Chris jenney

Chris jenney

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris jenney's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Chris jenney's Bio

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7 years ago I moved to Utah to ski for one season then never left. Im an avid skier, flyfisherman, and mountain biker.

I’d love to answer your gear related questions.


Here is how you can contact me: Cjenney@backcountry.com

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I went from a La Sportiva where I had to size down from a 43.5 to a 42.0 to this 5.10 where I had to SIZE UP from ym 10 street shoe to a 10.5 in the Arrowhead... and I still felt it was a bit small. After some break in period, Im happy with the 10.5 and love the shoe overall. The rubber is extremely sticky , the shoe is very comfortable with no hot spots caused by odd seams or anything of that sort, and the velcro closure makes it easy on and off. The shoe is built off the tried and true anazasi last but with a bit more downturn. I use it mostly as a gym shoe and I couldnt be happier.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This line has blown all my expectations completely out of the water. If I am fishing lighter streamers that need a sinking line to get down, I am 100% using this line. This line has a 10 ft type VI sinking head to it that gets down at 6inches per second. The sink section of this line is a dark gray almost bordering on black. This allows you to fish shorter leaders ( I generally fish 18 inches of 25-30lbs floro and 12-16inches of 12lbs floro) as the black/gray is hard for the fish to see. This black transitions to 30 ft of white line which then goes into 50 ft of green. The 3 stage colors allow you to know exactly how much line you are casting. The issue i have had in the past with full sink or intermediate lines is line memory. No matter how much you stretch and uncoil the line, it would always coil back up and get tangled. This line's rear 80 ft is a floating line and acts like any other floating line preventing all sorts of those tangles. This boat really excels out of a boat as the short 30 ft head ensures quick one-shot casts with unbelievable accuracy. It has a welded loop front and back making rigging extremely easy. The aggressive front taper will turn over the biggest of flies. I have this reel paired with a Redington Predator in a 9' 7 wt and a Redington Rise 7 wt reel.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When its 90 degrees out the last thing I want to do is to hike around in a pair of waders. I dont care if theyre gore-tex with convertible zippers turning the bibs into pants.. its still damn hot! Out west the majority of the waters we fish are tail waters, so the water is consistently cold. With a pair of chacos on your feet will freeze even when it is 90 degrees out. These socks are the solution. The neoprene insulates the water around your feet so you are comfortable all day. The socks "guard" against pebbles and sand from collecting in your boots and they have similar thickness to wader booties allowing you to wear your wading boots all summer long. These simms wading socks are the only ones that i know of that have a specific right and left foot. The ergonomic design really aids in the comfort and minimizes the bunching that happens with other wading socks ive used.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With all the options out there these days, using lead weights is unnecessary. These are non-toxic and come in a great array of sizes. Everything from throwing a few AAA's to get to the bottom of the deepest and fasted run to #8's to make sure your dropper is dropping, this tin has got you covered.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

as the previous review states, this hat does run true to size. I was really impressed by the material, it is a thick sturdy material... think carhartt overall toughness. There is a cool pocket on the outside that is fairly hidden, great for.. a lighter or... well use your imagination.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first bought these i wasnt 100% sure what to expect. Maybe a liquid, maybe some sort of gel, but what you actually get is some weird apple-sauce textured fruit mash. The texture was offputting at first, but that was due to expecting something completely different. Once you know what these will be like... theyre actually really good. Its like a mixed fruit apple sauce that delivers tons of energy. I take one of these on the drive to the mountains and feel it working within 30 or so minutes. Drop the redbull and heavily caffeinated energy drinks, have some fruit stuff instead.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Everyone needs a few plain black t-shirts, why not subtly rep the Goat while you're at it. (no logos on this shirt at all) This shirt is extremely comfortable being a blend of cotton/poly and at 5'8'' the Large fits perfectly. The shirt had minimal shrink in the wash

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years Ive been a huge fan of Scientific Anglers lines, mostly because of their durability, but when I got a new Guru reel, i wanted to try something different. DAMN am I glad that i did! The perception fly line is great. The 3 individually colored sections are great for knowing exactly how much fly line you have out (tip is 10 ft camo, 30 ft of tan, rest is gray) This line has the lowest amount of stretch compared to any other line on the market. This means better hook sets, better detection of strikes, and makes mending and casting all the more easy. The welded loop is strong and the line floats high. This is my new favorite line, i have one on my 5 wt do everything rod and i have one spooled up on my 7 wt streamer rod for when I want to throw a floating line.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Recently, with the growing popularity of flyfishing, time and time again ive heard of people spending good money on a fly rod and completely skimping on the reel. "how much could a good reel help, i strip a lot of the fish in anyways" INVEST IN A GOOD REEL! Specifically this reel. When you lose that 25'' fish that smacked a hopper along the bank, you'll know why. This reel has an unbelievably smooth drag that rivals that on reels much more expensive. It is fully machined aluminum, so don't worry about dropping it either, the reel can handle abuse. The arbor is fairly wide allowing it to pick up a good amount of line with each turn of the handle. The whole thing looks great, the replacement spools are fairly cheap ($90), and Lamson Waterworks is a US company out of Idaho. Support the local(ish) brands and get this reel. You will not be disappointed.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The torrent is a really nice rod that is built well, fishes well, comes with redington's warranty... and wont break the bank. This rod fishes a lot like a sage vxp in the same weight, but is hundreds of dollars less expensive. It is a powerful fast action rod, so presenting tiny dry flies delicately is not always the easiest. For throwing bigger bugs(16's and down), nymph rigs, streamers, etc... this rod is great. If you are looking for one rod to take you from tiny creeks to big western rivers... the torrent is a great choice.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Trico's are tiny summer mayflies that have prolific hatches on some western streams. On a recent trip to western wyoming, big rainbows were sipping trico spinners for hours. I tried everything from small black midge to tiny BWO spinner flies and while I got some eats i missed a lot of fish due to not having a true trico pattern. I went home determined to tie up a bunch of these... then realized, its July... im not wasting my time tying size 22 dry flies. Luckily, BC just got a shipment of these in and my tying dilemma was over. These work GREAT for summer Trico hatches and while I hate throwing anything smaller than a giant foam hopper in the summer months, sometimes you need to work those 22's

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love these shorts, they're comfortable, fit well ( true to size), and dry fairly quickly. One thing to be aware of, the red picture above is far darker than what you will receive. The actual shorts are more of a Nantucket red / faded pink color. I kept them as I kind of liked how they look, but if you really want RED shorts, look elsewear.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used many different fly boxes from a ton of different brands. For larger flies, streamers, and stones, I tend to like the C&F boxes as they tend to hold large flies well. For smaller flies, I wont use anything except these Umpqua boxes, The foam is tough and wont tear out after removing a few flies. The slits are also extremely tight. This is nice for two reasons, one, if you drop your box, everything will stay where it was. Second, for small flies such as sz 20-22 BWO nymphs, the fly doesnt get swallowed up by the slits. Everything stays where it is supposed to be.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once the temperatures hit the 80s and the hoppers start flopping around, I dont leave home without this fly. In different sizes and colors it can imitate pretty much anything from a caddis to various species of stoneflies, but I find this fly really gets fish up when the hoppers are out. Fish this fly against the banks near undercuts/cover and you'll have a hell of a day. Trout tend to hit terrestrials hard, so hold on!

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are, by far, the most comfortable pair of flip flops I've worn. For just laying around and lounging in the summer, they are perfect. The beer cozy footbed is super soft. One thing I've noticed is that they do tend to absorb sweat / water a bit and are starting to stink. Not really much of a problem, just air them out at night and they seem good to go.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this streamer, especially in the spring. You always hear about Fall Streamer Fishing, and dont get me wrong, it is great, but don't forget about spring. The majority of the rivers around me here in Utah are great brown trout fisheries. Browns spawn in the fall and come May/June those eggs have hatched and fry (baby trout) are everywhere. Pair this with some high water due to runoff and baby browns are easy pickings for the bigger meat eating trout. The dirty hippie is a great imitation of these little fish and the pattern really gets those big fish in an eating mood.

There is a conehead buried in the hair, so there is enough weight to fish these on a floating line, though I prefer to fish streamers on a 150-200 grain sink line... if the water level/river permits.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Chromapop eh? Its a tough technology to sell as, when you put on the sunglasses you dont really notice a big change. You can see clearly, colors look good, and you can stare at the sun, same as most other sunglasses out there... so whats the big deal?

I first noticed how good the lens was when I was out on the water fishing. First off, the polarization is great, it takes care of all glare which helps with eye fatigue and seeing "through" the water. The chromapop really shines trying to spot fish. Colors stay true with chromapop and with that, i was able to pick out contrast extremely easily. Fish that I usually wouldnt see until I walked on / spooked them, were clear as day.

If you really want to be impressed with the sunglasses, wear an old pair of sunglasses for 2 minutes then switch to the chromapops. The difference is clearly noticeable. The colors are so much more vibrant and true.

Beyond the crazy lens, the mastermind is a great frame. It has a similar style to Oakleys "holbrook" which has been a top seller for years. They are comfortable and, with the rubber backing to the arms, they dont slip/move around / fall into the river.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Oh man, I love these waders for so many reasons. If you spend a lot of time of the river, you NEED to own a pair.

A lot of waders, especially the waders I have used by Simms tend to be extremely stiff and uncomfortable the first few times you wear them. This is probably due to the 3,5, or 7 layers of goretex they use to keep you dry. The redington material, while equally as waterproof as the goretex, is more comfortable, softer to the touch, and since it is not as thick, honestly feels more breathable. (Though Ive only used the waders in winter fishing applications.)

The waders have a full-zip front, which i love. It makes getting the waders on and off extremely easy and going to the bathroom while in the waders is simple. With my Simms G3's I'd have to take my jacket, backpack, and shoulder straps off just to pee. With the Redington's I can just unzip and be on my way. The zipper is completely waterproof and does not catch. The rest of the wader is extremely well thought out with ample storage (waterproof pocket, inside mesh pockets, and hand-warmer pockets), a basic wading belt, and a nice overall classic fisherman style.

My favorite part of the wader are the sonic-welded seams. Seams have always been where my waders begin to leak, especially around the knee/thigh area where there is a lot of wear. Redingtons Sonic welding technology eliminates all seems, which eliminates weak spots where leaks can begin. I have used these a few dozen times now and have stayed completely dry and see no signs of wear. They look as nice as the day i took them out of the box.

Get these waders! you will not be disappointed.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Redington gear. You get the quality and performance of the super high end brands (Hardy, Ross) but with half the cost. The reel is machined alumunim so it wont dent/break when you take a digger walking to your favorite spot. I own this reel in a 4wt and in a 7wt. On the 7 I have one spool with a SA Magnum fly line and one with a SA 200 grain sink line. The spools interchange easily and smoothly and I've never had any issues going from one to the other. The drag system is smooth and catch free and the weight of the reel seems to balance with the rod perfectly. I am very impressed with the look, finish, and feel of the reel as well.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Neoprene waders are a thing of the past, so to stay warm in my Redington Super Dry waders, i wear the I/O fleece pants. They are warm, have a zipper back pocket so you dont lose valuables, and the foot have stirrups. Nothing worse than pulling up your waders and having your pants ride all the way up., the stirrups prevent this and make a day on the river all the more comfortable.

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