Friday, October 18, 2019

Gear Keeper - IFTD 2019

Some cool new stuff coming from the Gear Keeper folks! Make sure you keep an eye out! Anything that helps hang onto your gear is a good thing!

Cheeky Reels - IFTD 2019

Cheeky is now selling preloaded fly reels! With 3 sizes available, you get the reel, backing, fly line and tippet for under 100 bucks! Such a great way to get started and take the guesswork out of reel loading!

The third day of IFTD 2019!!

The third and final day of IFTD 2019!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Iron Fly - IFTD 2019

Packing both sides of the tables at this year's Iron Fly! The largest yet!!

Hatch Reels - IFTD 2019

 This is pretty incredible, this is the Hatch Reels display case that was on the counter at East End Lodge when Hurricane Dorian hit. The intact reel case was one of the few objects salvaged from the wreckage. Hatch Reels is taking the case around the country on the show circuit to help raise money for the lodge and its employees. Such an amazing artifact to see in person and drop a few bucks into.

Douglas Outdoors - IFTD 2019

Lots of things going on in the Douglas booth this year! They're stepping into the entry level market with a new rod to retail around $130! And, after doing so well in the 6 Weight Rod Shootout, they have entered a 5 weight that's doing very well! Congrats to the folks at Douglas!

TenkaraUSA - IFTD 2019

TenkaraUSA has just celebrated their 10th anniversary, so, to celebrate, they've released a limited edition 10th Anniversary tenkara rod!

IFTD 2019 Day 2!

 Let's do this!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Map the Xperience - IFTD 2019

Map the Xperience is a cartography company that is printing river maps on fabrics as well as traditional laminated paper. The map products can be rebranded for fly shops, customized to specific areas and include a QR code to download a digital version to your smartphone! Very cool idea, you should never be without a map!

Lyons Press/Stackpole Books - IFTD 2019

Added a few more titles to my reading list in the Lyons Press/Stackpole Books booth. Kirk Dietrich's Tying Bugs is now high on that list!!

Riversmith - IFTD 2019

I took an up close look at the Riversmith Riverquiver 2- and 4-Banger rod carriers. Lots of thought has gone into these with the goal of being the best available! The new black finish is sharp! And, the anti-theft design on the box will keep rods and reels secure!

O'Pros Fly Fishing Booth - IFTD 2019

Checked out the products in the O'Pros Fly Fishing Booth. New this year is the Third Hand rod holder, they also have a neoprene wader belt designed to better support the Third Hand , as well as several shapes of fly patch for your hat!

Shilton Reels - IFTD 2019

I got a hands-on look at the Shilton Reels now being distributed in the US by Flymen Fishing Co. Made and developed in South Africa, these reels were designed to stop ANY gamefish!!

Sight Line Provisions - IFTD 2019

I really love the materials, designs and aesthetics used by Sight Line Provisions! They've released new pendants, designs and materials this year, definitely worth a look! I really need to get one of their bluegill!!!

Outcast Sporting Gear - IFTD 2019

Outcast Sporting Gear has finally released their own inflatable kayak! Designed after years of experience with inflatable drift boats, belly boats and pontoons, the IK Angler is packed with proven features and design!

Rep Your Water booth - IFTD 2019

Always gotta swing through the Rep Your Water booth. They've got some great new designs out this year!

Galvan Fly Reels - IFTD 2019

The good folks at Galvan Fly Reels are here demonstrating some new sizes of the awesome Grip line of reels!

Troutscout Outfitters - IFTD 2019

I was introduced to these new strike indicators this morning. The Troutscout indicator is a really unique design that captures your leader in the hinge of the floating plastic, snap-close box. With the hinge being offset, the indicator actually points to the location of your fly! Check them out!!

Wind River Gear - IFTD 2019

Wind River Gear is an excellent resource for entomology gear if you want to take your flyfishing to the next level!

The Gerber booth! - IFTD 2019

I always enjoy checking out the new products in the Gerber booth!

Made it!!!

Made it to IFTD 2019!!!

Summit Proof

A very rare "selfie", just to prove I made it to the summit of Pikes Peak!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shilton Reels - Flymen Fishing Co. Press Release


Press Release: Flymen Fishing Co. to distribute Shilton Reels

Charleston, S.C. — October 11, 2019. Flymen Fishing Company and Shilton Reels announced a new collaborative partnership in which Flymen will distribute Shilton Reels in the USA fly fishing market debuting at IFTD 2019 in Denver, Colorado.
Shilton is a high-quality renowned South African brand that produces fly reels known for their innovative clutch system that makes them ideal for fighting the strongest and toughest gamefish in the world, both in freshwater and saltwater.
Trusted by guides worldwide in some of the toughest fishing conditions, such as the Seychelles, Shilton Reels were previously unavailable in the US market. Due to rising recognition and demand, Shilton and Flymen formed a partnership to bring Shilton Reels to the US.
"Flymen is a company built around innovation and creating the next generation of fly fishing products to take fly fishing to the next level," said Martin Bawden, founder of Flymen Fishing Company and head product designer. "Shilton Reels fits right in with what our customers count on us for – top of the line innovative fly fishing products. We believe this new offering of Shilton Reels will bring great value to our customers."
"We are very excited to have Flymen Fishing Company appointed as our USA distributor," said Murray Pedder, Head of Sales in South Africa for Shilton Reels. "Without a doubt, the USA market is the biggest in the world when it comes to fly fishing equipment and it was critical for us to have the right company to represent the Shilton brand. Flymen is that company!"
"We first met Tony Frittelli, the man behind Shilton, in 2000 and he presented to us his first design, a black CL. Since then Tony has built a full range of exceptionally engineered, worldclass fly fishing reels which includes the CR range, SL range, and latest edition, the SR range. Through the many reputable guiding and travel operations in Southern Africa, such as Alphonse Fly Fishing Company and Tourette, Shilton Reels have proved themselves over and over again in the field in stopping and landing serious gamefish. It has always been Tony's goal to offer his exceptional product to the global market and we are thrilled that Shilton Reels will now are available to fly fishermen in the USA and South America."
For those attending IFTD, you can find Flymen Fishing Company at booth #406.