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TackleTour's "Best of Show: Fly Fishing" products from ISE 2003
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were many new cool and innovative products to hit this year’s San Mateo’s
Sportsmen’s Expo. Some products took last year’s successes and made
them a little better, while others took on a whole new look, style, and feel. Some of the best innovations could be seen in the Fly section of the
This Year's Hot Picks: Steve
Abel of Abel Reels has machined a fine quality reel in his new Large
Arbor Super 7 Reel. The Cork
Drag system of the Super 7 was
designed to “Stop a Sub”, therefore the fish aren’t going to like this one
much. It’s remarkable how this
reels stopping power can be matched with a silky smooth retrieve. With a capacity of 225 yards of backing when lined with WF 6,
you won’t have to worry about getting spooled.
The "interchangABELity" with previous ABEL Big Game spools make the
conversion factor a big plus!
ABEL’s innovations did not stop at their reels.
They also manufactured a new net that makes measuring and protecting your
catch easier then ever. Their new
Measuring Net allows you to safely net and measure your fish all in one easy
step. Hats off to ABEL for not only finding a better way to catch
fish, but a safer way to release them!
Rods Anyone??: For
those who are purists, it seems that the Fly-fishing industry has been flooded
by high quality rods from only a few manufacturers.
If you are seeking to put more a customized look, feel, and signature on
your fishing adventures, you will find it at Raptor Rod Works of Chico, CA.
Founded by Jim Clarkson, the company manufactures personal custom rods
from name brand blanks and components. Choosing
your own wraps, guides, and handles really puts a piece of equipment in your
hand that is individualized, not mass produced in only a few colors like the
Model T Ford. Who wants to fish
with the same rod everyone else has anyway?
problems with busted rods or restoration, and Raptor Rod works can assist you in
fixing or designing any rod to your exact specifications.
new on the watercraft front?:
makes the most diverse line of personal watercraft on the market.
Their boats, designs, and commitment to innovation have truly kept them
the leader of the PAC in this category. The
new PAC 9 was made to provide increased stability and higher maximum weight
capacity. These boats allow you to
reach water that was previously out of reach.
With a whole line of accessories such as pumps, motor mounts, oars, and
storage options, Outcast can help you customize your rig to your personal
year’s Boat of the Year goes to Hyde
for their new 2003 Combination Series drift boat. They took the pro’s of quiet fiberglass design, and the durability
of aluminum design, and made a boat that truly gives you the best of both
worlds. The hybrid hull design will
keep the boat stronger over time, and provides a very stable foundation for the
if a new improved design wasn’t enough alone, the options and accessories on
their combination package is second to none. With recessed rod holders, a water chambering system, and the new G4
bottom, this boat has set a new standard for drift boats on the market today.
were many new and exciting fly related products to see at the Sportsmen’s Expo. The products above were only a few of the great
products to catch our
eye. The popularity of fly fishing on the
West Coast continues to gain momentum and the quality and frequency of new and
improved products runs in parallel to the increase in demand. Whether you wade
or ride in float and drift boats you can be sure that 2003 will yield plenty more
exciting products like these. Stay tuned for plenty of in depth fly rod and reel
reviews on TackleTour in the next few weeks.
Thanks for a wonderful show guys!