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Freshwater

Tackle Test 2014

Blanks groaned and drags screamed in our annual torture test of the year's best new rods and reels. Check out the hottest tackle of the year.

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  • March 3, 2014

    Tackle Test 2014: Best New Trends, Innovations and Designs - 0

    Here’s a look at the three most clever innovations incorporated in the designs of the rods and reels, and the three broad trends observed in the gear we tested.

    Innovations

    1. Guide Within a Guide


    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    Being skeptical of anything appearing remotely gimmicky, we had significant reservations about the American Tackle Company's MicroWave Guide System, which can be found on the Seeker and T. Allen spinning rods. After ample on-the-water testing, we can report that this guide system really works. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2014

    New Baitcasting Rod: Cabela’s Tournament ZX - 0

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    Cabela’s Tournament ZX   
    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★   
    Price: $100   
    Performance: A+   
    Design: A   
    Price/Value: A+   
    Final Verdict: Don’t be duped by the store brand. This is a first-rate rod.

    See the full tackle test: best new rods and reels. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2014

    New Fishing Rod: Abu Garcia Veracity - 0

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  • March 3, 2014

    New Spinning Rod: Castaway Invicta - 0

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    Castaway Invicta   
    Overall: ★ ★ ★  ½   
    Price: $250   
    Performance: A-   
    Design: A-   
    Price/Value: B   
    Final Verdict: Meticulously crafted with top-shelf components.

    See the full tackle test: best new fishing rods and reels. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2014

    New Spinning Rod: Fenwick HMG - 0

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    Fenwick HMG   
    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★
    Price: $100   
    Performance: A   
    Design: A   
    Price/Value: A+   
    Final Verdict: Another winner in the original line of graphite rods.

    See the full tackle test: Best new rods and reels. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2014

    New Fishing Rod: G.Loomis NRX - 0

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    Spinning Rod: G.Loomis NRX 872s JWR   


    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★   
    Price: $550   
    Performance: A+   
    Design: A   
    Price/Value: C+   
    Final Word: Jig/worm rod for those who want the best money can buy

  • March 3, 2014

    Fastest Baitcasting Reel: Abu Garcia Revo Rocket - 0

    http://ak.c.ooyala.com/Rla2l3azoWLfQPMsaewJ5YCJiWonvNL9/QCdjB5HwFOTaWQ8X4xMDoxOjA4MTsiGN

    Abu Garcia Revo Rocket
    Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★   
    Price: $300   
    Performance: A+   
    Design: A+   
    Price/Value: B+   
    Final Word: Blazing retrieve will make you a more efficient angler

    See the full tackle test: best new rods and reels. [ Read Full Post ]


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