Sunday, July 15, 2018
For 2018, they've adapted their Cyclepond material into several new submersible packs. The one probably of most interest to the broad range of coldwater, warmwater and kayak anglers is their Thunderhead Submersible Chest Pack. Made to protect your gear in the worst conditions, it features waterproof submersible zippers, 1680D TPU coated recycled nylon, integrated tippet holder and much more. MSRP was TBD, but expect it to be around $200.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 10:27 AM
The Groovy Grayling Sling Pack allows for all-day comfort, while providing beaucoup accomodation for fly boxes, tippet spools, tools and other necessities. A side bottle holder that fits medium-sized stainless canisters as well. MSPR is $89.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 9:48 AM
For 2019, the Clearwater has been given an upgraded look that more closely matches the higher-priced Mirage series. Also, there's a new member of this family - a cassette version that comes with a casette spool on the reel, along with two spare spools. This offers the fly angler the option of loading different weight lines on the same reel. Or different type lines (floating vs intermediate vs sinking).
Posted by Catch Cormier at 8:58 AM
Despite it's dashing new look and light weight, the Mirage LT offers the same features as the regular Mirage: machined from 6061 aluminum, hard-anodized, with a sealed, maintenance-free drag system, with no start-up inertia and a fine-tuned drag adjustment. MSRP will range from $329 to $389.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 8:43 AM
Friday, July 13, 2018
|Casting the Anomoly 8-weight at ICAST|
Like premium rod makers Sage, Winston, Orvis et al, Taylor utilizes proprietary nano resins and super high modulus carbon fiber to create rods that are extremely strong, yet lightweight. The latest in this technology are their new Anomoly rods. These light blue rods feature a thin profile and titanium recoil guides - lighter, stronger, and virtually unbreakable. Rod models are all 9-foot, 4-piece, with three weight models - 4, 5, and 8. MSRP is $649. And come with a lifetime warranty.
These rods cast as well in our testing as several of the top premium rods from the big names, and even better than some. The one caveat is that they're made overseas. Still, considering that the top USA rods are over $800, the Anomoly series should be another strong seller for TFF.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 9:21 PM
For 2019, the Enigma 2.0 still offers the exterior sealed drag, but with a slightly upgraded carbon fiber drag system, and a smaller frame to lessen weight. But what caught the eye of many IFTD attendees was the reel's elaborate fish imagery hard anodized into the reel spool. Contributed by renown artist David Danforth, it gives a buying option found in the most expensive reels yet at a very affordable price. Reel sizes range from a 2-weight to a 9-weight, with MSRP from $199 to $219.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 8:52 PM
For 2019, the Revolution has been replaced by the Revolution Z. Lighter, smoother drag, and zero inertia. To make the reel as light as possible - to help balance the new ultralight saltwater rods like the Winston Salt Air and Sage Salt HD - the frame is made of carbon fiber. According to Matt, it's the toughest carbon fiber on the planet! The Revolution Z comes in four sizes, to handle lines from 4-weight to 12-weight. MSRP is $460 to $550. It also comes in multiple colors that are the Taylor trademark.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 8:08 PM
Winston attributes the qualities of the PURE rod to the Boron III technology, combined with advanced taper design. Like all Winston rods, the PURE is handcrafted in Twin Bridges, Montana, and carry a lifetime warranty. There are 10 models ranging from 7-foot, 2-weight to 9-foot, 5-weight. MSRP is $850. Blanks are also available for $425.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 6:40 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Yesterday we mentioned a new low in the price point of pedal drive kayaks - Brooklyn Kayak Company's $1500 PK11. Well, yesterday we saw two more kayaks at that price point - and even one under 1000 dollars!
The most intriguing of these new low priced pedal yaks is the Pelican Catch 130. This is the first pedal drive model in their line of thermoformed boats. The Catch 130 uses the same stable, open cockpit design as their popular Catch 120 model. What's unique is the pedal system, which they call "HyDryve". It uses two flippers that move back and forth, just like the Hobie Mirage drive. In fact, it looks and works almost identical to the Hobie drive. This is no coincidence - the patent on the original Mirage drive expired last year, and Pelican makes no apologies for having copied their drive.
Pelican did make one improvement. Because their yaks are thermoformed - two molds of HMWPE plastic joined together - the drive slot is more susceptible to stress fractures. To avoid this, they've added a heavy duty plate for the drive to sit in. Should the plate crack, it can be easily removed and replaced.
Being a thermoformed yak, the Catch 130 is lightweight, a mere 68 pounds minus the seat and drive. The rudder system is easy to operate, and the stadium-type seat has been upgraded from the original Catch series. MSRP is just $1499.
Posted by Catch Cormier at 7:14 AM