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Berkley NanoFilBerkley NanoFil did NOT win either Best New Monofilament or Best New Braid at EFTTEX 2011. Berkley did win 'Innovation of the Year' with NanoFil though. How so?

"Not a Mono. Not a Fluoro. Not a Braid." That's how the advertising video for Berkley NanoFil ends. Okay, so apart from ruling Berkley out of every line award at this year's tackle shows, what does NanoFil mean to us, the ... Read the rest of this entry »

Fin-Nor Marquesa 2-SpeedFishing-Tackle.co.uk introduced the original Fin-Nor Marquesa way back in February 2010. We liked the build and toughness of the smaller reels for UK fishing.

A year and a half later, Fin-Nor have released a 2-speed version, further extending the strengths and capabilities of these palm sized reels. And what's more - they've won an award.

The Marquesa 2-speed was awarded Best New Multiplier ... Read the rest of this entry »

Rapala Reflection WadersIt's been a while since we saw a bold innovation like this in wader design. The Rapala Reflection Waders from Rapala's Eco Wear range took top honours in the Apparel category at this years EFTTEX, in Amsterdam.

The innovation is two-pronged.

There's a big tick in the box for the Eco warriors amongst us. Rapala worked with DuPont's Cerenol technology - a first in waders - to create a highly waterproof and breathable wader using sustainable material derived from agriculture. The result is a product manufactured with 30% less fossil fuel and 35% less greenhouse gas emissions.

If saving the planet doesn't turn you on, there's still a big draw. The material used has reflective qualities that are said to mimic underwater light reflections, blurring angler outline and creating the perfect camouflage in certain light conditions.

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2-inch Cultiva Ring Kick Tail Lures by Owner

Posted by Editor On July - 26 - 20112 COMMENTS

Cultiva Ring Kick Tail LuresRecently I exposed my guilty pleasure of ultra light lure fishing, mostly with soft plastics. Now with hours of LRF experience under my belt, a few successful lures are starting to stand out above the dozens I originally purchased (without too much know-how).

One go-to lure of mine is the excellent Cultiva Ring Kick Tail. If you've not heard of the Cultiva brand before, it's the lure arm of Owner - the top-flight hook and jig head manufacturer. ... Read the rest of this entry »

Strike Pro Twin MinnowIn another monster category of 19 qualifiers, Strike Pro won the 2011 EFTTEX exhibition prize for best new hard lure last week with their Twin Minnow.

There's no question that the Strike Pro Twin Minnow is innovative. While at first glance, bonding two hardbaits together may seem a little odd, there's good reason for doing so. This combined, longer, heavier lure casts further, allowing you to get your lure to fish at distance. And once in the water the prey size is ... Read the rest of this entry »