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IFTD accolades: industry & conservation leadership awards, best-of new products and more 

IFTD 2019 wrapped up this past Friday [October 19th], setting several show records and sending a lot of people home with much-deserved recognition. Festivities kicked off Tuesday night at our opening presentations and cocktail reception and didn’t quit till the final buzzer at 2:00 on Friday.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n addition to over 2,000 attendees, almost 300 retailers representing 41 countries, 15 seminars, a sold out industry breakfast with keynote speech from Steven Rinella, and a completely single-use plastic-free show, this year’s NPS had 267 entries from 156 exhibitors, the most ever for IFTD, making the best-of awards even sweeter.

Speaking of best-of awards – IFTD’s marquee event, Thursday evening’s much-anticipated Party on the Pond was packed. From Joan Wulff and Tom Sadler’s industry leadership recognition to Simms’ 10-pack, Scott’s Best-of-show and SA running the table on lines to Ross/Abel defending their reel crowns, Sage, Fishpond and RISING notching trophies, and much, much more – the passion, talent and innovation in our industry was on full display.

Congratulations to everyone who walked away with some lucite and bragging rights – and Captain Doug Kilpatrick on his RO drift boat haul! And a big thank you to SweetWater Brewing for keeping everyone hydrated with Guide Beer! Check out the full list of winners below.


Industry Awards

Lefty Kreh Industry Leadership Award – Joan Wulff

Jim Range Conservation Leadership Award – Tom Sadler, former AFFTA Board Member & Director, Marine Fish Conservation Network

Pond Hog/Sure Shot Casting Champions

John Harcort – 6 targets hit

Sheila Hassan – 5 targets hit

David McElwain – 5 targets hit

Iron Fly Tying Champion

Cheech Pierce

Land Tawney finds a friend.

New Product Showcase Awards

Accessories – Under $100

Simms Fishing Products, Pro Nipper

Accessories – Over $100

RISING, Travel Net

Gift Items – Under $100

Danforth Art, Danforth Art

Youth Product – Gear/Apparel

Fishpond, Tenderfoot Youth Vest


Anglers Book Supply, STEELHEAD FLY TYING

Fly Box/Storage System – Gear

Fishpond, Fly Dock

Fly Hooks – Gear

Art in everything we do.

Umpqua Feather Merchants, XT050 Stubby T (#10-18)

Fly Tying Vices and Tying Tools – Gear

Renzetti, Streamer Pedestal Base

Fly Tying Materials

Hareline Dubbin, Bling Rabbit Strips™

Eco Friendly – Gear

Patagonia, Black Hole Gear Tote

Luggage (Bags, Backpacks) – Gear

Simms Fishing Products, GTS Roller Duffel – 110L

Chest-Pack/Vest – Gear

Fishpond, Flathead Sling

Boat/Personal WaterCraft – Gear

Outcast Sporting Gear, IK Angler 11′

Fly Line – Freshwater

Scientific Anglers, Amplitude Infinity

Fly Line – Saltwater

Scientific Anglers, Amp Smooth Infinity Salt

Leader/Tippet – Gear

Scientific Anglers, Absolute Trout Tippet

Fly Pattern – Freshwater

Flymen Fishing Company, Micro Changer

Fly Pattern – Saltwater

Umpqua Feather Merchants, Skok Strong-Arm Crab

Fly Rod – Freshwater

Sage Fly Fishing, TROUT LL

Fly Rod – Saltwater

Scott Fly Rods, Sector Series

Fly Rod – 2 Handed/Spey

Sage Fly Fishing, TROUT SPEY HD

Reel – Freshwater

Ross Reels, San Miguel

Reel – Saltwater

Abel Reels, VAYA

Men’s – Waders

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Simms Fishing Products, G4Z® Stockingfoot Wader

Men’s – Outerwear

Simms Fishing Products, G4 Pro® Jacket

Men’s –General Apparel

Simms Fishing Products, SolarFlex UltraCool Armor

Men’s – Wading Boots

Simms Fishing Products, G4 Pro® Boot

Women’s – Waders

Simms Fishing Products, Women’s G3 Guide™ Z Wader

Women’s – Outerwear

Simms Fishing Products, Women’s G3 Guide™ Jacket

Women’s – General Apparel

Simms Fishing Products, Women’s Bugstopper Leggings

Best of Show

Scott Fly Rods, Sector Series


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