Climax H2O Super Fine Tip – Best Fly Line EFTTEX 2011

Climax Super Fine Tip Fly LineIf French, Spanish or Czech Nymphing mean anything to you, then this new Climax H2O Super Fine Tip fly line might be right up your beat.

The Super Fine Tip (SFT) line took Best New Fly Line at the recent European Tackle Trade Exhibition, and with good reason. The popularity of ‘nymphing’ has outgrown the respective tackle. Climax looked at what the technique tries to achieve and have made a purpose built fly line for the job.

Traditionally, fly anglers have relied on extended, light line leaders to facilitate a realistic dead drift of a nymph. However most anglers use a standard line. It’s this part of the set up Climax outlined as an area for refinement.

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Shimano Aero Technium 10000 XSB Mgs – Best Fixed Spool EFTTEX 2011

Shimano Aero Technium XSB Mgs ReelApart from winning our award for the longest reel name in history, Shimano have won Best New Fixed Spool Reel at the 2011 European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition in Amsterdam with their latest incarnation of the Aero Technium 10000 XSB Mgs.

Shimano have a habit of winning at this show. Over the course of the past five years Shimano have won eight awards, including one for the original Aero Technium XSA Mgs back in 2008.

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Berkley NanoFil – Innovation of the Year EFTTEX 2011

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 Continue reading “Berkley NanoFil – Innovation of the Year EFTTEX 2011”

Rapala Reflection Waders – Best Fishing Apparel EFTTEX 2011

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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