Sage tops IFTD 2017 with its second straight 'Best of Show' award

The new SALT HD fly rod helps Sage repeat at IFTD
 Sage SALT HD fly rod
The new Sage SALT HD fly rod (photo: Chad Shmukler).

The annual IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealers) show came to a close last Friday in Orlando, Florida. Each year, the culmination of the show's exhibits is the the 'Party at the Pond' where the winners for 'Best of Show' in 30 different categories are announced. This year, Sage was awarded with the show's highest honor for the second year in a row, with its new SALT HD fly rod.

The SALT HD faced a surprisingly stout field filled with strong new fly rod offerings such as the new Helios 3 from Orvis, Scott's new G Series and G. Loomis' new IMX-PRO, just to name a few.

While Sage received the show's highest award, Fishpond and Simms walked away the most awards, each topping out in four categories. RIO (who swept all three fly line/leader categories), Umpqua, Orvis and Sage also walked away with wins in multiple categories.

IFTD will return to Orlando next July for another combined ICAST/IFTD exhibition, before heading to Denver in 2019 for its first IFTD-only show in many years. IFTD 2019 will be held October 16–18 at the Colorado Convention Center.

See the full list of IFTD 2017 categories and winners below.

jerry siem accepts IFTD 2017 best of show award
Sage rod designer Jerry Siem accepts the award for 'Best of Show' at IFTD 2017.
Best of Show Sage SALT HD
Fly Rod: Freshwater Scott G Series
Fly Rod: Saltwater Sage SALT HD
Reel: Freshwater Abel SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh)
Reel: Saltwater Nautilus GTx
Fly Line: Freshwater RIO Products IT Single-Handed Spey 3D
Fly Line: Saltwater RIO Products Flats Pro
Leader / Tippet RIO Products Big Nasty Leader
Fly Pattern: Freshwater Flymen Fishing Company Double Barrel Bass Bug
Fly Pattern: Saltwater Umpqua Feather Merchants Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny
Fly Box / Storage System Umpqua Feather Merchants UPG HD Mag Midge Fly Box
Fly Tying Materials Fair Flies Composite Brushes
Fly Tying Vices and Tying Tools Umpqua Feather Merchants TMC Magnetic Bobbin, Fine
Fly Hooks Stealth Fly Products Stealth Hooks & System
Men’s Waders Simms Fishing Products G3 Waders
Women’s Waders Orvis Women's Ultralight Waders
Men's Wading Boots Orvis Ultralight Wading Boot
Women's Wading Boots Korkers Women's Dark Horse Wading Boot
Check Pack / Vest Fishpond Submersible Lumbar Pack
Luggage Fishpond Grand Teton Rolling Bag
Men’s Outerwear Simms Fishing Products G3 Guide Tactical Jacket
Men’s General Apparel Simms Fishing Products SolarFlex Armor Shirt
Women’s Outerwear Orvis Pro Wading Jacket
Women’s General Apparel Simms Fishing Products Women’s BiComp LS Shirt
Youth Product Redington Minnow Outfit
Accessories (under $100) Fishpond Quickshot Rod Holder
Gift Items (under $100) DeYoung Studios DeYoung Gift Wrap
Eco-friendly Product Fishpond Submersible Backpack
Boat / Personal Watercraft Creek Company T. Rex 9.8 Mini Drifter
Entertainment/Education Stackpole Books / Lyons Press Orvis Fly Fishing Guide