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Tackle Week 2018: The Year’s Hottest New Fly-fishing Gear

2018's Best New Fly Tackle

From the tying bench to the side of the stream, our annual roundup of the hottest new fly-fishing gear

These 10 new products debuted at the International Fly Tackle Dealers show, and caught my attention as perfectly suited for Canadian fly anglers. And for conventional gear, check out 2018’s best new luresrods and reelsaccessories and gear for women.

Best Reel

Model SDF
Model SDF

Model SDF

Abel hopes to mirror the success of its Model SDS reel for saltwater anglers with the new freshwater Model SDF reel in sizes 4/5, 5/6 and 6/7. Along with a large arbor and convertible retrieve, the reel features virtually no start-up inertia in its stainless steel/carbon fluoropolymer drag system. And like all Abel reels, it’s available in numerous colours and patterns. No wonder it earned best freshwater reel honours at 2017’s International Fly Tackle Dealers show.

Abel Reels, (970) 249-0606; www.abelreels.com

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