It’s a tough time to be a fish....
A very busy and energetic IFTD/ICAST show in Orlando came to a close Friday. By and large, manufacturers continued the trend established over the last year or two: continuing to innovate new and improve existing products to perform better, meet niche demands and be more sustainable.
I've been pissing and moaning for years about the lack of a wet-wading dedicated boot on the market. Given the vast swaths of anglers that ditch their waders as soon as the weather and water get warm enough, it has long seemed like a market vacancy in need of filling. Yet we've been told otherwise — there's no demand, they won't sell, no one wants them — in conversations with almost every wading boot manufacturer out there (including Simms). But thankfully, either the market has changed or Simms is trying to change it.
Last week RIO introduced its new InTouch Single Hand Spey line as the first addition to its 2016 lineup. Today, RIO has followed up by announcing a bevy of other new lines and other products, which will join the InTouch Single Hand spey line in RIO's refreshed and seemingly ever-expanding list of offerings.