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Anglers vote for best US fly fishing launches


Anglers attending The Fly Fishing Show 2023 series across the US in the early part of this year got their first chance to vote for the best new products launched by exhibitors.

And the big winner in the Consumer Choice Awards included serial winner Simms Fishing Products, which continued its dominance in the apparel sector by taking nine individual awards.

Ross Reels picked up the prizes in the fresh and saltwater reel categories with its Evolution model. Scientific Anglers took the top honours in the freshwater fly lines (Amplitude Smooth APX) and saltwater fly lines (Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam).

Umpqua’s Thunder Grasshopper was the winning freshwater fly pattern, while its Danger Muffin Crab claimed top spot for saltwater fly.

Voters from 15 countries around the world cast over 17,000 votes for 183 different products in 39 categories.

The full list of winners were:

Sunglasses: Bajio Piedra

Fly Reel (freshwater): Ross Evolution FS

Fly Reel (saltwater): Ross Evolution FS

Men’s Waders: Skwala Carbon

Men’s Wading Boots: Simms G4 Pro Powerlock Boot

Women’s Waders: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader

Women’s Wading Boots: Miss Mayfly Moxie

Youth Product: Simms Kids Tributary Stockingfoot Wader

Accessories under $50: Simms Taco Wader Bag

Accessories $50-100: Norvise Automatic Fly Tying Bobbin

Accessories over $100: Fishpond Nomad Mid-Length Net

Artwork: Cody’s Fish Brown Trout License Plate Art

Boat (personal watercraft): Water Master Kodiak Raft Package

Books and Maps: Joe Humphrey’s Trout Tactics (revised edition

Chestpack/Vest: Simms Dry Creek Z Sling Pack

Eco-Friendly Product: Simms Fall Run Insulated Hoody

Entertainment/Education: “Trout and Feather” (YouTube)

Fly Box: Tacky Original River Mag Box

Fly Hooks: Tie! Jig Force Sizes #20 and #22 by Fulling Mill

Fly Line (freshwater): Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth MPX

Fly Line (saltwater): Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam

Fly Pattern (freshwater): Umpqua Thunder Grass Hopper

Fly Pattern (saltwater): Umpqua Danger Muffin Crab

Fly Rod (Two-Handed/Spey): Temple Fork Outfitters Pro III

Fly Rod (Freshwater): Hardy Aydon

Fly Rod (Saltwater): Thomas & Thomas Sextant

Fly-Tying Materials: Umpqua Jig Bombs

Fly-Tying Tools: Norvise Automatic Fly-Tying Bobbin

Fly Tying Vise: Renzetti Limited Edition Traveler

Freshwater Combo Kit: CD Fishing All Fly Ultimate Plus

Gift Items (under $100): Atollas Fly Caddy

Insurance (guide and outfitter): Cross Current Guide Liability Insurance

Luggage/Backpack: Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack

Men’s General Apparel: Rep Your Water Merino Wool Blend Retro Camo Sun Hoody

Men’s Outerwear: Skwala Fusion 3/2 Puffy

Tenkara Rod: Tenkara Tanuki Pocket Ninja

Women’s General Apparel: Simms Solarflex Cooling Hoody

Women’s Outerwear: Simms G3 Guide Jacket and Fishe Steel My Heart Riffle Snap Fleece

Most Innovative: Simms G4 Pro Powerlock Boot Wading Boots

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