TackleTour's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
Line: (Toray Hi Class fluorocarbon) We’ve only
just started our review process with this line, but from what we’ve sampled thus
far, it is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Available in spool sizes just
about right for filling the majority of low profile casting reels or shallow
spooled spinning reels, Toray’s Hi Class fluorocarbon is a great stocking
stuffer for the angler on your list who prefers high quality fishing lines.
What kind of line is on that
custom painted reel?
Toray is well known for their premium lines, many
of which cost 35 dollars or more for a 164yd. spool but the Hi-Class is a bit
more affordable at $14.99 for a 87yd spool. Toray's collection of lines is
...its Toray's popular Hi-Class
Terminal Tackle: (Tru-Tungsten
Colored Bullet Weights) Another item in our review queue are colored
bullets from Tru-Tungsten. There are a number of benefits of using Tungsten
material in weights, not only are they eco-friendly but they are also denser so
smaller diameter bullets can be used reducing snags.
Ms. Casey is eco-friendly and
Tungsten is her choice
The dense material also helps make the weight more
sensitive and because it resists damage better than lead or brass there is no
need for an insert to protect the line from nicks. Tru-Tungsten's offering has
the added benefit of being able to match your lure with a painted weight. The
weights retail from $4.99 to $5.99 depending on weight and are available at
Tru-Tungsten bullets are smaller
and offer increased contact sensitivity
Tools: (Texas Tackle SS
Split ring pliers)
take for granted how important pliers are, and pliers simply don’t give the
respect they deserve, that is until you forget to bring them on your boat.
Trying to unhook treble hooks from fish without pliers can be a feat in itself,
and changing out bent out or broken hooks can wreak havoc on your fingernails.
Many companies have released rebranded OEM pliers, offering little in terms of
design improvement, or even distinguishable differences save for dissimilar
Ms. Casey switches out some split
rings with Texas Tackle split ring pliers
pliers are able to accomplish this superior split ring management with a
combination of two main elements. The uniquely designed triangle tip really is
an innovative improvement over traditional pliers. The SS nose holds split rings
in place by themselves while gapping the rings widely and still supporting the
ring better when working hooks on or off.
They may look simple but these are
the best split ring pliers we have ever tested
design element that gives anglers more control over split rings is the overall
short length of the pliers. The shorter design allows anglers to get in tight in
relation to baits and better control the split rings without having to rotate or
twist the pliers too far away from the lure. It is this combination that gives
the Texas Tackle pliers a higher level of precision than traditional pliers.
Changing out hooks has never been
Tackle SSplit Ring Pliers may not look like much they certainly deliver on their
promise. The SS is without a doubt the best pliers we have ever tested when it
comes to addressing split rings. This cheap gift only retails for $14.95 at
Tackle Warehouse, and is sure to please any angler that enjoys
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