In the beginning…
Rich Yvon started streamside fishing in the early 1980s fishing rivers and streams in the Northeast. Graduating to steelhead river fishing, through the ’90s found himself needing better stability and safety running the water in upper state New York. When He first tried on his first pair of Korker tie on “river cleats”, his is world had changed forever. Fly fishing water in swift current was now not only safe but had given him the confidence to pursue the love of steelhead in swift hydro rivers. As time passed he graduated to the buckle and strap cleats. As Korkers evolved into today, a very diversified, outdoor staple, so did his use and passion for the Korkers line of products. Now with the Omni Trax system, Korkers is the most diversified boot company on the planet. The product line addresses all his outdoor shoe needs for wading, ice fishing, snowshoeing and outdoor adventuring. Guiding in Maine, Korkers is a must have and a necessity for his four seasons of outdoor work.
” I highly recommend Korkers products for anyone looking for the absolute best boot and tread solutions for any active outdoors person “
~ Richard A Yvon, – Maine Registered Guide and Lodge owner for Twin Maple Outdoors
Photo: Richard Yvon – circa 1990’s Grindstone River, NY.
The Korkers brand was born over 50 years ago on the rugged and treacherous riverbanks of the Rogue River near Grants Pass, Oregon. Made by hand, using scrap rubber, nylon cord, and carbide spikes, Korkers “River Cleats” was created in the basement of Korkers founder, Sherman Smith.