Egerfish’s LeadFree range captures the moment at EFTTEX
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The recent move to reduce the use of lead weights and sinkers in the Netherlands will spark further interest in makers of lead-free products at EFTTEX.
Egerfish, from the Czech Republic, is a company at the forefront of the lead free movement with its new LeadFree range that includes weights, split shot, swivels, jigheads and feeders. Visitors to the show will no doubt be interested by the company’s claim that its products ‘perform in exactly the same way as lead’.
OEM business Geoson has also developed three versions of lead-free sinkers at its factory in Vietnam and Managing Director Jim Harris expects big interest over the remainder of the show.
Fly fishing shops keen to stay in tune with developments in the US will be interested by the presence of Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and R.L. Winston at EFTTEX. Both companies are making their debuts at the show and come with new rods for European anglers.
TFO plans to ‘aggressively attack’ the European market with its Axiom II Switch and Professional II Series. The first offers easy-loading and close quarter casting in medium action, while the second is a series of two-handed, medium-fast models with progressive tapers.
R.L. Winston celebrates its 90thanniversary next year and will showcase its legacy as a high-end fly fishing brand with its new Salt AIR series for the big game market and its new PURE range, a light line freshwater collection with bush, light nymph and dry fly actions.
The growing tools category is well represented in Amsterdam, with US brand Cuda and Chinese manufacturer Frichy among those bringing new ideas to Amsterdam. A relative newcomer to the market after launching in 2014, Cuda benefits from parent company Acme’s titanium bonded technology and the design expertise of longtime charter boat captain Rick Constantine.
Frichy promises plenty that is new and different at this year’s show, such as its latest TX01 fishing pliers and a new carbon fibre gaff. The company is also making it easier for customers by segregating products in clear categories including saltwater, freshwater, carp and fly.
When it comes to lures, there will be the usual mix of products falling into either the eye-catching gimmicks or functional, fish-catching categories. Customers will make their own judgements.
But the most-talked about lures on show this year will likely include the Effzett Eisvogel from DAM, three new saltwater swimbaits from Canadian brand LIVETARGET, the new Bass Hopper and Cod Hopper surface baits from Australia’s JM Gillies and prototypes of a new, smaller lure series from Headbanger in Sweden.