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Fly fishermen give Abel ROVE the thumbs up


Simms Fishing Products dominated fly fishing’s inaugral Consumer Choice Awards by winning eight of the 32 categories.

But it was the Abel ROVE reel which took the Best of Show award after topping both the fresh and saltwater reel categories.

The awards, co-sponsored by The Fly Fishing Show, Fly Fusion magazine and industry publication, Angling Trade, is the only industry awards voted for by consumers. Eighty brands submitted 222 products.

The Abel ROVE features a structurally integral machining design to withstand the demands of the traveling angler and a caged frame to prevent any possibility of line being caught between the frame and spool.

There is a double pawl engagement on all sizes, a quick change spool, a convertible drag system and and high capacity, large arbor spool for single or two-handed rods.

Fishpond and Scientific Anglers also proved popular with consumers, winning five and three awards respectively.

The full list of 2022 Consumer Choice Awards is:

  • Eco Friendly: Fall Run Hooded Jacket – Simms Fishing Products
  • Fly Tying Materials: Cordeiro’s flatwing saddles – Flatwing – Ewing Feather Birds
  • Accessories Under $100: Canyon Creek Chest Pack – Fishpond
  • Accessories Over $100: Nomad Emerger – Brown Trout – Fishpond
  • Sunglasses: Reefton PRO – Costa Sunglasses
  • Gifts Under $100: Tacky Original RiverMag Fly Box – Fishpond
  • Freshwater Combo: MMH Fly Combo – 5 Weight – Adamsbuilt Fishing
  • Saltwater Combo: Nighthawk X Fly Combo – Fenwick
  • Youth Product Gear/Apparel: Tenderfoot Youth Vest – Fishpond
  • Entertainment/Education: Fly Tying for Everyone – Trout and Feather
  • Fly Box/Storage System: Tacky Original RiverMag Fly Box – Fishpond
  • Fly Hooks: Umpqua XC210BL-BN Mega Gap Perdigon Hook – Umpqua
  • Vises and Tying Tools: True Rotary Fly Tying Vise – HMH TRV
  • Luggage (Bags, Backpacks): Dry Creek Z Backpack – Simms Fishing Products
  • Pack and Vest: Dry Creek Z Sling Pack – Simms Fishing Products
  • Boat/Personal Watercraft: Kodiak Raft Package – Water Master
  • Freshwater Line: Amplitude Textured Infinity – Scientific Anglers
  • Saltwater Line: Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam – Scientific Anglers
  • Leader and Tippet: Absolute Trout Leader – Scientific Anglers
  • Freshwater Fly Pattern: Fly Formerly Known As Prince – Orvis
  • Saltwater Fly Pattern: Joe Calcavecchia’s Striper Dragon – Saltwater Custom Flies
  • Freshwater Rod: R8 CORE 590-4 – Sage
  • Saltwater Rod: Mangrove Coast – Temple Fork Outfitters
  • Tenkara Rod: Tanuki Shinobi 395 -Tenkara Tanuki
  • Freshwater Reel: ROVE – Abel Reels
  • Saltwater Reel: ROVE – Abel Reels
  • Men’s Waders: Men’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader – Simms Fishing Products
  • Men’s Outerwear: G3 Guide Jacket – Simms Fishing Products
  • Men’s General Apparel: Men’s SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody – Simms Fishing Products
  • Men’s Boots: Flyweight Access Boots – Simms Fishing Products
  • Women’s Waders: Women’s G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader – Simms Fishing Products
  • Women’s General Apparel: Women’s SolarFlex Cooling Hoody – Simms Fishing Products

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