Simms adds Palaniuk to Pro staff

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Emphasizing a deep commitment to their expanded product line, Simms Fishing Products is proud to announce the addition of professional bass angler Brandon Palaniuk to the Simms Pro Tournament Angler Staff.

Palaniuk, 25, is a product of Rathdrum, Idaho. He joined the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Bassmaster Elite Series in 2011 after qualifying through B.A.S.S. Nation. Since his arrival on the world’s premier bass fishing tour, he has finished in the money in 14 of 21 tournaments, including a victory at the TroKar Quest on Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake and a second-place finish on Lake Michigan last year. This month, he’ll fish in his third straight Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Tulsa, Okla.

“Clearly, we are intrigued by Brandon being one of the rising stars on the B.A.S.S. Tour,” said Diane Bristol, senior director of Marketing & Brand Management for Simms Fishing Products. “We hold our relationships with pro anglers and guides very dear. The feedback we glean from them after hundreds of days on the water helps us continue to design and produce the best products for anglers.”

Simms launched its inaugural Pro Tournament Angler Staff in 2011 with a team of professional bass anglers that included Gary Klein, Shaw Grigsby, Aaron Martens, Ish Monroe, Kelly Jordon and Brent Ehrler. That crew was instrumental in assisting Simms develop and refine its award-winning Pro Dry™ GORE-TEX® Parka, Bibs and Pants. Palaniuk is Simms’ first pro from the Rocky Mountain Region.

For 2013, Simms is bringing the Contender series of GORE-TEX® outerwear to consumers, along with footwear, sportswear and other outerwear designed to keep bass, walleye and saltwater anglers warm, dry and on the water longer.

“Growing up surrounded by serious anglers equipped head to toe in Simms gear has certainly made me aware of the quality of their products,” Palaniuk said. “I’m fortunate to be putting Simms gear to the test on the Tournament Trail in 2013.”

Simms is also a supporting partner of the National Professional Anglers Association, a non-profit organization focused on growing the sport of fishing and increasing the professionalism of its members.

About Simms Fishing Products

Established in 1980, Montana-based Simms is the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear and technical apparel in fly fishing. In 2011, Simms expanded its product offering to include expertly crafted outerwear, footwear and sportswear that gives all anglers a choice in top-end, premium products. The full line of Simms gear is available at specialty and large format retailers nationwide. For more information on Simms, please visit Media contact is Matt Crawford at Pale Morning Media (802-583-6069 or