Riversmith: A Look Back at 2023 and Look forward into 2024

Riversmith: A Look Back at 2023 and Look forward into 2024

2023 was an exciting and busy year for Riversmith.  We expect 2024 to be equally dynamic and fun.  Here is a retrospective look at a few 2023 highlights and a sneak peek at what you can expect from Riversmith in the coming year.

1) The Swiftcast Rod Holder - In February of 2023 Riversmith announced the introduction of the Swiftcast, a modular fly rod holder for fishing rafts - purpose built to protect your fly rod.  The Swiftcast was designed and manufactured to solve a problem that many raft anglers face on the water: how to fish as efficiently as possible while protecting a fly rod that is not being used. 

2) In March we invited customers and followers to join us on our journey to develop our new ShortCut River Quiver with Truck Bed Mounting Solution.  We asked if you had an interest in this type of solution for pick up trucks and you answered: "We are."  

3). We were proud and honoured to host Fly Tying Night with Boulder Flycasters and St. Vrain Anglers Chapters of Trout Unlimitedin April of 2023. The fundraising side of the event was made possible by donations of a Riversmith River Quiver and other gear and merchandise items donated by each of the sponsors. Guests generously purchased $1000+ in raffle tickets, and some went home with items. The raffle proceeds benefited Colorado Trout Unlimited’s Teen Youth Camp which accepts 20 campers for a week every summer for a program that balances river conservation education and fly fishing skills.

4). Josh Bergan from Fly Fisherman Magazine wrote up a stellar gear review after using the new Swiftcast Rod Holder in May.  Here are a few highlights.

"Unless you’re Bob Vila or Ron Swanson, your raft’s homemade rod tubes are probably less than ideal. The beefy straight white PVC tubes on my Outcast PAC 1300 left a lot to be desired.

Which is why I was stoked to see Riversmith’s new Swiftcast Rod Holders, which were smartly designed specifically for protecting fly rods on fishing rafts.

While the ultimate goal of these tubes is rod protection, they are also sleek with minimal snag points. The orange pipe clips keep the tip sections connected but allow them to pivot with your boat (and even have a slight curvature on the clip tabs that sit perfectly on an 18-inch-diameter raft tube). The reel box allows water to drain, and the tie-downs keep your reel snug."

To read the entire Swiftcast gear review CLICK HERE.

5) In June we welcomed George Daniel to the Riversmith Ambassador Team as one of our newest Ambassadors.  As a brand ambassador, George will be representing Riversmith in the Northeast and sharing his fishing experience with our customers and followers.  He’ll also be working closely with our Design Team with product feedback and helping Riversmith develop new products that help our customers protect what’s most important: their gear, time, and experience on the water.

We mentioned that 2023 was a busy year for us so we've decided to break this up into a two-part series.  Stay tuned for Part II coming soon... 

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