2019 IFTD Recap | Bozeman Fly Shop – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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2019 IFTD Recap | Bozeman Fly Shop

Our Bozeman fly shop spent the past few days in Denver at the AFFTA IFTD show. Checking out new fly fishing products, “important” meetings, bullshitting and drinking all went down. We saw some showstoppers like the new RO carbon fiber drift boat and some sweet custom Abel reels. Watching the Abel artists bring blank reels to life was unbelievable. We saw Derek DeYoung paint a tarpon with brown trout skin pattern. The limited edition Helios 3 looks epic in person (coming soon to our Bozeman fly shop). None of us won the RO drift boat that was raffled. The gentleman that won is going to have a tough time getting the boat back to Florida. New tying gear from various vendors will be taking our fly tying selection to the next level in Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020. New flies and gear from Umpqua are next level as is the brand new stuff from Fishpond.

Abel Vaya Fishpind Tacky BoxesRoss TU Animas

Our neighbors at Simms won a significant amount of awards. They won Best Men’s Wader, Best Women’s Wader, Best Men’s Wading Boot, Best Women’s Wading Boot, Best Women’s Outerwear, Best Men’s Outerwear, Best Men’s General Apparel, Best Women’s General Apparel, Best Luggage, and Best Accessory Under $100. So they basically cleaned up.

New Lamson Litespeed

Best in show went to Scott with the Sector, one of the best salt fly rods I have ever cast. They also sealed the deal on best saltwater rod with the Sector while Sage took the Best Freshwater Rod with the Trout LL and the Best Two-Hand Rod with the Trout Spey HD.

Here are all of the awards from the show.

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

Entertainment/Education
Anglers Book Supply, STEELHEAD FLY TYING

Fly Box/Storage System – Gear
Fishpond, Fly Dock

Fly Hooks – Gear
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
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
Patagonia, Women’s Bugstopper Leggings

Stay tuned for specific call outs from the show and watch our social outlets for anouncements when things show up in the shop!