Summer Buyers Guide Part 1: Hot Tackle for Warm
||Summer Buyer's Guide
||Palo Alto, CA
Introduction: Here at TT HQ, we were quite uncertain as to whether or not we’d see Spring let alone the warm inviting days of Summer, but the weather has finally seemed to turn a corner. We thought, what better way to celebrate this occasion than to invite Ms. Casey, and new TT Girl, Jess into the lab and show off some of the exciting tackle we’ve been using enroute to giving your our recommendations on what’s hot for the Summer.
Ms. Casey stops by to help us with our 2011 Summer Buyer's Guide.
Freshwater Casting Reel: When some
Anglers first see the Speed Spool baitcasters from Lew's they wonder where the
brand came from. Well, Lew's has been here as long as baitcasters themselves and
the company is looking to introduce a whole new generation of anglers to the
brand with quality offerings like the Tournament Pro Speed Spool baitcaster.
Reel : Lew's Tournament Speed Spool baitcaster
This reel received our "Best Value" Award back in
May and continues to be a great reel for the money delivering in terms of both
performance and value. Retailing for $199 dollars this exciting new reel is a
great choice for anglers looking for a compact baitcaster loaded with plenty of
features including a carbon fiber hand and a externally adjustable dual cast
control system. The complete range of new Lew's baitcasting reels are now
available now at
Spinning reel :
Shimano Stradic CI4
Freshwater Spinning Reel: Magnesium
based spinning reels may still be the most refined but the sheer cost of the
material and manufacturing makes Mg based reels simply too expensive an
investment for some anglers. Shimano's Stradic CI4 delivers the weight reduction
many anglers desire in a finesse reel yet it is not as prone to corrosion
because the frame and rotor are made out of carbon versus magnesium. This
"carbon infusion" material is more rigid and nearly twice as strong as
traditional graphite. This year Shimano introduced a wide range of sizes and
best of all the Stradic C14 continues to be very reasonably priced at only
$199.99-$219.99. All the reels are now available at
Freshwater Casting Rod : G.Loomis NRX 852C JWR.
Freshwater Casting Rod:
When G.Loomis debuted their production model NRX rods they took home ICAST's
"Best of Show" Award but anglers were unsure just what to think of these new
costly rods which sported new designs that were atypical from traditional Loomis
offerings. We finally got our hands on a few of these sticks in late March and at the risk of spoiling our future pending reviews on several different models, we can tell you these sticks are the real deal. One of our current favorites? A model that skirts both our 2010 Search For One campaign and our finesse themed 2011, the NRX 852C JWR.
While the first NRX review is right around the corner the entire G.Loomis NRX lineup is available
Freshwater Spinning Rod : St Croix's LTBS66MLF Split Shot Special.
Freshwater Spinning Rod: Considering our focus on finesse tackle this year, you can imagine that we’ve seen our fair share of spinning rods. It’s a foregone conclusion we’ll be fishing these sticks through 2011 and into 2012 and while each of us values different characteristics in a spinning stick, one thing is for sure, St. Croix’s Legend Tournament Series will always be a TT favorite. Their combination of utility, component choices, craftsmanship, and of course, color scheme are all reassuring reasons as to why we know we won’t be disappointed each time we pick one of these sticks up. Our Summer Gift Guide recommendation? The Legend Tournament LTBS66MLF Split Shot Special.
The Legend Tournament is available at
Hi's Tackle Box now.
Saltwater Rod : G.Loomis IMX Surf.
Saltwater Rod: When giving thought to saltwater angling, most of us think of long days on a rocky boat battling the urge to, well, you get the idea. But in recent years, at least along the San Francisco coastline, there’s been a resurgence of surf fishing. Whether that be for perch or the coveted striped bass, gear for surf fishing has been long overlooked and really, taken for granted. But not by the folks over at G.Loomis, their IMX Surf Rods are a hot commodity and easily our pick for Summer surf fishing fun along the coast.
Ready to make a cast? The IMX Surf rod is available now at
Hi's Tackle Box.