Screenshot 2016-07-26 11.29.46The fly-fishing industry voted on the best new products for 2016

Orlando, Florida

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ore than 225 attendees of International Fly Tackle Dealer voted for their favorite new products for 2016. In total, 28 categories were represented, from fly rods and waders to books and DVDs. The voting occurred in a secure space separate from the manufacturers, and the results are calculated by code, ensuring the winners are kept a surprise until the very end.

American Fly Fishing Trade Association vice-chair Michael White announced the winners at the annual “Party at the Pond” event on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Simms Fishing Products, Sage, and RIO were the big winners, with Simms Fishing Products racking up five categories. Sage took overall Best of Show honors with the Sage X590 freshwater fly rod.

A complete listing of the winners and categories are included below:

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

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

Fly Rod — Freshwater: Sage — X 590

Fly Rod — Saltwater: Sage — X 890

Reel – Freshwater: Ross Reels — Colorado LT

Reel – Saltwater: Abel Reels — SDS

Accessories (under $100): Orvis Company, Inc. — U.S.-Made Aluminum Nipper

Eco-friendly Product: Fishpond — Thunderhead Duffel

Check Pack / Vest: Simms Fishing Products — G4 Pro Sling Pack

Luggage: Umpqua Feather Merchants — ZeroSweep Cooler-Gater

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

Fly Box / Storage System: Tacky Fly Fishing — Tacky Dry Fly Box

Fly Line — Freshwater: RIO Products — InTouch Big Nasty

Fly Line — Saltwater: RIO Products — Winter Redfish

Fly Pattern — Freshwater: Aqua Flies, LLC — Stu Foxall’s PrawnTruder

Fly Pattern — Saltwater: Umpqua Feather Merchants — Contraband Crab, Chicone

Fly Tying Materials / Equipment: Freestone Designs — The Go Box

Gift Items (under $100): Umpqua Feather Merchants, ZS Guide Wader Belt

Leader / Tippet: Rio Products — RIO Saltwater Mono

P.O.S. / Booking Software:  The Outfitter Pro — Online Booking System

Best of Show: Sage — Sage X 590


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