Is The Simms Slick Fishing Jacket a Game Changer?

By Mark Boname 10/17/2013


Simms heard our cries and took on the challenge to imagine a fishing jacket with ample storage, but a minimal front with no line or oar catchers.  The first internal name around the Simms headquarters for this project was the “Spey Jacket” as double-handed anglers (for good reason) wanted a minimalist look.


Simms has been the leader in making fishing jackets since their introduction of the Dry Coat in 1996.  That jacket was the first one many of us had to keep us protected while out on the water.  Since then, they have introduced many bomber jacket, including the G4 Pro™ and G3 Guide™ Jackets and the ProDry™ GORE-TEX® Jacket – all still amazing jackets and seen worldwide on the best guides and anglers.


Well, they took the challenge head-on and thus spawned the Slick Guide Fishing Jacket.  The laundry list of perks for this jacket include: GORE-TEX® Pro Shell technology (the most waterproof and breathable material known to man), storage for a long day on the water, the Simms three-point cinch hood that you can rock in howling winds, watertight Shingled Cuff™ design  (the same on the Simms Guide Jacket), and a longer length for more protection.  Maybe the perfect fishing jacket



When rainfall powerwashes the Pacific Northwest, find returns of ocean-bright steelhead and seek fortress-like shelter in Simms’ new Slick Jacket. Propelled by GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric, with stretch, the Slick flows with your body for superior mobility, while the ultraclean outside-in design delivers snag-free performance from hood to bottom hem. Features include ample storage via large integrated chest pockets for fly boxes and tip-wallets, coupled with internal organization for river mainstays such as sunglasses, tippets, and leaders. Watertight, adjustable cuffs and a dual draw-cord waist keep the dank out, while plush hand warmer pockets with interior pass-thru zips allow you to access waders lying within, without breeching your external bulwark.



  • 2 large chest pockets capable of storing a “6-pack” of fly boxes with internal organization
  • 1 interior chest pocket with magnetic closure
  • 2 large hand warmer pockets with YKK® VT9 AquaGuard® VISLON® ultra water-resistant zips and interior pass-thru zips for access to inside of jacket
  • Watertight adjustable cuffs & dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem
  • 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric; 92% Nylon, 8% Elastane; 100% Nylon backer interior
  • Approximate weight 27 oz./ 765 g
  • S, M, L, XL, XXL


The Slick Jacket’s appeal wrests in the two large vertical pockets on the front of the jacket.  Each comes with built-in storage for fly boxes, tip-wallets, sunglasses (a special sunglasses pocket comes with a glass chamois!), tippet or Maxima spools, and much much more.


But, the Slick Jacket doesn’t stop there.  The two side pockets on each side of the jacket help keep your hands toasty (or store more gear), but transform into Pass Through pockets to your waders, WINDSTOPPER® Jacket or other layering piece or shirt.  This is accomplished because the Pass Through pocket incorporates a simple zipper for – voila – inside access (see image below).  Add a smaller zippered pocket on the inside for keys or license and you can be gone for a while without a care.

The Secret Pockets

There are two big pockets on the front of the jacket that bellow in, not out so you do not have a bunch of material sticking out of the front of the jacket. It lays flat not line or catchers here. Stretchy mesh organizers inside the big pockets that are the perfect size to hold just about anything you need. I put all this STUFF inside with no problem and room to spare and you don't even notice it is there:

  • Simms Foam Box – large
  • Simms Foam Box – medium
  • Cliff Bugger Barn
  • Tippet Spools
  • Sunglasses
  • Floatant and Dry Shake
  • Simms Flask with warming fluid

Wader Access

There are also two big handwarmer pockets inside that have pass-thru zippers – open them up and you can access waders when you need relief from too much beer this is wonderful.  But it also allows you to grab anything you have inside you wader pouch or just to warm up your hands.

Do You Need It

The Simms Slick Fishing Jacket will allows easy access to all the gear you need while fishing for steelhead or salmon or even fishing your favorite tailwater while rowing a boat all the while your hands will stay warm and dry.


The Slick Jacket is the best we've seen for fly fishing since we opened in 1994  It’s not cheap but well worth the price at $499.95. And you will have to ask yourself do I need it for that price? Our answer is yes!