Barry and Cathy were at the IFTD show last week in Denver. IFTD stands for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show and is the largest international gathering of fly fishing manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, media and fly fishing organizations in the world. It's an annual gathering of industry connected people in one place to discuss trends, equipment, innovations, and a chance to lead and see leading brand presentations for upcoming fishing seasons.
The crowning highlight of the show (if you discount the Simms after show party) is the presentation of the “Best of Show” awards. There are over 30 categories ranging from the best under $100 accessory to the best boat/personal watercraft, and everything in between.
What we are excited to tell you about are the awards Sage took home for the Best of Show New Fly Rod in Freshwater and the Best of Show New 2 Handed/Spey Fly Rod. The new Sage LL took it for freshwater and the Trout Spey HD for the 2 handed spot.
You might ask how do they keep reinventing the wheel, but the rod designers at Sage continue to lead the way with innovations in new materials and technology to bring us the best fly rods in the world.
Congratulations to everyone at Sage!
Another really neat thing going on at IFTD was the Kick Plastic movement. It's something we can all do in our own homes, at parties and events, and just about everywhere. Being alert is 90% of the game because there are ways that we can all help cut down on the amount of plastic that we toss into the oceans and landfills.
There were lots of changes at the show that resulted in less waste and some are pretty innovative, but three of the biggies were:
1. Plates, eating utensils and cups from concessions were all recyclable or compostable.
2. No water bottles. Each attendee was given a reusable Kick Plastic water bottle and there were Yeti refilling stations throughout the show.
3. They strategically scheduled lighting and air conditioning for show hours, providing a comfortable, welcoming space while avoiding consumption during unoccupied hours.
There was a lot more. Read about all at https://www.affta.org/2019/09/26/affta-costa-commit-to-kickplastic-and-reduce-energy-waste-at-iftd/. Let's all do our part to Kick Plastic!
Fall is Hanging On
I don't know how it is where you are, but we are still enjoying specular fall weather. Bright sunny days, beautiful fall foliage, good water and some very big fish continue to be highlights of each day here. As we approach November our fish will start to make redds and spawn, but now in the weeks prior to that the fish are coming into their fall spawning colors. Here are some shots from the past week.
We have to make room in our fly bins for the new patterns that we'll soon be introducing for next year.
In the next couple of weeks we'll be announcing great buys on patterns that are going and telling you about what new patterns are coming. Watch for the sale!