Tackle week 2016: The year’s best new rods and reels

2016’s best new rods and reels

New hardware for baitcasting, spinning and helping physically challenged anglers 

Every year, the fishing world gathers at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (ICAST), to show off the latest angling innovations. And every year, I have the enjoyable task of picking my favourites for Canadian anglers. Here are this year’s winners.

Best Rod & Reel Combo



Many anglers mistakenly believe that all baitcasting equipment is difficult to use—and expensive at that. But that’s certainly not the case with Quantum’s KVD Baitcasting Combination. Modelled after the premium Tour KVD series, the new combo sells for just US$100. The reel features an aluminum spool, easy-to-adjust external cast control knob and eight ball bearings. It’s perfectly paired with a 6′ 9″ medium-heavy-action composite rod featuring many of the same components as higher-end models.

Quantum Fishing, 1-800-588-9030; www.quantumfishing.com

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