Simms was the brainchild of visionary angler John Simms who saw a need to develop better waders and accessories than what was then available on the market at the time. That quest led to the development of Simms Fishing Products in 1980. Simms was one of the first companies to introduce neoprene waders, which provided enhanced warmth and waterproofing armor for serious anglers. Simms took a giant leap in 1993, when current owner, K.C. Walsh, acquired the company and relocated it to Bozeman, Montana. Under Walsh’s leadership, Simms introduced breathable waders in a trailblazing partnership with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX fabric. Today Simms continues with a trained eye on product development and offers a huge selection of technical apparel offerings.