Sweet New Fly Fishing Gear: GearJunkie Picks From IFTD 2019


3 complete days on the floor at fly fishing’s major trade show, IFTD, gave GearJunkie’s Hunt/Fish editor a strong take on what’s new in fly fishing now. Right here are our picks from the show.

It is effortless to get caught up in market awards. It is a collective “hell yeah” for top rated-of-the-line gear. But a lot of items can go unnoticed or are beat out by compact margins.

There was a ton of gear to get excited about at IFTD. And in my time on the floor, I had the possibility to speak with brands about the heart and soul they’re placing into their items. It is really hard not to catch onto the enthusiasm, but it is even extra entertaining to dig into the gear.

Right here are my picks for the top rated gear from this year’s IFTD trade show that is at present accessible and on the industry.

Orvis PRO Collection, Cost Varies

Orvis PRO Wading Boot

I know. An whole collection? But my answer is yes. As a brand, Orvis is regularly a single of the most reasonably priced and welcoming brands on the industry. Not only does it deliver entry-level waders that commence at $170, but it also does a bang-up job of supporting and educating aspiring sportsmen and sportswomen across the board.

Here’s why the PRO Collection is essential: It permits brand-loyal fans to stick with Orvis from entry to mastery. It is a commitment to excellence across the board, and it is equitable across genders for the brand’s very first pro release. And it is a fairly dang excellent left hook to the pro level waders on the industry, as the price tag tag is significantly significantly less than competing waders and gear.

Personally, I’m excited to get fishing this fall in the new PRO Wading Boot ($229). And I’ve been wearing the Women’s PRO Insulated Hoody ($229) and the 1/two Zip Fleece ($119) all summer time due to the fact Montana is cold, and I want these items year-round.

Howler Brothers Waterman’s Function Pants, $99

Howler Brothers Waterman's Work Pants

These are cool. Like, put on-to-the-workplace, show-up-on-a-casual-date cool. But they’re also techy sufficient for days on the water. And that is what Howler Brothers does nicely: make men’s clothing that are functionally cool.

The operate pant aesthetic in a rapid-drying technical pant is a ideal meld. The pants sport added pockets for fishing tools, reinforced tension locations, a bungee cord closure at the bottom hems, and a stretchy blend of spandex and nylon that’ll move with you and hold you dry.

YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap, $30

YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap

A single of my greatest commitments more than the previous handful of years has been to drastically cut down my personal plastic waste. When I saw that AFFTA was following suit at IFTD, I was stoked. And thanks to YETI, I was also ready.

I’ve place coffee mugs in my backpack prior to, but in no way with any self-confidence, which place a bit of a damper on my plastic-fighting methods. But the HotShot cap is actually great and ultimately trustworthy. Its screw-on, screw-down style permits you to drink from any angle and close it off fully when completed.

The 12-ounce is compact sufficient to stash actually anyplace, and I trust it subsequent to my MacBook Air as nicely as stashed in my fishing pack. And the price tag tag is worth the peace of thoughts.

WETFLY Backcountry Tenkara Package, $140

WETFLY Backcountry Tenkara Package

With 20 years in the market in its back pocket, it was effortless to get jazzed about WETFLY’s ongoing brand story. Owner Don Fitzwater and his group operate to produce gear that is effortless and reasonably priced. And just after seeing how the brand’s backcountry rods fold down into minuscule, almost pocket-size containment, the backcountry angler in me got fairly excited.

When I believe about who may get into fly fishing, I believe about the backpacking neighborhood. And this $140 entry point to catching higher-alpine trout is an effortless attain for people hunting to add extra entertaining to their time in the woods. It comes with a rod, leader, tippet, a line winder, and a carry tube.

I’ll add that I also adore its new-for-2019 Slim Waterproof Fly Box (beginning at $20). It is basically the size and thickness of a significant iPhone, and it can be simply shoved into pockets or slid into packs with no bulking up your life. WETFLY’s practicality is a 10 from me. And the affordability is the icing on that cake.

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders, $349

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders

If you have ever devoted a substantial and usually swampy piece of space in your rig to waders, here’s your saving grace. The Middle Fork Packable Waders have been out for a hot minute, but every single time I see them in their Nalgene-sized bag, I’m reminded of how cool and important they are.

A gentleman on the floor with me had them in hand and mentioned, “These are the only waders you will ever want.” And for the weekend-warrior-kind of angler, he’s not incorrect. All the things about this wader is minimal. It capabilities an interior dry pocket, thin rubber booties, and recycled nylon. Weighing in at 26 ounces, it is not out of the realm for a pack trip into the hills.

These waders have been about because 2018, but a packable fishing-focused raincoat is also coming down the line from Patagonia in the fall of 2020 along with new insulated puff pants. The puff pant stoke is genuine, you guys. And the combo of these 3 pieces is gonna make for a wonderful travel setup for each warm and cold water.


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