2018 Canadian Sport Fishing Gear Guide

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BEST Rods & Reels for <strong>2018</strong><br />



150+<br />



TOP<br />

TECH<br />


& LAND<br />


RECORD<br />



& TACKLE<br />





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How to Use the <strong>Gear</strong> <strong>Guide</strong> 4<br />

Selecting the Right Rod 6<br />

Reel Basics for Spinning 24<br />

How to Maintain Your Rod & Reel 29<br />

Reel Basics for Baitcast 30<br />

Salt Water Fly <strong>Fishing</strong> 44<br />

RODS<br />

Casting 8<br />

Spinning 12<br />

Fly 16<br />

Specialty 19<br />

REELS<br />

Spinning 26<br />

Casting 32<br />

Trolling 36<br />

Fly 38<br />


Apps & Maps 20<br />

Fly Tackle & Accessories 41<br />

Bait & Accessories 46<br />

Tackle & Accessories 50<br />


Safety <strong>Gear</strong> 45<br />

Bags & Accessories 52<br />

Clothes & Accessories 54<br />

OUT & ABOUT<br />

Tech & Accessories 22<br />

Boat Accessories 56<br />

Kayaks & More 60<br />

Camping Accessories 62<br />

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HOW TO USE<br />


When I travel, I fish — and I enjoy it with whatever gear is available. I was in the Adriatic Sea<br />

this summer with a hook, five metres of line and some bread, catching panfish in the dark (didn’t<br />

even have a stick like when I was a kid). Shortly after I was drift fishing the reefs off the coast of<br />

Florida with crappy rental gear. Yesterday (October 14th, 2017) was our Winter <strong>Fishing</strong> Derby in<br />

Kelowna,BC, where we trolled for rainbow on Okanagan Lake with our own top-of-the-line gear<br />

and boat. Regardless of the gear, I had a smile every time.<br />

I’m a gear head, I always have been. I want to enjoy my<br />

hobbies and sports to the max with whatever little time I<br />

have left stumbling around this planet, and that means<br />

finding the equipment to take my game to the next level.<br />

This guide is designed to help you choose the next step up<br />

for you, whether you’re ready to trade up from hook and<br />

string or upgrade from hand-me-down rental gear.<br />

This year’s bumper crop of innovations, from clothing<br />

to coolers, tech to tackle, will make your fishing trips more<br />

successful and more enjoyable than ever before. When it<br />

comes right down to it, more enjoyable is more successful.<br />

No single publication could cover every angling product<br />

currently for sale, and if it did, the great, new, innova-<br />

tive products would be hidden amongst the poor quality,<br />

doesn’t last, doesn’t-work-and-never-will equipment. Our<br />

goal in producing the guide was to show you the best of<br />

what’s coming for <strong>2018</strong>, as well as some of the best sellers<br />

of 2017.<br />


You’ll occasionally see ‘Best of ICAST’ in a description.<br />

ICAST is the International Convention of Allied <strong>Sport</strong>fishing<br />

Trades (by the American <strong>Sport</strong>fishing Association). You’ll<br />

also see Best of IFTD – International Fly Tackle Dealer<br />

Show (by the American Fly<strong>Fishing</strong> Trade Association). The<br />

combined annual trade-only conventions of these two orga-<br />

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nizations represent the premier showcase<br />

for the latest innovations in fishing<br />

gear, accessories and apparel in<br />

North America. It is a trade-only show,<br />

which means that you as a consumer<br />

can’t attend. So we go for you.<br />

Each year, buyers and media representatives<br />

like us, compare thousands<br />

of products from hundreds of<br />

companies in 26 categories, which<br />

have been entered into the New<br />

Product Showcase based on their level<br />

of usefulness, innovation, execution,<br />

and workmanship.<br />


While Canada long ago adopted the<br />

metric system, the US has not, and as<br />

a result, much of our use of the imperial<br />

system remains entrenched in our<br />

fishing culture. Rather than provide<br />

metric equivalents that none of us<br />

use, we have kept the old imperial<br />

units where they are in normal use.<br />


Many products had not been released<br />

as we wrote this gear guide, so often<br />

all the suppliers had to give were<br />

manufacturer’s suggested list prices<br />

(MSRP) in USD, as they were waiting<br />

to see where the dollar was when<br />

<strong>Canadian</strong> retailers had to pay for their<br />

orders. Wherever possible, the MSRP<br />

is listed in <strong>Canadian</strong> dollars (CAD).<br />


We haven’t listed every piece of fishing-related<br />

equipment for sale in<br />

2017. Some of it is too poorly built to<br />

be worth mentioning. Much of it you<br />

are already familiar with. If you are<br />

new to fishing, you should be looking<br />

at the new for <strong>2018</strong> gear anyway, as<br />

it incorporates the latest technologies.<br />

We’ve also kept it to gear that you<br />

can use to fish <strong>Canadian</strong> waters and<br />

species. So you won’t find your favourite<br />

tarpon or marlin bait here.<br />


We were tempted to list the warranty<br />

for each model, which typically range<br />

from one-year to lifetime transferrable,<br />

but no warranty covers the<br />

physical damage you do to the equipment<br />

– just the rather ambiguous<br />

‘manufacturer’s defects.’ The true test<br />

of a warranty is not in the fine print,<br />

but in the application of it – you say it<br />

broke, and they replace it.<br />

From personal experience, I can<br />

tell you it doesn’t matter if you buy<br />

new gear, clothing, or tech this year.<br />

It’s not important if you fish with<br />

a stick and some string, or top-ofthe-line<br />

equipment. It doesn’t matter<br />

where you are in the world. The only<br />

thing that counts is that you enjoy<br />

it, and take yourself fishing as often<br />

as you can. We hope this guide helps<br />

you do that – on the water, or from<br />

your couch.<br />

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Rods<br />

GEAR GUIDE <strong>2018</strong><br />




The core element in your fishing equipment is your rod. In the ‘How to<br />

Use the <strong>Guide</strong>’ section we described fishing with just bread, a hook and<br />

some line, with the next evolutionary step – a stick.<br />

As lures, baits and techniques have<br />

evolved, so have manufacturers’ rod<br />

design. They have fine-tuned their rods<br />

to give the angler the advantage over<br />

the fish when you choose the right<br />

‘stick’. The correct rod allows you to<br />

cast more accurately, work the baits<br />

better, detect more strikes and set the<br />

hook to land your catch.<br />

Step one in choosing the right rod<br />

starts with knowing what kind of fish<br />

you are most often after, which will<br />

help decide which technique you’ll be<br />

using and ultimately lead to the type of<br />

rod and action you want.<br />

The two most dominant rods are<br />

either spinning or baitcast. Spinning<br />

rods mount the reel under the handle<br />

and baitcast are seated on top. These<br />

are two different casting techniques.<br />

Your decision on fish and fishing technique<br />

will decide your reel, and now<br />

you can select your rod.<br />

Most fishing enthusiasts start out<br />

with a 6’6” to 7’ medium rod as these<br />

rods will work with most techniques<br />

and lure types.<br />

Building a fishing rod involves design<br />

comprises. You can build a rod that<br />

will never break – think solid steel pipe<br />

– but it would be too heavy to cast with<br />

all day, and it wouldn’t be sensitive<br />

enough to let you know when you had<br />

a bite. A great rod is strong but responsive,<br />

sensitive and durable. A good<br />

rod won’t instantly make you a great<br />

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angler, but a poor one will certainly<br />

hinder you, and could cause you<br />

enough grief and expense that it will<br />

turn you off one of Canada’s greatest<br />

pastimes.<br />

An honest, knowledgeable local<br />

retailer can help tell you the most<br />

popular techniques for the fish in the<br />

region. But it helps to understand the<br />

language he or she is about to speak.<br />


Action – describes how the rod bends<br />

when pressure is applied at the tip. A<br />

fast action rod bends in the top third<br />

and a slow action rod starts bending in<br />

the bottom third. How easily it bends<br />

depends on the type of fish for which<br />

the rod is designed. For instance, a<br />

fast action fly rod will bend much<br />

lower and more easily than a fast action<br />

offshore rod. For the most part,<br />

the nature of the flex is determined by<br />

the taper of the rod – how the diameter<br />

decreases from handle to tip.<br />

The weight of the lures you’ll be<br />

fishing with helps choose the action.<br />

Lighter lures work with faster action<br />

rods storing kinetic energy easily. Bass<br />

rods are typically fast action. This<br />

helps in setting the hook, as the rod<br />

stops flexing quickly as it reaches the<br />

stiffer part of the blank sooner. They<br />

work best where short to medium casting<br />

distances are involved, using single<br />

hooks in worm and jig fishing.<br />

For longer casts, medium to medium-fast<br />

rods are used in conjunction<br />

with treble hooks like topwater lures,<br />

crankbaits, or spinner baits. The<br />

slower action makes it less likely that<br />

you’ll tear the hook out of that stronger<br />

fish you’re after.<br />

Power – describes the strength of the<br />

rod. As in, its lifting power, rated from<br />

extra-heavy to ultra-light. Describing<br />

the power of a rod depends on the<br />

type of rod you’re discussing. A heavy<br />

bass rod might be limited to a 25 lb<br />

line while a heavy offshore rod might<br />

be rated for 80 lb line. As you may<br />

have already guessed, the line weight<br />

should match the rod power. With a<br />

heavy line on a light rod you could<br />

snap the rod, and with a light line on<br />

a heavy power rod you could snap the<br />

line. Matching the rod and line will<br />

help you to work within the limits of<br />

the equipment to land your prize.<br />

Responsiveness – is the rods ability<br />

to flex under load and then release<br />

the stored energy. A light, highly<br />

responsive rod will allow you to more<br />

accurately cast on a low trajectory<br />

when you want to land your bait lightly<br />

and perhaps need to land close to an<br />

obstruction.<br />

Graphite – is a material used to build<br />

everything from fishing rods to waterskis.<br />

Like most materials there are<br />

significant differences in the quality of<br />

the graphite and how well it is used. It<br />

costs a lot more, and requires a great<br />

deal of expertise to build a light, responsive<br />

and durable rod. Conversely,<br />

a cheap rod can be built from graphite<br />

- but be heavy and brittle.<br />

Graphite often comes with a rating<br />

i.e. IM6 or IM7, etc. Unfortunately,<br />

it isn’t an industry standard so the<br />

quality of IM6 graphite can vary from<br />

one manufacturer to another. You can<br />

count on it to compare rods within a<br />

rod manufacturers lineup where you<br />

can expect an IM8 will be better (more<br />

sensitive/responsive) than an IM7.<br />

Other manufacturers use a ‘ton’<br />

rating, i.e. 30 ton or 40 ton (40 being<br />

more sensitive/responsive). Unfortunately<br />

this is also not an industry<br />

standard so you can’t accurately<br />

equate a ‘ton’ rating with an ‘IM’ rating.<br />

Modulus refers to the stiffness of<br />

the graphite, but because so many<br />

other factors influence the quality<br />

of the graphite, a higher modulus<br />

doesn’t mean a better quality rod. In<br />

general, the higher the number, the<br />

stronger the rod will be for its weight<br />

– but also the more brittle it becomes.<br />

In some cases a stiffer rod is detrimental,<br />

as you wouldn’t want a stiff<br />

rod for light line techniques.<br />

Fibreglass – is known by anyone<br />

born after 1940, but like many modern<br />

materials ‘glass’ has changed and<br />

evolved over the decades and in some<br />

instances in fishing rods, has been<br />

combined with graphite to produce<br />

some stellar rods. Although heavier<br />

than graphite, glass has a solid reputation<br />

with many anglers looking for a<br />

medium to slow action rod that is very<br />

durable. For instance, you’ll find them<br />

in rods for heavier fish, and in boat<br />

rods that don’t require casting.<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>s – most are composed of an<br />

outer metal ring, and the best are lined<br />

or coated with a reduced friction inner<br />

ring. Friction causes heat, and heat<br />

breaks down line. Low friction also<br />

translates into longer casts. The best<br />

guides are also lightweight and durable.<br />

Rods with more guides will bend<br />

truer to the rods design, and typically<br />

cast better than those with fewer.<br />

Materials include Alconite, whose<br />

base material is aluminum oxide, and<br />

it is an improvement over Hardloy (another<br />

aluminum oxide derivative). SiC<br />

stands for silicon carbide, which along<br />

with titanium carbide and Zirconium<br />

are a few of the higher end materials<br />

as they reduce friction and heat to a<br />

minimum. Some of the best guides are<br />

made of nickel-titanium alloy, which<br />

spring back into place even when bent<br />

back, require no plating, and cannot<br />

corrode.<br />

Handles and knobs – are often made<br />

from cork, an age-old material chosen<br />

because it is lightweight and provides<br />

good grip even when it’s wet. About<br />

50% of the world’s cork comes from<br />

Portugal, and like graphite there is<br />

no universal grading system. One<br />

mans ‘Flor’ is another mans ‘AAAA’ is<br />

another’s ‘AAA’ and another’s CG1. All<br />

you can expect is that the best cork<br />

is found on the most expensive rods.<br />

EVA foam is the other material most<br />

often found in handles and is more<br />

durable than cork.<br />

Reel seat – holds the reel onto the<br />

rod, and if the reel comes loose, the<br />

trophy fish of your lifetime could be<br />

lost. The reel is where the torque<br />

generated in the fight is applied to<br />

the rod. The cheapest reel seats could<br />

have cardboard inside, and/or use<br />

metal that rusts. It is best to spend a<br />

few dollars more on a trusted name<br />

brand, and avoid the deal that seems<br />

too good to be true, because it is.<br />

Now that you are armed with the lingo,<br />

peruse the pages of this guide to see<br />

what’s new in rods, the prices, and get<br />

ready for your best season ever.<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

100<br />

Find the right casting rod to meet your fishing standards.<br />

Lew’s Tournament Performance TP1 Speed Stick<br />

Known to be lightweight, strong and sensitive, the IM8 graphite blank in this series gets skeletal graphite reel seats, split grip<br />

Dri-Tac handles by Winn Grip and 8 + tip American Tackle Microwave <strong>Guide</strong>s. It’s a solid feeling rod that provides better than<br />

average sensitivity and durability at this price point. The Bladed Jig in a 6’11” and the Inshore (with blue Winn Grip handle) 7’0”<br />

Soft Plastic and Top Water are the newest additions. Nine one-piece models from 5’9” to 7’6”, designed for 6-65 lb test, 1/8<br />

– 1 1/2 oz lures, with moderate to fast action and medium-light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $100 USD lews.com<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> One3 Fate Black<br />

Green is the new black, and whether you love or hate the colour after you buy it, take<br />

comfort in the fact that is was voted Best Freshwater Rod at ICAST 2017. Starting<br />

with Japanese 30 ton Tory graphite blanks matched to Evolve soft touch seamless<br />

reel seats, the design crew and pro staff at 13 <strong>Fishing</strong> have developed a line of<br />

sensitive yet strong rods with very crisp action at an affordable price. Seven models<br />

from 6’7” to 7’6”, designed for 6-25 lb test, ¼-1 ½ oz lures, with fast to extra<br />

fast action and medium to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $100 USD 13fishing.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Abu Garcia Veritas Toro Casting Rod<br />

Hungering for a weapon to use against muskie, pike and any other large, hard<br />

pulling targets? The Veritas Toro blank has been upgraded to 30 ton graphite, a<br />

new reel seat (without last years exposed threads) and a freshly designed hook<br />

keeper to make this a smart choice. It’s also tricked out with stainless steel guides<br />

with zirconium inserts and a high density EVA grip. Three fast action models<br />

from 7’9” to 8’6”, designed for 25-100 lb test, 1-16 oz lures, with mediumheavy<br />

to extra-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $150-$200 USD Fish.shimano.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Denali Kovert LT Casting<br />

Denali has been tinkering with these to produce a more sensitive and 25% lighter series of rods. You should suffer less fatigue, giving more casts in the day<br />

and hopefully more fish in the boat. The rods feature IM8 graphite blanks, a lightweight skeletal reel seat, EVA handles and a stabilized hardwood fore grip to<br />

transfer the feel of the rod into your hand. 11 models from 6’9” to 7’11”, designed for 8-30 lb test, 3/8-2 oz lures, with moderate to extra fast action<br />

and medium to extra heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $150 Denalirods.com<br />

Lew’s Custom Plus Casting<br />

If you’ve enjoyed a lower price point series of Lew’s Speed Stick, but it’s time to up your angling game, Lew’s has a new rod for you. The Custom Plus blank is<br />

a multilayered, multidirectional HM60 graphite blank using Lew’s Power Core construction. Take what you liked about your old Speed Stick and triple it – stronger,<br />

and lighter with more sensitivity. The reliable skeletal reel seat and Winn Grip Dri-Tac grip remains the same, but the guides are upgraded to stainless<br />

steel frames with titanium inserts numbering 8-11+ tip depending on the model. 11 models from 5’9” to 7’11”, designed for 6-65 lb test, 1/8-3 oz lures,<br />

with moderate-fast to fast action and medium-light to extra-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $150 - $180 USD lews.com<br />

Phenix Feather Casting Rods<br />

In creating these new rods, Phenix was looking to produce the lightest, most sensitive rods in the industry. The blank is engineered from 36 and 40 ton carbon fibre<br />

using Phenix proprietary Nanolite resins. Essex T-Ring Premium Carbide <strong>Guide</strong>s, Phenix own carbon fibre reel seat, and a cork/EVA grip - with smart looking carbon<br />

accents - complete the rod. Seven models from 6’9” to 7’7”, designed for 4-25 lb test, 1/8-2 oz lures, with fast to extra fast action and light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $140-$170 USD phenixrods.com<br />

Quantum Smoke S3 Casting Rod<br />

Faster tapers for <strong>2018</strong> create a rod with better tip action for enhanced sensitivity, and a more powerful butt for improved hook setting force. A carbon fibre<br />

wrap on the handle adds strength to the HSX64 high modulus graphite blank (in either 36 ton for more durability, or 40 ton for improved sensitivity) and sports<br />

a Fuji skeletal reel seat and Kigan aluminum oxide guides. The Kigan glides are uniquely designed slightly larger than a micro glide but smaller than a regular<br />

glide, which Quantum says is the best design for glide performance. Ten one-piece models are available in lengths of 6’10” to 7’10”, 9 to 11 + tip<br />

guides, for line weights of 8-30 lbs, lures of 1/4 to 2 oz, with fast or extra fast action, and medium to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $149 Quantumfishing.com<br />

Quantum Vapor PT Casting Rod<br />

While we’re not huge fans of the look, the value is hard to deny in this new for <strong>2018</strong> series of rods. They are designed with a fast tapered HSX60 Toray graphite<br />

for good sensitivity and enough strength to pull fish from the cover. The series is finished off with premium cork handles, Kigan® aluminum oxide guides,<br />

and a one-piece ACS style reel seat. Nine models from 6’10” to 7’10”, designed for 8-30 lb test, 1/4-2 oz lures, with fast to extra-fast action and<br />

medium-light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $130 USD quantumfishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> Muse Black<br />

The extensive Muse Black series offers a high-end<br />

stick at an affordable price. Blanks are engineered<br />

from a 36 ton Poly-Vector Graphite, which makes<br />

them very strong but still lightweight. The airfoil<br />

carbon reel seat is comfortable and transmits<br />

movement from the tip directly to the palm of<br />

your hand through the high density EVA foam grip.<br />

Finally, to reduce friction and improve your casting<br />

distance, the Muse gets ALPS zirconia guides and<br />

a SiC tip. A huge range allows you to personalize<br />

your choice with 15 models from 6’3” to 7’11”,<br />

designed for 6-25 lb test, 1/4-2 oz lures, with<br />

moderate to extra-fast action and medium-light<br />

to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $175 - $215 USD 13fishing.com<br />

Tatula Elite<br />

Signature Series<br />

This new line of rods<br />

from Daiwa almost defies<br />

description. All the rods<br />

have two things in common.<br />

They are designed to<br />

catch bass, and they are<br />

designed by Daiwa pros.<br />

Each rod in the series is<br />

designed by a particular<br />

pro (Randy Howell, Brent<br />

Ehrler, Ish Monroe,<br />

Takahiro Omori, Andy Montgomery, Seth Feider<br />

and Cody Meyer) to catch bass using a particular<br />

technique. X45 bias construction – where layers of<br />

graphite are laid at 45 degree angles – keep the<br />

blank from twisting, and make it stronger while<br />

still retaining sensitivity. Most rods were built from<br />

Nanoplus Super Volume Fiber blanks while the<br />

crankbait rods used GLATECH fiberglass / graphite<br />

construction for a slower reacting blank. Pros<br />

chose either Daiwa AGS carbon framed glides, or<br />

Fuji Alconite guides and Daiwa custom reel seats or<br />

Fuji reel seats. If you’re looking for the ultimate rod<br />

to catch bass with a certain technique, then gentlemen<br />

choose your weapon. These one-piece rods<br />

run the gamut from 6’9” to 8’, 8-55 lb line weight,<br />

3/16-2 oz lures, medium to extra fast action,<br />

and medium-light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $280-$300 USD daiwa.com<br />

St. Croix Legend Glass Rods<br />

Graphite blanks are all the rage across virtually all<br />

spectrums of rod design, however the new S-glass<br />

blanks using Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling<br />

technology from St. Croix have been described as<br />

a crankbait fisherman’s dream. You don’t have to<br />

be using crankbaits, just any lure that works well<br />

with a moderate action rod. Your choice of four<br />

moderate action models from 6’10” to 7’11”,<br />

designed for 8-25 lb test, 1/4 – 1 3/8 oz lures,<br />

with medium to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $240 - $250 USD<br />

stcroixrods.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

400<br />

St. Croix Legend Tournament Inshore Casting Rods<br />

This tough enough for saltwater fishing rod took the award for Best<br />

Saltwater Rod at ICAST 2017. Building it for both strength and durability,<br />

St. Croix engineers started with a high-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite<br />

with their Fortified Resin System (FRS), added a Fuji Palm Trigger Seat (PST)<br />

blank-touch reel seat lined up with Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides<br />

with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and titanium frames to beat back the<br />

effects of saltwater. Perfect for the serious weekend angler or the committed<br />

tournament angler moving up through the ranks. Three fast action models<br />

for your arsenal from 7’0” – 8’0”, designed for 8-40 lb test, 3/8 – 3 oz<br />

lures, with medium to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $280 - $340 USD stcroixrods.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

700<br />

G. Loomis Conquest<br />

Mag Bass<br />

All I want for Christmas is a new rod …<br />

this new rod. Two of the heavyweights<br />

in the industry joined forces to engineer<br />

this new rod, G. Loomis and Shimano.<br />

How could this happen? Shimano bought<br />

G. Loomis. Twist in the graphite was<br />

eliminated using Shimano’s Spiral-X<br />

technology – improving casting distance<br />

and accuracy. They also increased the<br />

rod strength to help set your hook and<br />

fight the fish all the way to the boat. The<br />

blanks are built in Shimano’s Japanese<br />

factory then shipped to G. Loomis in the<br />

USA to be finished. The rods also feature<br />

Fuji Torzite guides and custom reel seats.<br />

Sensitivity is further enhanced through<br />

using a blank-through-handle construction<br />

(just what it sounds like), the handles<br />

being full cork. Eight fast action models<br />

from 6’6” to 7’6”, designed for 8-25 lb<br />

test, ¼ - 1 1/4 oz lures, with mediumheavy<br />

to extra-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $650 - $675 USD<br />

gloomis.com<br />

G. Loomis GLX Casting<br />

The self-proclaimed cornerstone of the product line for 20 years, the GLX has been redesigned for<br />

<strong>2018</strong> to be even lighter than before while retaining its legendary power. The GLX received a new<br />

proprietary reel seat, split grip handle (although Mag bass and Spin Jig rods have full cork grips),<br />

Fuji K-frame and SiC guides. Some tapers are also new, increasing the sensitivity even further than<br />

before. 11 models from 6’8” to 7’5”, designed for 10-25 lb test, 1/8 - 1 oz lures, with fast to<br />

extra-fast action and medium to extra heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $420-$465 USD Gloomis.com<br />

St. Croix Legend X Casting Rods<br />

This new freshwater series combines the super high-modulus SCVI graphite with FRS in the lower<br />

section for max strength and high-modulus/high-strain SCV graphite with FRS and carbon-matte scrim<br />

for durability, strength, and sensitivity. All engineered with St. Croix exemplary technology including;<br />

Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology, Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) blank design, and<br />

Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART).The blank then gets Fuji Torzite titanium frame guides, a Fuji<br />

PTS blank-touch reel seat with built-in hood, a Kigan titanium hook-keeper all of which you can slip in<br />

the included protective rod sack.Ten models from 6’8” to 8’8”, designed for 10-80 lb test, 3/16 –<br />

11 ½ oz lures, with moderate-fast to extra-fast action and medium to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $390 - 420 USD stcroixrods.com<br />

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Choose dependable spinning rods that let you cast farther than you ever imagined.<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

100<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> One3 Fate Black<br />

Green is the new black, and regardless of if you love or hate the<br />

colour after you buy it, take comfort in the fact that is was voted<br />

Best Freshwater Rod at ICAST 2017. Speaking of comfort, the 3A<br />

Portuguese cork handles fit nicely in your grip and the tangle free<br />

glides with Zirconia inserts make for stress free casts. Starting with<br />

Japanese 30 ton Tory graphite blanks matched to Evolve soft touch<br />

seamless reel seats, the design crew and pro staff at 13 <strong>Fishing</strong> have<br />

developed a line of sensitive yet strong rods with very crisp action<br />

at an affordable price. Four fast action models from 6’7” to 7’1”,<br />

designed for 4-14 lb test, 1/8 - 3/4 oz lures, with medium to<br />

medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $100 USD 13fishing.com<br />

Lew’s Tournament Performance<br />

TP1 Speed Stick<br />

Known to be lightweight, strong and sensitive,<br />

the IM8 graphite blank in this series gets skeletal<br />

graphite reel seats, split grip Dri-Tac handles by<br />

Winn Grip, and 8 + tip American Tackle Microwave<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>s. It’s a solid feeling rod that provides better<br />

than average sensitivity and durability at this price<br />

point. The Dock Sniper in a 6’11” and the Inshore<br />

(with blue Winn Grip handle) 7’0” Soft Plastic and<br />

Top Water are the newest additions Eight onepiece<br />

models from 6’6” to 7’0”, designed for<br />

4-15 lb test, 1/16 - 3/4 oz lures, with moderatefast<br />

to extra-fast action and medium-light to<br />

medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $100 USD lews.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Lew’s TP1 Float ‘n Fly<br />

The Speed Stick two-piece Float ‘n Fly is engineered for anglers looking for a big stick. The IM8 graphite blank gets the same skeletal<br />

graphite reel seats, split grip Dri-Tac handles by Winn Grip, and 8 + tip American Tackle Microwave <strong>Guide</strong>s as the other rods<br />

in the Tournament Performance series. Choose from two models either 8’0” or 9’’0”, designed for 4-10 lb test, 1/16 - 3/8 oz<br />

lures, with fast action and medium-light power.<br />

MSRP: $120 USD lews.com<br />

Denali Kovert LT Spinning<br />

Denali has been tinkering with these to produce a more sensitive and 25% lighter series of rods. You should suffer less fatigue, giving more<br />

casts in the day and hopefully more fish in the boat. The rods feature IM8 graphite blanks, a lightweight skeletal reel seat, EVA handles,<br />

and a stabilized hardwood fore grip to transfer the feel of the rod into your hand. Four models from 6’10” to 7’6”, designed for 6-15 lb<br />

test, 1/8 - 5/8 oz lures, with moderate to moderate-fast action and medium to medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $150 Denalirods.com<br />

Phenix Feather Spinning Rods<br />

In creating this new rod, Phenix was looking to produce the lightest, most sensitive rods in the industry. The blank is engineered<br />

from 36 and 40 ton carbon fibre using Phenix proprietary Nanolite resins. Essex T-Ring Premium Carbide <strong>Guide</strong>s, Phenix own carbon<br />

fibre reel seat and cork/EVA grip - with smart looking carbon accents - complete the rod. Five models from 6’9” to 7’1”,<br />

designed for 4-20 lb test, 1/8 - 1 3/4 oz lures, with fast to extra-fast action and light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $140-$170 USD phenixrods.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> Muse Black Spinning<br />

The extensive Muse Black series offers a high-end<br />

stick at an affordable price. Blanks are engineered<br />

from a 36 ton Poly-Vector Graphite which makes<br />

them very strong but still lightweight. The airfoil<br />

carbon reel seat is comfortable and transmits<br />

movement from the tip directly to the palm of<br />

your hand through the high density EVA foam grip.<br />

Finally, to reduce friction and improve your casting<br />

distance, the Muse gets ALPS zirconia guides and<br />

a SiC tip. Choose from four fast action models<br />

from 6’7”to 7’2”, designed for 6-17 lb test, 1/8<br />

- 3/4 oz lures, and medium-light to mediumheavy<br />

power.<br />

MSRP: $175 - $195 13fishing.com<br />

Fenwick Elite Tech<br />

Inshore Spinning<br />

Built for the rigors of saltwater, big fish angling,<br />

these rods are built with a high modulus blank<br />

topped with Fenwick’s Hidden Handle Reel Seat<br />

and finished with Kigan tangle free stainless steel<br />

guides. Get hold of it through the AAA full cork<br />

handle and TAC fighting butt. Nine models from<br />

6’6” to 7’6”, designed for 4-50 lb test, 1/8 - 5 oz<br />

lures, with moderate to extra-fast action and<br />

medium-light to extra-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $150 - $200 USD fenwickfishing.com<br />

Quantum Vapor PT Spinning Rod<br />

While we’re not huge fans of the look, the value<br />

is hard to deny in this new for <strong>2018</strong> series of rods.<br />

They are designed with a fast tapered HSX60 Toray<br />

graphite for good sensitivity, with enough strength<br />

to pull fish from the cover. The series is finished<br />

off with premium cork handles, Kigan® aluminum<br />

oxide guides, and a one-piece ACS style reel seat.<br />

Six extra-fast action models from 6’3” to 7’4”,<br />

designed for 6 - 14 lb test, 1/8 – 3/4 oz lures,<br />

with medium-light to medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $130 USD quantumfishing.com<br />

Lew’s Custom Plus Inshore Spinning<br />

If you’ve previously enjoyed a lower price point series of Lew’s<br />

Speed Stick, but it’s time to up your angling game, Lew’s has a new<br />

rod for you. The Custom Plus blank is a multilayered, multidirectional<br />

HM60 graphite blank using Lew’s Power Core construction. Take what you liked<br />

about your old Speed Stick and triple it – stronger, lighter with more sensitivity.<br />

The reliable skeletal reel seat and Winn Grip Dri-Tac grip remains the same<br />

but the guides are upgraded to stainless steel frames with titanium inserts<br />

numbering 8-11+ tip depending on the model. Two 7’0” moderate-fast action<br />

models, designed for either 8-14 or 8-20 lb test, 1/16 - 3/8, or 1/16 - 5/8 oz<br />

lures, with medium-light or medium power, all respectively.<br />

MSRP: $150 USD lews.com<br />

Quantum Smoke S3 Spinning Rod<br />

Faster tapers for <strong>2018</strong> create a rod with better tip action for enhanced<br />

sensitivity, and a more powerful butt for improved hook setting force. A<br />

carbon fibre wrap on the handle adds strength to the HSX64 high modulus<br />

graphite blank (in either 36 ton for more durability, or 40 ton for improved<br />

sensitivity), and it sports a Fuji skeletal reel seat and Kigan aluminum oxide<br />

guides. The Kigan glides are uniquely designed to be slightly larger than<br />

a micro glide but smaller than a regular glide, which Quantum says is the<br />

best design for glide performance. Six one-piece models are available<br />

in lengths of 6’3” to 7’4”, 9 to 10 + tip guides, for line weights of 6-14<br />

lbs, lures of 1/16 to 3/8 oz, with extra-fast action, and medium-light to<br />

medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $149 Quantumfishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

400<br />

Tatula Elite Signature Series<br />

This new line of rods from Daiwa almost defies description. All the rods have two things in common. They are designed to catch bass, and<br />

they are designed by Daiwa pros. Each rod in the series is designed by a particular pro (Randy Howell, Brent Ehrler, Seth Feider and Cody<br />

Meyer) to catch bass using a particular technique. X45 bias construction – where layers of graphite are laid at 45 degree angles – keep the<br />

blank from twisting, and make it stronger while still retaining sensitivity. Most rods were built from Nanoplus Super Volume Fiber blanks<br />

while the crankbait rods used GLATECH fiberglass/graphite construction for a slower reacting blank. Pros chose either Daiwa AGS carbon<br />

framed guides, or Fuji Alconite guides and Daiwa custom reel seats or Fuji reel seats. If you’re looking for the ultimate rod to catch bass<br />

with a certain technique, gentlemen choose your weapon. These one piece rods run the gamut from 7’0” to 7’6”, 4-14 lb line weight,<br />

1/16-3/4 oz, fast to extra-fast action, and medium-light to medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $280-$300 USD daiwa.com<br />

St. Croix Legend Tournament Inshore Spinning Rods<br />

This tough enough for saltwater fishing took the ICAST award for Best Saltwater Rod<br />

at ICAST 2017. Building it for both strength and durability, St.Croix engineers started<br />

with a high-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite with FRS, added a Fuji TVS blank-touch<br />

reel seat lined up with Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide<br />

rings and titanium frames to beat back the effects of saltwater. Perfect for the<br />

serious weekend angler or the committed tournament angler moving up through the ranks.<br />

Seven fast action models for your arsenal from 7’0” – 8’0”, designed for 6-40 lb<br />

test, 1/8 – 1 1/4 oz lures, with medium to medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $280 - $340 USD stcroixrods.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

700<br />

G. Loomis Conquest<br />

Spin Jig<br />

When Shimano bought G. Loomis it<br />

allowed two of the heavyweights<br />

in the industry to share technology.<br />

One of these children is the Conquest<br />

Spin Jig. Twist of the graphite blank<br />

was eliminated using Shimano’s<br />

Spiral-X technology – improving casting<br />

distance and accuracy. They also<br />

increased the rod strength to help set<br />

your hook and fight the fish all the<br />

way to the boat. The blanks are built<br />

in Shimano’s Japanese factory then<br />

shipped to G. Loomis in the USA to<br />

be finished. The rods also feature Fuji<br />

Torzite guides and custom reel seats.<br />

Sensitivity is further enhanced through<br />

the use of blank-through-handle construction<br />

(just what it sounds like), the<br />

split-grip handles are made of cork.<br />

Four fast action models from 6’6”<br />

to 7’6”, designed for 6-15 lb test, 1/8 – 5/8 oz<br />

lures, with medium to medium-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $650 - $675 USD gloomis.com<br />

G. Loomis GLX Spinning<br />

The self-proclaimed cornerstone of<br />

the product line for 20 years, the<br />

GLX has been redesigned for <strong>2018</strong><br />

to be even lighter than before while<br />

retaining its legendary power. The<br />

GLX received a new proprietary reel<br />

seat, split grip handle, Fuji K-frame<br />

and SiC guides. Some tapers are<br />

also new, increasing the sensitivity<br />

even further than before. Seventeen<br />

models from 6’0” to 7’5”,<br />

designed for 4-25 lb test, 1/16 – 1<br />

oz lures, with fast to extra-fast<br />

action and light to heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $405-$450 USD<br />

Gloomis.com<br />

St. Croix Legend X<br />

Spinning Rods<br />

The new freshwater series combines<br />

the super high-modulus<br />

SCVI graphite with FRS in the<br />

lower section for maximum<br />

strength, with high-modulus/<br />

high-strain SCV graphite with<br />

FRS and carbon-matte scrim<br />

for durability, strength, and<br />

sensitivity. All engineered with<br />

St. Croix’s exemplary science<br />

including Integrated Poly Curve<br />

(IPC) tooling technology, Taper<br />

Enhancement Technology (TET)<br />

blank design, and Advanced<br />

Reinforcing Technology (ART).<br />

The blank then gets Fuji Torzite<br />

titanium frame guides, a Fuji PTS<br />

blank-touch reel seat with builtin<br />

hood, and a Kigan titanium<br />

hook-keeper, all of which you<br />

can slip in the included protective<br />

rod sack. Five models from<br />

6’8” to 7’0”, designed for 6-14<br />

lb test, 1/8 – 3/4 oz lures, with<br />

fast to extra-fast action and<br />

medium-light to mediumheavy<br />

power.<br />

MSRP: $400 - $410 USD<br />

stcroixrods.com<br />

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FLY RODS<br />

Find your perfect fly rod<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

Echo Dry<br />

This affordable, versatile rod is designed specifically to catch trout<br />

on a dry fly, casting in the 7.5 to 15 m (25-50 ft) zone with a normal<br />

fly line. Essentially, this rod is optimized for the cast you most often<br />

use. The graphite blank gets a stainless stripper guide with low<br />

friction ceramic insert, chrome snake guides and an aluminum and<br />

woven graphite reel seat, which you can tuck into the accompanying<br />

twist-top rod sock. Available in five 9’0”, medium-fast action<br />

models, 2 – 6 rod weight, weighing 2.9 – 3.3 oz<br />

MSRP: $230 echoflyfishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

400<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

600<br />

Sage Foundation Fly Rod<br />

The foundation of this fast action series of rods is a high-performance<br />

Graphite IIIe blank, which provides good casting power and control. A cork<br />

handle, ceramic stripper guide, hard chrome snake guides and tip-top finish<br />

the rod above a black anodized up-locking reel seat.<br />

Five 9’0” rods come in a 31” tube, in rod line weights of 4-8, weighing 2<br />

7/8 – 3 3/16 oz with fighting butts on 7 & 8 rod line weights.<br />

MSRP: $325 sageflyfish.com<br />

Winston Kairos<br />

This is a new multipurpose series of freshwater, saltwater, and<br />

spey rods. The blanks are 100% graphite with an impact-resistant<br />

clear coat. A black, anodized aluminum reel seat is followed<br />

by a chrome nanolite stripper guide, then chrome-plated<br />

snake guides, which you can tuck into the grey, embroidered<br />

Cordura tube.Twelve fast action models, 8’0” to 12’3” long,<br />

in 3 – 10 rod weight.<br />

MSRP: $475 USD – single hand rod<br />

MSRP: $575 USD – double hand rod (6,7 wt)<br />

Winstonrods.com<br />

G. Loomis IMX-Pro<br />

Let’s start by saying that this rod took the ‘Best Fly Rod’ award at the 2017 IFTD. Although we loved the top-of-the-line Asquith introduced at IFTD 2016,<br />

the sticker shock left us gasping for air. The IMX-Pro series of rods are each specifically designed for a particular purpose, but there are some common<br />

threads. By replacing graphite with a proprietary material, Conduit Core Technology is G. Loomis’ way of maintaining strength in the bottom section<br />

of rod without increasing the weight. The result is a better-balanced, lighter weight rod that reduces your fatigue for improved time on the water. Fuji<br />

chrome stripping guides, single-foot snake guides, ported custom reel seats, with micro full-wells grips and hook keepers in the 4–6 weight rods, and<br />

standard full-wells grips and fighting butts (7–8 weights), plus an included Cordura rod tube round out the other features of the line.The line-up looks like<br />

this: Two fast action, 8’10”, one-piece streamer rods in 7 & 8 rod weights. Eight fast action, four piece rods, from 8’6” – 10’0” in length, in<br />

rod weights of 4 – 8. Five medium-fast, 11’11”, four piece shortspey in rod weights of 3 -7.<br />

MSRP: $500-$575 USD Gloomis.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

800<br />

Winston Nimbus<br />

Winston calls them ‘The Best 100% graphite fly rods out there for every angling situation out there.’<br />

Using the same multi modulus graphite as their other Boron rods, along with versatile mid-tip flex tapers,<br />

this fast action rod is smooth casting, with a combination of both power and finesse. Offered in a full<br />

range of freshwater, saltwater, and spey models, Nimbus rods are finished in a beautiful Big Sky Blue<br />

colour (which makes sense they are built in Montana). You’ll find Chrome nanolite stripper guides, light<br />

wire snake guides, and a reel seat of white anodized aluminum with burled wood insert on 3wt. thru 5wt.<br />

While the 6wt. through 10wt. get chrome nanolite stripper guides, chrome plated snake guides, and a<br />

Titanium anodized aluminum reel seat with the Winston signature logo. The cork used in the handles is the<br />

same top quality that is used in their flagship rods like the Winston BIIx and Air.<br />

Twelve fast action models, 7’6” to 9’0”, 3 – 10 rod weight.<br />

MSRP: $650 – single hand rod<br />

MSRP: $750 – double hand rod (6,7,8 wt)<br />

Winstonrods.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

900<br />

Orvis H3 Rod<br />

If Orvis is to be believed, this is the most accurate fly rod in the history of mankind, and so far the reviews<br />

support their claim. This rod will make even an amateur angler better the way that shaped skis changed<br />

skiing in the 1990’s. The increased accuracy is a function of the reduced vertical and horizontal frequency<br />

at the tip, at the end of the casting stroke – in layman’s terms - less line wobble. The blank is completed<br />

with type III anodized aluminum reel seat, SiC titanium stripping guides, REC recoil snake guides, Rod outfit<br />

includes rod, reel, line, backing and aluminum rod tube. Four 4-pc, 9’0”, models are available, line<br />

weight 5-8 lbs, choose F (finesse) for moderate action and D (distance) for heavier weight flies.<br />

MSRP: $850 - $900 USD Orvis.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

1000<br />

Sage Salt HD<br />

The SALT HD is another series of purpose<br />

built fly rods. The genie in this<br />

bottle is KonneticHD Technology, which<br />

is the sum of proprietary graphite/<br />

resin composite and high density fibre<br />

positioning. The result is a blank that<br />

reduces vibration for improved accuracy,<br />

and improves the strength and stiffness<br />

to weight ratio, so you have a light,<br />

high energy rod. These rods also feature<br />

oversized hard chromed snake guides<br />

and tip-top, heavy-duty up-locking anodized<br />

aluminum reel seat and a full-wells<br />

cork handle. Jerry Siem, Sage chief rod<br />

designer says “With that in mind, each<br />

rod in this family was designed specifically<br />

for a purpose - allowing for quick<br />

shots and even quicker second shots<br />

yet having the pulling power and ability<br />

to perform delicate presentations when<br />

needed.” We say – with this rod you’ll<br />

always be ready when the fish of a lifetime<br />

appears.<br />

Ten models from 8’6”-9’0”, 6-16 rod<br />

line weight, weighing 3 3/4 to 6 5/8 oz<br />

MSRP: $950 Sageflyfish.com<br />

Scott Fly Rods G Series<br />

The original G series kicked off in 1976, but construction techniques in this year’s<br />

iteration has little in common with the other classic, other than in name. These<br />

medium action fly rods have a hollow internal ferrule to make them more flexible,<br />

stronger, and more than 20% lighter. Their fibre and resin systems create<br />

stronger bonds between the fibres, while multi-modulus layups produce a rod<br />

that loads and unloads smoothly, which in conjunction with new multi-slope<br />

tapers create a rod that both bends deeply, remains stable and generates<br />

higher line speeds. The blanks get titanium guide frames with silicon<br />

carbide (SiC) rings and Snake brand guides. Twelve medium action,<br />

four-pc models range from 7’7” to 9’0”, 2-6 wt line, with two<br />

styles of grips.<br />

MSRP: $845 Scottflyrod.com<br />

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Islander Mooching Rod<br />

Ready for a rod as rugged as the <strong>Canadian</strong> Pacific Northwest? This glass<br />

rod with a parabolic flex comes with titanium carbide stainless steel guides,<br />

anodized aluminum reel seat with cushioned hoods, sculpted butt cap, woven<br />

graphite reargrip, cork foregrip with a durable non-skid cover, all of which is<br />

assembled in Canada. One model in a 10’6” length, weighing 16 oz, holding<br />

a line weight of 15 – 30 lb.<br />

MSRP: $530 CAD<br />

Islander.com<br />

Penn International VI<br />

A perfect match to the Penn International reels, this series of off-shore trolling<br />

rods is designed to take the pressure off the angler and put it on the<br />

fish where it belongs. On these glass rods you’ll find Aftco® Roller <strong>Guide</strong>s,<br />

Fuji ring guides, Stuart® Aluminum Butts and reel seats, or slick butts with<br />

aluminum gimbals. EVA foregrips maximize grip against hard pulling fish<br />

and improve comfort for those long battles. Six models from 6’0” to 6’6”,<br />

designed for 20-80 lb test, with moderate to fast action and mediumlight<br />

to extra-heavy power.<br />

MSRP: $280 - $600 USD pennfishing.com<br />

Rivers Inlet <strong>Sport</strong>sman’s Club<br />

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APPS & MAPS<br />

Here are some of the hottest fishing-related mobile apps on the market right now.<br />

FishTales<br />

Designed for iOS devices, FishTales allows you to record your fishing history with as much information as<br />

you need to create a comprehensive data base for future reference. You can log what lure/bait you used,<br />

the date, time, water temperature, the GPS location of each catch, even the phase of the moon. After logging<br />

your information, “Quick Pick” allows you to select any body of water that you’ve fished on, while the<br />

Map button will display all your catches on highlighted pins. When you tap the pin, it will show the type of<br />

fish you caught and the lure you used to catch it (if entered). The app also has the “Virtual Tackle Box” that<br />

lets you record all of your favourite lures. Just take a picture of the lure, describe it, and the app will keep<br />

track of every fish you caught with each lure.<br />

Price: $4 USD www.generallyboredsoftware.com<br />

Aqua Map Canada<br />

From British Columbia to the Great Lakes and<br />

beyond, The Aqua Map Canada App from GEC s.r.l<br />

offers a full range of <strong>Canadian</strong> nautical charts from<br />

The <strong>Canadian</strong> Hydrographic Service (CHS). After<br />

the initial purchase of the app, you can simply<br />

download the desired chart on your smart device at<br />

no additional cost then access it at a later date to<br />

navigate your route. The charts offer every detail<br />

required for precise navigation including depth<br />

contours, spot soundings, buoys, beacons, sea floor<br />

information, obstructions, and rocks, to name just<br />

a few. The app also allows you to store unlimited<br />

tracks and markers, and measure distances. You<br />

can even share tracks, markers and images.<br />

Price: $20.99 www.globalaquamaps.com<br />

IGFA Mobile App<br />

While geared for competitive offshore sport fishermen, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA)<br />

Mobile App is loaded with many features every sports fisherman will enjoy. It allows you to quickly access<br />

angling world records, identify your species, plan your trips, and log your catches. Available in two versions,<br />

the Mobile and Mobile Lite, the app automatically updates real-time records. If you think you landed<br />

a record-setter, simply take a photo, enter the details and save it under “My Catches.” You can also share<br />

the details via email or Facebook. Additionally, you`ll like the “Species ID,” which is a database of species<br />

complete with ID descriptions, habitat information, geographic distribution, and anatomy. You can also log<br />

upcoming fishing trips, find IGFA tournaments, and locate IGFA weigh stations.<br />

MSRP: $8.99 USD<br />

Price: IGFA Mobile: $11.99 USD IGFA Mobile Lite: Free www.igfa.org<br />

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<strong>Fishing</strong> BC App<br />

The free <strong>Fishing</strong>BC app has a range of features<br />

exclusively for BC-based saltwater anglers – or visitors<br />

who want to fish the Pacific Coast. Launched<br />

by the <strong>Sport</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong> Institute of BC, some functions<br />

include current regulations (including information<br />

on species, boundary maps, conservation areas, closures<br />

or contamination alerts), the Personal Catch<br />

Log and Species Identification for salmon and other<br />

game fish in BC’s tidal waters. You can also upload<br />

and store your BC fishing license. The <strong>Fishing</strong>BC<br />

app is available for iOS or Android devices.<br />

Price: Free www.fishingbcapp.ca<br />

<strong>Fishing</strong> Points<br />

With the wealth of features and functions, the free<br />

<strong>Fishing</strong> Points app can be used by anglers before,<br />

during and even after a fishing trip. In addition<br />

to enabling you to save your fishing locations,<br />

hotspots, and waypoints, you can record trolling<br />

paths and trotlines. You can even find saved locations<br />

with its GPS tool. <strong>Fishing</strong> Points also relays<br />

current weather conditions with hourly forecasts,<br />

and tide prediction charts. With its featured solunar<br />

data, you can find sunrise and sunset times; moonrise<br />

and moonset times; and sun and moon phases.<br />

Rounding out some of its key features is the <strong>Fishing</strong><br />

Log and image sharing. <strong>Fishing</strong> Points is compatible<br />

for iOS and Android devices.<br />

MSRP: $5-$10 USD<br />

www.fishingpointsapp.com/en<br />

iFish<br />

This app is available at the App Store or Google<br />

Play and is <strong>Canadian</strong>-friendly with many fishing<br />

resources in British Columbia, Alberta,<br />

Saskatchewan and Ontario. With individual apps for<br />

each province (or U.S. state), the app is designed<br />

for novice or seasoned anglers, and provides<br />

detailed information on nearby lakes with real time<br />

data to include weather conditions, and optimal<br />

fishing times. It also allows you to review and mark<br />

your favourite hot spots, record your catches and<br />

learn various tips or techniques. It`s also ideal to<br />

plan trips out of province or in the U.S.<br />

Price: $5.49 - $6.99 CAD<br />

Bundle packages: $13.99 – 20.99 CAD<br />

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D12<br />

Cowichan Bay<br />

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D2<br />

Ladysmith<br />

D6<br />

C8<br />

Thormanby Is.<br />

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Maple Bay D7<br />

D9<br />

Salt Spring Is.<br />

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Haro Strait<br />

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Discovery Island<br />

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PENDER IS.<br />

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SIDNEY IS.<br />


VALDES IS.<br />


D10<br />

Pender Is.<br />

C9<br />

Strait of Georgia<br />

MAYNE IS.<br />

C5<br />

Gambier Is.<br />

C7<br />

Pender Harbour<br />

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Active Pa s<br />

D11<br />

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LULU IS.<br />

Gibsons<br />

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C4<br />

Thornbrough<br />

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Bowen Is.<br />

Vancouver Harbour<br />

BOWEN IS.<br />


C16<br />

Fraser River<br />

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North of Pender Harbour<br />

& Nanaimo<br />

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North Puget Sound<br />

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Squamish Harbour<br />

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Vancouver Harbour<br />

HOW TO USE OUR CHARTS The area covered in SunCruiser magazine is broken down into chartlets identified<br />

by letters. The page of the blow up for each chartlet is also provided. On the chart pages, the numbers in the black circles identify places of interest, hazards,<br />

shoreline features and more. These are explained in the text opposite each chart. We used the one minute lines of latitude and longitude on the chart pages to create<br />

a unique grid system that can be used for a multitude of purposes. A l grid squares are numbered in sequence. Use the grid system to identify your favourite beaches,<br />

bays or fishing spots. It’s also valuable in emergencies when having to communicate your location to search and rescue officials.<br />

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A. Secret Cove Marina – A great place to stop for a l your marine needs.<br />

1. Reception Point – A grassy point from which a drying spit marked by a light extends<br />

240 m (800 ft) south.<br />

2. Merry Island – The south part of Merry and Franklin Island is marked with a south<br />

cardinal buoy. Merry Island is marked with a light and fog horn. Divers may find<br />

the wrecks of the “Salvage Chief,” the “Linda-K” and “Carla-N.” Mr. Merry was a<br />

wealthy iron master and the owner of the racehorse Thormanby.<br />

3. Halfmoon Bay – Public wharf at Priestland Cove a the head of the bay with southerly<br />

exposure. Booming grounds east of the government wharf. Anchorage behind the<br />

drying rocks.<br />

4. Welcome Passage – Busy passage for boaters traveling the Sunshine Coast. Be<br />

careful of Fraser and Egerton Rock a the southeast end, close to South Thormanby<br />

Island.<br />

5. Square Bay – Great fishing bay. Brooks Cove (near by) is beautiful.<br />

6. Thormanby Island – Named after the race horse Thormanby, winner of the Derby in<br />

1860. Sheltered anchorage from south and west winds along the eastern shore.<br />

7. Lemberg Point – Several bays here but watch fo rocks. Get close to shore to anchor.<br />

The sma l bay to the northeast offers limited anchorage.<br />

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8. Pirate Rock – A port hand day beacon. Divers wi l find<br />

an abundance of sea life and very impressive rock<br />

formations here. Bertha Island to the west is almost<br />

treeless.<br />

9. Do not try to pass between North and South Thormanby<br />

Islands, unless on foot. Buccaneer Bay Provincial<br />

Marine Park has the beautiful and sandy Gi l Beach.<br />

Named after the racehorse Buccaneer who raced in<br />

1860 and won the Royal Hunt Cup. A port hand day<br />

mark at the entrance to Water Bay. Vaucroft Beach<br />

has a public wharf with room for several boats;<br />

beautiful beach to the south. Be careful of Tattenham<br />

Ledge when entering Buccaneer Bay between Oaks<br />

Point and Surrey Islands.<br />

10. Epsom Point – Named for the town of Epsom in<br />

the county of Surrey, England in 1860, by Captain<br />

Richards. Marked by a flashing light. Stay west of the<br />

light as it is extremely shallow.<br />

11. Tattenham Ledge – Named by Captain Richards in<br />

1860 for a famous corner in the Epsom horse racing<br />

course. Do not venture between the port hand light<br />

buoy and Derby Point as it marks a sha low reef.<br />

12. Smuggler Cove Marine Park – A spectacular park but<br />

watch for the starboard hand day mark and drying<br />

rocks when entering the cove. Stay close to Isle Capri<br />

shore. The largest island in the centre of the park is<br />

private. Tying stern lines to shore is a good idea, great<br />

way to meet fe low boaters.<br />

13. Secret Cove – Starboard hand day mark on a drying<br />

rock when entering the cove. Keep the marker and<br />

Jack Tolmie Island to starboard as you enter. There is<br />

a five knot speed limit in the cove.<br />

14. Wood Bay – Offers anchorage and shelter from southeast<br />

and northwest winds. Good place for divers;<br />

minimal currents.<br />

15. The bay to north of McNaughton Point has a number<br />

of drying rocks.<br />

16. Harness Island – Behind the island you wi l find<br />

several mooring buoys.<br />

17. Whitestone Islands – Comprised of a large island with<br />

2 smaller islets and many drying rocks.<br />

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SunCruiser Digital and Print Boating <strong>Guide</strong>s<br />

SunCruiser Boating <strong>Guide</strong>s provide charts with hundreds of points of<br />

interest, bottom contours, hazards as well as attractions and events.<br />

Currently available for parts of British Columbia’s West Coast, Shuswap<br />

and Okanagan regions.<br />

MSRP: $3-$6 CAD Suncruisermedia.com<br />

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Powermania Turbo M-V2<br />

There have been significant advances in battery chargers<br />

recently to help maintain and restore depleted batteries,<br />

especially batteries that are ignored for months – like<br />

marine batteries. The Turbo M-V2 is the next generation<br />

in Turbo M chargers and is lighter and runs cooler than<br />

previous iterations. Like the ME series, it’s a shockresistant,<br />

compact, waterproof unit designed to recharge<br />

12V batteries - even when the AC power is weak (down<br />

to 90V) – as in poor shore power, even when the battery<br />

is completely depleted. They have specific settings<br />

for different battery types, can allocate more charge to<br />

weaker batteries in multi-battery systems, and are fully<br />

automated so you don’t have to be concerned with overcharging.<br />

The M-V2 differs from the ME in that it shows<br />

individual charge status and has individual DC output<br />

warning lights, so you know the status of your batteries<br />

before you get on the water. Available for single- to<br />

quad-bank battery configurations and 12-40 amps.<br />

MSRP: $150-$450 USD<br />

www.powermaniausa.com<br />

Aqua-Vu HD7i High-Definition<br />

Underwater Viewing System<br />

In many ways, underwater sight fishing or video<br />

fishing as it’s being called, has morphed into a<br />

sport all its own. Anglers in Canada and beyond<br />

increasingly realize that watching fish react underwater<br />

isn’t just a ton of fun, it’s also incredibly<br />

instructive in terms of making fish bite. The Aqua-<br />

Vu HD7i camera system displays rich, colourful<br />

underwater video in 720p on a dynamic, waterproof<br />

IP67 seven-inch LCD. The system includes 23 m<br />

(75 ft) of rugged cable and adjustable IR Lighting.<br />

Aqua-Vu’s modular XD Camera Housing with Quick<br />

Attachment System features exclusive compatibility<br />

with Aqua-Vu XD accessories.<br />

MSRP: $600 USD Aquavu.com<br />

Garmin VIRB 360 Action Camera<br />

This is a rugged, waterproof 360-degree camera<br />

with up to 5.7k/30fps resolution and 4K spherical<br />

stabilization so you get smooth video. It can get up<br />

to 15-megapixel resolution images and captures<br />

audio with four built-in microphones. The built-in<br />

sensors provide G-Metrix data so you can overlay<br />

the video with GPS, barometer, accelerometer<br />

and other data, and the camera can connect to a<br />

Garmin chartplotter to stream the video — where<br />

anglers can start and stop recording from the chartplotter<br />

or take photo screenshots, plus view battery<br />

life or change video settings. The camera can<br />

also be operated by voice command to start and<br />

stop recordings and take photos. Editing is also<br />

a breeze with the free, easy-to-use VIRB Mobile<br />

app and VIRB Edit desktop software. You can edit,<br />

stabilize, share and add data overlays to videos.<br />

MSRP: $1,100 CAD Garmin.com<br />

Garmin quatix 5<br />

Built on their fenix platform, this multisport marine smartwatch gets you connected to your boat via<br />

compatible Garmin chartplotters and other devices that stream data to your quatix 5 Sapphire watch,<br />

including speed, depth, temperature and wind. Advanced autopilot control and remote waypoint marking<br />

features allow you to access a GHC 20 autopilot control unit to change heading, turn and steer the<br />

boat. You can also control your on-board entertainment system with the built-in FUSION-Link Lite app<br />

to control connected StereoActive products as well as other ANT-enabled stereo models. It has built-in<br />

Wifi, GPS and a wrist-based heart rate monitor, will collect data on many different water sports activities<br />

like paddleboarding and canoeing. It also has fitness training features that include training statistics<br />

and activity profiles for multiple sports/activities such as running, biking, swimming, hiking and golfing.<br />

MSRP: $850 USD<br />

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Humminbird’s SOLIX 15 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS<br />

Winner of the Best Electronics Product at ICAST 2017, the SOLIX 15 SI features a large 15.4”<br />

touchscreen display with LED backlight, CHIRP-ing MEGA Side Imaging, MEGA Down Imaging and 2D<br />

sonar, resulting in the clearest, sharpest underwater views anglers have ever seen. It includes GPS chart<br />

plotting, built-in Bluetooth (shows you the calls you missed and your text messages), Ethernet networking<br />

capabilities, AutoChart Live creates customized maps with depth, vegetation and bottom hardness mapping,<br />

and unit cover. In addition to the industry standard of 455kHz side imaging, providing 244 m (800<br />

ft) of side to side coverage, and down imaging to a depth of 122 m (400 ft), the Solix uses additional 1.2<br />

MHz for clearer side imaging for 76 m (250 ft) of side to side coverage, and down imaging to a depth of<br />

38 m (125 ft). Optional 50 kHz transducers are available for extreme deep water.<br />

MSRP: $3,500 humminbird.com<br />

Raymarine Axiom Pro<br />

For the serious offshore angler, Axiom Pro is available with a 1 kW, high-powered CHIRP<br />

sonar and Raymarine’s built-in, advanced, RealVision 3D sonar. The new Axiom Pro line is<br />

available in 9-, 12- and 16-inch display sizes, and each model is available with Raymarine’s<br />

exclusive RealVision 3D sonar. “Raymarine’s combination of Axiom Pro’s RealVision<br />

3D sonar and built-in 1kW CHIRP sonar is a game-changer,” said Grégoire Outters, Vice<br />

President and General Manager of FLIR Maritime. “Axiom Pro provides serious offshore<br />

anglers and boaters with larger display sizes, deep water CHIRP sonar performance and the<br />

flexibility of HybridTouch control for an exceptional, all-in-one navigation experience.”<br />

MSRP from: $2,550 Raymarine.com<br />

Larry Alert<br />

The Larry Alert is a small portable device that packs big piece of mind when it comes to<br />

securing items and areas that are hard to protect like a bike, 4x4, pick-up with tools and<br />

gear in the bed, or an RV/tent campsite. Packed into this device are a microwave (radar)<br />

motion sensor, camera with flash, and a speaker. Download the Larry Alert app to your<br />

smart phone and you can remotely control and access the device. There are no monthly<br />

fees. Just turn the Larry Alert on, select the size of the area you need to cover (small,<br />

medium or large) from your phone, point the Larry Alert at the area you want to cover, and<br />

arm the device. If it detects motion in your protected area it sounds an alarm, then takes<br />

and records either a single image or a set of 15 to the included 8Gb microSD card. If you are<br />

within roughly 120 m (400’) it notifies you immediately using its embedded WiFi technology.<br />

You can check the photo to see if it was someone suspicious or just a stray dog, then you<br />

can stream a voice message. You can mount the rugged weatherproof unit via the included<br />

suction cup to any smooth surface like a window, or via a strap to a nearby tree or post,<br />

securing it with the included flexible cable lock.<br />

MSRP: $150 USD Larryalert.com<br />

Thermo-WADE <br />

Changes in water temperature may act as a signal for aquatic insects to emerge, prompting fish<br />

feeding. Imagine knowing when and where to be when this happens. The Thermo-WADE combines<br />

the features of a collapsible wading staff with a temperature sensor that provides you with critical<br />

real-time water temperature at the bottom as well as air temperature. An angler can record and hold<br />

water and air temperatures against time and date for up to ten readings at a time at the touch of a<br />

button. Visibility is optimal through the use of back LED lighting for dusk and night fishing, and temperature<br />

change alerts for pre-set temperature ranges notify you immediately of optimal conditions.<br />

Given all the factors that affect water temperature like time of day, season, snowmelt, latitude, elevation,<br />

water depth, shade and sun; pinpointing the correct water temperature can greatly increase the<br />

number of strikes on your line. Start building the profile of the waters of your favourite strike zones.<br />

MSRP: Approximately $217 CAD with <strong>Gear</strong> Keeper wading retractor<br />

thermowade.com<br />

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Reels<br />

GEAR GUIDE <strong>2018</strong><br />




Spinning reels are the most versatile reels in fishing, and so they are also the most widely used.<br />

They work for artificial lures as well as live bait and can be especially useful for light tackle and bait.<br />

The ‘open’ design of the reel means<br />

it can dry out and is less likely to<br />

rust and corrode. It also reduces<br />

the friction on the line allowing you to<br />

cast further with lighter weights and<br />

lengthens the life of your line. These<br />

reels are often used to catch crappie,<br />

perch, and walleye, but there are versions<br />

out there for big game saltwater<br />

fishing as well.<br />

Let’s go over the reel parts so<br />

when you read and shop, you’ll have<br />

an understanding of what you’re being<br />

told and why it’s essential.<br />


The housing is referred to as the ‘reel<br />

body', and it is typically made of graphite<br />

or aluminum, or a combination.<br />

Which is better? Graphite is lighter,<br />

but aluminum is stronger and has less<br />

flex. Less flex can equate to greater<br />

durability as all the moving parts<br />

inside stay aligned and last longer. But<br />

aluminum is also more susceptible to<br />

corrosion where graphite is not.<br />

You’ll also see aluminum parts described<br />

as either cast, forged or billet.<br />

Billet is cut from a block of aluminum,<br />

forged aluminum is pressed, pounded<br />

or squeezed under great pressure, and<br />

cast is aluminum heated to liquid,<br />

and poured into a form. Billet and<br />

forged are stronger than cast. In large<br />

quantities, cast is cheaper to make, so<br />

you often find billet from the smaller<br />

manufacturers in the higher end reels.<br />


As we said earlier, choose the right<br />

tool for the job starting with the fish.<br />

If walleye and smallmouth bass are<br />

your primary targets, you’ll be using<br />

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around a six to eight-pound test so<br />

you need a medium-sized reel.<br />

Part of the reels specs often display<br />

the capacity in type of line, length<br />

in yards and line weight in oz, i.e.<br />

Monofilament capacity - 110/6, which<br />

means the reel will hold 110 yards<br />

of 6 lb monofilament line. This is the<br />

middle spec, which means you can<br />

also safely use a 4 or 8 lb line.<br />

SPOOLS<br />

These are easily overlooked given all<br />

the other factors you are considering<br />

when purchasing your gear. But the<br />

spool doesn’t just hold the line; it also<br />

has a role in your casting distance.<br />

Like the reel body, spools are typically<br />

made from graphite or aluminum,<br />

and the same guidelines apply<br />

– graphite is lighter, but aluminum is<br />

stronger and more durable.<br />

Long cast spools are shallower and<br />

more elongated than the traditional<br />

dimension of spools. The theory is<br />

that with less friction on the line you<br />

can cast farther.<br />

Deep, V-shaped or skirted spools<br />

can take longer or heavier line, while<br />

shallow spools are easier to cast because<br />

the line comes off more easily.<br />


The spool on a spinning reel is fixed,<br />

and the bail rotates around the spool,<br />

winding your line on to the reel. When<br />

we talk about spinning reels, the gear<br />

ratio refers to the number of times<br />

the bail spins around the spool with<br />

a single turn of the handle. A 6:1<br />

ratio or higher is considered fast, 4:1<br />

slow. How fast a gear ratio you’ll need<br />

depends on the fish you are after, and<br />

the bait you will be presenting.<br />


Also called the Recovery Rate, this is<br />

typically given in inches and is the<br />

measurement of how much line is<br />

wound on to the spool with each turn<br />

of the handle. The abbreviation in the<br />

guide is IPT (inches per turn). It differs<br />

from gear ratio in that the size of<br />

the spool (and size of the handle) will<br />

change the retrieval rate between two<br />

reels that have the same gear ratio.<br />


In everyday life outside fishing, drag<br />

is a bad thing, ‘it’s a drag.’ But in<br />

fishing, it helps keep your hook set<br />

and helps tire out your fish. A poor<br />

quality drag means lost fish and broken<br />

lines.<br />

You’ll see two types of drag present<br />

on spinning reels – front and rear.<br />

A rear drag means you’ll be able to<br />

adjust it while you have a fish on the<br />

line, however, front drag systems are<br />

more reliable. Regardless of the type<br />

of drag, you should be able to pull out<br />

the line smoothly at any tension. As<br />

with most parts of the reel, exposure<br />

to moisture is inevitable and detrimental.<br />

Sealed drag systems keep<br />

moisture out, making them not only<br />

last longer but also reduce line slippage.<br />


Hopefully, you already know what ball<br />

bearings are. In general, more ball<br />

bearings mean a smoother action,<br />

which results in a stronger more durable<br />

reel. However, ball bearings also<br />

come in different qualities, engineered<br />

to higher or lower standards. A high<br />

quality four ball bearing (the minimum<br />

you should accept) system will<br />

last longer than a cheap 6- to 8-bearing<br />

system.<br />

Sometimes you’ll see bearing count<br />

listed as 8+1 or 12+1. The ‘+1’ refers<br />

to the bearing of the anti-reverse in<br />

the bail.<br />

Other reels use bushings instead<br />

of bearings. Bushings provide fewer<br />

moving parts and are less likely to<br />

suffer from the effects of corrosion,<br />

but they wear faster and because they<br />

are cheaper to produce, end up in<br />

cheaper reels.<br />

When shopping for reels based on<br />

bearings, look for stainless steel and<br />

sealed – anything that resists corrosion.<br />

Remember, a well-maintained<br />

bearing system is the one that will be<br />

smooth and reliable the longest.<br />


Find the handle that feels natural<br />

and comfortable in your hand and<br />

that you are getting the right- or lefthanded<br />

reel to suit you. Knobs should<br />

be easy to ‘find’ without looking down<br />

and provide you with good grip when<br />

your hands are sweaty or wet.<br />

We recommend yours is an anti-reverse<br />

handle so that the handle does<br />

spin in the opposite direction when<br />

your fish takes off, providing you with<br />

a good hook set and then allowing the<br />

drag to slow your fish down rather<br />

than back reeling.<br />

In summary, pick up the reel and<br />

work the parts. There should be no<br />

wobble or play; everything should<br />

move smoothly and precisely.<br />

Get the best reel you can afford,<br />

for the angling style you’ll use most,<br />

matching it to your rod and tackle.<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

100<br />

Okuma Epixor XT<br />

The Epixor XT spinning reel series is new for <strong>2018</strong> and features graphite side plates and<br />

rotors, the company’s tough C-40X long-strain carbon fibre construction, and what Okuma<br />

calls a Torsion Control Armor frame, which all combine to offer one solid spinning reel. The<br />

XT`s slow oscillation helps with better line lay, while metal handle designs and machined<br />

aluminum two-tone anodized spools with LCS lips – that help reduce wind knots – are<br />

other features. The reels are available in 20, 30, and 40 sizes, each offering a 7+1 bearing<br />

system, a gear ratio of 5.0:1, and between 11 to 19 pounds of drag.<br />

MSRP: $70 USD www.okumafishingusa.com<br />

Pflueger President<br />

The <strong>2018</strong> Pflueger President has all of the impressive features as the 2017<br />

series – such as the 10-bearing system, graphite body and rotor, and aluminum<br />

braid-ready spool – yet there are two significant improvements this<br />

year. The first change you’ll like is the sealed drag knob on top of the spool<br />

to increase durability, while the company also introduced slower oscillation<br />

for better line lay and to minimize line tangles. All five models in<br />

the series have 5.2:1 gear ratios, range in weight from 5.90 to 11.50<br />

ounces, have a retrieval weight from 20.7 to 31.9 inches, and offer a<br />

maximum drag rate from 6.0 to 12 pounds.<br />

MSRP: From $50 – $60 USD www.pfluegerfishing.com<br />

Quantum Drive<br />

Casual anglers will appreciate the new Quantum Drive, not only for its<br />

affordable price tag, but for the solid construction and series of features. For<br />

instance, the Drive features the company`s Reel Engine Design (RED) system<br />

where the graphite body to build the Drive is in one gear box, offering a stable<br />

base for the drive gear and shaft, which in turn, provides a sturdy, solid body.<br />

The Drive is available in 5, 10, 20 and 30 reel sizes and a variety of combos<br />

are available with eight different IM7 graphite rods in lengths ranging<br />

from 5'6" to 7'0" feet.<br />

MSRP: Approximately $60 USD (with combo packages)<br />

www.quantumfishing.com<br />

Shimano Sedona F1<br />

This is an entry level spinning reel that almost any angler will love. It has recovery<br />

rate of 26 inches per crank, a mono line capacity of 110 yards (six-pound test) plus<br />

a maximum drag rate of seven pounds. In addition to the Shimano G Free Body,<br />

which shifts the reel’s centre of gravity closer to the rod, the HAGNE gear system –<br />

that’s cold-forged for added strength –provides optimum smoothness and reliability.<br />

Another Shimano specialty is the Propulsion Line Management that’s geared to<br />

deliver longer casts, so you have a better chance of reaching that sweet spot. It’s<br />

also designed to reduce annoying backlashing and wind knots.<br />

MSRP: From $70 USD fish.shimano.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Daiwa BG 2500<br />

Daiwa’s line of BG spinning reels consists of a handful of models including the<br />

BG2500. Like the rest of the BG series, the 2500 has a machined aluminum body<br />

and cover, plus a black anodized finish to ensure strength and longevity. The<br />

2500 is just as impressive inside thanks to its Digi<strong>Gear</strong> system, which increases<br />

gear contact points for smoother operation, provides extended gear life, and<br />

delivers increased torque. The 2500 also houses Daiwa’s Dynamic Cut Aluminum<br />

ABS Spool (that’s braided-line-ready) and the ATD waterproof drag system to<br />

add durability. Other features include a machined aluminum screw-in handle, an<br />

infinite anti-reverse system and light weight of 8.5 ounces.<br />

MSRP Price: $100 - $130 USD www.daiwa.com<br />

Okuma Coronado CDX<br />

New styling and features are the key highlights of the <strong>2018</strong> Coronado CDX bait<br />

feeding reels. Part of the new profile includes recessed exterior components<br />

such as a refined trip bait feeding switch for ease of use (and to prevent from<br />

knocking out of gear) and a more recessed rear drag. The Coronado spins on a<br />

4+1 HPB bearing system and its slow oscillation system allows optimum line lay.<br />

Other unique features include the Dual Force Drag System (DFD) that can offer<br />

between 27 to 36 pounds of stopping power, a machined-aluminum screw-in<br />

handle, heavy duty solid aluminum bail wire, and two-tone anodized spool with<br />

a LCS lip design to help reduce line twist. Four models are available in 55, 60,<br />

65, and 80 reel sizes.<br />

MSRP: $100-$120 USD www.okumafishingusa.com<br />

PENN Conflict II<br />

With a mandate to launch a new spinning reel every year, Penn delivered with its<br />

next-generation Conflict II for <strong>2018</strong>, which is claimed to be the lightest reel from<br />

the company to date. In fact, it weighs 20 percent less than the first-generation<br />

series thanks to the high-strength, lightweight graphite body and rotor, while<br />

further toughness is provided by its CNC-machined aluminum gear system and<br />

an eight stainless steel bearing system. Another key feature on the Conflict II is<br />

the Leveline System, which offers slow oscillation to provide better line lay on retrieval,<br />

further casting capabilities and the ability to reduce wind knots. Six sizes<br />

are available in the Conflict II series that offer a maximum drag between<br />

10 to 20 pounds.<br />

MSRP: $150 – $200 USD www.pennfishing.com<br />

Quantum Smoke S3 Inshore<br />

Quantum’s new Smoke S3 Inshore is the saltwater version in the <strong>2018</strong> Smoke S3<br />

series and like the rest of the line, it’s built with the company’s all-aluminum unibody<br />

construction that keeps all the gears and key components in precise alignment<br />

for a smoother, more durable reel. <strong>Gear</strong>ed for saltwater with an anti-corrosion<br />

PT 11-bearing system, the Inshore has a weight of 8.3 ounces, maximum<br />

drag of 20 pounds and fast 6.0:1 gear ratio. The reel is available in 25, 30, 40,<br />

and 50 reel sizes, offering many options for different line capacities.<br />

MSRP: $180 USD www.quantumfishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Quantum Vapor<br />

Those familiar with Quantum’s Vapor bait casting reels won`t be disappointed<br />

with this <strong>2018</strong> spinning reel version. Good looks combine with<br />

functionality and sturdiness thanks to Quantum`s Reel Engine Design system<br />

(RED), the 6.0:1 gear ratio and new DuraLock clutch system, which features<br />

more rollers than previous clutches for fast-acting hook-sets. Other features<br />

include Vapor’s Performance tuned nickel titanium bail wire to resist wear or<br />

bending, plus its ceramic, carbon fiber CSC drag system that’s designed to<br />

provide smooth operation and heat resistance. The Vapor is available in<br />

15, 25, 30 and 40 reel sizes.<br />

MSRP: $140 USD www.quantumfishing.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

Daiwa Ballistic LT Series<br />

If you’re looking for a strong spinning reel, this new series from Daiwa<br />

should do the trick. Once you learn that they feature Daiwa's light – yet<br />

tough – Zaion housing, along with the company’s machined A7075<br />

Aircraft Grade Aluminum DIGIGEAR system, you know you have a winner<br />

in your hand. In fact, Daiwa backs its light-weight claim as models range<br />

from just 5.8 to 11.1 ounces. All models also employ a seven-bearing system,<br />

while recovery rates range from 25.5 to 34.5 inches and the maximum<br />

drag ratings range from 11 to 26.4 pounds. For added durability, the<br />

LT series feature MAGSEALED to reduce water and debris from traveling<br />

down the shaft.<br />

MSRP: $239 - $250 USD www.daiwa.com<br />

Shimano Stradic FK<br />

Five spinning reels comprise the new Stradic FK series and no matter which one<br />

you choose you’ll appreciate the range of Shimano exclusives. In addition to<br />

models ranging from 6.9 to 11.3 ounces, all of the series’ spinning reels are built<br />

with the company’s HAGANE gear system as well as X-Ship technology that`s<br />

designed to eliminate friction between the spool shaft and the gear for improved<br />

casting performance with lighter lures or baits. The Stradic FK series also adds<br />

Shimano’s Propulsion Line Management System featuring a new spool lip design,<br />

which delivers longer casting distances with the ability to prevent backlashes<br />

and wind knots. Models in the series include the STC5000XGFK, ST4000XGFK,<br />

STC3000HGFK, ST2500HGFK, and ST1000HGFK.<br />

MSRP: From $280 CAD fish.shimano.com<br />

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Penn Slammer III HS 6500/8500 HS<br />

The Slammer III is back again for <strong>2018</strong>, this time with two new high<br />

speed versions designed for a hard core surf angler or those really serious<br />

about catching large game fish. With many of the same highlights<br />

as the Slammer III series introduced in 2016, the 6500 HS has a recovery<br />

rate of 48 inches and the 8500 HS has a recovery rate of 50 inches.<br />

When it comes to stopping power, the 6500 has a maximum drag rating<br />

of an impressive 40 pounds while the 8500 has a whopping drag rate of<br />

50 pounds. For corrosion protection in the saltwater environment, you'll<br />

be happy to learn that both spinning reels are backed by an IPX6 sealing,<br />

which resists against saltwater spray.<br />

MSRP: From $300 USD www.pennfishing.com

Under<br />

$<br />

800<br />

Shimano Exsence<br />

The Shimano Exsence is loaded with a range of flagship Shimano technologies<br />

with top-of-the-line performance all-around. Designed for serious<br />

enthusiasts in a light weight package, the Exsence features Micro Module<br />

gear teeth, HAGANE <strong>Gear</strong>ing, plus the company’s signature MGL Rotor,<br />

which combine to provide seamless engagement and rotation. In addition,<br />

the Exsence is built to withstand corrosion thanks to the Shimano S A-RB,<br />

and X-protect systems. No matter what type of line you prefer, the Exsence<br />

is equipped with a one-piece bail and an advanced drag system for smooth<br />

line release. Two models are available – the EXSC3000MHG and the<br />

EXS4000MXG – each offering an 11+1 bearing system.<br />

MSRP: $540 - $550 USD fish.shimano.com<br />




OK, you have invested your time in<br />

choosing that perfect rod and reel<br />

combo, and you want to make sure it<br />

becomes a family heirloom, right? That<br />

can happen; I still have an old corkhandled<br />

fiberglass rod from my great<br />

uncle. In this article, I am going to go<br />

over three easy steps to ensure that<br />

your rod and reel stay in great condition<br />

year after year!<br />


This might seem like a no-brainer,<br />

especially if you are fishing salt water.<br />

However, many of us finish our trips<br />

with a haphazard cleaning of the gear.<br />

Depending on the frequency of use or<br />

storage conditions this can be the most<br />

important part of maintaining your rod<br />

and reel.<br />

Contrary to popular belief it is not<br />

good to completely submerse the<br />

rod and reel in water after use!<br />

I love to fish bass on the East Coast<br />

lakes, and I have a buddy who will<br />

dunk his rod and reel in the lake each<br />

time we finish a good session. At this<br />

point we smile at each other; I have<br />

spent many hours on the water trying<br />

to explain that when he completely<br />

submerses the reel, water will enter<br />

the compartments and cause issues.<br />

Beyond that, even if the lake water<br />

looks clear and clean, there are microsediments<br />

inherent to any natural<br />

water source floating around, waiting<br />

to enter those sensitive inner workings<br />

of your reel. Sometimes (especially by<br />

our launch ramp, where he always<br />

dunks the reel) I know there is even<br />

a small amount of gas or oil from old<br />

outboards. Let’s talk about how to<br />

clean your rod and reel properly.<br />

THE ROD<br />

You may think a simple rinse might be<br />

all you need to maintain your rod, but<br />

a little attention will not only extend<br />

the life of your rod but improve your<br />

fishing. Besides, you probably want<br />

to spend more time outdoors and less<br />

time fixing equipment.<br />

The line guides of your reel can become<br />

nicked or scratched, and this can<br />

contribute to a line break when landing<br />

a big fish. Examine the eyes with a<br />

magnifying glass. If you note a groove<br />

or scratch, use fine-grained sandpaper<br />

to smooth out the inner ring of the<br />

guide. A bit of paint will ensure your<br />

guides do not rust and this will remove<br />

one simple cause of line breakage.<br />

Clean the entire rod with warm,<br />

soapy water (a vinegar solution will<br />

work as well) and rinse with clean,<br />

fresh water. Allow the rod to thoroughly<br />

dry before storing properly.<br />

THE REEL<br />

A reel is a very complex piece of modern<br />

machinery and can be intimidating<br />

to a novice angler when taken<br />

apart. If you are not familiar with<br />

removing and replacing parts on your<br />

reel, head to a local tackle shop or<br />

ask an experienced friend for some<br />

guidance the first time you service<br />

your reel.<br />

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Reels<br />

GEAR GUIDE <strong>2018</strong><br />



Casting reels are often used by more experienced anglers because of their accuracy. You can<br />

drop your lure exactly where you want it, or stop it from getting snagged if it’s headed where you<br />

don’t. They require more time to learn to use properly and may cause you some frustration while<br />

you learn, but the reward is a greater number of angling opportunities, which means more good<br />

times and more fish.<br />

Your first reel may have been<br />

a Spincaster. The little coffee<br />

grinder that mounts above a casting<br />

rod and is often sold in low-priced<br />

combos. The enclosed reel prevents<br />

line snarling and backlash, common to<br />

bait casters. But as a result of the size<br />

of the spool, they typically suffer from<br />

low gear ratios preventing a quick line<br />

retrieval necessary for some fast lures<br />

like inline spinners, spinner baits, and<br />

buzz baits.<br />

A baitcaster on the other hand also<br />

referred to as a ‘casting reel,’ is a reel<br />

with a rotating spool that sits above<br />

a rod with a trigger handle. You’ll see<br />

them in the traditional round shape,<br />

which typically holds more line and<br />

heavier line, making them great for<br />

tossing larger baits for larger fish – like<br />

pike, muskie, steelhead, and salmon.<br />

However, recent advances in low profile<br />

designs have taken some of this advantage<br />

away.<br />

Low profile reels are the most popular<br />

and have a ‘squashed’ look. They<br />

were designed to make the reel more<br />

comfortable than traditional round<br />

designs, and easier to palm the reel,<br />

which is a way of holding a baitcaster.<br />

You put the side plate in the palm of<br />

your hand with the trigger of the rod<br />

in between your middle and ring finger<br />

and reel with the other hand.<br />

Both round and low profile reels<br />

can come in both right- and left-handed<br />

models so make sure you get the<br />

one you need.<br />

One reason that baitcast reels are<br />

a favourite is the design allows you to<br />

brake the line mid-flight to more accurately<br />

land your bait, allowing almost<br />

pinpoint accuracy (with practice) to get<br />

close to obstructions that some fish<br />

love. It doesn’t cast as far as a spinning<br />

reel with light bait, however, it is<br />

also less prone to birdnesting and is<br />

typically reserved for heavier line and<br />

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heavier bait.<br />

While the learning curve may be<br />

a little steeper than spinning reels,<br />

there are presentations and techniques<br />

to use heavier weight line (usually 8<br />

lb and higher) that you can employ,<br />

which make them indispensable when<br />

throwing big jigs or large crankbaits.<br />


<strong>Gear</strong> ratio is the number of revolutions<br />

the spool makes with every turn of the<br />

handle and contributes to how fast<br />

you can reel in line. The spool in a reel<br />

with a gear ratio of 6.6:1 will rotate 6.6<br />

times with every complete rotation of<br />

the handle. 6.6:1 is a mid-range gear<br />

ratio. The most important reason to<br />

select a particular gear ratio is the type<br />

of bait or lure you’ll be using. A 7.1:1<br />

is best for a spinnerbait or buzzbait,<br />

however, a ratio of 5.4:1 will present a<br />

crankbait to your quarry more effectively.<br />

You are starting to see why some<br />

anglers have a quiver of equipment<br />

to make them more successful, more<br />

often.<br />


These adjust the speed at which line<br />

leaves your reel during a cast by applying<br />

drag to the reel. Without a braking<br />

system, the resulting backlash – line<br />

leaving the reel faster than it can leave<br />

the rod – will create a tangled ‘bird’s<br />

nest’ of line just in front of your reel.<br />

Different types include centrifugal and<br />

magnetic, and some reels have both.<br />

As long as they are adjusted properly,<br />

both work well. If your wallet is too fat<br />

to carry, there are even digital braking<br />

systems available.<br />


These are either aluminum or graphite;<br />

aluminum is more durable and typically<br />

less expensive, while graphite is<br />

lighter and costs more. There’s always<br />

an exception to a rule, and in this case,<br />

it’s the forged aluminum frames found<br />

in high-end reels.<br />


It’s not quantity; it’s quality - look for<br />

words like stainless steel, shielded and<br />

sealed. The goal is to keep the elements<br />

causing corrosion out.<br />

SPOOLS — Most baitcast reels are<br />

sold with an aluminum spool. Like the<br />

reel frames, high-end spools are from<br />

forged or machined aluminum, whereas<br />

cheaper reels are die-cast. Often<br />

spools have holes drilled through them<br />

to make them lighter, which makes<br />

them easier to stop and start spinning.<br />


Part of the reels specs often display<br />

the line capacity in length in yards and<br />

line weight in oz, i.e. Monofilament<br />

capacity - 110/6, which means the reel<br />

will hold 110 yards of 6 lb monofilament<br />

line. We’ve often included the<br />

capacity in braid as braided line has a<br />

smaller diameter so you get more line<br />

on the reel. Anglers after bass, walleye<br />

or panfish don’t need to be concerned<br />

with line capacity, even in a low profile<br />

reel. However, if northern pike, muskie,<br />

steelhead or salmon are on the menu,<br />

you’ll need a heavier line, and more<br />

line when they start on a long run.<br />

HANDLE<br />

You’ll see the term ‘over-sized’ handle<br />

on some reels. The main goal is to increase<br />

the leverage (power) of the reel,<br />

so they make the most sense when you<br />

are after larger fish. Knobs should be<br />

easy to ‘find’ without looking down and<br />

provide you with good grip when your<br />

hands are sweaty or wet. The size and<br />

shape are a matter of personal preference,<br />

so get what feels good.<br />


Once you have found your reel, take<br />

the time to understand all its features,<br />

especially those related to adjusting<br />

the spool. Rather than ‘read the<br />

manual as a last resort,’ read it before<br />

you get your reel wet. Aside from helping<br />

you get the most from your angling<br />

experience, it will also detail the care<br />

and maintenance of your reel.<br />

An expensive reel won’t make you<br />

a better angler; sometimes a better reel<br />

needs a better operator. But practice<br />

will make you a better angler so go<br />

fishing, a lot.<br />

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Under<br />


$<br />

100<br />

Lew’s Laser XL<br />

This new conventional caster is a meaty little hitter at an affordable price. It<br />

is on the heavy side, but that’s because Lew’s has made the choice to build<br />

a durable price point reel rather than using cheaper lighter weight materials<br />

just to make the specs look good. You get anodized aluminum spool, frame,<br />

and side plates, and a brass main gear and crankshaft. Line control comes<br />

courtesy a carbon fibre drag system, centrifugal braking system with a 100mm<br />

handle that lets you tackle big fish at a small price. One model available in<br />

right hand retrieve weighing 11.9 oz, with 3+1 bearings, holding 330/20<br />

mono, with a max drag of 15 lbs, gear ratio of 4.2:1 for a retrieval rate<br />

of 18.7 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $70 lews.com<br />

Abu Garcia Revo X<br />

Now improved with a longer handle to generate more power, this bare bones<br />

edition of the Revo line provides a lower price point, quality reel, and many of the<br />

same specs as the higher end versions – like gear ratios and retrieval rates. It’s<br />

a good value proposition if you are getting into your first baitcasting reel, or it’s<br />

time to renew but it’s not your primary reel, or you just don’t get a chance to fish<br />

as often as you would like. Three models are available in right or left hand<br />

retrieve weighing 7.4 oz, with 7+1 bearings, 175/10 mono – 100/50 braid,<br />

and max drag 18 lbs, gear ratios of 5.4:1 – 7.3:1, retrieval rates of 22 to 30<br />

IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $100 USD abugarcia.com<br />

Quantum Nova Casting Reel<br />

In the never-ending quest for an affordable, yet durable and good performing reel,<br />

Quantum releases the Nova in <strong>2018</strong>. You get an aluminum frame, large EVA knobs<br />

and an internal centrifugal cast control. Cost is controlled by offering this reel in<br />

just two versions, both are right hand retrieve with 5+1 bearings, 18 lb max drag<br />

and continuous reverse. Then choose between either 6.2:1 or 6.3:1 gear ratio, 21<br />

or 29 IPT, 9.7 or 11.9 oz and 90/14 mono - 160/30 braid or 200/20 mono - 480/30<br />

braid respectively.<br />

MSRP: $80 USD Quantumfishing.com<br />

Shimano Caenan 150A<br />

One of the great things about technology is the trickle down effect. The continual<br />

development of newer/better features in upper end models means that many great<br />

features end up in more affordable models. Like Shimano’s High Efficiency <strong>Gear</strong>ing<br />

(HEG) found in the new Caenan. By increasing the size of the drive and pinion gear,<br />

as well as the frame, this model packs a solid punch of leverage and power. The<br />

Variable Brake System (VBS) and Stable Spool Design (S3D) complete an all ‘round<br />

reel, ready to smoothly cast and retrieve a variety of lures and baits. Two models<br />

are available weighing 7.2 oz, with 4+1 bearings, 12/110 – 14/90 mono, max<br />

drag of 11 lb, a gear ratio of 6.3:1 in right or left hand retrieve, or a right hand<br />

with a gear ratio of 7.2:1 and retrieval rate of 26-30 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $120 CAD Fish.shimano.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> Concept Z<br />

Just so you are aware, we didn’t make an error in the specs below. There are no traditional ball<br />

bearings in this reel. Although reels with no bearings have been manufactured in the past, this<br />

is the first high performance reel, which according to pro-staffer Gene Jensen of Flukemaster<br />

YouTube fame, will cast 1/3 farther than similar reels. Using high-tech polymer Concept Zero<br />

Bearings (CZB), essentially a polymer disk, the Concept Z is able to maintain its peak casting<br />

ability – never suffering from creaking or corrosion. If you own a different Concept reel you’ll be<br />

able to buy these polymer disks and replace your bearings with them. Add 13 <strong>Fishing</strong>’s Bulldog<br />

drag system, Japanese Hamai cut gears, Ocean Armor saltwater protection process, six-way<br />

centrifugal braking system, dead stop anti-reverse, arrowhead line guide, EVA knobs and you<br />

have one comfortable, lightweight, quiet, effortless and controllable casting reel, literally at<br />

your fingertips. Three models are available, all weighing 6.1 oz, with no ball bearings,<br />

12/135 mono line capacity, max drag of 22 lbs, your choice of gear ratio of 6.1:1, 7.3:1 or<br />

8.1:1. Unless you need left hand retrieve in which case your only choice is 7.3:1<br />

MSRP: $200 USD 13fishing.com<br />

Abu Garcia Revo STX<br />

The new Revo STX reel has many of the performance and durability features of the higher<br />

end Revo Premier reels, including durability features like the X2-Craftic frame for corrosion<br />

resistance and Eversilk coated pinion shaft designed to reduce friction, which increases<br />

wear resistance. Performance features like the Power stack carbon matrix drag system<br />

and the IVCB-6L (Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake) system, which allows you to adjust<br />

for different baits and fine-tune to get the max cast distance. Three models are available<br />

weighing 7.3 oz, with 10+1 bearings, holding 175/10 to 100/15 mono or 190/20<br />

to 100/50 braid, and max drag of 24 lbs. Choose from right or left hand retrieve with<br />

gear ratio of 6.75:1 or 7.3:1 and retrieval rates of 27 or 30 IPT respectively, or right<br />

hand only high speed (HS) model with 8.0:1 gear ratio, and a retrieval rate of 33 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $200 Abugarcia.com<br />

Daiwa Tatula SV TW<br />

Improved for <strong>2018</strong> and described by Daiwa as their ‘ultimate finesse long casting reel’, this<br />

reel incorporates the company's proven T-wing system (TWS). The large ‘T’ portion lets line<br />

flow freely during the cast for minimal friction, and the narrow aperture guides your line during<br />

retrieval for even distribution across the spool. The SV concept denotes a material applied<br />

to the induct rotor, which is exposed when it rotates at high speed, then the spool slows the<br />

rotor, moves back towards the magnetic field which brakes the spool depending on the weight<br />

of the lure. Three models are available in either left or right hand retrieval, weighing<br />

7.2 oz, 7+1 bearings, with a max drag of 13.2, holding 100/14 – 90/16 mono. Choose<br />

from 6.3:1, 7.3:1, or 8.1:1 gear ratios for 25.7, 29.4, 32.8 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $200 USD Daiwa.com<br />

Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool<br />

Even competitive anglers can appreciate this feature packed reel. Fine-tuning<br />

comes from the quick release side plate allowing access to the external Multi<br />

Setting Brake (MSB) Dual cast control system. Durability and lightweight is<br />

ensured through the implementation of a graphite frame and side plates,<br />

aluminum 32mm spool, carbon fibre drag system, and an anodized aluminum<br />

handle with over-sized Winn Dri-Tac knobs. For folks like us, the external lube<br />

port is a welcome feature. One model in either right or left hand retrieve<br />

weighing 7.3 oz, with 9 + 1 bearings, 110/12 mono, and max drag 20 lbs,<br />

a gear ratio of 7.5:1 for a retrieval rate of 30 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $160 USD lews.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Quantum Smoke S3<br />

The S3 is designed for anglers looking for more line, so it’s constructed<br />

with a 35.5 mm spool. It’s engineered for longer casts and faster pick-up.<br />

Quantum says it’s the best they’ve ever built. There are 16 new technologies<br />

in the reel. It’s still a low profile baitcaster but has an oversized<br />

handle and grips, a line memo feature allows you set the line weight on<br />

the reel, and the all-new ACS 4.0 cast control system makes it easier to<br />

adjust for perfect casting. Throw your bait as hard as you want with no<br />

backlash and no overrun. A lower start-up inertia when you bomb a cast<br />

means you’ll throw the bait farther than with a smaller spool. Available<br />

in seven models of left or right hand retrieve, weighing 6.9 oz, with 10+1<br />

bearings, 170/12 mono – 210/30 braid, and max drag 25 lbs. Models<br />

range in gear ratios of 5.1:1 to 8.1:1, retrieval rates of 27 to 36 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $169 USD quantumfishing.com<br />

Quantum Tour S3<br />

With many of the same features and benefits of the Smoke S3, the Tour S3 is just<br />

one step up. The 95mm oversized handle is now carbon fibre, sapphire jeweled spool<br />

tension washers make for virtually frictionless spool action to maximize your cast, and<br />

the weight is reduced by 0.4 oz. Engineered for the angler targeting big bass, or out<br />

in harsh saltwater conditions. Four models available in right or left hand retrieve<br />

weighing 6.5 oz, with 10+1 bearings, 170/12 mono – 210/30 braid, and max drag<br />

25 lbs, your choice of either gear ratio of 6.1:1 or 7.3:1, retrieval rates of 27 or<br />

32 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $200 USD Quantumfishing.com<br />

Shimano Curado 200 K<br />

Winner of the Best Freshwater Reel at ICAST 2017, this is another solid<br />

member of the Curado family and will also work well for saltwater anglers.<br />

Pocketing this reel gets you Shimano’s MicroModule <strong>Gear</strong>ing, SVS Infinity<br />

Braking system, and X-ship technology for a smooth casting, tuneable, long<br />

lasting workhorse.Three models available in left and right hand retrieve,<br />

weighing in at 7.6 oz, with 6+1 bearings, holding 14/110 mono, max<br />

drag of 11 lbs, in your choice of 6.2:1, 7.4:1 or 8.5:1 gear ratios for<br />

retrieval rates of 26, 31, 36 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $180 Fish.shimano.com<br />

Shimano Curado 70<br />

Shimano has been kicking around the successful Curado nameplate for 25 years, and<br />

this new version is sure to please anglers looking to flip, cast and pitch light lures.<br />

Shimano faithful will recognize the smooth delivery of X-Ship technology, the lightweight<br />

but rigid Hagane body, the SVS Infinity Brake System and S3D Stable Spool<br />

Design for uniform spool control to help land bass, walleye and trout. Two right or<br />

left hand retrieve models available weighing 6.5 oz, with 5+1 bearings, 10/105<br />

– 14/70 mono and max drag 10 lbs, your choice of either gear ratio of 7.2:1 or<br />

8.2:1, retrieval rates of 28 or 32 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $200 Fish.shimano.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

Abu Garcia Revo Premier Low Profile<br />

Welcome to the fourth generation, and top of line of the Revo series of reels. All the<br />

key performance features of the Revo STX are here, with enhancements to produce<br />

a lighter weight, more durable, slightly better performing reel. These advancements<br />

include the ten stainless HPCR bearings, carbon side plates and carbon handle.<br />

Two models are available weighing 6.17 oz , with 10+1 bearings, holding<br />

175/10 to 100/15 mono or 190/20 to 100/50 braid, and max drag 24 lbs. Choose<br />

from right or left hand retrieve with gear ratio of 6.75:1 and 27 IPT or right<br />

hand only with 7.3:1, and a retrieval rate of 30 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $300 abugarcia.com<br />

Team Lew’s HyperMag Speed Spool SLP Series<br />

As the name suggests, the Hypermag is built on Lew’s Super Low Profile Platform and is<br />

the lightest in their baitcast line. Strength, rigidity and low weight are achieved through<br />

the use of a one piece magnesium frame and C45 carbon sideplates. Smooth line control<br />

courtesy the anti-reverse clutch, double-shielded stainless bearing, aluminum drag star<br />

and 32 mm aircraft-grade drilled and chamfered Duralumin U-shaped spool. Two models<br />

available in right or left hand retrieve weighing a mere 5.4 oz, with 10+1 bearings,<br />

#/# mono – 110/12 braid, and max drag # lbs, your choice of either gear ratio of<br />

7.5:1 or 8.3:1, retrieval rates of 30 or 33 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $300 USD lews.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

400<br />

Okuma Tesoro Star Drag Reel<br />

New for <strong>2018</strong>, the flagship drag reel for Okuma is designed for big fish angling.<br />

Constructed from forged machine cut aluminum frame, sideplates and spool, makes<br />

it extremely durable and lightweight. A large dropdown gearbox puts large cranking<br />

power in your hands to generate a ton of torque. Other quality components include<br />

an anodized swept aluminum handle, 4 + 1 corrosion resistant bearings, dual antireverse<br />

(mechanical and roller bearing) and a self-lubricating gear system. Two righthand<br />

retrieve models are available in weighing 19 - 19.2 oz, with 4+1 bearings,<br />

320/25 up to 185/40 mono or 495/50 up to 475/65 braid, max drag 22 lbs, and<br />

gear ratio of 6.2:1, for a retrieval rate of 46 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $320 USD Okumafishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

100<br />

Daiwa M-ONE UTD<br />

Mooching, or drift-fishing, for salmon is one of the best and most popular ways<br />

of catching fish on Canada’s West Coast, and the M-One UTD mooching reel from<br />

Daiwa® is one of the most affordable. The UTD Carbon drag is smooth and fadefree,<br />

with a one-way design that lets you easily wind line regardless of drag setting.<br />

The stainless palming flange on the spool gives you added control of large fish, and<br />

the reel is switchable from right to left hand retrieve. One model holding 14/850 –<br />

30/350 mono, with a 1:1 gear ratio providing a retrieval rate of 17.2 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $80 USD Daiwa.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Okuma Cold Water Wire Line Star Drag Reel<br />

Designed specifically to hold up to the demands of braided and wire line fishing,<br />

these reels are constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant, lightweight<br />

materials and have a powerful drag and heavy-duty machine-cut brass gears.<br />

Utilizing Okuma’s Mechanical Stabilizing System (MSS - which ties the spool<br />

shaft, pinion gear, pinion gear bearing, drive shaft and main gear together<br />

with a single support system), stainless steel ball bearings, and a self-lubricating<br />

design, ensure that these reels run smooth. The largest diameter high<br />

speed 553LS has no reel counter. Three right hand models are available<br />

with 3 bearings, weighing 20.1 – 30.7 oz, max drag of 20-22, gear ratios<br />

of 6.2:1 - 4:7.1 for retrieval rates of 35 to 40.7 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $115 - $145 Okumafishing.com<br />

Penn Squall Level Wind<br />

This reel is the improved successor to the GT reel. Penn has added an Infinite Anti Reverse<br />

bearing, Line Capacity Rings, their Versa-Handle, and a machined brass main gear, which<br />

mates to a high strength stainless steel pinion gear. All models use the HT-100 drag system<br />

to give you the full range of drag adjustments and the reel uses a lever drag adjustment<br />

mechanism that is easy to handle in the middle of fighting a fish. It is corrosion<br />

resistant and good for fresh- or saltwater. Only one model incorporates a line counter, the<br />

SQL20LWLC and only two models are available in left hand retrieve. Four models (differentiated<br />

by spool size) are available, all with 2+1 bearings, weighing 16.2 – 20.9 oz,<br />

max drag of 15-20 lb, from 415/17 – 285/60 mono or 580/20 – 665/100 braid, in ratios<br />

of 4.0:1 to 4.9:1 and retrieval rates of 28 – 35 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $120 - $150 USD Pennfishing.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

300<br />

Penn Fathom Lever Drag 2 Speed<br />

These reels feature a full metal body, stainless steel main and pinion gear, Dura-Drag washers<br />

greased with Duralube for a ‘wet’ system, and a double dog ratchet anti-reverse. A push or<br />

pull gets you into high or low range so you can change retrieval rates while you’re fighting the<br />

fish. The 20 & 30 size models are available in left or right hand retrieve. Models numbers correspond<br />

to the mid-size filament mono spool capacity and the ‘N’ refers to a narrow spool.<br />

Five models are available with 4+1 stainless bearings, weighing 15.6 – 27.3 oz, holding<br />

330/20 – 480/40 mono and 200/20 - 735/100 braid, max drag of 20 – 40 lb, gear ratios<br />

6.1:1/2.8:1 to 5.0:1/2.5:1 for retrieval rates of 31/14 to 42/21 IPT respectively.<br />

MSRP: $250 - $300 Pennfishing.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

600<br />

Abu Garcia Diplomat Mooching Reel<br />

This Large arbor spool design has a fully machined frame and<br />

spool with a hard anodized finish to beat back the corrosive elements<br />

in the environment. It has an On/Off anti-reverse switch<br />

for quick depth adjustments and a Power Disk drag system<br />

for smooth drag performance without line creep. One model<br />

weighing 17.6 oz, with 2 bearings, 1:1 gear ratio, 350/30<br />

mono line capacity.<br />

MSRP: $349 Abugarcia.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

400<br />

Penn International VISX<br />

The sixth generation of a reel that’s been around for 50 years is now lighter and quieter and<br />

offered in both gold and silver colours. These are machined aircraft grade aluminum creating<br />

incredibly strong light reels. VISX models are open at the top so you can get your finger on<br />

the line, built for braided lines, with a stronger drag. Changes for <strong>2018</strong> include beefier reel<br />

lugs, the two-speed gearing is now switchable with a button push and there is an adjustable<br />

strike position. Five models of bombproof, five bearing, right hand retrieve reels, cover<br />

a huge range - weigh 32-63 oz, 1510/10 mono – 575/60 mono or 985/40 - 815/200 braid,<br />

40-60 lb max drag, gear ratios of 5.1:1-3.5:1 and retrieval rates of 40 or 41 IPT.<br />

MSRP: $550-$700 USD Pennfishing.com<br />

Islander TR3<br />

The heart of the TR3 is the all-new drag system made from ultra-high performance fluoropolymer<br />

disks, which are sandwiched between alternating layers of stainless steel.<br />

The result is silky smooth performance, zero start-up inertia and more than enough<br />

power to stop the hardest fighting chinook. Add a fully sealed disk drag, corrosionfree<br />

ceramic bearings, ported paddle handles, and the fact that it's attached to a CNC<br />

machined aluminum reel and you have a silky, smooth, durable reel that you can be<br />

proud of, and enjoy for years. Each is polished to a mirrored finish, made in Canada,<br />

and comes with an‘unlimited - no questions asked’ lifetime warranty.<br />

MSRP: $900 CAD Islander.com<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

100<br />

Redington i.D Reel<br />

Looking at the i.D. reel, you see a sturdy cast aluminum construction,<br />

smooth rulon disc drag and a large arbor for fast line retrieval. The softtouch,<br />

twin-molded, dual-density handle offers good grip and control.<br />

But the heavily promoted feature is the flat back, which allows you to<br />

customize your reel with 34 different decal options with graphics ranging<br />

from your favourite food to your favourite fish. Three models are<br />

available weighing 5.7, 6.0 or 6.7 oz, holding 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8/9 corresponding<br />

line weights of 75/20, 100/20, 200/20.<br />

MSRP: $90 USD or $110 pre-spooled redington.com<br />

Echo Bravo Seal Drag Fly Reel<br />

At the time of writing, this reel was low on details as well as price. Echo<br />

introduced this new for <strong>2018</strong> reel at IFTD 2017. The extra-large arbor reel<br />

features their new saltwater-certified Pit Stop drag system, allowing toolfree<br />

access to the reel’s carbon fibre disc drag system, so “you can keep<br />

salt where it belongs: on the rim of a margarita glass”. Tool-free access also<br />

allows you to easily switch from left- to right- hand retrieve. While the sample<br />

reels and images from IFTD are machined aluminum, the production versions<br />

will be die-cast. Available in three models 7/9, 8/10, and 10/12.<br />

MSRP: $140 Echoflyfishing.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

200<br />

Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel<br />

QRS stands for “Quick Release Spool,” a fly reel that offers an interchangeable large arbor<br />

cassette spool featuring a unique line identification system. That’s one reason it won Best<br />

Fly Reel at ICAST 2017. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in a spool carrier by an<br />

advanced locking system enclosed by a full stainless steel and 6061 alloy construction. Each<br />

reel comes with two large, and two medium arbor cassette cartridges that allow each model<br />

to accommodate up to four different line weights. Four models with a 1.1:1 gear ratio<br />

available with reel sizes 2-12, weighing 5.6-10.30, fly line capacities of WF2+60 to<br />

WF12 + 275.<br />

MSRP: $150 USD Pfleugerfishing.com<br />

Ross Reels Evolution R<br />

The shape of the ultra-large arbor spool forces the even winding of the line across the face<br />

of the spool in this lightweight, durable, rigid reel. The new drag is a fully sealed, 16-disc<br />

system of bonded fluorocarbon polymer and stainless steel that delivers smooth power<br />

with a wide range of brake adjustment, and some of the highest drag pressure in a fly reel.<br />

Control of this skeletal appearing reel is by the canvas phenolic handle and the frame-integrated<br />

drag knob, which provides a solid grip, and allows you to easily adjust the settings<br />

even while wearing gloves. Available in four sizes for line weights of 3-8, weighing<br />

4.34 – 4.48 oz, with arbors of 3.425’ x 0.975’ to 4.025’ x 0.975” (diameter x width) holding<br />

WF3+90 to WF8+160<br />

MSRP: $455 - $495 USD Rossreels.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

500<br />

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Learn more and see our latest SPOT Products<br />

at FindMeSPOT.ca/BC<strong>Gear</strong><strong>Guide</strong><br />

The SPOT product family offers peace of mind beyond the<br />

boundaries of cellular. Whether you want to check in, alert<br />

emergency responders of your GPS location, or monitor your<br />

prized possessions, SPOT uses 100% satellite technology to<br />

keep you connected to the people and things that matters most.<br />

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Under<br />

$<br />

500<br />

Sage Spectrum Max Fly Reels<br />

This reel is the heavy-duty edition of the Spectrum line-up and features a super rigid frameto-spool<br />

connection, a widened palming rim, a large/vented arbor for high retrieve rate, and<br />

their One Revolution Drag Knob with 40 detented drag settings for adjustable and repeatable<br />

drag resolution. It is engineered from machined 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with their Core<br />

Collection’s unique porting pattern and spoke aesthetic. The corrosion resistance comes in the<br />

form of a hard anodized finish. It is conveniently designed with a quick-change spool mechanism<br />

and easy left- to right- hand retrieval conversion.<br />

Five models to choose for line weights of 5 – 12, weighing 5 ½ - 9 3/8 oz, 200/20 – 300/30<br />

line capacity, with diameters of 3 11/16” – 4 11/16” and a widths of 1 5/16” – 1 111/16”<br />

MSRP: $450 Sageflyfish.com<br />

Under<br />

$<br />

1300<br />

Abel – Super Series Reel<br />

For <strong>2018</strong>, the Super Series reel is re-invented into a new line of lighter weight sizes that feature a<br />

quick-change spool system. Available since 1999, there are things that haven’t changed. The reel<br />

continues to have a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum<br />

frame and a large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed. The reel frame, spool, drag knob and<br />

foot are made of 6061-T651 cold-finished aerospace-grade aluminum but the proven drag system is<br />

what makes the Super Series equally at home on the trout stream, or open ocean. Set it light enough<br />

to protect the finest tippet, or crank it down to slow down the toughest Bluefin. Available in seven<br />

large arbor sizes from 4 to 12W, weighing 5.92 – 10.06 oz, with (diameter x width) from 3.3” x<br />

0.8 ” to 4.7” x 1.25”, holding 4 -105/20 to 12 - 415/20<br />

MSRP: $600 – $1,000 USD Abelreels.com<br />

Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 5 Plus Large Arbor<br />

The new Generation 2 Finatic fly reel is an update from the original Finatic. Several performance<br />

and aesthetic improvements include a new nine window frame design, non-reflective mist finish,<br />

non-stick cranks, concave frame design for additional weight relief, and Teflon lip seals for more<br />

protection against the elements. They’re also keeping Mother Nature at bay (and you reeling for<br />

years) with an Ultraflon sleeve that covers the aluminum shaft and separates it from the aluminum<br />

crank handle. Great features that have been continued include a super-strong machined<br />

reel seat, hook guard, and a Multi-disc drag, which uses a cassette made of Rulon and precision<br />

stamped stainless steel. Three models in several colours are available weighing 6.5 oz, in<br />

5-7 line weight, diameter of 3.625”, width of 0.9375” with large and mid arbor spools.<br />

MSRP: $600 Hatchoutdoors.com<br />

Nautilus Reels - GTX Salt Water Reel<br />

Winner of this year’s 2017 ICAST/IFTD Best Saltwater Reel Award, the new GTX from<br />

Nautilus is lightweight, and machined with their Giga spool design for strength, maximum line<br />

pickup, and fast line drying to prevent corrosion when stored. The brake is a brand new design<br />

and features a new pressure spring that is sandwiched between two aluminum discs that rotate<br />

in unison, which applies even pressure to the drag surfaces. The new dual drag surface features<br />

an oversized carbon fibre disc on one side and a cork/Kevlar®/carbon fibre hybrid on the other.<br />

The cork acts as a compression material to ensure a smooth drag transition while the carbon fibre<br />

delivers the smoothness for which Nautilus is known. The new Kevlar® mid-layer provides additional<br />

rigidity to the drag surface, spreads the pressure more evenly, insulates any heat generated<br />

by friction, and dampens vibrations for a very smooth drag. The GTX “is built to put the brakes<br />

on the fastest and strongest fish on the planet”. One model available weighing 8.7 oz, with a<br />

max drag of 25 lb, having a 5” diameter reel that is 1.1” wide, and holds 500/60 braid.<br />

MSRP: $1,300. Available in Black or Silver. Nautilusreels.com<br />

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FLY TACKLE &<br />


Monic Fly Lines<br />

There are two ways to talk about fly lines - the science and the performance. Monic fly lines deserve both<br />

discussions. From a conservation standpoint, Monic fly lines stand apart as there are no harmful chemicals<br />

used in the lines. If you care about having plenty of fish for yourself, your kids, and your grandkids – this is<br />

important. But science is a waste of time unless it positively impacts your fishing, and we were fortunate<br />

enough to get our hands on Monic’s Impact WF-6-F to see if the science resulted in improved performance.<br />

Monic boasts that their lines are low stretch. So we looked for long, accurate casts and positive hook<br />

sets – and we found them. We also found the lines were quick to pick up and cast, which we believe was<br />

also due their excellent buoyancy. They are all-temperature lines, which is especially important in Canada,<br />

as temperatures can vary dramatically within days, and the lower and upper temperature limit for activity<br />

of your catch can be a difference of 18°C (65°F). With the Monic Impact we could confidently fish with<br />

one line, changing location and elevation without a noticeable temperature sensitivity. The lines are some<br />

of the highest floating available and we found our dry fly leaders got a good long float and mends casted<br />

across the water were more effective. As mentioned earlier, the lines were quick to pick up and cast. We<br />

look forward to testing the durability, abrasion resistance and line memory of Monic Impact (tough job as<br />

they say), and expect to be as pleased as we were with the other performance features so far. After all,<br />

there is some serious science behind the angling engineers that built these lines.<br />

Impact Line Specs<br />

Tip – 1'<br />

Front Taper – 5’<br />

Belly – 25’<br />

Rear Taper – 5’<br />

Running Taper – 54’<br />

Total Length – 90’/27.5M<br />

Available in weight forward floating 3-12<br />

Available in weight forward intermediate 6-12<br />

MSRP: $80 Monic.com<br />

Fair Flies Composite<br />

Brushes<br />

Acclaimed for its fly tying materials,<br />

Fair Flies’ new composite<br />

brushes consist of up to five different<br />

materials on a stainless-steel<br />

wire. You can use them to make<br />

homemade jigs, spinnerbaits, and<br />

other types of baits. The ‘Fair’ in<br />

the name comes from its fair trade<br />

practices. They help raise funds<br />

that bring jobs into areas that need<br />

living wage income. So far they<br />

have worked in Kenya, and Nepal<br />

and have visions for Southeast<br />

Asian countries like Myanmar,<br />

Bangladesh, South Korea,<br />

Cambodia, and more. Fair Flies<br />

aims to have over 100 different<br />

coloured brushes available. You<br />

can also buy their completed flies.<br />

MSRP: $15 fairflies.com<br />

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Flymen Fly <strong>Fishing</strong> Company<br />

Surface Seducer Double Barrel Bass Bug<br />

This little fella popped home with the Best Freshwater Fly award at the<br />

2017 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show. The large front cup is designed to<br />

create big pops with big splashes. It’s made of tough EVA closed-cell foam so it won’t<br />

take on any water while repeatedly triggering hits by predatory fish. A thin coat of flexible<br />

epoxy finishes off the Bass Bug keeping it lightweight and easy casting.<br />

MSRP: $5.75 USD flymenfishingcompany.com<br />

RIO’s InTouch Scandi 3D<br />

This is a shooting head so you need to connect it to a shooting line, and on the front end you can put on<br />

sinking versa leaders if you need a bit of extra depth. This is also a Scandinavian-style shooting head that<br />

seamlessly integrates three different densities along the length of the single head for ultimate depth and<br />

fly control. It can easily cut through the wind and current to allow the fly to swing deep without snagging<br />

the bottom when the current slows. Built around RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, the heads provide<br />

enhanced sensitivity, faster hook sets, and total control when fighting fish. There are three different density<br />

combinations available.The floating/hover/intermediate head (F/H/I) is ideal for swinging flies in the top 30<br />

to 90 cm (11-35 in) of the water column. The floating back portion makes mending and pickups easy, while<br />

the hover mid-section and intermediate tip keeps the fly at the ideal depth for summer steelhead, salmon,<br />

and easy flows.The hover/intermediate/sink 3 head (H/I/S3) is a better choice for deeper presentations<br />

or heavier currents with the fly swinging 60 to 150 cm (23-59) below the surface. The hover back section<br />

allows for easy casting and line control, while the intermediate mid-section and sink three tip ensures the<br />

fly swings deeper – ideal for faster currents or cooler water temperatures.The intermediate/sink 3/sink 5<br />

head (I/S3/S5) gets the fly down deep and fast and is a great winter steelhead or back end salmon line. The<br />

fast sinking front section allows the fly to swing between one and three metres in depth, yet the graduated<br />

density allows for outstanding line control and easy casting.<br />

MSRP $60 USD Rioproducts.com<br />

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Vedavoo Rod Holder<br />

‘Hands free’ has come to fly fishing with this<br />

simple, belt-worn holster for fly rods. Just drop<br />

the butt of your rod through the webbing loop, and<br />

buckle the strap over the cork to secure your rod<br />

(tip up!). It’s great for both fresh- and saltwater<br />

anglers who wants a place to secure a rod out<br />

of the way while re-rigging, or for those who are<br />

working with two rods… one for streamers and<br />

another for dries.<br />

MSRP $25 USD Vedavoo.com<br />

Continued from page 29<br />

Never use gasoline or petroleumbased<br />

products to clean your reel.<br />

This can damage sensitive plastic<br />

parts. I prefer warm, soapy water;<br />

natural products like Simple Green<br />

can work well too. Be sure you only<br />

use a cloth or fibre brush to clean the<br />

inner workings of your reel. A good<br />

rule of thumb when dealing with the<br />

sensitive parts of your reel is to never<br />

touch metal to metal; a wire brush<br />

can throw off the delicately balanced<br />

parts to the point that your reel will no<br />

longer function correctly. I like to use<br />

an old toothbrush with a small head to<br />

reach inside.<br />

Remember to remove the spool of<br />

fishing line before starting to service<br />

your reel. The soapy water will remove<br />

the grease or oil from the reel, so once<br />

you are finished, allow the rod and<br />

reel to dry and head straight for STEP<br />

TWO.<br />


There are many great products on the<br />

market to lubricate your reel after you<br />

have thoroughly cleaned it. I prefer<br />

grease, although it does require a bit<br />

more attention to detail to make sure<br />

you have properly covered the gears. I<br />

find using a toothpick works very well<br />

to reach inside to all of the teeth of<br />

the many gears your fishing reel will<br />

contain.<br />

Insider tip: If you are using oil to lubricate<br />

your fishing reel, start from the<br />

bottom of the gears and work your way<br />

up. This way you do not accidentally<br />

apply too much and can adequately<br />

lubricate the reel. Be sure to work the<br />

grease or oil into your reel by turning<br />

until you feel the action glide “like<br />

new.” It should feel natural and without<br />

friction.<br />


Depending on your reel, the bearings<br />

might come sealed from the factory<br />

or accessible to service. Again, if you<br />

are unfamiliar with servicing bearings<br />

find a reputable source to guide you<br />

through the first time. Once I have the<br />

bearings free, I clean them with lighter<br />

fluid (be sure to remove all lighter fluid<br />

after to prevent damaging those plastic<br />

parts inside your reel) and then grease<br />

them carefully.<br />


A properly stored rod and reel should<br />

never be exposed to dust, salt, or humidity.<br />

These factors can contribute to<br />

the corrosion of the metals and destroy<br />

the careful work you have done in Steps<br />

One and Two. So be mindful of where<br />

you are storing your rod and reel.<br />

Storing your rod and reel in the<br />

travel tube is not a good option.<br />

These tubes are most likely sealed and<br />

can hold in moisture, again contributing<br />

to the break down of your reel’s<br />

components.<br />

You should always store your rod<br />

and reel with the drag loosened, the<br />

reel hanging down, and out of the elements.<br />

If you decide to use your basement<br />

or garage be sure the area is free<br />

from dust, or salt from ice removal, or<br />

winds from a saltwater source.<br />

Never store your rod with tension;<br />

I like to remove any tackle and secure<br />

the line to the spool to ensure there is<br />

nothing that can bend the rod from the<br />

natural position.<br />

With these three easy steps, you<br />

can make sure your rod and reel are<br />

functioning perfectly for years to come.<br />

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Salt water fly fishing offers some<br />

things the same and some things<br />

new for those who have already<br />

learned the art of freshwater fly fishing.<br />

The biggest difference is that the<br />

angler is now casting to much larger<br />

fish that are living in much bigger<br />

water. Eight or nine-weight rods with<br />

larger capacity reels are needed to<br />

cast to and fight black sea-bass up<br />

to five pounds, pink salmon to ninepounds<br />

and coho salmon sometimes<br />

over 9 kg (20 lb). The large line capacity<br />

is really needed where one might<br />

even hook a large chum salmon or<br />

chinook salmon, which will test every<br />

facet of both equipment and angler<br />

talent.<br />

There are fly fishing purists out<br />

there who couldn’t even imagine<br />

catching any type of fish with anything<br />

except an artificial fly. That’s<br />

definitely not me, nor is it most<br />

anglers who just enjoy trying a little<br />

fly fishing on a saltwater trip. Most of<br />

us will put a few good sized chinook<br />

salmon and some halibut and ling<br />

cod into the boat using conventional<br />

gear before we ask our guide about fly<br />

fishing.<br />

That’s what happened to me. I<br />

enjoyed a great morning of fishing and<br />

catching at Langara Island in Haida<br />

Gwaii. At lunch, I asked the lodge<br />

manager about fly fishing and he<br />

graciously loaned me his own nineweight<br />

outfit and a handful of flies<br />

and sent me south to Bruin Cove. I<br />

ran the boat up onto a kelp bed, tied<br />

a green and white Clouser fly onto the<br />

15-pound test leader and cast up the<br />

passing current letting the fly sink<br />

until it was down current and then<br />

started jerkily retrieving the line back<br />

in. After just a few pulls I got a hit and<br />

sank the barbless hook into a nice<br />

black sea bass. After twelve similar<br />

casts, I had caught and released eight<br />

fun fish; six sea bass and two small<br />

coho salmon - approximately 2 kg (4-5<br />

lb). The next morning, I retained two<br />

chinook salmon in the low twenties<br />

caught on conventional gear and then<br />

reached for the fly rod. It took me another<br />

two hours and a couple hundred<br />

casts however, I ended up boating a<br />

4.5 to 5.4 kg (10 -12lb) coho salmon<br />

caught on a fly. I really enjoyed fighting<br />

them on the much lighter gear. I<br />

was hooked on saltwater fly fishing.<br />

Since that first experience, I bought<br />

a quality eight-weight fly outfit. But,<br />

don’t get me wrong. I’m still not a<br />

purist. The saltwater resort trips are<br />

expensive and my family loves to eat<br />

fish. I still let the guides put me on<br />

to fish for my freezer and only then<br />

do I reach for the fly outfit. I’ve been<br />

skunked many times while casting<br />

flies but I’ve also extended my overall<br />

enjoyment of fishing by packing the fly<br />

outfit with me.<br />

HERE’S A FEW THINGS I’ve learned<br />

along the way that might help you. Fly<br />

casting to salmon always means that<br />

your fly should imitate herring, anchovies<br />

and sometimes, needlefish. In<br />

freshwater, it’s necessary to match the<br />

hatch of insects and in saltwater, it’s<br />

necessary to match the size and depth<br />

of the baitfish the salmon are feeding<br />

on. I now carry about 100 flies with me;<br />

everything from small Clousers to giant<br />

polar bear hair flies and all of them in<br />

a huge variety of colours. Presentation<br />

tactics vary greatly from place to place.<br />

At Rivers Inlet I’ve done well casting<br />

small herring imitations using my dry<br />

line, right in or very near to kelp beds.<br />

At Tasu, Haida Gwaii, I accidentally<br />

discovered that allowing my #6 sinking<br />

line all the way out and letting it sink<br />

straight beneath the boat, then mending<br />

it back up with long fast pulls eventually<br />

took several dozen beautiful coho<br />

salmon. The salmon seemed to get excited<br />

by a baitfish imitation that looked<br />

like it was trying to escape. Off Tofino,<br />

the ticket for numerous hookups was<br />

a two-inch Clouser fly worked 2.5 to 3<br />

metres (8-10-ft) down. Remember that<br />

you’re fishing in very corrosive saltwater.<br />

Rinse all parts of your flies and your<br />

fly outfits with fresh water immediately<br />

after every outing.<br />

<strong>Fishing</strong> is always fun, but adding<br />

some fly fishing to your saltwater trip<br />

might just completely blow your mind.<br />

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ACR Rapid Ditch Bag (Large)<br />

The ACR Rapid Ditch Bag is a buoyant survival gear<br />

bag designed to keep all your safety gear organized<br />

and at the ready in the event you have to abandon<br />

ship. It can store up to 11.3 kg (25 lb) of gear and<br />

features water-resistant fabric, corrosion-resistant<br />

zippers, and new reflective material to further help<br />

being spotted by search and rescue teams. Another<br />

ideal feature is its innovative shoulder strap, which<br />

transforms into two, four-foot safety harnesses that<br />

clip to life jackets and keep everyone connected in<br />

the water. It’s made of 600 Denier Polyester with a<br />

210 denier polyester interior, measures 73.6 x 25.4<br />

x 37 cm (29 x 10 x 14.5 in) and comes with a oneyear<br />

limited warranty.<br />

Retail Price: $153 USD www.acrartex.com<br />

Wave Barrier Inflatable<br />

The Wave Barrier Inflatable from Salus Marine<br />

is a lightweight, comfortable and low-profile PFD<br />

designed for active boaters and anglers. Made<br />

of 500 Denier Cordura Nylon, some key safety<br />

features include a 16 kg (35lb) buoyant cell, lifting<br />

handle, whistle and 3M Marine reflective piping to<br />

increase visibility in the water. The PFD also has a<br />

Flex-Wing design for an improved flotation angle<br />

and an effective wave barrier to prevent water from<br />

channeling into the airways. The PFD’s tall neck<br />

design and Neoprene comfort collar offers support<br />

to the head and neck while a manual back-up,<br />

oral inflator, safety harness and D-ring are other<br />

features.<br />

MSRP: Manual: $ 180 CAD;<br />

Automatic: $230 CAD<br />

www.salusmarine.com<br />

Water Safety Throw<br />

With its aerodynamic design and easily deployable<br />

rope, the Water Safety Throw is designed to<br />

quickly come to the aid when a crew member has<br />

fallen overboard. With its aerodynamic design, the<br />

Water Safety Throw can easily be tossed in windy<br />

conditions and is brightly coloured for easier visibility.<br />

It comes standard with 15 m (50ft), floating<br />

polypropylene woven rope that has a 400 kg (900lb)<br />

breaking strength. There’s also a quick release plug<br />

to prevent the rope from being deployed unintentionally.<br />

Once the Water Safety Throw is delivered<br />

to the victim, the integrated handle is easy to grip<br />

for the victim to return safely to the boat.<br />

MSRP: $35 CAD www.fox40world.com<br />

Vesper Marine<br />

deckWatch<br />

Vesper Marine`s series of<br />

smartAIS transponders now<br />

provide even more safety<br />

on the water with its new<br />

deckWatch app compatible<br />

with Android Wear 2 devices. Honoured with an<br />

Innovation Award at the 2017 IBEX show in the<br />

Safety Equipment category, the app relays data<br />

from the WatchMate XB-8000 or the WatchMate<br />

Vision transponders and immediately alerts you in<br />

the event of a potential collision, anchor drag, or if<br />

someone falls overboard. In each instance alarms<br />

are sounded on your smart watch and updated<br />

bearings and ranges are displayed. The app also<br />

provides depth, wind, speed, headings, SOG, and<br />

COG. The app is free and is available on Google<br />

Play.<br />

MSRP: $800 (WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS<br />

transponder)/ $1,250 (WatchMate Vision<br />

smartAIS transponder)<br />

www2.vespermarine.com<br />

Marine 300<br />

Ideal for day trips, the Marine 300 from Adventure<br />

Medical Kits comes equipped with a good supply<br />

of first aid items for when emergencies take place<br />

on the water. The kit measures 21 x 14 x 11 cm<br />

(8.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 in), and all contents are contained<br />

in waterproof bags. Some of the pertinent items<br />

include an irrigation syringe and wound closure<br />

strips, an array of medications for pain, inflammation,<br />

and common allergies, plus a heat reflective<br />

blanket that can reflect 90 percent of radiated body<br />

heat. There’s also bandage scissors, precision forceps,<br />

and an instant cold pack to manage swelling<br />

of fractures and sprains. What`s more, there are a<br />

series of wraps and bandages to immobilize fractures.<br />

The bag weighs 560 gm (1 lb) and can treat<br />

up to six people.<br />

MSRP: $64 USD<br />

www.adventuremedicalkits.com<br />

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Lighthouse Lures Mega Bite Max Shad 6 oz Swim Baits<br />

Pro angler Andrew Luch says, “If you enjoy bottom fishing with consistent action, get<br />

down to your local tackle shop and give the new Mega Bite Max Shad 6 oz swim baits by<br />

Lighthouse Lures a swim. This past season I had the opportunity to sample these baits.<br />

Every time I put them on for clients they caught a wide variety of species Ling Cod, Quill<br />

Back, Yellow eye even Halibut.” The action drives any predatory fish crazy. The Max<br />

shads are equipped with two laser sharp hooks, and come pre-scented. Tactics for fishing<br />

these swim baits are fairly easy, find a drop off, significant depth change, pinnacle or<br />

rock pile, and work it. Staying straight up and down with your line is the key. Luch likes<br />

to drop them to bottom, reel them up 3.5 – 6m (5-20 ft) then drop them back down, and<br />

repeat, maintaining control and tightness of your line at all times. He exclaims, “It’s a<br />

rush when you feel the Max shad dropping to bottom then get absolutely crushed by a<br />

fish. I use them in depths anywhere from 6 to 66m (20-220ft) depending on tidal speed.<br />

These swim baits are a lot of fun to use on light rods and reels, and are a must have if<br />

you enjoy targeting bottom fish.”<br />

www.lighthouselures.com<br />

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Product Name: Pee Wee Wiggle Hoochie<br />

Anglers in BC and the Yukon region have been spoiled in recent years as the kokanee craze has shifted<br />

from California, through the Northwest and across the border. This amazing fishery offers an abundance<br />

of opportunities for kokanee anglers and Mack’s Lure, located in Washington state, has spent endless<br />

hours field-testing these waters to develop the most effective kokanee lures on the market—and<br />

we’re excited to announce that they’re here. Ask any angler who has fished the Pee Wee Wiggle<br />

Hoochie and they’ll tell you it’s the next big thing.<br />

Fitted with a unique crankbait-style bill, a 1.5” high UV<br />

squid body and two sharp hooks, this lure, available<br />

in a dozen irresistible colors, has an incredible look<br />

and action. Looking for something more dynamic? The<br />

Wiggle Hoochie Bill, which gives this lure a darting,<br />

back-and-forth action, is also available as a high UV<br />

component. Troll these products with a Sling Blade<br />

for deadly results.<br />

MSRP: $4.69 USD MacksLure.com<br />

Berkley Juke<br />

This synthetic bait was<br />

designed to mimic the wooden<br />

hand-carved baits of yesteryear.<br />

The balanced design<br />

should throw straight and be<br />

ready to run right out of the<br />

package without tuning. The<br />

bill creates a darting action, working hand-in-hand with the flat profile and rattles to attract hungry predators.<br />

Pick from 18 different colours.<br />

MSRP: $8 USD berkley-fishing.com<br />

Using the Max Shad<br />

Sweet Georgia Brown they<br />

hooked into a monster 35<br />

lb Lingcod.<br />

13 <strong>Fishing</strong> Superior Soft Baits<br />

How can you refuse a helping of Donkey Sauce?<br />

Apparently fish can’t, which is why this concoction<br />

is infused in 13 <strong>Fishing</strong>’s Superior Soft Baits that<br />

mimic tiny bugs and crustaceans. Anglers looking<br />

to catch trout, snook or redfish near docks will find<br />

they need to refine their finesse presentation - but<br />

they will be rewarded. Seven baits in ten different<br />

colours with delicious sounding names like Panfish<br />

Crouton and Coconut Crab range from 23 to 43 millimeters.<br />

MSRP: $5 USD for a 6-pack 13fishing.com<br />

The Original See-Through Spinner Blade<br />

Lightweight, transparent spinner blades that walleye cannot resist<br />

10 sizes & 80 color patterns<br />

724-884-3977<br />

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Northland Glo-Shot Spoon<br />

Northland’s version of the ‘Fatal Attraction’ story<br />

incorporates their Glo-Shot sticks, which add colour<br />

to their fluttering spoons. Three sizes are designed<br />

to entice predators like crappies, perch, walleyes,<br />

pike and lake trout to strike — especially in low<br />

light/low visibility conditions. “It comes in a rainbow<br />

of colours that include flashy metallic, optically<br />

brightened UV and traditional glow options,” says<br />

pro-staffer Tony Roach. “Plus, a handy removal tool<br />

included with each spoon makes it easy to change<br />

Glo-Shot Sticks from red to chartreuse and green,<br />

allowing anglers to tailor colours to match conditions<br />

and mood of the fish.” Glo-Shot Spoons are<br />

available in 1/16-, 1/8- and 1/4-ounce weights,<br />

with red treble hooks in #12, #10 and #8 sizes,<br />

respectively.<br />

Glo-Shot Spoons MSRP: $7 USD<br />

Glo-Shot Sticks MSRP: $2.40 USD<br />

northlandtackle.com<br />

Wilderness Systems Thrive Baitwell (9)<br />

Ideal for kayaks where space is always tight, the portable Thrive Baitwell is<br />

designed to fit most sit-on-top kayaks to keep your bait or catch fresh. The<br />

baitwell operates from a unique flexible hose system that draws water from<br />

the scupper in the rear tankwell, while a pump simplifies the input/output<br />

cycle. Powered by its reliable, compact lithium battery (that’s chargeable by<br />

USB), the baitwell has strong rubber latches to secure its spring-loaded lid<br />

and is easily transported with carrying handles. Three rod holders also come<br />

standard to easily switch from baiting to fishing.<br />

MSRP: $382 CAD www.wildernesssystems.com<br />

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LiveTarget Hollow Body Mullet<br />

ICAST ‘Best of Show’ winner, this lure features a swimming action that<br />

easily lets you ‘walk-the-dog’ or just twitch it across the surface to create<br />

that attractive bubble trail. The hollow body snag-proof design lets you fish<br />

through floating grass and under docks. Choose from three colours in three<br />

sizes - 3 3/4 inches (3/8 oz), 4 1/2 inches (1/2 oz), and 5 3/8 inches (5/8 oz).<br />

MSRP: $13.50 - $14.50 livetargetlures.com<br />

Dutch Fork Custom Plastic See-Through Spinner Blades<br />

What happens when you combine an experienced, professional walleye angler with diplomas<br />

in art and fine arts? You get a unique selection of spinner blades tried, tested and true<br />

to catch fish. The plastic blades are half the weight of metal, and the opaque nature of the<br />

plastic means you can see the bead pattern, and the enhanced UV, right through the blade.<br />

They will spin at 0.4 mph and will stop and reverse direction on their own to generate<br />

more strikes. With over 90 colour patterns, and a choice of smooth or hammered finish, in<br />

sizes from #2 to #12, there is sure to be a design perfectly aligned with your technique.<br />

MSRP: $4.90 - $5 USD dutchforkcustomlures.com<br />

LiveTarget BaitBall Spinner Rig<br />

The BaitBall Spinner Rig mimics a small cluster of fleeing bait fish using three teaser<br />

fish, a single spin blade for flash in the centre, and a segregated target fish armed<br />

with a single black nickel hook. The interchange system allows you to change both the<br />

teaser fish and target fish. Choose from eight colours in different frames and weights.<br />

MSRP: is $13.50 - $15.50 USD livetargetlures.com<br />

SHAD<br />


Savage <strong>Gear</strong> 3D Bat<br />

Bass, pike and muskie are reaction hunters and<br />

will strike virtually anything that makes a sound or<br />

motion on or near the surface. 4” and 5” versions<br />

of this 3D scanned bat made from ABS make a<br />

side-to-side walking action and have a high pitched<br />

rattle built-in. Get yours in grey, brown or black.<br />

MSRP: $20 - $25 USD savagegear-usa.com<br />

Great for Lingcod,<br />

Halibut & all types<br />

of Rockfish<br />

6oz 170 grams<br />




Visit us online at www.lighthouseslures.com<br />

@lighthouselures www.facebook.com/lighthouselures<br />

<strong>2018</strong> GEAR GUIDE / 49 / SUNCRUISERMEDIA.COM

TACKLE &<br />


Walton’s Thumb<br />

Fisherman’s Multi Tool<br />

Returning from the 70’s is this handy nine<br />

function multi-tool that’s small enough<br />

to hang off your vest by its lanyard ring.<br />

It includes a pincer, cutter, crimper, split<br />

shot remover, knife, screwdriver, split ring<br />

remover, scissor, and hook eye cleaner/<br />

knot pick.<br />

MSRP: $40 Waltonsthumb.com<br />

Cajun Tough Gator Green<br />

If you loved this last year, you’ll love it 11% more<br />

– because it is that much tougher. Grab it off the<br />

shelf in ¼# and filler spool sizes, from 330 to 1850<br />

yds, 4 to 50 lb test, in diameters of .008 to .03<br />

respectively.<br />

MSRP: $6 – $8 Quantumfishing.com<br />

J-Braid x 4<br />

Following on the heels of J-Braidx8, comes<br />

J-Braidx4. As you may expect, the new J-Braid is<br />

engineered from four strands of Ultra Dyneema<br />

fibre instead of eight, creating a smaller diameter<br />

line that is still strong and abrasion resistant, but<br />

now allows you to get more line on your spool. The<br />

four braid line is also stiffer than the x8, which will<br />

help reduce wind knots for those casting with lures<br />

or plugs. The coarseness will reduce knot slippage<br />

and improve abrasion resistance for working around<br />

structures. Choose from three colours (Fluorescent<br />

Yellow, Dark Green or Island Blue) in 6 – 80 lb test<br />

and 150 to 3000 yd lengths.<br />

MSRP: $11-$200 USD Daiwa.com<br />

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Bubba Blade Sculpin Pocket Knife<br />

This new flip knife is a 9.5 cm (3.75”) high carbon<br />

stainless steel blade that could replace your filet<br />

knife if you’ve left it at home. The Tanto style blade<br />

folds into the textured G-10 handle, has a flipper<br />

for one-handed opening, pocket clip and naturally a<br />

liner lock safety mechanism.<br />

MSRP: $50 Bubbablade.com<br />

Buck Knives 550 Selector 2.0<br />

What’s old is new again. The original Selector,<br />

introduced in 1990, was discontinued but is back<br />

in a new and improved version. The knife comes<br />

with three interchangeable blades (drop point, drop<br />

point serrated and gutting) and a sheath. Blades<br />

are of 420HC steel for good edge retention, corrosion<br />

resistance, and easy sharpening. They are also<br />

heat-treated by Buck’s patented heat-treat process.<br />

The mid-lock back design allows for simple and<br />

safe blade change-out.<br />

MSRP: $90 USD Buckknives.com<br />

Zoneloc Hooks<br />

The shape of the fishing hook has been virtually unchanged since man<br />

first looked into the water with a grumbly tummy. We went from bone<br />

to steel, then laser- and chemically sharpened, and then … nothing.<br />

Zoneloc, and a number of pros, say the new shape is a revolutionary<br />

change that increases an angler’s hook-up ratio and improves fish<br />

retention. The initial section below the barb gets the fish to the main<br />

bend more quickly, while protecting the fish from the barb, then the<br />

offset main bend keeps the fish there.<br />

MSRP: $2-$7 USD Zoneloc.com<br />

Reel Steady Rod Stabilizer<br />

This handy (pun intended) device attaches easily<br />

in minutes to any fishing rod for extra stability.<br />

Built from ABS with stainless steel fasteners, the<br />

goal - they say - is to “fight the fish, not the gear”.<br />

Essentially the Reel Steady provides your hand<br />

(and subsequently your arm) with extra support and<br />

leverage to control the rod, reducing fatigue and<br />

maintaining your own personal power through a<br />

long fight, or just a long but great day, angling.<br />

MSRP: $35 USD www.getreelsteady.com<br />

Beckman <strong>Fishing</strong> Nets<br />

This series of nets is designed for strength, light<br />

weight and a small storage profile. Each net offers<br />

your choice of a 4’ or 6’ handle, or adjustable<br />

4’ - 7’ or 6’ - 9’ handle. The treated net bags are<br />

made from heat-sealed knotless nylon and dipped<br />

into an exclusive Beckman coating for tangle-free<br />

performance and flat bottom to reduce stress<br />

on the fish prior to release. The standard Multi-<br />

Species and Super Big Fish Net are crafted with<br />

knotted nylon mesh. The handles and hoops are<br />

constructed of drawn aluminum and the one-piece<br />

yoke comes with a lifetime warranty. There are nets<br />

designed for every style of fish you’re after.<br />

MSRP: various<br />

issuu.com/ocaster/docs/beckman_catalog<br />

Beckmanfishingnets.com<br />


3731 Moncton Street Richmond<br />

(800) 895-4327<br />


1380 Alberni Highway Parksville<br />

(250) 248-6953<br />


141 George Hills Way Prince Rupert<br />

(250) 627-1770<br />

· Recreational Anglers<br />

· Commercial · Lodges · <strong>Guide</strong>s<br />

www.pacificnetandtwine.com | sales@pacificnetandtwine.com<br />

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BAGS &<br />


Yeti Panga Dry Duffel<br />

The Panga Dry Duffel from YETI, which earned top honours at ICAST 2017 in the Best<br />

<strong>Fishing</strong> Accessory category, is 100 percent waterproof, completely submersible and<br />

designed to keep your gear bone dry. Some of the impressive features on the Panga include<br />

a high-density nylon ThickSkin Shell exterior, a U Dock at the end of the HydroShield Zipper,<br />

and an EVA moulded bottom. Six QuickGrab Lash Points let you haul your gear the way you want and two<br />

interior mesh pockets provide added space for keys, electronics, and other valuables. The Panga is available<br />

in three models, the 50, 75, and 100.<br />

MSRP: Panga 50: $389.52; Panga 75: $454.44; Panga 100: $519.36 CAD http://intl.yeti.com/<br />

Orion Coolers<br />

Some of you may have heard of Eric Jackson, the<br />

engineer and paddler behind Jackson Kayaks, some<br />

of the toughest rotomolded whitewater kayaks in<br />

the world, as well as paddleboards, and kayaks<br />

for other recreational uses including fishing. When<br />

the opportunity arose to design and build coolers<br />

to the same ‘build it like it’s your own’ standards,<br />

he and his company developed Orion coolers. We<br />

were so impressed with them at the ICAST fishing<br />

show in Orlando, we walked away with the handy<br />

25-litre size (they are available up to 85 litres).<br />

This rugged, bear-resistant cooler was designed<br />

for outdoor travel use with six tie-down points, low<br />

profile camming latches, comfortable (and removable) carry handles, and bottle openers at all four corners.<br />

YakAttack tracks are built-in to the sides so you can attach a variety of RAM accessories like rod, cup or<br />

paddle holders to make it very versatile while strapped onto your kayak or quad. The lid has a layer of EVA<br />

foam, so it’s comfortable to sit on, and secure and safe enough to stand on. Two inches of insulation provide<br />

incredible insulation against heat. We had food in the cooler, in the car, on a 35°C (95°F) hot, humid<br />

Florida afternoon for four hours – and the cooler was ‘real’ cool.<br />

MSRP: $419 www.orioncoolers.com<br />

Cuda Tackle Center<br />

Scrambling around for a knife, pliers, or other tools<br />

when a fish is on your line or flopping around your<br />

boat is something no fisherman desires. The Cuda<br />

Tackle Center is all-new for <strong>2018</strong> and provides a<br />

great, easy means to keep all of your tools within<br />

arm’s reach. Designed to fit snug in most onboard<br />

cup holders, this sport fishermen’s friend has a featured<br />

turning ring at the base to lock it securely into<br />

place, while containment rods and a net cover prevent<br />

tools from falling out in rough water. Ideal for<br />

smaller bass or fishing boats, tenders, or kayaks,<br />

the tackle centre can fit knives or other tools up to<br />

seven inches and is easily washable after use.<br />

MSRP: $57.49 USD www.cudabrand.com<br />

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Daiwa Tactical Backpack<br />

Daiwa Corporation made honours at ICAST 2017<br />

with its <strong>2018</strong> Tactical Backpack after earning the<br />

Best Tackle Management Product Award. Tough<br />

and ready for the outdoors, the backpack is made<br />

with a ridged non-collapsible frame, double-reinforced<br />

stitching and #10 Delran corrosion-resistant<br />

zippers. A key highlight is what Daiwa calls its 3 Box<br />

Stack System, which is easily accessible from a zippered<br />

side pocket, providing ample space for all of<br />

your lures. For smaller essentials, the backpack has<br />

a designated Sunglass Case Holder, Plier Holder, and<br />

Velcro attachment area. To bring along more cumbersome<br />

gear, the backpack also offers larger pockets,<br />

as well as a Leader Wheel for two spools.<br />

MSRP: $ 150 (USD) www.daiwa.com<br />

DIBY by Icon Coolers<br />

The new ICON DIBY (Dry Ice Bin and You) is designed<br />

to keep beverages, bait, and dry goods colder for longer<br />

periods. Designed for the company’s line of coolers<br />

(as well as many other brand makes and models)<br />

the DIBY was created to provide better control over<br />

cooling processes by using dry ice. It can maintain<br />

temperatures between 0.5°C to 4°C (33°F to 39°F)<br />

in Fridge Mode for more than 48 hours and temperatures<br />

between -11°C to -4.5°C (12°F to 24°F) in<br />

Freezer Mode for more than 24 hours. To use, place<br />

the DIBY just below the cooler cover, insert the dry<br />

ice in the featured sleeve, and close the lid. If you<br />

require freezer temperatures, place the dry ice in the<br />

DIBY without the sleeve. The system also features a<br />

cutting board lid and can be used as a bait tray or a<br />

dry goods bin. The ICON DIBY currently fits the ICON<br />

50 and ICON 75 with plans to introduce larger sizes<br />

for larger models of its coolers this year.<br />

MSRP: $74.39 CDN www.iconcoolers.com<br />

Gill North America<br />

Race Dry Bag Series<br />

When it comes to activities on the water, having a<br />

tough, solid and reliable bag to haul all your gear<br />

is essential. Long known for its clothing and accessories<br />

for the rugged offshore environment, Gill<br />

North America offers its Race Dry Bag series featuring<br />

a Velcro fastening, a roll-down closure and<br />

welded seams – making it 100 percent waterproof.<br />

Other key features include a wide opening for easy<br />

access, four handy external D ring attachments,<br />

reinforced handles, a non-slip, padded shoulder<br />

strap and waterproof I.D. pocket. The Race Dry<br />

Bags are available in 30-litre (RS119) or 60-litre<br />

(RS14) capacities and come in white or graphite.<br />

MSRP: RS 14 - $100; RS119 - $70- CAD<br />

canada.gillna.com<br />

Pelican Elite Soft<br />

Cooler Collection<br />

In addition to its series of practically anything-proof<br />

cases, Pelican Products offers its new Elite 48-Can<br />

Soft Cooler for <strong>2018</strong>. A step up from its existing 12-<br />

and 24-can soft coolers, according to Pelican, this<br />

latest entry is “a convenient alternative to many<br />

larger, bulkier and heavier hard-sided coolers on<br />

the market.” Large enough to bring along a bevy of<br />

refreshments and snacks, the cooler weighs a mere<br />

3.6 kg (8 lb). Other features include a 100 percent<br />

watertight, leak-proof, wide-mouth TIZIP zipper, an<br />

840-denier double-coated thermos-plastic urethane<br />

hi-grade exterior, plus a compression-molded lid<br />

and base. The cooler also houses a PVC-free interior<br />

material with an FDA-approved food grade, plus<br />

an anti-mildew and anti-odour liner. It’s available in<br />

black or grey.<br />

MSRP: $410 CAD www.pelican.com<br />

Savage <strong>Gear</strong> Sling<br />

Shoulder Bag<br />

The Sling Shoulder Bag from Savage <strong>Gear</strong>’s new<br />

line of Lure Luggage is practical and easy to use<br />

when you need equipment on the fly. Lightweight<br />

and compact, this is a bag you can simply “sling”<br />

over your shoulder. It measures 20 x 30.5 x 17.5 cm<br />

(7.8 x 12 x 6.9 in), has a large main compartment<br />

that comes with five practical zip-lock-style bags.<br />

More convenience is provided by a front pocket that<br />

opens out to a Velcro attached lure tray to quickly<br />

access lures, hooks, or other tackle. The nylon-head<br />

zippers are saltwater- and corrosion-resistant and<br />

there’s also an attached cup holder, pair of D-rings,<br />

and rod/fishnet holder. The Sling Shoulder Bag is<br />

made using 600D Non-rib fabric and comes with<br />

ergonomic padded handles and straps.<br />

MSRP: $44 USD savage-gear.com<br />

Simms Dry Creek Duffel<br />

The Dry Creek Duffel has a lightweight of a little<br />

more than 227g (46 oz) empty, 100-litre capacity and<br />

a double-sided 420D TPU-coated nylon construction,<br />

making it easy and practical to haul all of your gear<br />

to your fishing location. Other notable features you’ll<br />

like include a top (dual) lockable zipper for easier use<br />

of the roll top, an exterior zippered pocket, and what<br />

the company calls a bathtub padded interior lining to<br />

ensure your gear remains secure and dry. It also has<br />

Hypalon strap attachments to secure rod tubes, plus<br />

handy adjustable, padded handles that pull doubleduty<br />

as shoulder straps.<br />

MSRP: $220 USD www.simmsfishing.com<br />

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Frogg Toggs’ PRYM1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Pilot II <strong>Guide</strong> Bib<br />

Frogg Toggs was also honoured at ICAST 2017 for its PRYM1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Pilot II<br />

<strong>Guide</strong> Bibs in the Best Lifestyle Apparel Category. With the new PRYM1 camo pattern, the Prym1<br />

Series Pilot II Jacket is lightweight and features the new C-Pilot Liner to offer protection in all four-seasons.<br />

Some other features include a vented, removable hood, 100 percent waterproof seams, a waterproof<br />

zipper and splash-resistant #10 chest zipper. It also has a Teflon water-repellant coating and hand warmer<br />

pockets. The Pilot II <strong>Guide</strong> Bibs are also impressive. Among many features, you’ll like the 100 percent<br />

waterproof seams, full front zipper, Comfort-Stretch suspenders (with locking buckles), and zip-to-knee side<br />

zippers, to easily take them on and off.<br />

MSRP: Prym1 Jacket: $180 USD; Prym1 Bib: $160 USD www.froggtoggs.com<br />

Wiley X Kryptek Polarized<br />

Sunglasses<br />

As soon as you put the Wiley X on, you can sense<br />

that you see better – the view is sharp and crisp,<br />

your eyes are relaxed. This is critical if you are<br />

going to spend hours on the water wearing your<br />

shades. I knew right away I could wear the Wiley<br />

X all day without strain or fatigue. Our demo pair<br />

was the Omega in the Kryptek Neptune frame with<br />

the polarized green mirror lens. The Omega frame<br />

fits comfortably and provides great coverage from<br />

all angles. The polarized mirrored emerald green<br />

lenses are perfect for long sunny or bright overcast<br />

days on the water. They meet High Velocity and<br />

High Mass Impact Standards, which means frames<br />

and lenses must withstand the impact of a .25<br />

inch diameter steel ball fired at 150 fps (ANSI) or<br />

.15 projectiles fired at 640-660 fps (spectacle VO<br />

Ballistic), making them the choice for military and<br />

law enforcement personnel. This doesn’t make<br />

them scratch proof, but Wiley X includes a zippered<br />

hard case, leash cord, and microfiber cleaning cloth<br />

to help you keep them immaculate.<br />

MSRP: $140 Wileyx.com<br />

Rheos Polarized<br />

Floating Sunglasses<br />

Sunglasses that don’t float made me a lot of money.<br />

I owned a sporting goods store for over a decade.<br />

Dozens of guys and gals would come in every<br />

season to buy a new pair of shades because they<br />

leaned over, jumped in, or the shades fell overboard<br />

in another fashion. The Rheos shades are lightweight,<br />

stylish, comfortable, polarized, affordable,<br />

and they float. Six styles and twelve lens colours means everyone finds a great fit and a suitable degree<br />

of light intensity and colour shade. We ordered the Anhingas in a Gunmetal frame with Rose lenses, Bahia<br />

in Gunmetal with Emerald and Eddies in Tortoise with Dark Copper. All three had rubber nosepieces and<br />

temple pads to reduce slippage when you sweat. The mirrored lenses were darkest, and both the Bahias<br />

and Eddies had holes in the frame tips to securely attach eyeglass strings if you so desire. We love the fit,<br />

style and buoyancy of these shades. Wear prescription glasses? No problem. Contact Rheos to get floating<br />

RX glasses (there is an additional cost).<br />

MSRP: $50 Rheosgear.com<br />

Anissa Reed Design<br />

WILD about salmon<br />

Make no bones about it, these bones spell WILD.<br />

Clothing from Anissa Reed Designs celebrate<br />

Canada’s wild salmon with her signature WILD<br />

salmon bones graphic. Go for the ‘Born to Be’ or the<br />

west coast’s favourite ‘Backbone of the BC Coast’.<br />

For those with a sense of humour you might prefer<br />

her ‘Shut The Fish Up’ design or maybe it’s a perfect<br />

gift for that certain someone. The designs are available in men’s short- and long sleeve tee’s, and hoodies.<br />

You can also get that budding angler dressed in WILD infant and toddler tie-dyes.<br />

MSRP: $22 - $59.95 Anissareed.com<br />

HUK Performance <strong>Fishing</strong> HUK Attack<br />

The Attack line of footwear was the top winner in the<br />

Best Footwear Category at ICAST 2017 for its overall<br />

functionality, traction and durability. Lightweight in design<br />

and created exclusively for fishing, the Huk Attack series has<br />

many features including the GripX Wet Traction Non-Marking<br />

Outsole, which allows you to manage slippery decks, as well as the Fuzetek Upper Support Cage to offer<br />

overall support and functionality. You’ll also appreciate the company’s Performance Lacing. The Huk Attack<br />

is available in a variety of colours.<br />

www.hukgear.com Retail Price $85 USD<br />

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Costa Del Mar Sunrise Mirror Lens<br />

When it comes to eye wear for the water, Costa Del<br />

Mar`s new Sunrise Mirror Lens will certainly meet<br />

your needs as it’s ideal for low light, changing light<br />

conditions, and sight casting applications. The lens allows a 30 percent<br />

light transmission (while maintaining 99 percent polarization efficiency) and has<br />

the company’s 580 technology to give your eyes 100 percent UV-protection. Another<br />

highlight is the polarization film that`s applied on both sides of the lens to reduce<br />

the presence of yellow light (to help eliminate glare), while green, red, and blue<br />

hues are enhanced for greater clarity and contrast. The lens is scratch-resistant,<br />

prescription-ready and currently available in limited frames, including the company`s<br />

FanTail, Tuna Alley, Blackfin, Isabela, Corbina, Fisch and Motu styles.<br />

MSRP: From approximately $237 CAD www.costadelmar.com<br />

Berkley Coated Grip Gloves<br />

<strong>Fishing</strong> gloves are an essential part of fishing<br />

and if you don’t yet own a pair, perhaps this is<br />

the time to start looking as they offer many<br />

benefits whether you fish from shore or the<br />

open water. To offset the challenge of landing<br />

slippery, active fish, opt for Berkely’s Coated<br />

Grip Gloves. Available for men and women, the<br />

gloves feature a heavy-duty, textured-grip design,<br />

and can handle a variety of species and sizes. They<br />

are also designed to protect your hands and may even<br />

serve for added grip when handling anchor or boat lines,<br />

and other wet equipment.<br />

MSRP: $4 CAD www.berkley-fishing.com<br />

MEC Synergy Jacket and Alpine Ally Jacket<br />

Whenever you hear GORE-TEX mentioned in the same sentence with outdoor clothing, you know you can’t go wrong.<br />

The Synergy Jacket from MEC is lightweight, breathable, and made of 70-denier nylon with a GORE-TEX PTFE<br />

laminate. It also has a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. The jacket’s fully seam-taped construction is designed<br />

to keep water – and blasting wind gusts – out, while the water-resistant front zip is glued in place for durability.<br />

What`s more, the underarm vents allow the jacket to breathe, while two chest pockets have water-resistant zippers<br />

with zipper garages. For lighter weather conditions, MEC offers its more economical Alpine Ally Jacket. Designed<br />

for the ever-changing weather in coastal climates, one of the key highlights is the 3-layer Pertex Shield+, which is<br />

treated to resist against water. It’s also taped through the seams for full waterproof protection. Further, the main,<br />

front zipper is backed with a storm flap and additional underarm zippers allow the jacket to breathe easier. It has a<br />

clean, stitch-free construction with articulated elbows to provide easier movement.<br />

Retail Pricing Alpine Ally Jacket: $275 CAD Synergy Jacket: $375 CAD www.mec.ca<br />

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Simms Contender<br />

Insulated Jacket<br />

Since weather for fishing doesn`t<br />

always go as a planned – especially<br />

in the cooler months –<br />

Simms new Contender Insulated<br />

Jacket combines the company`s<br />

waterproof and insulation technologies<br />

to keep you protected<br />

from rain and inclement weather.<br />

The Contender features<br />

a two-layer GORE-TEX shell<br />

and to keep extra warm, it’s lined with Simm`s PrimaLoft Gold<br />

Insulation. It also comes with YKK water-resistant zippers, two zippered<br />

chest pockets, an adjustable Storm Hood and watertight Shingle Cuffs<br />

for additional protection. If you need head-to-toe protection in even<br />

more intense weather, opt for the available Contender Insulated Bib<br />

featuring the same material and technology.<br />

MSRP: $600 CAD www.simmsfishing.com<br />

Sperry 7 Seas Knit<br />

Sperry’s 7 Seas Knit footwear is designed for the rigours of the marine environment.<br />

For starters, you’ll appreciate what the company calls the Intense<br />

Vent construction that uses a water-repelling mesh that<br />

dries quickly and will keep your feet dry in a variety of<br />

conditions. They also have a breathable midsole, plus<br />

a non-marking, rubber outsole featuring the company’s<br />

Razor-Cut Wave-Siping to provide optimum traction no<br />

matter how wet your deck gets. The 7 Seas Knit incorporates<br />

Terrain Traction Pods for more grip on land and the<br />

360-degree lacing system provides a secure fit.<br />

MSRP: $90 USDwww.sperry.com<br />

www.AnissaReed.com<br />

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BOAT<br />


Hobie H-Crate Jr.<br />

The H-Crate Jr. is the latest addition to this series, and while compact compared to the larger H-Crate, it’s<br />

big on space, especially when you need it. The H-Crate Jr. fits in the tank well (or behind the seat) of most<br />

kayaks and offers ample space to keep gear, tackle or outdoor clothing organized. Weighing a little more<br />

than 2.29 kg (5.05 lb), the H-Crate Jr.’s carrying handles make it easy to install or remove. Some notable<br />

features include four built-in rod holders with shock cord retainers, heavy-duty industrial straps, and skid<br />

pads to provide a secure grip to your kayak. What`s more, the grid walls have a molded-hole pattern to<br />

attach additional rod holders and a durable soft cover snaps into place to protect your gear. The H-Crate<br />

Jr.`s outer dimensions are 36 x 36 x 33 cm (14.14 x 14.14 x 13 in) and the interior dimensions measure 29 x<br />

29 x 33 cm (11.40 x 11.40 x 13 in).<br />

MSRP: $132.00 USD www.hobie.com<br />

Marinco IP67 LED Stainless Steel Spotlight Marinco’s new IP67 LED Stainless Steel<br />

Spotlight is ideal for those offshore fishermen who regularly fish on early, dark mornings or in the evening<br />

when additional illumination is required. The IP67 rated light offers an 8.3-amp spotlight, 7.5-amp floodlight<br />

and an impressive 165,000 CP spot light output. Constructed with a 316 stainless steel base, the IP67<br />

measures 25.4 x 12 x 21 cm (10 x 4 ¾ x 8 ¼ in), operates on 12 volts, and has 350 degrees horizontal and<br />

60 degrees vertical two-speed movement. Further highlights include its seven-inch, 12 LED array and can<br />

be easily controlled from the helm or from the wireless remote.<br />

MSRP: $600 USD www.marinco.com<br />

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Power-Pole Charge<br />

Marine Power Station<br />

A winner of an Innovation Award at the 2017 IBEX<br />

show, The Power-Pole CHARGE Marine Power Station<br />

from JL Marine Systems is a new, bi-directional<br />

marine battery charging and power management station.<br />

Created to transfer power from the cranking battery<br />

to auxiliary batteries and keep them balanced and<br />

charged, the system provides ample power to safely<br />

run trolling motors or marine electronics without worrying<br />

about battery levels. The Power-Pole CHARGE,<br />

which is for fishing boats with up to three trolling<br />

motor batteries and one 12V main cranking battery,<br />

offers 500 watts and up to 40 amps of charging power to the cranking battery, and 25 amps to auxiliary<br />

batteries. The Power-Pole CHARGE can also receive power from 120V shore power outlets and balance all<br />

three batteries while automatically charging the main cranking battery.<br />

MSRP: $1,295 USD www.power-pole.com<br />

Minn Kota Portable Digital Battery Chargers<br />

Introduced at ICAST 2017, Minn Kota’s two new Portable Digital Battery<br />

Chargers are single-bank charging systems with built-in digital<br />

microprocessors to automatically monitor temperature<br />

compensation and prevent damage from under- or overcharging<br />

your marine batteries. The chargers operate by<br />

sensing the outside temperature and automatically adjust<br />

the charge profile. This ensures faster, more precise charges,<br />

extended battery life, maximum power for cranking and improved cycle<br />

life for marine electronics. The chargers also sense when the battery has<br />

achieved full power and shut-off automatically when the charge is complete.<br />

They offer five or ten amps of total output and work on flooded/wet-cell, maintenancefree,<br />

and AGM batteries.<br />

MSRP: 5 AMP MK-105PD: $60 USD; 10 AMP MK-110PD: $85 USD MinnKotaMotors.com<br />

Angler’s Pal AP-MT<br />

Multi Mount<br />

Whether you require a smaller fish finder at the<br />

stern of a sport yacht or a second unit at the<br />

bow of a bass boat, the AP-MT Multi Mounts<br />

are designed to place your marine electronics<br />

where you need them. Built of stainless steel and<br />

aluminum, the series includes five models including<br />

the MT-4, MT-8, MT-10, MT-14, and MT-17,<br />

which range from four to 17 inches. For further<br />

convenience, they can be adjusted to nearly any<br />

position thanks to the universal ball locking device<br />

with a select position locking knob. For a secure<br />

fit, the mounts require an allen wrench to easily<br />

remove or attach your equipment for security or<br />

storage.<br />

MSRP: $95 - $110 (USD) www.anglerspal.com<br />

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater<br />

With an output of 4,000 or 9,000 BTUs, these propane-based heaters are ideal for sportsmen who enjoy<br />

fishing early or late in the season when temperatures unexpectedly drop. A one-pound propane tank<br />

can provide three to six hours of heating time. Or, for those overnight excursions, simply hook it up to a<br />

20-pound tank (with the optional hose connector) to achieve 48 to 110 hours of heat. When it comes to<br />

safety, the heater shuts off automatically if it tips over. Compact and easy to transport, the heater measures<br />

38 x 34 x 19.5 cm (15 x 13.4 x 7.7 in). Other highlights include a piezo-electric spark igniter for easy<br />

starting and the heater can heat up to 21 sq m (225 sq ft).<br />

MSRP: $139 CAD www.mrheater.com<br />

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Scepter Neptune 6-Gallon Portable Gas Can<br />

Portable gas cans aren’t the most glamorous of boating products, but they sure do come in handy when you have<br />

less gas (or diesel) than you need to get home. Like many of Scepter Marine’s gas and jerry cans, its 6-Gallon (22.7<br />

litres) Neptune Gas Can is ISO- and CSA certified, built using tough, non-corrosive, high-density polyethylene for<br />

durability, is UV-stabilized, and features a manual vented cap. It also has ¼-inch NPT fuel pick-up. Measuring 52.5<br />

x 33 x 28 cm (20.7 x 13 x 11 in), the 6-gallon gas can is easy to stow in a variety of locations so you can load up<br />

with spare fuel to meet the capacity of your boat’s fuel tank(s).<br />

MSRP: $57 CAD www.sceptermarine.com<br />

Shurhold One Bucket System<br />

The One Bucket System from Shurhold Industries is an ideal cleaning solution and storage system when<br />

it comes to cleaning your boat. In addition to its five-gallon capacity, the bucket comes with a snap-on<br />

secure lid/padded seat combo, the Bucket Grate to elevate cleaning products from dirty water, and the<br />

Bucket Caddy, which organizes your cleaning tools or chemicals. It also comes with a centre handle for<br />

easy removal from the bucket. The One Bucket System can also serve as a trash can, bait bucket, an ice<br />

bucket, or storage for other tools and boat gear. A bucket base is also available.<br />

MSRP: $18 – $129 USD www.shurhold.com<br />

Scotty Bait Board<br />

This accessory tray is must-have item for active<br />

anglers. It’s designed to fit any of the company’s<br />

existing post mounts, measures 24 x 31 x 4.4 cm<br />

(9.5 x 12.25 x 1.75 in), and provides a spacious,<br />

designated area to cut bait, rig lines and prep lures.<br />

It also creates a convenient space to keep pliers,<br />

knives or other tools. Slotted holes around the three<br />

sides of the tray allows you to stow smaller items<br />

such as lures or to rig any one of Scotty’s designated<br />

mounts for cameras, fish finders, and cup<br />

holders. The board can also be easily be elevated<br />

with the Scotty Rod Holder Extender such as the<br />

No. 429 <strong>Gear</strong>-Head Mount Extender.<br />

MSRP: $ $29 CAD www.scotty.com<br />

Trolling Motor<br />

Prop Covers<br />

Sometimes the simplest boating products<br />

are the ones you never think about. Once<br />

your trolling motor is raised on the bow<br />

or stern, take extra measures to protect<br />

the prop and your boat with the Trolling<br />

Prop Covers from Taylor Made Products.<br />

Designed for two- or three-bladed props<br />

for select motors from Minn Kota and<br />

Motor<strong>Guide</strong>, the covers are available in<br />

two sizes, two colours and come with a<br />

one-year warranty. The covers are available<br />

for the Safari, Machete III, Power<br />

Prop from Motor<strong>Guide</strong>, while they are compatible for the MKP-6, MKP-7, MKP-8, and<br />

MKP-24 from Minn Kota.<br />

MSRP: $20 - $25 USD www.taylormadeproducts.com<br />

T-H Marine Molded Rod Racks<br />

Rod racks are just one the several features that are commonly used on<br />

any given outing, and it’s never a bad idea to add more as you increase<br />

rods with different reels and tackle. T-H Marine’s one-piece Molded<br />

Rod Racks are available in two- or three-rod capacities, are constructed<br />

of one-piece poly for durability, and are UV-stabilized to resist fading.<br />

Further convenience is provided by the featured knife, pliers and lure<br />

slots. They come in black or white.<br />

www.thmarine.com<br />

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Don’t let transporting your gear distract you from enjoying the great<br />

outdoors. WeatherTech ® has you covered with our DigitalFit ® FloorLiner <br />

and rear Cargo Liner, providing complete floor and cargo area protection<br />

from anything you can throw, spill or drop on it. And with a limited lifetime<br />

warranty, it’s guaranteed to outlast any adventure.<br />

WeatherTech.ca<br />

888.905.6287<br />

© 2017 WeatherTech Canada<br />

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Pelican <strong>Sport</strong> Swivel Rod Holder/ARGO 100 Angler Kayak<br />

The Swivel Rod Holder from Pelican <strong>Sport</strong> is a great piece of gear that can accommodate spinning<br />

or bait casting reels, offers vertical and 360-degree horizontal adjustments, and features a latching<br />

ring to secure your rod. Mounting hardware is also included. Pelican <strong>Sport</strong> also offers a line of<br />

Kayaks for beginner or seasoned paddlers alike. If you’re new to the wide world of kayaking, perhaps<br />

consider the Pelican <strong>Sport</strong> ARGO 100 Angler, designed for novice-to-intermediate paddlers. It’s built<br />

on an easy-to-handle twin-arched multi chine hull and some features include adjustable footrests, an<br />

adjustable padded backrest with a seat cushion, plus swivel- and flush-mounted rod holders. There`s<br />

also a front storage compartment and a tank well featuring bungees to secure your fishing gear.<br />

Reliability is backed by the company’s RAM-X construction, a multi-layer UV-protected material that<br />

offers high impact-resistance.<br />

MSRP (Pelican <strong>Sport</strong> Swivel Rod Holder): $25 CAD<br />

MSRP (ARGO 100 Angler): $450 CAD www.pelicansport.com<br />

Plano Molding V-Crate<br />

Exclusively for kayak fishing, the V-Crate from Plano<br />

Molding is designed to be placed behind your seat<br />

and features three compartments that offer safe<br />

and convenient storage. Two storage compartments<br />

are located on both sides, each offering the<br />

capacity for a pair of StowAway utility boxes and<br />

are secured in place with rubber straps. These<br />

storage compartments can also attach rod holders<br />

and other accessories. In the middle section of<br />

the V-Crate is the larger, main storage area (that’s<br />

hinged to lift open), allowing you to store clothes,<br />

food, extra gear or other items. It also has a waterproof<br />

compartment. The V-Crate can fit most kayaks<br />

and comes standard with four StowAway boxes.<br />

Suggested MSRP: $120 USD<br />

www.planomolding.com<br />

Riot Kayaks Escape 12 Angler<br />

The Escape 12 Angler is no doubt designed for fishing with its abundant features<br />

and designs. Based off the company`s popular Escape 12, the Angler has a length<br />

of 3.66 m (12 ft), width of 78 cm (30.7 in) and maximum displacement of 136 kg<br />

(300 lb). The sit-on-top design is complemented with four, flush-mounted rod holders,<br />

one swivel rod holder and an anchor trolley system. If the front deck hatch<br />

(with a dual density hatch cover) or the rear deck storage (with shock cords) isn’t<br />

enough space for gear, the Angler is milk crate-ready for additional belongings.<br />

Rubber handles are also featured for easier transport on land while the Pilot<br />

Rudder System helps with navigating. It comes with a five-year warranty.<br />

MSRP: $1,004.43 USD (Amazon) www.riotkayaks.com<br />

Native Watercraft Slayer 12 XC<br />

The Slayer 12 XC from Native Watercraft has a<br />

length of 3.7 m (12’2”) and a wide beam of 92.7<br />

cm (36.5 in) to provide stability, maneuverability<br />

as well as control, whether you want to fish in<br />

shallow water or head out to open water. With a<br />

weight capacity of 227 kg (500 lbs) the Slayer is<br />

offered with a wide selection of gear – and space<br />

– to include a power pole with a micro anchor<br />

mount, under seat tackle storage, a bow hatch, two<br />

flush-mounted rod holders, and an electronics pod.<br />

Comfort is provided by what the company calls a<br />

multi-adjustable Hi/Lo first class seating, while its<br />

clean deck helps you avoid clutter or obstructions<br />

when fishing. When it comes time to paddle to your<br />

fishing spot, simply flip a lever to drop a directional<br />

skeg that`s designed to provide optimum tracking.<br />

MSRP: $1,500 USD www.nativewatercraft.com<br />

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Bote Rover<br />

Honoured as Best Product in the Boat Accessories Category and<br />

Overall Best of Show at ICAST 2017, the Rover is part paddleboard, part<br />

skiff and has a series of versatile features. The Rover is highlighted with<br />

its versatile Rac Receiver System, which includes the Grab Rac, Tackle Rac,<br />

Bucket Rac and the Moto Rac, allowing you to set up the Rover in many<br />

configurations. It also has a Wheel Rac for easy transport. The most notable<br />

feature is the Moto Rac that mounts a small outboard engine (with a maximum<br />

rating of 6 hp). You can also use the Rover as a conventional paddle board<br />

(when needed) and there’s even designated paddle storage. It’s constructed of<br />

the company’s new Honeycore construction featuring advanced composites to<br />

provide strength, reliability, and solid ride.<br />

Approximate MSRP: $4,400 CAD<br />

www.boteboard.com<br />

Delta Kayaks 12 AR<br />

Delta Kayaks of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, offers the 12 AR for <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

It has a length of 3.66 m (12 ft), width of 67.3 cm (26.5 in) and exclusive<br />

Fusion Hull Design with a displacement hull (incorporated with a catamaran-style<br />

hull) to provide smooth travels, optimum handling and stability.<br />

The 12 AR is designed for beginners or seasoned paddlers and with its<br />

lightweight of a mere 19 kg (42 lb) it’s easy to transport – even if your fishing<br />

adventures lead you to rural backcountry lakes. A new feature on the 12<br />

AR is its large Recreational Cockpit that offers easy entry, while the seat<br />

can be adjusted forward or backwards. It can also be raised up or down.<br />

Two enclosed, sealed hatches, comfortable toggle handles, and variety of<br />

stylish colours are available including the new colour option, azure blue.<br />

MSRP: $ $1,450 CAD www.deltakayaks.com<br />

Jackson Kayaks Cruise FD<br />

The new Cruise FD from Jackson Kayaks features the<br />

company’s unique Flex Drive System, which allows<br />

you to pedal forward or reverse and adjust the blade<br />

pitch for personal pedaling preferences. It`s utilized<br />

with the flip of a lever and is protected by an articulating<br />

daggerboard that helps you control the FD in<br />

windy conditions. Also expect to see an interchangeable<br />

electric motor-driven head on the FD in <strong>2018</strong>. If<br />

you need more control simply use the Dual Rudder<br />

Control system for when negotiating tight spaces.The<br />

Ergo seat has 3D breathable, mesh, improved lumbar<br />

support and is mounted on a track system to adjust<br />

fore or aft. The 3.6 m (11’, 10”) Cruise FD has ample<br />

storage space in the newly improved forward hatch,<br />

a day hatch at the stern, rear tankwell, and the mesh<br />

pouch in the seat back.<br />

MSRP: $2,200 USD www.jacksonjayaks.com<br />

Ocean Kayaks Malibu Pedal<br />

The <strong>2018</strong> Malibu Pedal features what the company<br />

calls its advanced PDL Drive System, which according<br />

to the company, is capable of reaching speeds<br />

of up to 8.9 kph (5.5 mph) with its efficient 10.3:1<br />

gear ratio. Ideal for many environments, a useful<br />

highlight for anglers is the fact that the PDL System<br />

conveniently tips up in docking position for fishing<br />

in shallow water. The pedals on the Malibu are padded<br />

for comfort and added grip, and the PDL drive<br />

console offers dry storage with its 15.25 cm (6 in)<br />

hatch. What’s more is the pet-friendly bow tankwell,<br />

three cup holders, stern jump seat, plus the<br />

bow and stern carrying handles. It’s constructed of a<br />

single layer of polyethylene, has a length of 3.66 m<br />

(12 ft), width of 87.6 cm (34.5“), and an approximate<br />

weight of 45.4 kg (100 lb).<br />

Suggested MSRP: $2,200 USD<br />

www.oceankayak.com<br />

Seaward Kayaks <strong>Guide</strong> 17<br />

After extensive research and development with<br />

input from professional guides, Seaward Kayaks’<br />

new <strong>Guide</strong> 17 features a rockered, semi V-hull,<br />

length of 5.2 m (17 ft), and width of 58.4 cm (23 in)<br />

to combine speed with optimum maneuverability<br />

for touring paddlers. Some highlights of the <strong>Guide</strong><br />

17 include 85 litres of storage in the bow, 73 litres<br />

of storage in the stern hatch, plus another 41 litres<br />

of space in the rear day-hatch. There’s even a forward<br />

day hatch with a knee tube. It also features<br />

the company’s Safe-Hatch System, which offers<br />

three layers of storage protection for your gear.<br />

Other highlights include the safety grab loops (forward<br />

and stern), painter/tow line, the smart track<br />

footrests, plus the mid-ship skeg to ensure tracking.<br />

When it comes to comfort, the anatomicallymolded,<br />

padded seat has an adjustable backrest to<br />

raise or lower the seat back. You can also adjust its<br />

angle forward or backwards.<br />

MSRP: $4,195 CAD www.seawardkayaks.com<br />

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Cabela’s West Wind Dome Tent<br />

This windproof, waterproof tent comes in 4-, 6-, and 8-man models, but we chose the 6-man version of<br />

this tent as it allows you to stand up inside the tent but still only weighs 9.7 kg. Key features also include<br />

loops, pockets, and a gear loft to keep everything off the floor. Your gear stays dry, as the West Wind is<br />

designed with a 1500mm waterproof rating. It has a vestibule where you can dump your outerwear before<br />

getting into the main tent where it is cozy and clean. Great window and door ventilation with a fine mesh<br />

screen keeps the bugs out – anyone who has camped and fished in Manitoba or Northern Ontario knows<br />

how critical this is. And it is rugged and easy to set-up. 100% nylon taffeta construction, colour-coded<br />

clips, shock-cord fibreglass poles, good guy lines, stakes and a carry bag are additional highlights. All in<br />

all, a well designed three-season tent for the <strong>Canadian</strong> outdoors.<br />

MSRP: $350 CAD Cabelas.ca<br />

Filletmaker<br />

This fillet board will not only help you keep more meat on your fillets and make clean up easier, it doubles as a<br />

serving tray. The angled raised surface of the main cutting area allows you to hold your fillet knife flat, so you<br />

keep more meat on your fillet while the surrounding trough catches scales and waste from the draining grooves<br />

in the cutting board and the scraps you scrape into it. The Filletmaker keeps everything off the counter, and is<br />

stable enough that you can work with it on your lap. When you’re finished, take your finished fillets from the<br />

deep pocket, grab the Filletmaker by the lipped edge and dump the carcasses and waste directly into the trash.<br />

Flip the Filletmaker over and the reverse side makes a deep serving tray for snacks or the perfect cutting board.<br />

The lightweight and rugged rotomolded construction makes it an angler’s perfect travelling companion.<br />

Large is 82L x 61W x 8.25H cm (32.25” x 24” x 3.25”) and 3.6 kg (8lb)<br />

Small is 58L x 44W x 8.25H cm (22.75 x 17.36 x 3.25”) and 1.8 kg (4lb).<br />

MSRP: Small $30 USD and large $50 USD Filletmaker.com<br />

WeatherTech Cargo Liners<br />

WeatherTech Cargo Liners are custom fit, laser measured, trunk mats designed to protect your vehicle’s<br />

cargo area while hauling your fishing gear and outdoor equipment. The raised outer edges contain spills,<br />

dirt and mud while its skid-resistant surface helps prevent cargo from shifting. They are available for cars,<br />

minivans and SUVs in black, tan, cocoa or grey. An optional roll-out bumper protector is available for some<br />

applications. The liners are manufactured in the USA with a limited lifetime warranty.<br />

MSRP: from $140 CAD www.weathertech.ca<br />

Camp Chef Flat Top Griddle<br />

Turn any grill into a flat cooktop in seconds. Fry up breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Camp Chef® Deluxe<br />

Fry Griddle. It features restaurant-style high sides and a convenient grease drain, as well as a heat diffuser<br />

plate that distributes heat across the griddle’s surface to reduce “hot spots”. It’s pre-seasoned so you can<br />

start using it right away. Dimensions: 35.5 cm x 40.6 cm (14” x 16”)<br />

MSRP: $70 Cabelas.com<br />

HydraPak Full-Force 2 L<br />

The design of the HydraPak Full-Force 2L is a hyrdation system that just makes sense. Not only does it have<br />

a bite tube to draw water, it also has a squeeze bulb so you can use the reservoir to clean wounds, hands,<br />

camp utensils, or fill your dog’s water dish (or another friend's cup). It excels over other systems because<br />

maintenance is so easy. The reservoir top is wide enough that it fills in seconds and large enough that you<br />

can pull it inside-out for easy cleaning – even throw it in the dishwater. The components of the drink tube<br />

are easy to disassemble for a thorough cleaning and it has a leak-proof quick disconnect so the reservoir<br />

is simple to remove, refill and reconnect. We chose the Full-Force version as it’s made of heavyweight<br />

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) with welded seams – that means military grade durability. The TPU material<br />

also means it can be frozen, or filled with hot fluids up to 60°C (140°F). It’s our tested, tried and true choice<br />

for hiking, fishing, boating, wheeling, and camping in the <strong>Canadian</strong> wilderness, lakes, and mountains.<br />

MSRP: $48 USD Hydrapak.com<br />

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