The Ideal Fly Fishing Gear Now: 2019 IFTD Awards


Simms came out as a dominant force in fly fishing at the International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show final week in Denver. The brand took property 10 best awards from the show, from waders to outerwear to accessories.

The leaders in the planet of fly fishing can brush their shoulders off just after final week. A few brands dominated best spots in their categories.

Simms took property 10 awards with a clean sweep of the apparel category. Abel Reels and Ross Reels took property the saltwater and freshwater reel categories, respectively. Sage took two out of 3 of the rod category.

Scientific Angler locked down for line and tippet. And Fishpond took property 3 awards for thoughtful and fresh gear in 3 various categories. But it was Scott that took property Ideal of Show with its Sector Series for fishing the salt.

Right here, we lead with the Sector, break down 10 a lot more best things from the show, and list the rest of the awards.

Leading Awards From IFTD 2019

All round Ideal of Show — Fly Rod (Saltwater): Scott Fly Rods, Sector Series

Scott Fly Rods Sector Series

The rod is a rapidly-action, state-of-the-art, tech nerd’s dream rod. And at $985, it is definitely highly-priced. But it ain’t the most highly-priced factor out there! It is hand-crafted for higher functionality, with its revolutionary Carbon Net technologies and Ceracoil guides with PVD coating.

Youth Solution — Gear/Apparel: Fishpond, Tenderfoot Youth Vest

Fishpond Tenderfoot Youth Vest

For the kiddo who loves to fly fish as considerably as the adults in the space, this is a sweet tiny vest. With all the accouterments of a grown-up’s vest and a sized-down match for the littler anglers, Fishpond leaves no one particular out with this addition to its lineup.

Fly Box/Storage Method — Gear: Fishpond, Fly Dock

Fishpond Fly Dock

Fishpond’s current acquisition of Tacky Fly Fishing also gains the brand a third award in the Ideal of Show category. This nifty tiny feller can stick in a billion areas, and it’ll hold a grip of flies from streamers to nymphs. The Velcro bottom permits for effortless transfer from fly box to your fishing vest, or anyplace you deem Velcro may belong. At $eight, it also will not break the bank.

Eco-Friendly — Gear: Patagonia, Black Hole Gear Tote

Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote

Yay for eco-friendly! Patagonia, of course, reins it in with its 100-%-recycled Black Hole Gear Tote. It is an all-about bag that will hold all the things from fishing gear to beach gear to all the things you want for a rapid overnight. And you can really feel seriously excellent about owning one particular.

Chest-Pack/Vest — Gear: Fishpond, Flathead Sling

Fishpond Flathead Sling

The Fishpond Flathead Sling is a slick, revolutionary, and, frankly, cool way to carry your gear. Major sufficient to carry a coat, a water bottle, and your supplies, it is nevertheless agile and tiny sufficient to not be annoying on the river.

Facts like side pockets, an effortless-access topper for flies, and an ambidextrous design and style add thoughtfulness to this pack and grabbed it the best spot in its category.

Fly Rod — Freshwater: Sage Fly Fishing, Trout LL

Sage Fly Fishing TROUT LL rod

The Trout LL rod series is developed to give anglers an optimized practical experience for wade fishing, light tippets, close casts, and tiny flies. Blank taper optimization and specialized length offerings aim to make this an excellent dry fly rod.

The Trout LL is out there from three- to six-weights in lengths ranging from 7’9” to 9’.

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Fly Rod — two-Handed/Spey: Sage Fly Fishing, Trout Spey HD

Sage Fly Fishing TROUT SPEY HD rod

The design and style of this rod creates a lighter class of spey rod for the trout enthusiast. Sage is introducing 5 models from 10’3″ to 11’3″ and weights from 1 to four. And quickly, enthusiasts of the brand will have new selections for covering as considerably water as doable in the strategy they choose.

Reel — Freshwater: Ross Reels, San Miguel

Ross Reels San Miguel fly reel

A throwback to the San Miguel of old, Ross Reels will be re-introducing the slick and redesigned San Miguel in December of 2019. The rapidly retrieval on this rod is quite spectacular, and the canvas Micarta grip permits for a no-slip hold in all sorts of situations. Plus, this reel is just quite.

Reel — Saltwater: Abel Reels, VAYA

Abel Reels VAYA fly reel

The sister organization to Ross, Abel took the Saltwater category with its entirely beautiful VAYA reel. It is thought of a reel for “light salt,” and its extremely low weight profile speaks to that. It is very adjustable with a partially ported frame.

A single of my favored touches on this reel is the milled fly pattern silhouette that is relevant to the size of every single model. And the hand-painted motifs knock it outta the park. This one particular is each functional and stunning — absolutely nothing incorrect with that.

Men’s — Waders: Simms Fishing Items, G4Z Stockingfoot Wader

Simms Fishing Products G4Z Stockingfoot Wader

The Simms G4Z Stockingfoot Wader is a beast of bodily burden. Produced of GORE-TEX Pro Shell, the 3-layer upper combines with 4-layer lowers. Compression-molded stocking feet reduce bulk even though focusing on comfort and durability. These are cool waders for cold climate with out compromising on a thoughtful athletic action for the angler in motion.

The fabric is the coolest element. It feels soft, nearly suede-like with out the thickness. Simms utilizes the exact same fabric for the women’s G3Z wader, but on the women’s model, Simms went with a side zip.

Women’s — Common Apparel: Simms Fishing Items, Bugstopper Leggings

Bugstopper Leggings

I personally like Simms Bugstopper Hoody, so the genius of a pant is not lost on me. Permethrin-treated garments are the really serious enterprise when you are in Bug Town. And it operates — even via one thing nuts like washes.

Plus, the leggings are enjoyable with a bit of a pattern, but absolutely nothing as well overwhelming for these of us who do not like to be as well flashy.

IFTD 2019 Awards: Ideal of the Rest

  • Accessories — Below $100: Simms Fishing Items, Pro Nipper
  • Accessories — More than $100: Increasing, Travel Net
  • Present Products — Below $100: Danforth Art, Danforth Art
  • Entertainment/Education: Anglers Book Provide, “Steelhead Fly Tying” by Dec Hogan and Marty Howard
  • Fly Hooks — Gear: Umpqua Feather Merchants, XT050 Stubby T (#10-18)
  • Vices and Tying Tools — Gear: Renzetti, Streamer Pedestal Base
  • Fly Tying Supplies: Hareline Dubbin, Bling Rabbit Strips
  • Fly Line — Freshwater: Scientific Anglers, Amplitude Smooth Infinity
  • Fly Line — Saltwater: Scientific Anglers, Amplitude Smooth Infinity Salt
  • Leader/Tippet — Gear: Scientific Anglers, Absolute Trout Tippet
  • Fly Pattern — Saltwater: Umpqua Feather Merchants, Skok Sturdy-Arm Crab
  • Fly Pattern — Freshwater: Flymen Fishing Enterprise, Micro Changer
  • Luggage (Bags, Backpacks) — Gear: Simms Fishing Items, GTS Roller Duffel 110L
  • Boat/Private Watercraft — Gear: Outcast Sporting Gear, IK Angler 11′
  • Men’s — Common Apparel: Simms Fishing Items, SolarFlex UltraCool Armor
  • Men’s — Outerwear: Simms Fishing Items, G4 Pro Jacket
  • Men’s — Wading Boots: Simms Fishing Items, G4 PRO Boot
  • Women’s — Waders: Simms Fishing Items, Women’s G3 Guide Z Wader
  • Women’s — Outerwear: Simms Fishing Items, Women’s G3 Guide Jacket


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