able to make the six hour drive to Denver this year to attend the
Fly-Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo for about a day and a half.
This three and a half day annual event is just open to retailers,
guest and the working
media. Vendors display their merchandise in areas that are as simple
as a table and backdrop to a larger area that will display their
wares and may include several vintage aluminum campers. This is
where flyfishing retailers come to see and test new products that
are coming out in 2006 and they also place their orders and attend
work shops. This year there were about 294 exhibitors, exhibiting
everything from insect repellant to the latest rods, reels, clothing
and gadgets. There were also three large casting ponds to try out
the new rods, fly lines and to watch demonstrations.
being my first time as working media, I was somewhat overwhelmed
with the vastness of the area and vendors to be covered in my day
and a half. My mission was to find the products that the warmwater
fly fisher and tier might be interested in. There were new products
and then there were products that I found may not have been new
but I have not see them in the fly shop or in the catalogs.
retailers that attend the event, vote for the "Best of Show",
in the following categories; Soft Goods, Gear-Saltwater, Gear-Freshwater
and Fly Tying. Below are their choices.
Left to Right: Willam Joseph Fusion Vest, Rio 2006 Salt Water Lines,
Winston Vapor Rods, Vosseler Pro Vise
Marc Petitjean from Switzerland had one product that I found
interesting. The Magic Head brings your streamers to life. It is
a clear flexible plastic cone that you can tie on to your hook.
With cone forward, the fly will give the pattern a side to side
action, with the cone backward the fly will act as a normal streamer.
The only place that I am aware of that carries this product is Feather-Craft.
Click on the Picture below for more information and pictures.
Leader. This leader material is a nylon coated braided stainless
steel material that comes in a variety of sizes. It is designed
for use with the toothy critters, in both freshwater and the salt
water. The leader material is extremely supple which means that
you can tie just about any knots we use with mono leaders. The neat
thing is the ease with which loops can be fashioned. Those who use
the method of twisting the strand of the Climax or American Fishing
wire that is stainless-steel coat with nylon, together to form a
loop and applying the flame of the lighter to fuse the twisted strands
will find this material fantastic to work with. It will not kink.
Click on the picture for more information and pictures.
Hobbes Fly-Fishing came out with a product called "Ulta
Grizzly Marabou". Click on the picture for closeup of a
Ultra Gizzly Marabou feather.
Inc. added over 530 new fly patterns to their product line.
One section of their product line that I found interesting was their
Carp series. In this section , you have: Carp-enter Ants, Mad Chicken
Leech, Punk-Head Leech, Carp-Tease, Carp Sculpin, Carp Hex, Baby
Cray, Bread Crumb, Candy Corn Cluster, Carp Snack, Mulberry Prince,
Mulberry, Mulberry Egg, Passion Fruit and more.
had some great fly tying products on display. There must have been
over 50 new products. There were a number of items that caught my
eye. Egg Foo Yarn that is specially braided making it very user
friendly. Chew Balls come in great buggy colors that will let you
tie cool segmented nymph and stonefly bodies. Glow Fashabou that
glow in the dark when charged with a light camera flash or black
light. I was impressed with their barred rabbit fur. I talked to
Joe Schmuecker about the product. He said that the process is different
from some of the other competitors. What Wapsi does not do is ink
the bars with a roller on to the rabbit fur but has a different
process that gets the barred markings into the hairs. I think that
this will be a winner. For pictures of some of their products that
I was able to get, click on their logo
Croix Rod redesigned their Avid Series fly rod. The improvement
is ST. Croix Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology with
a profile ferrules. There are 27 models ranging in price from $180
to $270. It is a moderately fast rod, but very sweet. I would say
that this would be a great rod for the warm water fly fisher and
at a great price.
Whiting of Whiting Farms had new feathers coming out next year
called Bird Fur. Bird Fur are chicken feathers that looks and tie
like fur. See for yourself click on the Whitiing logo
Fin Company has developed a new way of doing fins for use in
a float tube (U shape tube) or a kick boat. You are to be able to
wade into knee deep water, sit in your device, raise and cross each
leg above the opposite knee to mount Dux onto each boot heel. The
fin part will be made from the same rubber compound as Force Fins.
women, Loon Outdoors introduces the new Casting for the Cure
Flypack. Designed especially for the fly fishing women, Loon Outdoors
is donating 10% of sales of the Casting for the Cure Flypack to
the Susan G, Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
and Liquid Fence are two products for sun screening and insect repellant
that I have not tested but it works. I will be great news for the
warmwater fly fisher. I am going to try to get some more samples
to give out for testing.
has a combo product that stops the sun and bugs with serious sun
protection (SPF 30) and all-natural insect protection. The all one
protection comes in a spray and towellete. Just wipe or spray on
for long-lasting sun and bug protection with no oily residue or
greasy hands. They state that their exclusive Cedar and Lemongrass
based formula is natural, chemical free and is proven to be as effective
as DEET. The formula has been tested not to dissolve fly line or
Fence Company (produces all natural and environmentally safe
products) introduces "The Ultimate Insect Repellant".
It is designed to repel mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, no-see-ums and
other biting insects. Made from oils of botanicals, the product
is non greasy, has a pleasant scent and is backed by a 100% satisfaction
guarantee from The Liquid Fence Co. Liquid Net was proven to provide
3 hour protection against mosquitoes bites in using EPA guidelines.
For more information go to: www.liquidfence.com .