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.
Tacky Fly Box
Speaking of trying to reinvent the fly box, that's exactly what Tacky Fly Fishing aimed to do with its Tacky Fly Box, and many folks seem to think they've succeeded. The one award winner in our group of accessory highlights, the Tacky Fly Box took home the award for 'Best Fly Box/Storage System' this year, much to the delight of the crowd at the awards ceremony. The Tacky Fly box began as a Kickstarter project and much of its two year R&D has gone on in the public eye. The result, which formally debuted at IFTD, is a new design that claims to offer vast improvement over traditional foam boxes and their poor durability through a new slit design that is cut into a silicone material instead of foam. A lot of the fishermen we talked with at the show that got a chance to go hands-on with the Tacky Fly Box were impressed, and so were we.
Bozeman Fly Fishing Bug Collars
Bozeman Reel Company is now Bozeman Fly Fishing, thanks to the introduction of a number of accessories into their product lineup. One of those new introductions is their new Bug Collars. I'm spend a shamefully small amount of time behind the vice. This is due partially to my busy schedule but mostly a result of the fact that I'm a pretty crappy tier. Bozeman Fly Fishing's new Bug Collars -- doughnut shaped brass beads designed for adding hot spots to nymphs and other flies -- make me want to dust off the vice and hone my craft to create all manner of new nymph creations, ones which would otherwise require considerably more patience, skill and a more significant stock of materials than I have. Bug collars have a slight cone shape on one end are convex with a countersunk hole on the other side. They work seamlessly with bead and cone heads and can also be neatly stacked, creating a ribbed effect. They're available in a wide range of colors and sizes, including beads that flouresce for UV hot spot fans, and won't break the bank at 18 cents a pop. Retail: $18 (pack of 100).
Umpqua Tailgater Organizer
The Umpqua Tailgater Organizer was another product that was being widely talked about at the show and is one of those should-have-thought of it products. Well, since you didn't, Umpqua did and chances are they'll be selling a lot of these instead of you. The Tailgater Organizer turns those Rubbermaid totes that find their way into many a fisherman's cars, trucks, boats and more as "go boxes", wader and boot storage and so on into a bonafide workstation for everything fishing related and more. Through a simple strap system, the Tailgater Organizer attaches to a wide size range of toes and offers up four panels of storage and organization. According to the Umpqua team, the Tailgater Organizer has also been tested on coolers -- such as the YETI -- with promising results. Retail: $79.