Frankie Costello is a sucker for a front drag reel when light tackle fishing from the shore and kayak, can the rear drag Fladen Maxximus DX2000R spinning reel convince him of the benefits of a well tuned stern drag?
The budget market for fixed spool reels is extremely competitive and quality varies widely, here John Francis Costello tests the Stillwater TSR 5000 available from the Glasgow Angling Centre.
Iridium is a comparatively fresh name on the UK market but the range has rapidly gained a reputation for quality fishing hardware at reasonable prices.
Phil McCabe puts Glasgow Angling Centre’s Stillwater Rapid HR300 fixed spool through its paces and concludes it’s a whole lot of reel for not a lot of money.
Decent shore tackle is not beyond the reach of those who either can’t lay hands on mountains of cash, or others who simply don’t want to break the bank. Currently selling for under £40, the Fisheagle CL50 multiplier reel from
Shore angler Iain Graham was uncomfortable with larger casting multipliers until an imminent trip to South Africa forced his hand. Choosing the powerful Daiwa Saltist STT30H, his verdict is an unflappable reel that eats the roughest rough ground and big
Daiwa’s flagship 7HT MAG ST beach reel is here. Arguably the most audacious and acutely engineered casting reel to date, it pushes previous boundaries and takes an almighty leap towards the Holy Grail that is mechanical perfection. As Steve Souter
Gone are the days when sea anglers were forced to employ fixed spool reels designed for freshwater use, and there is now an excellent array of beefed up reels built specifically for saltwater fishing. The Shimano Navi speed jigging reel
The casting and fishing worlds are buzzing with talk of just how good the new TG-F1 reel really is. Dutch surfcaster, Chris Banham travelled to the UK where he tested the reel and talked to Tony Gittins, the brains and
To quickly discover what a new fixed spool reel is capable of, take it out on a boat and knock seven fishing bells out of the thing. If it comes through unscathed then it will breeze anything likely to be