EP 27 Matt Smythe of AFFTA, talks about IFTD the decision to stand alone & #D4BB what you need to know.
In this Episode we speak with Matt Smyth the membership manager of AFFTA. Matt talks about what AFFTA is in the fly fishing world and why it is important to all of us fly fishers.
Matt shares what the many many many shared focuses are that AFFTA has with its different members. We learn the reason why Colorado was chosen for the IFTD and all that goes into this show to make sure its a success for everyone.
Matt opens up about what we can expect this year at the show with the new platforms and seminars offered to visitors.
Matt also mentions to us that anyone going who has yet to register you might want to jump on it. As spots and rooms are filling up fast.
Matt talks about AFFTAs newest passion project the #D4BB or day for bristol bay, and the many retailers who are getting behind the great cause to raise much needed funds for the front line workers who are going head to head with the mining companies in order to protect this land.
Fly fishing Insider
This year we released our best fly-fishing values series for Saltwater rods. Though we have stepped up the game slightly and are only recommending Saltwater rods that we have used or enjoyed. As we are aware that there is 100s of great rods out there this is our top picks for 2020. Based upon, industry, performance, value in total. Enjoy the Fly-fishing best bet values saltwater rods picks for 2020
Best Premium Value:
Scott Fly rods: Sector
Weights: 7 -15
Lengths: 8’4 -9’0
Warranty: Scott Lifetime
Notes: This rod won Best of show IFTD 2019
The recently launched and well awarded Scott Sector takes this year’s top place. The Sector features a fast, light-weight four piece salt water rod. The finish in the rod is of course Scott’s famous un-sanded finish. But with many new upgrades, such as, a full titanium snake guides and Ceracoil stripping guides. The real seat is aluminum and flor-grade cork. New fighting butts and Scott’s amazing craftsmanship.
Best Mid Value
G Loomis: NRX Saltwater
Price: $ 895
G Loomis came out with some serious kickass rods for 2020! We love the NRX Saltwater rod. The new four-piece saltwater rod features a 15% lighter rod than the previous NRX model. With many new technology’s put into this rod some of which are the resins, materials and tapers allowing anglers to make tighter loops while having the rod to recover faster, again due to the new compound tapers. Also included are titanium SIC strip guides, hook keeper, aluminum and walnut reel seat, triple-a cork grip, rod tube, all hand-crafted in the USA.
Best Entry Value
Price: $ 550
Lengths: 8’9 -9’0
Warranty: Sages mail in warranty
Notes: Chucking big fly’s all day look at this rod
That’s right, Sages Payload is paying off big time for Sage in 2020. The four-piece Payload features Sage’s konnetic technology incorporated into a beautiful tannin blank colour which is an extremely fast action rod. The oversize hard chromed snake guides from top tip are new for Sage in this rod build and we like it. Also included is the heavy-duty aluminum lock reel seat, super plus full wells cork handle and a cork composite fighting butt. Complete with nylon ballistic rod tube.