Romano and I Just wrapped up our tour of duty at the annual Fly Fishing Retailer trade show in Denver for Angling Trade and Field & Stream magazines. Here’s my gut reaction. The show seemed busier, with more hustle and chatter. Word was that the local/regional crowd came in force, while the far away retailers still didn’t flock in. F&S; deputy editor Jay Cassell is going to feature some specific new product insights on soon, but for now, suffice it to say that the theme among new products is “lighter and streamlined.” Lighter rods, reels, wading boots, chest packs, etc. By and large, show mojo was good. And while I might be risking a W-esque “Mission Accomplished” moment, I will say that for the first time in years, I got the sense that the tide is rising and not falling in the flyfishing world.

P.S. We got about 100 positive comments about the motorcycle reel test we did this summer, so look for more similar content here soon.