By Taylor Anderson Staff Writer

Whippy bursts of wind came down from the Absaroka Mountains on a rising and clouded Yellowstone River. I tossed my streamer as I test-drove a pair of G3 Guide Pant waders ($449.95) and a Rivershed Crew Neck ($99.95) from Simms. The pants are packed with GORE-TEX layers and waterproofing that kept the frigid river at bay. The sweater, a polyester layer with thermals, warmed quickly as the sun ducked in and out of clouds. No lunkers that day, but when the river’s beauty and not its bounty is really the point, I don’t care.