Newcomers’ dreams come true at IFTD Awards
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Fly fishing fairy tales came true for two show debutants at this evening’s IFTD Best Product Awards in the Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando.
Stealth Fly Products, which launched its new hooks only seven months ago, and Fair Flies Composite Brushes, stepped up to the podium to collect their awards in front of a packed ‘party on the pool’.
Fueled by five barrels of beer from sponsor, Sweetwater Brewery, and guided through the programme by AFFTA Chairman and comic-in-waiting Michael White, the audience also showed their appreciation for Sage.
The Far Bank brand won the Best Saltwater Rod and overall Best of Show categories with its Salt HD rod, the same product that brought an award back from the EFTTEX show in Budapest a week earlier.
Other big hitters with multiple IFTD awards included Simms Fishing Products and Fishpond, who took four awards each, Umpqua (three), RIO (three) and Orvis (three).
The winners were:
- Men’s Wading Boots: Orvis — Ultralight Wading Boot
- Men’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products — G3 Wader
- Men’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products – G3 Guide Tactical Jacket
- Men’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products — SolarFlex Armor Shirt
- Women’s Waders: Orvis — Women’s Ultralight Waders
- Women’s Outerwear: Orvis — Pro Wading Jacket
- Women’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products — Women’s BiComp LS Shirt
- Women’s Wading Boots: Korkers, LLC — Women’s Dark Horse Boot
- Accessories Under $100: Fishpond, Inc. — Quickshot Rod Holder
- Gift Items Under $100: DeYoung Studios — DeYoung Gift Wrap
- Fly Rod — Freshwater: Scott Fly Fishing — The G Series
- Fly Rod — Saltwater: Sage Fly Fishing — Salt HD
- Reel – Freshwater: Abel — SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh)
- Reel – Saltwater: Nautilus Reels — GTx
- Fly Line — Freshwater: RIO Products — IT Single-Handed Spey 3D
- Fly Line — Saltwater: RIO Products — Direct Core Flats Pro
- Leader / Tippet: RIO Products — Big Nasty
- Fly Hooks: Stealth Fly Products — Stealth Hooks & System
- Fly Tying Vices & Tying Tools: TMC Magnetic Bobbin, Fine — Umpqua Feather Merchants
- Fly Tying Materials: Fair Flies — Composite Brushes
- Youth Product: Redington — Minnow Outfit
- Fly Pattern — Freshwater: Flymen Fishing Company — Double Barrell 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
- Eco-Friendly Product: Fishpond, Inc. — Submersible Backpack
- Luggage (Bags, Backpacks): Fishpond, Inc. — Grand Teton Rolling Bag
- Entertainment / Education: Stackpole Books / Lyons Press — Orvis Fly Fishing Guide
- Chest Pack / Vest: Fishpond, Inc. — Submersible Lumbar Pack
- Boat / Personal Watercraft: Creek Company — T. Rex 9.8 Mini Drifter
- Best of Show: Sage – Salt HD