Patagonia’s new Foot Tractor wading boots take top honors at IFTD 2018 – Hatch Magazine

This year’s IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealers) show came to a close last Friday in Orlando, Florida. The culmination of the show’s exhibits is the the ‘Party at the Pond’ where the winners for best products in more than 30 different categories are announced, as well as product that stands out above all as the “Best of Show” This year, Patagonia’s new wading boots—a collaborative product with iconic boot maker Danner—walked away with the big prize.

Each year, when the top honor of the show is announced, the prize almost invariably goes to a fly rod—making Patagonia’s win no small feat.

Overall, Patagonia, Simms, Fishpond and RIO were the biggest standouts, with each manufacturer taking home prizes in multiple categories.

To see the full list of winners for best new fly rods, reels, lines and other gear, check below.

Best of Show Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots
Fly Rod – Freshwater R.L. Winston Rod Company/Bauer Fly Reels Winston PURE
Fly Rod – Saltwater Thomas and Thomas Zone
Fly Rod – 2 Handed/Spey Temple Fork Outfitters Axiom II Switch
Reel – Freshwater Abel Reels Abel TR Reel
Reel – Saltwater Ross Reels Ross Evolution LTX Reel
Fly Line – Freshwater RIO InTouch Big Nasty 4D
Fly Line – Saltwater RIO DirectCore Bonefish Line
Leader/Tippet – Gear RIO Trout Leader Selection
Men’s – Waders Simms Fishing Products G3 Guide™ Wader River Camo
Men’s – Outerwear Howler Brothers Aguacero Rain Jacket
Men’s – General Apparel Simms Fishing Products TriComp Cool
Men’s – Wading Boots Simms Fishing Products Flyweight Boot
Women’s – Waders Simms Fishing Products Women’s Freestone® Wader
Women’s – Outerwear Patagonia Women’s Minimalist Jacket
Women’s – General Apparel Patagonia Women’s Tropic Comfort Hoody
Eco Friendly – Gear Fishpond Thunderhead Chest Pack
Luggage (Bags, Backpacks) – Gear Fishpond Thunderhead Roll Top
Chest-Pack/Vest – Gear Fishpond Switchpack Belt System
Fly Box/Storage System – Gear Tacky Fly Fishing Flydrophobic SD Fly Box
Fly Hooks – Gear Umpqua Feather Merchants Specialty, S415 BN5X Hooks
Fly Tying Vices and Tying Tools – Gear Umpqua Feather Merchants TMC Ceramic Bobbin Fine
Fly Tying Materials – Gear Cascade Crest Tools Mangum’s “Mini “Dragon Tai
Fly Pattern – Freshwater Fulling Mill LLC Mousey McMouseface
Fly Pattern – Saltwater Umpqua Feather Merchants Aphlexo Crab, Gerber’s
Accessories – Under $100 Fishpond Westbank Wader Belt
Accessories – Over $100 Riversmith River Quiver
Gift Items – Under $100 DeYoung Studio Wine Glass & Coaster Set
Youth Product – Gear/Apparel Simms Fishing Products Kid’s Tributary Wader
Entertainment/Education Anglers Book Supply Down by the River
Boat/Personal WaterCraft – Gear East Cape Skiffs SKANU

Source: https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/patagonias-new-foot-tractor-wading-boots-take-top-honors/7714637

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