August 18, 2011
International Fly Tackle Show: New Product Pipeline is Wide Open
By Kirk Deeter
Tim and I are at the International Fly Tackle dealer show in New Orleans. And I feel kind of like a little kid in the biggest toy store in the world. I wake up in the morning, leap out of bed, and go play. What's really cool is that we're coordinating the "New Product Showcase" area of the show for Angling Trade magazine. So we've collected all the hottest new products planned for 2012 in one space. it's like creating the most cutting-edge fly shop in the world.
Now, you never know what you're going to get in a given year. Some years are heavy on rod innovation, some are all about waders and boots. 2012 is going to be a boom year in new products, pretty much across the board. There are right around 250 individual new products on display in the New Product Showcase. I haven't seen that many in years.
I haven't gotten to play with them all yet, but there are a number of things that caught my eye. The Sage "One" rod is all about accuracy, and I think the company hit the mark. Hardy has a very sweet one-piece rod line: 8'-10" for shipping regulations. I did noodle around with a 4-weight, and the feel is impressive. I think Redington is rock solid in a number of categories, rods and rain gear included. The Simms rain suit is the real deal, but I'm really liking their revamped lower pricepoint waders. Hatch Outdoors, Nautilus, and a new company called "Cheeky" have smokin' new reels. NRS has a really interesting inflatable stand-up paddleboard. And the list goes on and on...
We'll be getting into the details once we start casting, cranking, and putting these things through the paces. But the news of the day is that the new product pipeline is definitely wide-open.