I just got back last night. Most of the new products were clothing and repackaged existing stuff. There were a couple of interesting new net concepts for the wading fly fisher. T&T has a new rod that casts like a total dream. My mind is not totally made up as yet on Sage's new TCR and GLoomis's one piece guide rod. They both cast great but I'll have to fish them a little to see how they perform in the field. I got to spend some time with SA and Cortland. They look like they are refining their product line quite well. It would appear that all the line manufacturers are leaning toward the upper end of the AFTMA scale these days. If you are casting single hand for distance we are going to have to start underlining our rods from now on. Simon and I are talking about hopefully getting a Spey class in Arkansas if we can.
I would assume you're talking about the Helix. A great single-handed rod. But, T&T also has two more multi-piece double-handed rods. They have a 13' 9 weight 4-piece and a 14' 9 weight 5-piece. I played with the 14' rod for awhile and felt it was much better overall spey rod than some of the rest of their rods, which tend to be too fast for me. This is a terrific rod and will pack down well under 38'. Otherwise, I didn't see as much innovation as at most previous shows, probably due to the political/economic times we're in. New reels by Gilmore and Alutechnos. Van Staal finally has the C-Vex they've been advertising actually out in the marketplace. New spey lines from SA, Air Flo and Rio, but they've been covered in depth here before, except for maybe the Air Flo. They've taken their previous Salmon Taper, which was in their lineup for years until the Delta lines came along this past year, and changed it into a Delta-type forward taper, with a 80' plus front taper. Air Flo also has 14' salmon polyleaders in all (or at least most) of the densities.
There obviously was a lot more, but that's what I think speyfishers will be most interested in. Oh, and Winston dropped their previous spey rods except for the db Favorites and a couple of new ones under their Ibis label (at $495.00 retail!)
Winston Ibis Spey rods were prototypes I think. I'm not sure when they will be out. A 14' #9 and a 12 1/2' 6 or 7 weight.
Sage has a five weight spey and re introduced the old brown traditional 14' #9 as a cheaper VPS. Good deal.
Rio has introduced some mods on their lines. Dropped the Accelerator and introduced a long belly(Grand Spey) floater and now the mid and wind cutters have better loops and a new mid section(int. sink) and faster sinking tips. The running lines are a different color too. You folks probably know this already.
Not much new stuff in Spey reels. I suppose that the VanStaal in the larger size will work well. The Hardy Casadepia is gorgeous!
I will post more about non spey stuff on the gear page.
We all know about the XLT and how many dislike the orange color is only avaliable in at this moment (I love the orange, easiest for me to see) but it will be available, in a short while, in Optic Green!!
Rio is coming out with a 15' type 8 Sinktip to loop onto your lines...I think because they know their type 6 isnt really a type 6.
Airflo is introducing an extended long Delta. It seems as though it has the same front taper that the Delta's have (not the super extended front taper like the XLT and Rio Grande Spey) but with a much longer belly. It was between 80'-90' I do believe.
Airflo is also marketing a 30' shooting head with loops on both ends for easing cutting into two seperate heads.
After many years working in the business, it was lots of same old,same old, but there was new breathable waders, many new $300.00usd reels, really cool new wading shoes, leaders and tippets, long poly leaders, sinking fly line cleaner, spey lines by all the makers, really expensive rods.I think most of the "right" products will make it into everybody's local market place when both retailers and distributors went to the show. I do know that only the real expensive,over priced products will not make it to B.C.
Somewhat unrelated but fond memories of the Denver show. It was September 1994. A large gang of us from the UK and Australia had just had an awesome week on Christmas Island. Some of the guys were in the Trade and going to the Show. My buddy and I headed out to the South Platte river and had a great day. When we got back to Denver, someone had picked up tickets for the Stones Voodoo Lounge tour concert at Mile High stadium- what a way to end a holiday
Nice to see the boys have still got what it takes!
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