The Fly Fishing Show’s Consumer Choice Awards will be open for voting and hands-on participation at the six Fly Fishing Shows scheduled for 2023, jointly announced sponsors The Fly Fishing Show, Angling Trade and Fly Fusion Magazine.
The awards recognize and reward the research and development that goes into bringing new products to market that continually improve the angling experience. Consumer Choice Awards winners will be voted by fly-fishing consumers – the everyday users of these products.
Entry to the awards competition is free to all 2023 Fly Fishing Show Exhibitors. With the addition of four new categories, there will be 39 “Best-of” categories: from rods and reels to waders and polarized eyewear. Product submission opened Sept. 26 and will continue through Dec. 15 through an online process.
Awards entries will be showcased online and exhibitors will have the opportunity to connect directly with consumers at shows throughout the voting cycle. Likewise, consumers will have the opportunity to see, touch and test products prior to voting for their favorites. Online voting will be open to the public Jan. 20-March 10, 2023.
Winning products will be announced at the close of voting and winners will receive a “Consumer Choice Awards” icon to utilize in advertising, in-store displays, product packaging and other marketing efforts throughout 2023.
The Fly Fishing Show organizer Ben Furimsky adds, “Our goal is to recognize the hard work of all manufacturers and service providers who continually seek innovative ways to improve the variety of products and services offered to fly fishing enthusiasts. What makes the Consumer Choice Awards unique is the opportunity for consumers to see and test 2023 entries in person at our events across the nation.”
Last year’s awards represented more than 80 brands and showcased 222 products within 32 categories. Best in Show was awarded to Abel Reels which won in both the fresh and saltwater reel category with the Abel ROVE.
“Our team at Abel Reels is honored to have been selected to receive the inaugural Best of Show award for our new Abel ROVE Reel.” said Jeff Patterson, Abel and Ross Reel director of sales “Winning a consumer choice award motivates us to continue both designing and producing the best fly fishing reels in the industry.”
Register for the 2023 Fly Fishing Show at https://flyfishingshow.com/exhibitor-info/.
Enter the 2023 Consumer Choice Awards at https://flyfishingshow.com/exhibitor-info/.