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.
On Thursday night, the show's organizers — the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) — announced the winner's of this years New Product Showcase. Products entered in the showcase are voted on by dealers and media (manufacturers can't vote). And while not every great new product wins or gets featured in the showcase, they offer anglers a chance for a peek at some of the best new products that will show up in fly shops and online over the next 12 months.
This year's showcase was dominated by Simms, which took home six different awards including Best Boot and Best Men's Wader for its new wet-wading-specific Intruder Boot and its limited run G3 WQW Waders. Sage, RIO, Fishpond, Scott and Nautilus each took home two honors, with the latter winning both 'best of' reel categories; freshwater and saltwater. Sage took home Best Freshwater Fly Rod for its new trout-targeted rod, the MOD, while Best of Show and Best Saltwater Fly Rod honors went to Scott for its new saltwater stick, the Meridian.
Check below for the full list of winners and stay tuned for more details, highlights and coverage from IFTD 2015.
|Men’s Waders||Simms Fishing Products||WQW G3 Guide Waders|
|Women’s Waders||Redington||Willow River Wader|
|Chest Pack/Vest||Fishpond||Summit Sling|
|Men’s Outerwear||Simms Fishing Products||Vapor Elite Jkt|
|Women’s Outerwear||Simms Fishing Products||Women’s Hyalite Jkt|
|Youth Product||Umpqua Feather Merchants||Rock Creek 2S Chest Pack|
|Eco-Friendly Product||Fishpond||Thunderhead Sling|
|Fly Rod – Freshwater||Sage Fly Fishing||MOD|
|Fly Rod – Saltwater||Scott Fly Rod Co||The Meridian|
|Reel – Freshwater||Nautilus Reels||X 4/6|
|Reel – Saltwater||Nautilus Reels||X 7/9|
|Boat/Personal Watercraft||Estrada Art. LLC||Estrada Signature L2 Fish|
|Fly Line – Freshwater||RIO Products||The Light Line|
|Fly Line – Saltwater||RIO Products||In Touch Striper Line|
|Fly Box/Storage System||Tacky Fly Fishing||The Big Bug Box|
|Fly Tying Materials/Equipment||Peak Fishing||PRVLIRS|
|Fly Pattern – Freshwater||Fly Men Fishing Co||Broyhill’s Jack Knife|
|Fly Pattern – Saltwater||Umpqua Feather Merchants||Lexo’s Pop Up Crab|
|Accessory||Hatch Outdoors. Inc||The Hatch Nipper|
|Men’s General Apparel||Sage Fly Fishing||Guide Shirt|
|Women’s General Apparel||Simms Fishing Products||Women’s Pro REINA Shirt|
|DVD||Angler’s Book Supply||Tributaries: The Series|
|Book||Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures||Fly Fish Belize|
|Gift Item||DeYoung Studio||DeYoung Saltwater Pilsner|
|Luggage||Simms Fishing Products||Bounty Hunter 100 Roller|
|Wading Boots||Simms Fishing Products||The Intruder Boot|
|Best of Show||Scott Fly Rod Co||The Meridian|