New tackle for 2018

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle -­fly­fish­

A FEW weeks ago, I was in­vited by Guide Fly­fish­ing to Lenches Lakes in Worcestershire for the UK launch of 2018 prod­ucts from Far Bank En­ter­prises that en­com­passes Red­ing­ton, RIO and Sage. Red­ing­ton’s new of­fer­ings in­clude their top of the range Crux rod se­ries which re­places the Vapen Red and Black. This fast ac­tion range will re­tail for around £300 and the 15 mod­els from a 3wt to 10wt cover all types of water. An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is the ‘key grip’, a much denser sec­tion of pre­com­pressed cork ma­te­rial at the top of the han­dle that gives in­creased dura­bil­ity and sen­si­tiv­ity. Red­ing­ton’s new die-cast al­loy ID reel re­places the Surge and will sit between the Zero and Be­he­moth mod­els at around £90. The reel is so named be­cause you can cus­tomise its look us­ing stick-on de­cals that at­tach to the flat back of the reel cage. You get one free de­cal with the reel and can then choose from an­other 34 or so de­signs at around £5 each. Among RIO’s new of­fer­ings will be the Headgate tip­pet holder, a Fish­pond prod­uct pre­loaded with five spools of RIO Pow­er­flex tip­pet ma­te­rial; Pow­er­flex Plus lead­ers in packs of three, both in the 7.5ft and 9ft lead­ers; Big Nasty lead­ers aimed at turn­ing over heavy and air re­sis­tant flies; and spools of Big Nasty tip­pet, a medium-stiff ny­lon ma­te­rial. New from Sage are two rod ranges: the Foun­da­tion re­places the Ap­proach, and cov­ers five mod­els, all 9ft, from 4wt to 8wt, while the Salt­wa­ter HD fly rods at 8ft 6in to 9ft cover ev­ery­thing from 6wt to 16wts. Also on show was the new Spec­trum se­ries of reels with the top end Spec­trum Max, (5/6 to 11/12), the Spec­trum (3/4 to 9/10) and the Spec­trum LT (3/4 to 9/10), all fea­tur­ing a sealed car­bon drag sys­tem and all ma­chined from aero­space grade al­loy. I hope to be re­view­ing some of th­ese items over the next few months.

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