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Far Bank dominates IFTD rod and reel category awards


Far Bank brands dominated the rod and reel categories in the Best of Show Product Awards at the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show, which concluded in Salt Lake City on Friday.

Sage won three of the four rod classes, while Redington won one of the two reel categories. Redington enjoyed further success by winning one of the four wading awards and  RIO topped the voting in one of the two line categories and one of the two fly pattern groups.

Other multiple award winners included Scientific Anglers (2), Cody’s Fish (2), Flymen Fishing Company (2) and Abel (2).

But the biggest winner on the day was Simms Fishing Products, with eight awards across the wading, outerwear, general apparel, packs/vests and eco-friendly categories, including the overall best in show award for it G3 Guide stocking foot waders (see our earlier story).

The full list of product winners is:

• Women’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products – Women’s G3 Guide Stocking Foot Waders

• Men’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products – G3 Guide Stocking Foot Waders

• Women’s Wading Boots: Redington (Far Banks) – Women’s Aurora Wading Boots

• Men’s Wading Boots: Simms Fishing Products – Flyweight Access Boot

• Women’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products – Women’s Freestone Jacket

• Men’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products – G3 Guide Jacket

• Women’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products – Women’s Solarflex Cooling Hoody

• Men’s General Apparel: RepYourWater – Merino Wool Sun Hoody Brown Snacks

• Fly Rod Freshwater: R.L. Winston Rod Co. – Air 2 9’ 5 Weight

• Fly Rod Saltwater: Sage (Far Bank) – R8 Core 990-4

• Fly Rod 2 Hand/Spey: Sage (Far Bank) – Trout Spey G5

• Fly Rod Specialty: Sage (Far Bank) – SENSE

• Chest Pack/Vest: Simms Fishing Products – Dry Creek Z Sling Pack

• Luggage Bags/Backpacks: Sea Run Cases – expedition classic fly rod & reel travel case

• Fly Box/Storage: Wynd Tackle – Wnyd Bynder 01 Series

• Fly Reel/Freshwater: Redington (Far Bank) – Tilt

• Fly Reel/Saltwater: Abel – ROVE

• Fly Line/Freshwater: Scientific Anglers – Amplitude Smooth Creek Trout

• Fly Line/ Saltwater: RIO Products (Far Bank) – SlickCast Saltwater

• Leader/Tippet: Scientific Anglers – Absolute Supreme Tippet

• Hooks: Ranger Outdoors LLC – Daiichi Selects Series 1924 Size 10

• Fly Pattern/Freshwater: Flymen Fishing Company – Chocklett’s Changer Craw

• Fly Pattern/Saltwater: RIO Products (Far Bank) – RIO’s Feczko Cheeseburger

• Fly Tying Materials: Flymen Fishing Company – Flymen Fly Tying Kit Series

• Eco Friendly Gear: Simms Fishing Products – Fall Run Hoody

• Entertainment/Education: Anglers Book Supply – Home Waters: Chronicle of Family Youth Product: Orvis – Encounter 865-4 Outfit

• Accessories Under $50: Oros – Oros Strike Indicator• Accessories Over $50: Abel – Able Nipper

• Gifts Under $50: Cody’s Fish – Fish Ornament

• Gift Items Over $50: Cody’s Fish – Brown Trout License Plate Fish

• Boats/Personal Watercraft: NRS – NRS Slipstream 120 Fishing Raft Package

• Best of Show: Simms Fishing Products – G3 Guide Stocking Foot Waders

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