Tackle Week 2024: The best new fly-fishing gear, including rods, reels, tying materials, apparel, accessories & more


The new-product showcase at September’s American Fly Fishing Trade Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, may have been smaller than usual, but the attendees were certainly enthusiastic. And with the impressive array of new products on display, it’s clear the fly-fishing industry is still going strong following the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are my picks for 2024’s best new fly gear for Canadian anglers.

For a look at more of the year’s best new fishing tackle, also see our round-up of 2024’s best new lures, conventional rods & reels and electronics & accessories.


Best Rod


At just US$159.99, Redington’s Wrangler rods are ideal for beginners and youths, as well as travelling anglers wanting a backup kit. Available in line weights 4 to 8, these nine-foot, four-piece rods are a delight to cast with their medium-fast action. Angler-friendly features include alignment dots and laser-etched size designations on the reel seats. For bigger game, the 7- and 8-weight rods offer optional fighting butts; there’s also a 10-foot 7-weight.


Learn more: Redington, www.redington.com