AFFTA Announces IFTD Best of Show Awards

The IFTD Best of Show awards, announced at the recent gathering of the fly fishing trade, provide a taste of the invention and innovation going on in the fly fishing industry.
AFFTA Announces IFTD Best of Show Awards

Each year at the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show, fly fishing manufacturers vie for Best of Show awards in 24 categories, as well as the coveted overall Best in Show. Following is a list of the winners from the recently concluded 2012 event, which was put on by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and held in Reno, Nevada.

Best General Apparel – Minimalist Wading Jacket – Patagonia

Best Wading Gear – Men’s Rio Gallegos Zip-Front Waders – Patagonia

Best Eyewear – Costa 580P Sunrise Lenses – Costa

Best Outerwear – 3 in 1 River Salt Jacket – Patagonia

Best Youth Specific Product – Castarget – National Fishing in Schools Program

Best Women’s Specific Product – Women’s Kalama Jacket – Redington

Best Eco Friendly Product – R1 Full Zip Jacket – Patagonia

Best Fly Rod (Freshwater) – The Circa Collection – Sage

Best Fly Rod (Saltwater) – Boron III-SX 9’ 9 wt. – R.L. Winston

Best Reel (Freshwater) – Ultralite CLS – Hardy

Best Reel (Saltwater) – 8000 Pro Reel – Sage

Best Fly Line (Freshwater) – Scientific Anglers GPX Hover – Scientific Anglers/Ross

Best Fly Line (Saltwater) – Bonefish QuickShooter – RIO Products

Best New Fly Pattern (Freshwater) – Flymen Fishing Company

Best New Fly Pattern (Saltwater) – Montana Fly Company

Best Fly Box/Storage System – MFC Waterproof Fly Case – Montana Fly Company

Best Fly Tying/Materials/Equipment – UV2 Dubbing – Spirit River

Best Accessory – Rod Clip – Smith Creek Ltd

Best New Book – Seasons of the Steelhead – Angler’s Book Supply

Best New DVD – The T-Motion Collection – Catch Magazine

Best Chest Pack/Vest – Flask 2.0 – Rising

Best Luggage – Westwater Rolling Carry On – Fishpond

Best Personal Watercraft – Clearwater Drifter – NRS

Best Gift Item – Tenkara Set – Tenkara USA

Best of Show – The Circa Collection – Sage

For more information on AFFTA and future IFTD shows, visit


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