IFTD Show report
Sarah and I just returned from a short visit to Orlando and the International Fly Tackle Dealers Show. A little smaller show than most years mainly due to many manufactures waiting for the 19 show in Denver CO in October.
Sage introduced the Ignitor a replacement for the Method. Sage built this rod with the new HD tech that is in the X and SaltHD. The rod is light and extremely fast. It comes in weights 4 to 10. I threw the 990 and it is a nice stick and great for those who love ultra fast action rods.
Sage also introduced a new small stream rod call the Dart. They come from 0 wt to 4 wt and lengths 6’6” to 7’6”. Looks it would be a blast in eastern small mountain streams.
You can read the specs on all of Sages rods on their website. https://www.sageflyfish.com
RIO had several new offerings that have applications in our world. The InTouch Big Nasty fly line is an awesome fly line. We have been fishing the prototypes since last Fall. The Big Nasty has been out in a Floating version but this year they came out with variable sinking tips. The ones we have been using has a hover/intermediate/3s head. It is an awesome speckled trout line in 3 to 6 feet of water. It fishes fine in water temps to 80 degrees. It is also a nice alibi line as well. It has a heavy short head that easily handles big nasty flies. We only had an 8 wt version but the 9 or 10 weight would make a excellent cobia line. It has lots of possibilities.
RIO also introduced a new line for the Jungle. This is their new line for Peacock Bass and Dorado. They offer it in Floating, Floating / Intermediate tip, and Floating / type 6 sinking. It has the low stretch DirectCore with a short head designed to launch big flies.
We love to tie flies. And Renzetti has an awesome new line of tying materials. I was really excited when I saw these. I am a huge fan of brushes and Renzetti has a full line of brushes in all the sizes and colors. You can see all of their offerings at https://www.rdflyfishing.com.
Congratulations to Wes Seigler and Seigler Reels for the best in show for new fly reels.