The fourth annual Tenkara Summit will be held this year in Boulder, Colorado. The two-day event will be held at the Millenium Hotel on the banks of Boulder Creek and will include a variety of presentations, clinics and lots of tenkara anglers hitting the water in search of feisty trout.
Clinics and talks at the summit will cover general tenkara topics, tenkara casting, fly tying and more. This year's Tenkara Summit will also feature a presentation by Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, who is widely recognized as the world's foremost authority on tenkara fishing.
A great number of new products are debuted at the annual International Fly Tackle Dealers show. Each year, a handful items stand out among the crowd of new introductions. In order to help highlight some of the new products, IFTD allows attendees of the show to vote for their favorites in its New Products Showcase. While this helps bring attention to some great products, there are many that don't win awards or that aren't entered in the showcase which don't always get the attention they deserve. Over the next few weeks, in an effort to help highlight some of this year's best new products, we'll be publishing a series of pieces highlighting some of the new products that caught our eye at this year's show in Orlando.
Fishpond Sushi Roll
Although accessory manufacturers are always trying to reinvent the fly box, with varying levels of success, Fishpond has decided to go in another direction with its new Sushi Roll. The Sushi Roll is a storage solution for big streamers, saltwater flies and the like which aims to improve over big fly boxes and their issues with bulk, durability and moisture retention. The Sushi Roll is a nylon backed foam mat that you can plunk a hefty number of streamers onto. Once you've plucked off the fly of your choice, simply roll up the Sushi Roll and stash it. The Sushi Roll is lined with foam teeth that separate its layers which, according to Fishpond, lets air to flow through, allowing your streamers to dry and preventing your hooks from rusting. Once rolled up, the Sushi Roll takes up considerably less real estate than a hard box. Retail: $30.
We've been patiently waiting for a chance to talk about the new Omega fly reel while the team over at Allen Fly Fishing has been perfecting the design and details over the last year or so. The Omega has reared its head a couple times before being formally introduced in this year's new product showcase at IFTD in Orlando, but only briefly and without the lid really being lifted on what the Omega was all about. The Omega's driving feature, an interchangeable drag unit that can be swapped between spools and frames, is a first in the world of fly reels and one that may change the way you think about -- and buy -- fly reels.
The fully removable drag unit (in red) of a prototype of the new Omega fly reel from Allen Fly Fishing.
Fly fishermen have long been accustomed to being able to buy interchangeable spools for their fly reels allowing, for instance, a saltwater angler to carry a nine weight reel spooled with a floating line but also tote along two extra spools loaded with intermediate and full sinking lines. The swappable spools turns one reel into three, with the minor inconvenience of restringing a fly rod. But Allen's new Omega fly reel takes this concept to previously uncharted territory, seeking to add even more versatility and give anglers an even greater value for their dollar.
At its annual "party at the pond" last night, IFTD announced the winners of its new products showcase at this year's show. Over 1,000 attendees voted, selecting their pick for the best product in 28 different categories which included several new women-specific categories. Simms and Sage stood out from the crowd, with Simms walking away with seven total awards and Sage winning both fly rod categories as well as taking home 'Best of Show' honors for its new SALT fly rod series.
Sage's "Best of Show" winning SALT fly rod.
Other multiple category winners included Nautilus, which swept both fly reel categories and Fishpond, which received honors in both the chest pack/vest, eco-friendly product and the luggage categories. The full list of winners at the 2014 IFTD show in Orlando, Florida follows.
Vedavoo's Little Bugger sling pack, winner for "Best Youth Product".
With the International Fly Tackle Dealers show (IFTD) in Orlando just days away, Simms has released its list of products that it will debut for its Spring 2015 lineup. Included in the list of new offerings are additions to almost every category of products that Simms manufactures, including a number of new items designed specifically for female anglers.
Simms' new Dry Creek Z backpack.
Simms popular Dry Creek line of water-resistant bags is seeing many of its existing bags upgraded from water-resistant storage to waterproof storage through the addition of waterproof TiZIP zippers. New incarnations of the backpack, duffel and hip pack have been adorned with the TIZIP waterproof closures and will wear the moniker "Dry Creek Z." The new bags/packs will retail for $299.95, $349.95 and $199.95, respectively.