New fishing gear to put in or around your tackle box
Admit it: part of the fun of being an angler or teaching youngsters how to fish is all the cool gear you can use. Sure, you can catch fish with just a rod and hook, but a bit of technology and a few fun gadgets could enhance your experience.
We scoured the aisles of tackle stores and online vendors to find the most exciting new releases. Do you need it? Probably not. Do you want it? Sure!
TENKARA FLY FISHING ROD
What it is: An ancient Japanese fly fishing technique now for the masses
What he does: Facilitates fly fishing. With just a handy fishing rod, a few feet of fishing line, and a fly, anyone can cast in no time. Despite their simplicity – they’re collapsible and there’s no reel – Tenkara rods can land fish up to 22 inches. Badger Tenkara offers a nice line at low prices (starting at $80) well suited to youngsters and beginners. We are also fans of Tenkara USA gear; the Sato and Rhodo Telescopes ($215 each) are great all-around rods.
Why do you want it: Tenkara is simple to learn but takes forever to master — it’s always a new challenge.
What it is: A portable ring that cuts fishing line
What he does: Cuts thread quickly, easily and cleanly without tools. The adjustable ring has a double-sided blade that slices effortlessly through monofilament and braided fishing line. It’s about as hands-free as it gets.
Why do you want it: Fishing bling! It’s cool, meets a need, and works well – and it was invented by a former Boy Scout.
MINI SAWYER WATER FILTER
What it is: Next generation water purification
What he does: One of our favorite water filters is getting smaller and better, making it an easy addition to your tackle box. The MINI filters out almost all bacteria and protozoa, giving you an endless supply of safe water. The filter works like a straw, without pumping or chemicals.
Why do you want it: This company wants to change the world. Purchasing its products helps the company partner with organizations around the world to provide safe drinking water to those in need.
What it is: A portable pressure cleaning system
What he does: Invented by a surfer who was tired of putting sand in his car, RinseKit is also an excellent tool for fishermen. Fill it with two gallons from a typical household faucet and it delivers a powerful, pressurized shower without batteries or pumping. Perfect for rinsing hands and equipment. It is also effective because its strong pressure allows you to use less water.
Why do you want it: No more fish smell in your vehicle.
STEINHAUSER DELUXE TANGLE-FREE ROD
What it is: A rod and reel combo that runs the line through the hollow rod rather than through it
What he does: Perfect for anglers of all ages but especially suitable for young beginners, the Tangle-Free Combo opens like a shotgun, allowing you to feed line through the barrel.
Why do you want it: No more tangles. Much more fishing.
What it is: A high-tech and connected bobber
What he does: Uses Bluetooth connectivity and sonar technology to help you spot and catch more fish. Throw it up to 100 feet and watch the magic: upon contact with water, iBobber turns on and syncs with an iOS or Android device and a free app to show the location, size, temperature of the body. water and more.
Why do you want it: The Trip Log function is great. Capture detailed memories of all your water adventures and easily share them on social media sites or via email.
FRESHWATER RELEASE RULE
$14.99 to $24.99, releaseruler.com
What it is: A fishing ruler that helps you accurately estimate the weight
What he does: Using a patented length-weight formula, Release Rules give you a research-based estimate of a fish’s weight, even when a scale isn’t readily available. Makes catch and release fishing much faster which is better for the fish and gives you more time to catch. Measure, photograph and release your fish in a fraction of a second. Inshore, Offshore and other custom rules are available for all your fishing adventures.
Why do you want it: Those social media bragging photos will be so much more impressive with this proof of size.
CHUMS BEARTOTH SURVIVAL TOOL
What it is: An all-in-one pocket survival device
What he does: Combines all the typical survival kit items – paracord, mini tools, gear repair supplies, fire starters and more – with enough stuff to help you catch a few fish in a pinch. Even ounce counters would be well served to have this hidden beauty among their gear.
Why do you want it: The 9 feet of paracord alone make it a must. Add fishing gear? Invaluable.
All prices are MSRP.