Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bluegill Pond

A nearly perfect bluegill pond on a beautiful day.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wolff Indiana IFTD 2017

Some may not know that Wolff Indiana also has an industrial scissors division called KAI. Debuting at this year's IFTD Show, KAI is now making two lines high quality fly tying scissors! The holes in the smallest scissors were large enough for even my fingers to fit comfortably!
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Royal Wulff Products IFTD 2017

I really enjoyed learning more about the lines and accessories from Royal Wulff Products! Be on the lookout for, what I hope will be, a pretty unique review!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

IFTD and ICAST 2017

As always, I had a fantastic time at IFTD and ICAST this year! Seeing the newest and most innovative flyfishing products is always a blast, but the best part is reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones! A round of applause for the hardworking folks that host the show!! And, of course, a huge Thank You to all the exhibitors who take the time to talk with us. To all the folks at home who followed along with my posts, thanks to you as well. You guys are the reason I do it!! Can't wait until next year!!!!
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Flood Tide Co. IFTD 2017

Flood Tide Co Apparel never disappoints with there designs!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

IFTD 2017 Best In Show Award

IFTD 2017 Best In Show Award goes to Sage Fly Fish for the Salt HD flyrod! Congratulations to the folks at Sage!!!
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Diamondback Rods IFTD 2017

Finally got to check out some @diamondbackrods in person! The unconventional Link Grip design on the Clout series lends a tremendous amout of sensitivity to the rod!
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Taylor Fly Fishing IFTD 2017

@taylorflyfishing is having a strong showing this year with new reels, rods and their own branded line backing!
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Loop Tackle IFTD 2017

Checking out the new to the show Q Series of rods from Loop Tackle. The folks at Loop have developed an entry level offering to get you into a Loop fly rod for under $230!! They didn't cut any corners, either. With the light weight and matte finish you're going to get a quality rod.
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L.L. Bean Luncheon IFTD 2017

The kind folks at L.L. Bean invited me to attend their luncheon again this year. They have some great new products lined up for 2018 like a seat back rod organizer for your truck, a gear satchel optimized for surf fishing and this 2018 Collector's Edition Knife Set! Thanks for another great lunch, L. L. Bean!!

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Scott Flyrods IFTD 2017

Checking out the updates to the G Series of rods from Scott Flyrods. Naturally, I gravitated to the 2 weight, but the heavy rods are sweet casters as well!!
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Fair Flies IFTD 2017

Had to check out the Fair Flies booth after seeing one of their videos. 5 materials are packed into these brushes!! Originally designed for Salmon and Steelhead in the PNW, they're finding that the possibilities in other fisheries are nearly limitless! Can't wait to try some in the Florida marshes!!
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Turrall Fishing Flies IFTD 2017

From feather's to flies this morning! Turrall Fishing Flies out of the UK was displaying at the show. Maker's of fine flies, bamboo flyboxes and prepackaged fly selections. Odds are good if you buy flies, you've fished a Turrall!
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Ewing Feather Birds IFTD 2017

Need tying feather's? The guys at Ewing Feather Birds have your feathers!!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plan D Fishing Solutions IFTD 2017

Got to check out the new flyboxes from Plan D Fishing Solurtions. These big boxes contain either a shepard's hook or silicon slot to hold and protect articulated and tube flies. Awesome idea!
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Korkers Footwear IFTD 2017

@korkersfootwear introduced the new WRAPTR one piece wading boot at this year's IFTD!! It's a very lightweight yet tough and durable wading boot with only a single seam!
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Ty-Rite Tool IFTD 2017

I met with the new owner of Ty-Rite, the knot tying aid that's been around for more than 50 years! If you have any trouble with your clinch knots slipping, this is the tool to help you out!!
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Hardy Fly Fishing IFTD 2017

Hardy Fly Fishing's new Ultralight series of reels certainly caught my attention today!
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Tacky Fly FIshing Predator Fly Box IFTD 2017

So, in case the Tacky Fly Fishing Big Bug Box wasn't big enough for you, they introduced the Predator Box at the show this year! Designed with articulated streamers and large fresh and saltwater flies in mind, the new Predator Box will hold your biggest flies with ease!!
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Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) IFTD 2017

Temple Fork Outfitters has released a new line of saltwater rods!! The AxiomII series are available in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 weight and the $340-$360 price point includes a rodtube! I may have to count some pennies for that 6 weight!!!
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Patagonia IFTD 2017

The folks at Patagonia have developed a pair of waders that pack down into a stuff sack! Finally, waders for backpacking flyfishers!!!
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Vedavoo Gear IFTD 2017

Finally got to meet Scott from Vedavoo Gear!! This Vedavoo x Water Master Beast Sling (left) is made from material scraps leftover from the construction of Water Master's inflatable row boats! Made and Repurposed in America!!
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Flymen FIshing Co. IFTD 2017

Stopped by the Flymen Fishing Co booth to check out their latest products! Faux Bucktail, Howitzer Popping Heads and finished Double Barrel poppers! Awesome stuff that I can't wait to try!!
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Diablo Paddlesports IFTD 2017

Always good to catch up with Thomas and the guys from @diablops!!
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Stealth Fly Products IFTD 2017

First stop is the Stealth Fly Products booth. This company is changing the way fly tying hooks are sold!! The eco-friendly black finish is a definite bonus!!
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View of IFTD

View of IFTD from the Press Room!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 IFTD Demo Day

2017 IFTD Demo Day on the water at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida.
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The Simms bus parked right on the green!

The Simms Fishing bus parked right on the green! I'm glad to hear that Simms is planning to expand their lines into larger sizes! Maybe I'll finally be able to get some Simms gear!!
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G. Loomisfly IMX-Pro

Another new this year rod is the G.Loomis IMX-Pro. I cast both the 5 and 6 weight and really enjoyed the action on these rods!!
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Orvis Helios 3F

The new Orvis Helios 3F 8 weight with Scientific Anglers new bonefish line was an incredibly smooth system!!
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The new Center Axis rod from Waterworks Lamson

This new Center Axis rod and reel setup from @waterworkslamson has a very different feel when cast side-by-side with an identical traditional setup!
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New Sage SaltHD rods!

Sage Fly Fish brought out some of their new SaltHD rods with an update to last year's new Konnetic Technology. Very soft, easy cast on this 7 weight saltwater rod!
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Casting a new offering from Hardy Fishing

Casting a new offering from Hardy Fishing The new Ultralight Series of rods. This 9' 5 weight cast beautifully with a very delicate presentation!
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Gearing up for the 7am start at the IFTD Demo Day!!

Gearing up for the 7am start at the IFTD Demo Day!!
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