hope you enjoyed my review and this brief post.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know below.




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Why I learned how to Fly Fish

You can never fish the same waters twice.

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Fly Fishing | By

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How to Fly Fish

Have you ever want to know how to Fly Fish?  Here is my story of why I learned how to Fly Fish…

 It is said that “you, can never fish the same waters twice.”  This is something that I wholeheartedly agree with because it has been my personal experience.

About seven years ago my life as I knew it came crashing down around me.  Everything I thought was real, solid, tangible and forever, was about to become the  proverbial carpet being yanked out from under my feet.  Maybe that’s why I have a new found appreciation for country music after being a life long fan of Chuck D and Public Enemy.

My relationship with my partner was over, home gone, job gone, money gone and my father was just diagnosed with stage 4 (a terminal case)  gallbladder cancer.  I had to recover or get past a 16 year relationship, find a new place to live, get new work, decide how I was going to spend my last few dollars and be a strong son for a father who knew he was dying and a mother who had no idea what was going to happen next.  The only thing I could think of at this time was, of the time I had spent trout fishing with my dad when I was a kid.   All I wanted to do in the midst of this chaos was go fishing.

Living in Oakville by  now, about ten minutes away from one of my father’s favorite Salmon Run rivers, I decided I was going to go fishing.  I taken my last few dollars and bought new spin fishing gear.  I went down to the river, geared up and went fishing.  Life was looking good.  As I started to walk the riverbank to find a spot to wade in, I noticed garbage everywhere, gutted fish carcasses smelling to high heaven, guys yelling and screaming at each other over who had the spot first.  I realized that this was nothing of the fishing with my father that I remembered.  I decided I would keep walking.

As I rounded a quite bend, away from the commotion, about a hundred meters upstream from me, I saw a man fishing by himself and fly casting.  I stopped to watched and was captivated by the grace, rhythm and complete connective-ness  I remembered when I  was  fishing with my dad as a kid.  I got out of the water and found my way up the bank to get close enough to say hello to this man.  To my surprise he stopped what he was doing, reeled in and said hello.  About an hour later, when our conversation was done,  I knew I needed to return my newly purchased spin gear and learn how to fly fish.  You see, it is rare to find many people today that will stop to take the time to engage you in your interests any more.  Especially when we’re talking about fishing.

I spent the next 3 months trying to learn how to fly fish on my own.  I quizzed endless shop owners, watched hours of  YouTube videos, lost about $400 dollars worth of flies but I was on my way to learning how to fly fishing.  I was having the time of my life.  Learning how to fly fish was teaching me patience and it was giving me a sense of clarity I had long needed.

My relationship anxieties were melting away, the  conversations I had to have with my lawyer made him feel uncomfortable and as my father was slipping away, we had something to talk about that wasn’t related to his fleeting end.  And to this I owe my deepest thanks to fly fishing.  When you can connect with someone emotionally to an interest or passion, the world as you know it ceases to exist.  If learning how to fly fish is not for you, I would encourage you to find something that you can truly loose yourself in.

I fish with my father’s old fly fishing rod and reel he used when he was learning how to fly fish over 30 years ago.  It’s the only thing I wanted from his estate.  I have several other much more expensive and technically advanced rods and reels but this one is priceless to me.  Fishing with this old rod makes me feel as though he is right there with me.  I am connected.  My wish for you is that you find your connection too.

I had the equipment, found lots of spots to fish, caught lots of fish but there had to be more.  I wanted a bigger connection.  I came upon an organization while Googling an assortment of fly fishing topics.  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Veterans came up in the search and I really wasn’t sure how this all came together, until I checked out this website…  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was a group of people who either had experience with fly fishing or PTSD and the Military.  I wanted to know more and I wanted to know if I could help.  Turns out, I was some one who could relate to these experiences and could help.  I engaged.


How to Fly Fish - Lewis and Son

How to Fly Fish

Lewis is a Purple Heart Recipient, POW,  Fly Fisher and all around great guy who suffers from PTSD.  He was my first participant that wanted to learn how to fly fish.  I was there to help Lewis any way I could.  The young man standing next to Lewis is his son.  On this day, Lewis and I shared an amazing moment.  I had taken Lewis fly fishing a couple of weeks earlier and his wife was so impressed with how big of a change one day on the water had made with Lewis that she asked him,” if  we could take their son on our next outing.”  I said “absolutely” and we were off.  That day, Lewis’ son skunked us.  He caught all the fish, we caught none.

Lewis and I were standing about 20 meters down stream from his son, he turned to me with a tear in his eye and told me that this was the first time he had remembered seeing his son smile in years.  At that moment, I knew that the quickest way to get what you wanted, was to help as many people get what they wanted.  This was the spirit of everything I had learned through fly fishing and a father and son were connected again.

you, can never fish the same waters twice.”

You, like the flowing water of the river are constantly changing and moving.  It is impossible to be the same when you next meet.  Be a better person the next time you find yourself at the waters edge.  Know that the water too will be different and embrace the new experience.  In fly fishing, the term is to “lean in” or “lean forward”.  Move forward.  Leave what is behind you in the past.  Look ahead and find your next cast.

I am leaving you with a quick little video that I hope you will all watch.  It covers everything I failed to mention as to why I learned how to fly fish.  If you can make it through this short video I would like to ask you to remember to take the time to thank a Veteran or any one for that matter that has affected the betterment of your life.  And if you are really bold, head over to Project Healing Waters Canada and check us out, thank a Veteran or make a donation if you can.


Tight lines and if anyone wants a lesson on the water – comment on this page with your details and I will get in touch.

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