Tackle week 2020: The best new fishing rods and reels for Canadian anglers


Best Baitcasting Reel



Shimano has taken the unique digital braking system from its pricier Curado DC baitcasting reel and added it to the more affordable SLX series. Named ICAST’s best freshwater reel, the SLX DC has four braking settings to match your line type and casting technique, plus a high-efficiency gearing system. Weighing just 7.6 ounces, the baitcaster comes in three models with gear ratios ranging from 6.3:1 to a speedy 8.2:1.

Learn more: Shimano Canada, 1-866-491-5229; http://fish.shimano.com/