Tackle Week 2017: The best new rods, reels, electronics and tournament-quality fishing tools

Catching Canada: The essential equipment

Great rods, reels, electronics and tournament-style fishing tools gear from St. Croix, Shimano, Hummingird, Lowrance, Frabill and others

Best fishing reel



The new Nasci series of extremely affordable reels features Shimano’s X-Ship and HGN Gearing technology, usually found on its higher-priced offerings. At the core is a cold-forged aluminum drive gear supported by a pair of high-performance bearings, providing significantly more torque and a silky smooth retrieve. And the gears never flex, bend or twist, so you can’t burn out the reel fighting a big fish. Available in 10 models for everything from light freshwater to medium saltwater applications, the Nasci lineup covers the bases.

Shimano, 1-877-577-0600;

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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