Fly Fishing Retailer Show Awards

American Angler magazine gave out its annual awards to standouts in the fly fishing business last week at the Fly Fishing Retailer show, distributing kudos based on a vote among manufacturers, distributors and sales reps. Their award for 2006 Retailer of the Year, given out at a posh coat-and-tie affair (!) at the Denver Athletic Club, went to Silver Creek Outfitters of Ketchum, Idaho. (Accepting were Jerry Eder and Dave James.) And of course they announced their awards given for what retailers think will be the best-selling products in four categories, which got American Angler‘s “KaChing!” award:
Freshwater — Cliff’s Bugger Beast, Cliff Outdoors
Saltwater — Scott X2s fly rods
Fly Tying — Renzetti Presentation 2000
Softgoods — Sage Skagit River Softshell Jacket
Meanwhile Orvis and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine hosted a “Casting Cup” during the early mornings of the show, and the winners of the $3,750 prizes for charity were:
Men — Jeff Wagner
Women — Rachel Finn

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