Saturday, July 15, 2017

Heading Back From IFTD 2017

I’m looking forward to getting back to Bozeman later this morning after a long week in Florida, attending IFTD 2017. As I look around the United gate here in O’Hare, it looks like there are a whole lot of other folks that are also excited to be heading to Bozeman. The guys and gals at our Bozeman fly shop, along with our Montana fly fishing guides, have been giving me some great reports of fishing this past week. The summer heat sounds like it has also settled into Southwest Montana, but I can’t imagine that it is too stifling after the week in Orlando!
Innovative product designs and new technologies are helping today’s leading manufacturers bring the best product lineups has made for the most highly anticipated product release in the 18 years that I have been in the Bozeman fly fishing business.
  • The Patagonia Middle Fork wader is a chest wader design that uses an integrated, seamless bootie instead of traditional neoprene. The bootie is similar in feel to latex, but is a proprietary material that is very difficult to puncture, stretches, and retains its shape. Overall, this is the lightest, most packable wader that Patagonia has brought to the fly fishing world. The wader will be available in early 2018 with an MSRP of $349
  • Patagonia Middle Fork Wader , Bozeman Fly Shop
  • Ross Reels has a few new things in queue for spring 2018 that were, honestly, just amazing in terms of aesthetics and machining. The Evolution R, new for 2017, is now available with a heavier drag setting in saltwater sizes. There will be a new Evolution model with improved drag and an attention to machining detail that is quickly separating Ross from the crowd in USA Made Reels. Also, the new Gunnison prototypes they had at IFTD were stunning in their classic perfection.Ross Reels in Bozeman Fly Shop
  • Scott Fly Rods won the award for “Best Freshwater Fly Rod” with the releases of their new and improved G-Series. This classic line of medium action presentation rods has been modernized with internal ferrules and modern resins. The new G-Series will be shipping soon and has an MSRP near $800. Made in Montrose Colorado, the Scott G-Series is going to be the go-to spring creek rod for Southwest Montana.
  • Scott Fly Rod G-Series in Bozeman Fly Shop
  • Lamson-Waterworks dropped a bombshell on the fly-fishing world with a couple of truly innovative entries into the fly-fishing world. The Cobalt reel is made in the USA and features a fully sealed drag system designed for big fish in both trout and saltwater sizes. Center Axis fly fishing systems were released nearly 20 years ago in ultra light line weights. Now there is a new version for a 5 weight from the Waterworks lab. It will take a little to get used to it at first for most folks, but the casting and presentation oriented anglers are going to flock to the store to demo one of these outfits.Lamson Waterworks Center Axis in Bozeman Fly Shop
  • Korkers continues to lead the way in wading boot category with better traction systems and innovative boot designs. The new boot for the women angler looks to be the best women’s wading boot design for 2018 too.
  • Korkers Wading Boots in Bozeman Fly Shop
It looks like 2018 is going to be highlighted by a ton of great, new products from just about every corner of the fly-fishing world. It’s back to July 15 2017 for me, however. Sunny skies, lots of water, and Montana’s wild trout will be on my mind and in my net in less than 24 hours!  Some of the new stuff for next year will be hitting our Bozeman fly shop in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for what’s new when you are swinging by! We have some great deals on closeout items in the meantime, while supplies last as well.

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