New tackle for 2018
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.