Fishing Rods

Posted on December 15, 2014 by

5 Christmas gift ideas for Anglers

There are just 10 days left until Christmas. Hopefully, you have all of your shopping done, but if you don’t, we are here for you! Here are a few gift ideas for your favourite angler this Christmas.

Rapala Angry Bird Lures
These have been out for a while now and have proven to work very well. You really can’t go wrong with these, especially for kids who love to play Angry Birds!
Rapala Rattalin Red

Andrea Larko Fish Prints
A great gift for the angler that already has all the fishing equipment they need! Original prints and vinyl decals available in several sizes.
Andrea Larko Art

Z.A.P.S. Gear Survival Grenade
A great gift for the adventurous angler who likes to disappear into the woods for days at a time. The Survival Grenade is a lightweight, compact personal survival kit that include fishing line and hooks.

dizm Eco Eyewear
We’ve been rocking dizm shades for about two years and we absolutely love them. The are great looking, well priced, polarized sunglasses that are environmentally friendly!
dizm eco eyewear

Tackle Industries Pike/Musky Rods
Need the perfect gift for a musky/pike fisherman? Look no further, these rods by Tackle Industries are some of the best musky rods I have ever used. Just imagine the look on their face when you hand them a nine foot long package to unwrap!
Tackle Industries Rod

Posted on March 13, 2014 by

Ice Rods and the Issue of Rod Explosions

I’ve only been ice fishing for 4 years now but I’ve already had most of my ice rods eventually snap in two. Often times this occurs as a result of having a fish on and other times it’s because of poor handling compounded by angler-human error. Since I began ice fishing I’ve seen many soft padded ice fishing bags but rarely have I seen any kind of hard case. Often when I’ve secured my flimsy rod bags to the top of the sled it ends up jammed beneath other gear by the time I’ve trekked to my spot. Usually the rods are protected by the bag but on a few occasions I found a mangled up ice rod mashed down within. This year I came across the Frabill Rod Safe which is a hard plastic ice rod case that is lined with egg carton style foam padding. The case is large and fits up to 8 rod combos. Since I only have 4 combos I opted to fill the rest of the space with a tackle tray and a pair of pliers. Overall the case filled with rods and gear is a little heavy but since I’ll be carrying it in my sled the weight is not that much of a concern. The Rod Safe retails at 69.99, a price that I imagine will pay for itself many times over in unbroken ice combos.

Frabill Rod Safe

Up to this point I’ve been primarily using graphite ice rods which are very light but can also be fairly fragile. Although I find full-sized fiberglass Ugly Sticks are a little heavy for a long day of casting, an Ugly Stick ice fishing rod is reasonably light due its short size. The supposed near indestructibility and long warranty have been the main reasons that I have chosen the Ugly Stick GX2 medium and medium heavy ($19.99 each) ice rods for this hard water season.rod bend The GX2s are hybrids of both graphite and fiberglass with the graphite making up the backbone while the fiberglass adds the sensitive and resilient tip. I’m hoping that these rods hold up to regular hardy treatment and that I will have them for an entire season and beyond. Look forward to future updates on these products as I will be testing them throughout the hard water months.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by

Toronto Sportsman’s Show 2013

The 2013 Toronto Sportsman’s Show is just around the corner, and this year it promises it will be bigger and better than ever! This year’s event will be held at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place, running from February 7th to 10th. We’ll be there documenting this event and looking for some deals!

Toronto Sportsmen's Show

One feature you won’t want to miss is the Berkley School of Walleye Fishing. Berkley Pro and full-time guide, Sheldon Hatch, will be hosting the show.

Visit to save $3 off the price of an adult admission for a limited time.

Posted on January 30, 2013 by

Behold the SmartRod, You Big Dummy

The TACKOBOX SmartRod is supposedly the “world’s first and only programmable fishing rod using computer controlled accelerometer technology”. Which is really just a fancy way of saying it’s a fishing rod with a built-in programmable bite alarm that “feels” vibrations in the rod and alarms when it “thinks” you have a fish. Check out this promo video below and let us know what you think.

The SmartRod won’t be a headline sponsor for the B.A.S.S., but you can bet there’s market for these in the UK where carp fishing and bite alarms go together like fish and chips.

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