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Complete list of all current ICAST 2014 coverage
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Glide Week : Riding the S-Wave!
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Abu Garcia Raises the Speed Bar with their Rocket!
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Daiwa’s Steez EX 100XS offers a Deadly Combination of Both Speed and Precision
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Flipping Week : Orochi Double X Aaron Martens Special!
Just because this series is the lowest price offerings from Megabass, we’ve quickly found out that sacrifices were not made in terms of performance. Here now is our take on yet another rod in this series, the F8-79XX Aaron Martens Flipping Special.

Flipping Week : Gary Loomis Shows his Edge for Flipping
Edge Rod's Flip 787-1 has the rare pedigree of being a fishing rod made in the USA. With the ease of heading overseas to procure OEM product, each year witnesses an increasing number of rod companies emerging in the bass fishing market. There are a few companies bucking this trend and Edge Rods, out of Woodland, Washington is one of them.
Flipping Week : Phenix Rods Mocks the Demon
Phenix's rise into the mainstream of bass angler's fishing rod consciousness has been quite astonishing. Their combination of value plus performance in several lines has really changed expectations. In particular, the Recon 2 series has been a favorite amongst TT Editors for the fusion of JDM styling together with attractive price points. No where is this more evident than in the company's entry to flipping week.
Flipping Week : iRod's Bub Tosh Punch Rod!
We've gathered a handful of rods from the popular, to the obscure, to the new, to the rare, all to be featured in our first ever Flipping Week! First up, we take a look at one of the most affordable, yet hard to get flipping sticks on the market to day. Introducing our look at iRod's IRG7114P-H, aka, Bub's Punch Rod.
Pro Angler Bryan Thrift Catches Air with Damiki’s New Frog
We head to Clear Lake to go fishing with FLW Pro Angler Bryan Thrift and the Damiki team to check out the latest and greatest lures that the team has to offer, which includes the exciting new Air Frog. Bryan helped design the Air Frog, which is a plastic toad style bait that floats...
Goin' for a Walk with the Jackall Iobee Frog
Despite the popularity of hollow-body frogs, a lot of anglers get frustrated with them at times because they can be difficult to walk. It takes different tackle and a much different cadence to master one of these baits compared to, say, a Zara Spook. Jackall's Iobee frog is made to ease this burden a bit, as it's designed for effortless walking action. So, will the Iobee indeed walk, or flop?
French Swimbaits from Biwaa Exhibit Quality Finishes
Just when we thought we had seen everything that ICAST had to offer we stumbled upon a swimbait manufacturer that we were not familiar with, meet Biwaa. This French company was founded by Tournament Anglers, the Alexandre Brothers, back in 2008.

Strike King Expands their Leading Arsenal
Strike King is a leader in the lure industry and has one of the biggest arsenals of baits used on tour, as well as one of the biggest Pro Staff roster including some of the biggest names including KVD and Greg Hackney, James Niggemeyer, Denny Brauer and young gun Chris Zaldain.

Style and Safety for Anglers on the Go from Wiley X
Wiley X has continued to gain popularity among anglers and is known for not only their aggressive yet functional styling but also their lens durability. At the show Pro Angler Edwin Evers showed us the latest that Wiley X had to offer anglers seeking both style and safety in their optics.
Molix unleashes more Italian style with a wave of new products
Molix has developed a solid reputation here in America for offering a plethora of quality baits. Despite a brief run, their Fioretto rods also left a positive impression on us in a recent full review. Now, Molix is making some more bold moves with the introduction of new baits and a fresh rod lineup.

Not one, not two, but three new offerings from Sage!
Sage is unquestionably one of the most dominating brands in fly fishing. Their products are world-renowned for outstanding performance and visual appeal. This year we were both surprised and delighted to learn that they will be shaking things up in a big way with the release of three new families of products.

Seaspin Rolls out Innovative new Baits and Rigging Systems
Showing off some innovative new lures this ICAST was a company called Seaspin that most U.S. anglers have probably not heard of. This Italian company puts a lot of work into their lure designs and they showcased not only some interesting new plastics but clever ways to rig and present them as well.
Stay in touch with new fly lines from RIO
Despite some stiff competition in the fly line segment, RIO remains one of the top dogs in the industry. With a huge selection of fresh and saltwater lines available, they always seem to come up with innovative new offerings or somehow improve an existing product.


 
 

Go into stealth mode with Redington's new Vapen Black fly rods
With the unveiling of their Vapen Red rod series last year, Redington really stepped outside the box by giving these sticks an entirely new grip material. The bright red handle may have put off some folks, but the new Vapen Black series aims to please those that prefer a more subdued look.

Batson Enterprises steps up to the plate with advanced new rod components
Batson Enterprises and their various brands offer rod builders a multitude of high-quality options.  At ICAST this year, they invited us to swing by and check out a few of the latest products being released from their RainShadow and Alps labels.

Fishpond hopes to net more customers by rolling out fresh releases
Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts carry a lot of gear that needs to be stored and managed. Thankfully, there are many companies that offer solutions to our problems. As one of the premier names on the market, Fishpond offers not just a variety of great storage and travel options, but accessories and apparel as well.
New Fly Lines from Scientific Anglers
When it comes to fly lines, Scientific Anglers might just be the most popular brand of them all. If you can catch it on a fly, they make a line for it. A trip to the IFTD show just wouldn't be complete without swinging by the SA booth to see their latest and greatest product releases.
Ladies and Gentlemen: New Rod Offerings from Scott
Based in Colorado, Scott has been a longtime favorite of both fresh and saltwater anglers. This year they are offering several new rods including something truly special and exotic. Let's check out what Scott has in store for us!
The Micro Magic Rods Go Pro and Surprise New Reels from Duckett
Pro Angler Boyd Duckett's line of fishing tackle is about to grow immensely as the company introduces new rods and reels. That's right, reels. Up until now the young company has been known up to this point as a manufacturer of well balanced sticks, and this season they roll out a completely new lineup of baitcasters...
A New Reel from Ross and the Return of an Old Favorite
Mayfly Group LLC, the owners of Abel Reels, recently purchased Ross. The brand will indeed retain its own identity, and we swung by their IFTD booth to see both of their latest reels that are made right here in the USA.
Lew's Goes "Lite" with their Newest Baitcaster
As usual Lew's had a number of exciting new products launching at ICAST. Most exciting of which had to be the new Lew's Lite baitcaster which aims to deliver plenty of performance and features all in a lightweight package.
Orvis Livens Things up with Four New Releases
We'd be very surprised if there was a fly angler anywhere on this earth that hasn't heard of the Orvis brand. As one of the largest fly-fishing companies in existence, they offer an expansive line of products that extends well beyond just fishing. This year, Orvis expands the updated Helios 2 lineup and offers us a mix of other fresh new gear.
Falcon Rods Supertunes the Cara and the Lowrider Celebrates 20 Years
The first LowRider back in 1995 transformed high performance bass fishing with the first low profile guide system. This year the company had plenty to talk about as they gave the venerable series a major update.


 

A BIG new addition to the CCFX2 series by Nautilus
It takes a special blend of components and engineering to make the perfect big-game fly reel. That is certainly not an easy undertaking, but the folks at Nautilus seem to have the right formula in play. Their reels have received a ton of praise in recent years, and at this year's IFTD show they unleashed a real beast from their Miami, FL headquarters. 

Taking Home the Win with Savage Gear's Newest Bait
Spend five minutes with Mads Grosell, the design guru at Savage Gear, and it is clear that his passion for lure design is fueling the forge of the company's innovation. Together with Okuma the team at Savage Gear has been on an absolute tear, and part of their winning formula is due to their strategy of introducing lures based on 3D scans of actual prey.
Hardy sheds some light on their latest fly rods and reels
The Hardy brand has been associated with quality fly fishing products for many more years than I've been alive. Several weeks ago we learned that Pure Fishing acquired both the Hardy and Greys labels. What does this mean for both brands? We don't have any clues quite yet, but let's dive into what's new from Hardy this year!
DUO Expands their Hardbait Arsenal
DUO has taken the premium bass market by storm and the success of their Spinbait 80 has more than put the company on the map, it has made the brand well known among both tournament anglers and weekend warriors looking for high quality hardbaits.
New rods from Echo give your fly fishing a boost!
People interested in taking up fly fishing often complain that the sport appears to be rather expensive to get into. Sure, it's generally more costly than conventional angling to get set up with quality gear, but thankfully there are brands like Echo that make it less traumatic on your wallet.
Land the big ones with new fly lines from Cortland
Cortland offers a staggering array of fly lines for all aspects of fly fishing. We can think of no better way to introduce new products than at the yearly IFTD show, and this year they did just that by showcasing several new lines intended to enhance your fly fishing experience.
Quantum Updates the Cabo and Boca Spinning Reels to Take On Even Bigger Fish
Need a spinning reel with capacity to hold large amounts of super heavy braid or other line but don't have a $1000+ budget? Quantum introduces new, larger sizes in their popular Boca and Cabo spinning reels!

Cast tight loops with new saltwater-friendly rods from Clutch
Even though the Clutch brand has only been around since 2012, they have been steadily gaining momentum in the fly rod marketplace. Offering a range of both single and two-handed rods from 5 to 12 weight, their latest offerings are geared towards those anglers chasing saltwater game. 

Quantum Refines the PT Smoke
When Quantum debuted their original Smoke reel four years ago at ICAST 2010, it was their stepping stone to lighter, smaller reels with a greater mass appeal. This year, they redefine the popular line with some interesting advances.


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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