Sage X tops list of 'Best of Show' winners at IFTD 2016

Simms, Umpqua and Patagonia also rack up multiple wins
iftd 2016 best of show award
AFFTA president Ben Bulis presents the Sage fly fishing team with IFTD's 2016 'Best of Show' award (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Each year at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show, hundreds of industry professionals select their picks for the best new rods, reels, lines, apparel and other gear. This year, a record number of attendees voted to determine this year's winners. When the results shook out, Sage's new flagship fly rod, the Sage X, stole the spotlight with wins in three categories — Best Freshwater Fly Rod, Best Saltwater Fly Rod and Best in Show. The wins marked the first time in IFTD history that the same series of rod has racked up wins in both fly rod categories and 'Best of Show'.

The X faced stiff competition in a year where several other manufacturers brought new high-end and/or flagship rods to the market — most notably the new G. Loomis Asquith and R. L. Winston Air.

simms g4 pro sling pack
Simms' Rich Hohne shows off the spacious interior of the new G4 Pro sling pack, winner of Best Chest Pack/Vest.

Simms, as it has been known to do, walked away with more honors than any other manufacturer, posting wins in five categories including best Men's Waders, Wading Boots and Chest/Hip pack. Umpqua (4), RIO (3) and Patagonia (2) rounded out the list of multi-category winners.

Fishpond's new Thunderhead duffel
Fishpond's new Thunderhead duffel, winner of Best Eco-friendly Product.

See the full list of IFTD 2016 categories and winners below.

Best of Show Sage X 590
Fly Rod: Freshwater Sage X 590
Fly Rod: Saltwater Sage X 890
Reel: Freshwater Ross Reels Colorado LT
Reel: Saltwater Abel Reels SDS
Fly Line: Freshwater RIO Products InTouch Big Nasty
Fly Line: Saltwater RIO Products Winter Redfish
Leader / Tippet RIO Products RIO Saltwater Mono
Fly Pattern: Freshwater Aqua Flies, LLC Stu Foxall’s PrawnTruder
Fly Pattern: Saltwater Umpqua Feather Merchants Contraband Crab, Chicone
Fly Box / Storage System Tacky Fly Fishing Tacky Dry Fly Box
Fly Tying Materials / Equipment Freestone Designs The Go Box
Men’s Waders Simms Fishing Products Headwater Pro Waders
Women’s Waders Hodgman Women’s H4 Wader
Wading Boots Simms Fishing Products Rip Rap Shoe Felt
Check Pack / Vest Simms Fishing Products G4 Pro Sling Pack
Luggage Umpqua Feather Merchants ZeroSweep Cooler-Gater
Men’s Outerwear Patagonia Minimalist Wading Jacket
Men’s General Apparel Simms Fishing Products Intruder BiComp L/S Shirt
Women’s Outerwear Patagonia Women’s River Salt Jacket
Women’s General Apparel Simms Fishing Products Women’s Rip Rap Sandal
Youth Product Umpqua Feather Merchants ZS Wader Chest Pack
Accessories (under $100) Orvis U.S.-Made Aluminum Nipper
Eco-friendly Product Fishpond Thunderhead Duffel
Boat / Personal Watercraft Outcast Sporting Gear Fish Cat 5 Mat
Book Angler’s Book Supply Fusion Fly Tying
DVD RIO Products Favorite Fly-Fishing Knots
Gift Items (under $100) Umpqua Feather Merchants ZS Guide Wader Belt
P.O.S. / Booking Software The Outfitter Pro Online Booking System