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Check them out http://store.copicmarker.com/pages/overview-airbrush-system
Beulah fly rods are some of my favorite switch rods and honestly can’t say they have a rod in their platinum line that isn’t a joy to cast. One of the cool things about Beulah is their openness and willingness to letting people really have fun at these shows. Each night of the shot the last rods to come off the pond were Beulah rods. Whether it was people trying to hit the 115’ cast with a 13/15 bluewater rod or reps and employees helping people get the feel of a spey cast or a 2handed overhead cast, each night the facility management had to come on the loud-speaker and ask “Ladies and gentlemen, would you kindly make your way to the exits? The show has ended for the day”.
Check them out at http://www.beulahflyrods.com/
Scientific angler really had some great innovations in something as basic as a tippet spool. UV color, non-wear labels, built in cutter, color coded labeling bands… cool stuff. They also have brought back the MADE IN USA System series of reels.
Sage had a ton of new products at the show, and while rods were the main talk, there were some accessories that were pretty cool as well. There is a new line rod tubes that looked unbreakable and protect those high-end rods. Some great looking T-shirt designs. They have a new reel that allows you to super fine tune your drag. AND of course some great new rod designs.
Kast is newer company that really made a big impact last year with their steelhead glove, a waterproof and warm-when-wet fishing specific glove. This year they were showing off some of their outerwear, which look awesome. I really liked the styling of their soft-shell and a low profile puffy insulated jacket was also a great fit.
Check out their full line at http://www.cheekyflyfishing.com/reels
Vedavoo is a brand new company that really made a big impact at the show. With the owner left with just $700 he bought a sewing machine at materials for $600 and kept the internet on with $100 for marketing. Made in the USA
Korkers really came into a good thing with their OmniTrax interchangeable soles. With a huge focus by angler for responsible wading in areas with invasive species, Korkers allows you to fish clean soles or designate a certain set of soles for a watershed. This year the will be offering the KGB (Korkers Guide Boot) which will feature full laces, a higher cuff for ankle support, and a tougher and more ridged construction. There are also a few new soles slated for release this year, including a version with aluminum bars.
Smithfly is an Ohio based company doing some neat things with the idea of modular storage. Each item is super function on its own, but when paired with their boat back, chest pack, and waist pack you have truly customizable storage
check out all their products at http://www.smithfly.net/
Umpqua was launching their new logo, new flies, and some really nice new waterproof softgoods. Be on the lookout for these great patterns at a shop near you.
Rite Bobbin makes some of the best bobbins you can buy. With a range of sizes to fit any spool or tying applications, paired with the ability to dial in the tension… you can beat them.
Abel Reels had booth full of reels and accessories that hand lots of people drooling. Their custom print jobs are amazing and add that extra eye catching appearance to a industry leading made in the USA reel. It was neat to see the line of classic reels (classic, spey, and switch). Amazing products
Howler Brothers has really continued on an awesome path as a lifestyle clothing brand. They have a great mix of t-shirts and technical wear… with the common style. Be sure to check them out on Facebook since they consistently run contests for free gear.
Montana Fly Company made a huge impact at the show. With their amazing artist series products and innovative fly products, they were able to wrangle a best in show awards for their new “crabby patty” fly and boat box.
The use of SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) is a fast growing trending the Fly Fishing community, and leading that charge is Diablo Paddlesports. Diablo boats really capture the versatility of a kayak with in boat storage, ease of launch, comfortable ride… but at the same time a super stable platform that allows you to stand to cast or pole the boat.
Check out their boats at http://www.diablopaddlesports.com/
Costa sunglasses won an award at the show for their 580 sunrise lens… a lens designed specifically for the low-light times of sunrise and sunset. As fly anglers, we all know that these can be the most productive times of the day, so these sunglasses sound great!
Another new and soon-to-be everywhere company is Goat head sole spikes. Goat head makes spikes that can be added to anything boots, sandals, hiking boots…. Whatever. The packs come with a driver and bit ,which make instillation a breeze. Also the number of spikes in the packs is realistic amount for real traction.
Check them out http://www.solespikes.com/
Peak is one of the top vises on the market. Their affordable price paired with Made in the USA construction makes them a top answer when someone asks “what vise should I get?” They have a great starter kit that includes a vise, instructional DVD and quality basic tool kit
Patagonia was the big winner at the show, bringing home 4 awards.
Best wading gear- Rio-Gallegos Zip-Front Waders
Best outerwear- 3-in-1 River Salt Jacket
Best Eco-friendly product R1 Full-Zip Jacket
Best General apparel- Minimalist Wading Jacket