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News from IFTD - Day One of the Fly Fishing Show

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Entering the show at the New Orleans Convention Center Entering the show at the New Orleans Convention Center

Not much time to 'sightsee' on day one of the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans so here's a quick snapshot of the day from inbetween meetings. More gear news to come later this week...

Kirk Deeter and Tim Romano from the US-based Angling Trade magazine are hosting the New Product Showcase right inside the entrance to the show with visitors including yours truly voting on best new products in a range of categories and of course the coveted 'Best of Show'. We'll share the results as soon as we have them but notable products that caught my eye were the new Hardy Fortuna and Light reels, the Sage One rod series and a new line of fly fishing apparel designed especially for the ladies by Redington.


The IFTD Best of Show awards waiting to be won


Redington Marketing Manager, Jennifer Gish displays a couple of the new ladies fishing shirts


The main casting pond right in the centre of the show hall at IFTD


Anyone for Alligator Jambalaya - only in New Orleans!


Happy Birthday message to legendary photographer Brian O'Keefe at the pre-awards party held at The Republic

Nice period picture used of Brian circa the 70's I'm guessing which you can just make out!


More to come tomorrow from day two of the show...

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Comments (4 posted):

caseywise on 19/08/2011 05:30:33
looks like a great function. the casting pool is quite impressive. will rajeef be there shooting ungodly amounts of line?:D casey
Editor on 19/08/2011 12:28:02
Don't think Steve is here as G Loomis are not attending - they already launched their ranges at another recent show apparently. I'll tell you who I did see on the other casting pond yesterday and that was certain Mr Lefty Kreh, still helping others improve their game. Other personal heroes spotted - Jose Wejebe, Flip Pallott and Andy Mill who I had a good chat with yesterday about his hand in the development of the new Hardy Fortuna big game reel. Very impressive looking piece of kit and a lot of work gone into testing it.
cochise on 19/08/2011 14:11:03
Did oyu see the drake 5 minute winner? Awesome!!
Editor on 25/08/2011 15:15:09
Yes - I think all those 5 min films are great and yes I enjoyed the winning entry. The guys flew back after IFTD to continue their trip I was told. Here's the winner of Best Movie... Best Story Winner was "Doc of the Drakes" and you will see why... To watch all the finalists you need to go here...
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