Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack
The award winning Fishpond Black Canyon backpack.

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.

Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack
The award winning Fishpond Black Canyon backpack.

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


More praise for the Vapen, eh? Starting to get me interested.

Definitely have a look at our first impressions if you haven't seen them already.