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Diverse Coalition Negotiating Historic Venture to Reintroduce Salmon to Sierra
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The largest fishing tackle trade show, ICAST, was held this past July in Orlando. It’s the venue where the tackle business showcases its finest wares and brings out new products to lighten the wallets of fishermen.
Here are a few of the highlights from the tackle show, a couple of which I got to play with in advance.
Abu Garcia’s Revo series of spinning reels keep getting better the older they are. That’s...
You’re on the water and you need something from your pack; normally, you’d have to stop fishing to remove your pack and get what you need. But with a Paxis pack, you can keep your straps on, and the things you need swing to the front in one swift, secure motion. Available in two sizes. See the packs in detail at www.paxispax.com 360-376-PAXX
Kershaw’s fishing knives feature razor-sharp blades of 420J2 stainless steel for excellent corrosion resistance, toughness and easy re-sharpening when the time comes. The blades have just the right amount of “flex” to make filleting easier. The handles are glass-filled nylon for durability and have a rubberized overmold with Kershaw’s exclusive K-Texture for a super-secure grip. For easy storage, a blade protector is included (except Folding Fillet). 6 styles, from large 12” Curved Knife to compact Folding Fillet.
Joining the line-up of new products this year will be eight new iPhone5 and iPhone6 cases featuring artwork by marine artist Jason Mathias. Two models of durable cases to choose from include the durable, slide-on silicone case to protect your phone from shocks, drops, bumps and scratches, and the rugged weather-proof case that’s rain, snow, dirt, and drop proof, with a scratch-resistant screen protector, for those looking for a bit more protection. MSRP is $24.99 to $49.99. www.flyingfisherman.com
The bait that started it all has added 4 new finishes for 2015 — Super Baits, Candy Corn, Sa-Weet, Groucho and Twisted Sister. These new colors are deadly behind your favorite flasher says the Pro-Staff that developed them. Available at your fine tackle stores or see them at www.bsfishtales.com
The Go-To Guide for All Things Smoked. The Bradley Smoker Cookbook takes the art of smoking, a process that can be intimidating to the beginner, and demonstrates just how accessible it truly is. Hundreds of pages of original photographs and recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, salads, wild game, fruit, clams, and numerous other dishes that wouldn’t typically be associated with smoking. From appetizers to desserts, The Bradley Smoker Cookbook features recipes that anyone can duplicate with their own smoker.
Whether you’re a veteran who is looking to get creative with your smoker or a novice who is looking for new ways to enjoy your kitchen—this book is for you! www.bradleysmoker.com
Bradley Smoker introduces Bradley Magic Mats. These mats fit perfectly in your Bradley Smoker racks—no more foods sticking to your racks. The Bradley Magic Mats allow you to easily peel food off the mats, eliminating big chunks of food residue on the rack. The Bradley Magic Mats are reusable and you can easily wash them in the dishwasher. The mats have a fine mesh that allows the smoke to penetrate the food easily. www.bradleysmoker.com
Introducing the new Columbia Composite Series from Cousins Tackle — nine new American-made rods designed specifically for “rod holder” salmon/steelhead fishing techniques. Anglers will find perfectly designed actions for trolling baits and spinners, wobbler fishing, downrigger fishing or anchor fishing with plugs.
Every rod is based on a lightweight, durable graphite/fiberglass composite blank. Forgiving actions make fish hold on longer, yet are powerful enough to handle large weights and battle big fish in strong currents. Distinctive woven graphite handles slide in and out of rod holders easily, and are durable, easy to maintain and won’t absorb scents. Two cork-grip models also available. Learn more at www.cousinstackle.com.
Since 1978 building a prop guard. No holes to drill compression fit. Protects prop and Skag. Installs in minutes. Manufactured in lightweight aluminum and hot dip galvanized. Fits most major brands from 2 to 20 hp. www.clackacraft.com; 503-655-9532
‘Wow’ is an understatement. The folks at Work Sharp have developed the best sharpening systems I have ever used. The Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System with its pivot response system actually follows the curve of the blade, making it fast and easy to get a razor edge. Quick-change diamond plates and ease of operation make it easy for beginners or the pro. To learn more and see these products in action, go to www.worksharptools.com
Two new colors have been added to the Mini Extreme line up BX-28 (Mr. Wilson) and BX-40 (Candy Corn), the Mini’s are deadly at the top and bottom of the tides or just trolled at a suspended depth. Now available at fine tackle stores or check them out at www.bsfishtales.com