AFFTA has announced the selections for the best of the new products showcased at this year's IFTD show. As you'll see below, the winners represent a diverse group of manufacturers.
Several highlights of the selections include best saltwater rod going to the Redington Vapen, which also won best new fly rod at EFFTEX, the Scott Radian -- which has been receiving high praise from those who have spent time with it -- taking best freshwater rod and overall best in show, and Simms redesigned G3 Guide Stockingfoot waders being awarded best new waders.
Redington, Fishpond and Simms each saw multiple products receive honors. Simms' aforementioned G3 Guide waders, their Acklins jacket and its new G4 BOA wading boots received honors, while Fishpond received honors for its Black Canyon backpack, Vaquero vest and Westwater Zippered Duffel. Redington took honors for their Vapen Rod and for their new Youth wading boots, Ruckus.
Here is the full list of the 'best of' selections:
|Best of Show||Radian by Scott Fly Rods Company|
|Fly Rod (Freshwater)||Radian by Scott Fly Rod Company|
|Fly Rod (Saltwater)||Vapen Rod by Redington|
|Reel (Freshwater)||Sage Fly Fishing 2250 (5-6 wt.)|
|Reel (Saltwater)||Nautilus CCFX2 by Nautilus Reels|
|Fly line (Freshwater)||RIO Perception by RIO|
|Fly line (Saltwater)||Chard Grand Slam by Scientific Anglers|
|Waders||G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders by Simms Fishing Products|
|Chest Pack / Vest||Vaquero Vest by Fishpond|
|Outerwear||Acklins Jacket by Simms Fishing Products|
|Eyewear||Hatch by Costa Sunglasses|
|Youth Product||Ruckus Youth Wading Boot by Redington|
|Women’s Product||Women’s G3 Stockingfoot Waders by Simms Fishing Products|
|Eco-friendly Product||Black Canyon Backpack by FishPond|
|Boat/Personal Watercraft||Stealth Pro by Outcast Sporting Gear|
|Fly Box / Storage System||C & F Design Intruder Fly Box|
|Fly Tying / Materials / Equipment||Fish Skull Fish-Mask by Flymen Fishing Co.|
|Fly Pattern (Freshwater)||UV2 Maynymphulator by Spirit River|
|Fly Pattern (Saltwater)||Fish-Skull Masked Minnow by Flymen Fishing Co.|
|Accessory||LT Series Transport System by Quick-Cast|
|General Apparel||GT Tricomp Longsleeve Shirt by Simms Fishing Products|
|DVD||Predator by Gin-Clear Media from Angler’s Book Supply|
|Book||Why I Fly Fish by Chris Santella from Angler’s Book Supply|
|Gift Item||Abel Grateful Dead Edition Reel by Abel Automatics, Inc.|
|Luggage||Westwater Zippered Duffel by Fishpond|
|Wading Boots||G4 Boa Boot by Simms Fishing Products|
DDon replied on Permalink
More praise for the Vapen, eh? Starting to get me interested.
Chad Shmukler replied on Permalink
Definitely have a look at our first impressions if you haven't seen them already.