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Tackle Week 2018: The Best New Rods, Reels and Combos for Canadian Anglers

2018’s Best New Rods and Reels

Great new hardware, including value outfits, tactic-specific rods and really cool reels

For even more great gear, also see the year’s best new luresaccessoriesfly tackle and gear for women.

Best Value Rods

Fate Black Gen 2
Fate Black Gen 2

Fate Black Gen 2

You don’t think $100 can get you a good fishing rod anymore? Try the Fate Black Gen 2 series. These rods are light and sensitive, with tangle-free guides and cool-looking Evolve seamless reel seats built around premium Portuguese cork. The series includes nine baitcasting and five spinning rods, all with fast-action tips. Despite the name, the rods are actually bright green to differentiate them from a previous Fate Black line.

13 Fishing, 1-800-508-6013;

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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