Spring is finally here, and it’s time to start looking for some new outdoor equipment we so desperately need. Remember, “need,” in the context of this column, means want. Here are a few ideas.
This is something I don’t think you have — a fishing rod with carrot fibers reinforcing the resins and replacing some of the graphite in the rod blank. The result is the performance of graphite with the durability of fiberglass. It was developed by E21, a Toronto company. It calls the rods Carrot Stix.
The rod features include a stress-free design the company says evenly distributes the load; Thermalon velvet-touch split grips, split reel seats, double-swaged Pac Bay guides with stainless-steel frames and hard-chrome inserts, hook keeper and rubberized cork butt. It’s light for its size, and extremely sensitive. There are two models — the Carrot Stix and Boyd Duckett Classic Gold Carrot Stix. Both come in a variety of casting and spinning models from 61⁄2-71⁄2 feet in medium- fast and medium
actions, and have a suggested retail
price of $149.95 to $249.95 (www.-e21fishing.com).
As long as you have a Carrot, why not add a WaveSpin spinning reel by Doug Hannon? It has a spool edge that looks like 16 waves instead of the traditional smooth lip generally found on spinning reels. The company says this design greatly reduces line friction and adds the ability to cast up to 30 percent farther than other spinning reels. And it does it with zero line tangles,
according to the company.
Features include 8-plus-1 stainless-steel ball bearings, on/off
infinite anti-reverse; graphite body, aluminum handle and comfort-fit knob, multidisc front drag system, lube port and oversized bail roller; and it converts to left- or right-hand retrieve. Offered in three models, DH3000, 4000 and 5000, with gear ratios from 4.9:1 to 5.2:1, suggested retail prices range from $79 to $109 (www.wavespinreel.com).
In the event you prefer a bait-casting rod, the new Bass Pro Shops Nitro Big Bass reel is a good choice, especially if you like to fish Lake Champlain water chestnuts and/or purge the deep matted weeds throughout Saratoga Lake. That’s what this reel is built for, with its fortified, one-piece aluminum frame and deep spool machined from ultra-
high strength aluminum that will hold as much line, monofilament or braided line as you need. The Power Handle is solid forged aluminum, and the gear set and shaft are 100 percent high-strength brass.
Inside are seven double-shielded stainless-steel ball bearings, plus a stainless-steel roller bearing for the PowerLock instant anti-reverse. Other features include an Exclusive
Radial Tuned Braking with externally adjustable magnetic/centrifugal cast control the company says makes casting any bait easy, and a powerful six-disc carbon-teflon drag system that can generate up to 16.5 pounds of run-stopping power. The Nitro has a gear ratio of 6.2:1 that takes up 26 inches of line each time the handle is rotated, weighs 9.95 ounces and will hold 150 yards of 50-pound-test braided line and 175 yards of
It’s called a Big Bass reel, but with these credentials, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it to take on big northern pike in the Great Sacandaga Lake or wrestle with some of those 30-pound, ocean-run stripers when they arrive in the Hudson River next month. Suggested
retail price of this reel is $129 (www.bassproshops.com).
Now, let’s fill these reels with some new line from Sufix. New additions are in the Performance Braid, Siege and Elite lines.
Sufix Braid now has a 40-pound test version with a monofilament equivalent size of 10-pound and comes in lo-vis green, hi-vis yellow and fluorescent neon fire. And the Elite and Siege both now come in camo, and are available in 4-30- pound test. Suggested retail prices of the 330-yard spools of Elite and Siege is $8.99, and Performance Braid, $29-37 (www.sufic.com).
If you hunt woodchucks in the summer or predators in the fall and winter, or just like to plink, Hornady’s new .22 WMR rimfire ammunition with its improved
accuracy and terminal performance should be of interest.
It features a 30-grain, V-Max bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2,200 feet per second and outstanding terminal performance out to 125 yards. Suggested retail price for a box of 50 rounds is $15 (www.hornady.com).
Archery shooters and bowhunters should know about the new compound bow recently released by Limbsaver. The DeadZone
DZ-32 has some pretty impressive numbers and features. Axle to axle, it’s 32 inches, has a 7.25-inch brace height, weighs approximately four pounds, has a hybrid cam system, high-efficiency active transfer cam, LimbSaver Ultra Quads, string leeches, arrow rest pad, arrow shaft impact strip and cable dampener and a high-definition G-1 next-generation camouflage pattern.
This bow is quick, with an International Bowhunting Organization speed of 320 to 330 feet-per-second, measured with a 30-inch bow set at 70 pounds and using a 350-grain
arrow. It is also quiet, and has less than 33 percent felt recoil. The DeadZone is offered in right- and left-handed models, draw lengths from 26 to 30 inches and 50/60/70-pound draw weights. Suggested retail price is $780 (www.limbsaver.com).
To stay on target with that new bow, take a peek through the Sword Acu-Site Twilight Hunter. It has five Zero gap pins, a 2.25-inch round aperture laser etched windage and elevation scale, constructed of 100 percent aluminum, a third axis adjustment, a three-stage LED light, anodized matte black finish and comes in right- or left handed models. The sights are built to stand up to extreme hunting conditions and the vibration of repetitive shooting from today’s high speed bows. Suggested retail price is $98 (www.-swordacusite.com).
When you are trying to make your way quietly through the dark woods into where you are going to set up for that big gobbler next month, the trip in will be a lot easier with the Coast Dual Color Tactical Torch. This flashlight has six high- intensity LEDs — five white and a red. The company says the red can be used when hunting because it won’t spook game. The brightness of the aluminum-casing, lightweight light comes from three AAA batteries that generate 2.28 watts. All this in a
3.7-inch light. Suggested retail price is $54 (www.coastportland.com).
It won’t be too long before campsites are open. If camping is a family affair for you, Columbia has a new two-room dome family tent that sleeps eight. It’s called the Conrad Ridge, model CB-1510, has an overall size of 15×10 feet, a center height of 80 inches and weighs 29 pounds.
Features include a hanging divider that separates it into two rooms, and both the tent and the fly are made of 190 denier waterproof polyester taffeta, and is fire-resistent. It has a GoBe Dry Ultimate rain protection skirting system and camp port power cord passage system to keep the floor dry, and multiple large windows for excellent ventilation. Tent supports are fiberglass poles, and the pegs are steel. The company says it goes up and down easily. The tent and all the poles, etc., go into an expandable carry bag. Suggested retail price for the Conrad Ridge is $199 (www.columbia.com).
Boaters looking for comfort and safety while on board and off will like the new hybrid Leader boat shoe by OTB Footwear. The shoe is engineered using features originally designed for the U.S. military. Tactical rubber technology gives silent traction on both wet and dry surfaces, and all the soles are lugged to help water dispersion. For added comfort, there are recessed arches on the outsoles and mesh ports throughout for water drainage and breathability for quick drying.
The Leader is a lace-less slip-on with oiled trim with a full air mesh vamp. This model is available in mahogany, sand and white/navy and come in sizes 7-12, 13 and 14. Suggested retail price is $89.95
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