Records tumble as IFTD Show returns in full force

The fly fishing industry rallied like never before last week as the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show returned – with records being broken at its spiritual home in Denver, Colorado, USA.

More than 2,000 people attended the three-day event – run by the American Fly Fishing Tackle Association – which was a standalone venture following several years running alongside the ICAST sportfishing trade show.

Nearly 300 retailers from 41 countries made their way to the Colorado Convention Centre to do business and meet suppliers old and new.

One key aspect of the show was its efforts to reduce waste and encourage recycling while also being a completely single-use plastic-free event, thanks to the efforts of Cosa Del Mar, YETI coolers and all who exhibited at or attended the show.

Alongside 15 useful business seminars and an oversubscribed industry breakfast, another major highlight was the Party On The Pond, culminating in a hotly contested fly-tying competition along with the New Product Showcase awards, proudly sponsored by Tackle Trade World.

These attracted a record 267 entries from 156 exhibitors and TTW editor John Hunter was on hand to congratulate the winners of the 30-plus awards.

The evening turned into a massive celebration for Simms, who picked up a staggering 10 honours, Scientific Anglers hogged the line categories, Ross/Abel defended their reel crowns while Sage, Fishpond, Umpqua and others also held multiple trophies aloft.

Meanwhile Jim Bartschi had a huge smile on his face when he collected both the Saltwater Fly Rod gong and the coveted Best In Show award.


Alongside the eye-catching trophies, the winners also receive strong editorial coverage in a future edition of TTW.

Also honoured that night were Joan Wulff, who picked up the Lefty Kreh Industry Leadership Award and Tom Sadler who was recognised in the Jim Range Conservation Leadership Award.

There was even time for Captain Doug Kilpatrick’s name to be drawn out of the raffle for an RO drift boat, with proceeds going to AFFTA’s Fisheries Fund while Sweetwater Brewing staved off the thirst with its Guide Beer.


  • A full report of the event along with details and pictures of all of the award winners will appear in the December edition of Tackle Trade World.

Author: John Hunter

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