This winter seems to have a firm grip on much of the midwest and not much in the near future promises she may loosen her grasp. Some of the most snowfall and consecutive weeks of highs only reaching the teens has provided for the best skiing and snowmobiling for our region, the local economy appreciates a good old fashioned winter. While most of us have been diligent about tying and refilling our fly boxes for next season, I have only just begun. My tying gear and table have been buried among boxes of higher priority and a lengthy driveway in need of daily devotion. This winter has given me a level of appreciation for the Korkers Icejack Snow Boots that I have been so fortunate to test out this year.
I put together a spontaneous video review of my Korkers Icejack boots the other morning while prepping to snowblow the driveway. It is rudimentary in all aspects, working on one day developing skills similar to other high quality editing videos in the fly fishing industry. It is short, sweet and hits on many of the key reasons I have come to love these winter boots.


Icejack Studs are like Chains for your feet

– Easy on and off, the BOA Lacing system knocks this out of the park.
– Warm and comfortable, 600 grams of Thinsulate keep my toes happy.
– DRY~ there is nothing worse than wet feet when you are cold.
– Lightweight, at about 3 pounds they are far lighter than comparable boots
– Versatile, with the OMNITRAX sole system, I can switch out from rubber lugged to 32 carbide studded soles which keep me on my feet while digging my Adipose FLOW out from recent accumulations of snow.

It was funny, the other day we were leaving a local sporting goods store and my daughter Simone asked “Dad, why do you take off your boots in the store and show the guys behind the counter what your boots can do?”

She often catches me off guard the way any nine year old would, but my response was easy~

“Because my dear, these are the only boots that can do what they do.”

And it’s true.

This video from Orvis and Trout Unlimited on fish passage and reconnecting rivers caught my eye. The Department of Natural Resources, local watershed councils and Michigan TU have been assessing many road crossings for years and are slowly healing many rivers one bridge at a time.

TU/ORVIS fish passage video from Waterline Media

I am off to tie some hoppers and mice patterns with thoughts of warm, humid, sticky nights and the sound of an ominous glurp at the end of my line…