Simms Fishing Products, one of America’s best-known fly fishing brands, has made an investment in a retailer based in Bozeman, Montana – known as the trout fishing capital of the US.
The company – winner of an unprecedented ten awards at last month’s IFTD trade show awards – has partnered with The River’s Edge Fly Shop, which was established in 1983 and has two speciality retail stores in the city. It is the only business to stock the entire Simms product line.
“Once we decided to move forward with this initiative, The River’s Edge was an obvious first choice to have this conversation,” said Simms Executive Chairman K.C. Walsh. “Not only has it been a key partner of ours since its inception, but it is a leader in the industry and a mainstay in Montana fly fishing.”
“This expanded partnership allows us to get closer to the fishing consumer and provides a living retail laboratory right in our own backyard,” added Simms CEO Casey Sheahan. “We are excited about what we can accomplish together.”
“Not only has Simms been the leader in the manufacturing of quality and innovative products, it is the most progressive company that we do business with,” said Dan Lohmiller, co-owner of The River’s Edge. “Its forward-thinking has compelled us to take a more aggressive approach to the retail side of fly fishing and enhancing the customer experience. We are excited to deepen..Continue Reading
Top Polish fishing tackle supplier Abramis – owner of the popular Mikado brand – unveiled its new products for the 2020 season at a series of presentations to its retailers and distributors across Europe.
Among an impressive line-up of all types of tackle for the new season was the launch of its new Dream Line collection of lines and braids. “Each line is a separate concept and made to meet the demands and requirements set by modern angling. They are also made of top materials available on the market,” said product development specialist, Kamil Czermiński.
The company said that the focus of all the new products was on functionality, innovation and design. All stages of the design process were supervised by Wojciech Kurowski, President and founder of the company, in tandem with members of the Product Development Team.
“As active anglers, we know all too well what are the key elements in achieving success and that is precisely why we pay attention to every tiniest detail during the design process,” said Wojciech Młynarczyk, tester and member of the Product Development Team.
New models for the ever-popular and growing spinning fishing sector were particularly well received. Czermiński told the audience: “Spinning is a key technique for Abramis and one of our strengths. I cannot imagine a season when we do not introduce new products for the technique.”
Concluding the presentation, Kurowski said that all the..Continue Reading
Hungarian fishing tackle manufacturer Energofish, a winner at this year’s EFTTEX trade show, has also proved a hit with anglers, taking five awards at last weekend’s Ponty Carp Show in its home country.
The event, held at the Hungexpo in Budapest, attracted more than 13,000 anglers – an increase of around 10% on last year – from across the country as well as neighbouring Slovakia, Romania, Serbia and the Czech Republic.
Energofish visited the podium to pick up awards for the Bokor Pro Spin (spinning reel), Wizard Lip-Grip (predator accessory), Sonik Xtractor (feeder reel), Wizard Lure Bag (luggage) and Navitas Scout 2.0 Jacket (clothing).
As well as carp fishing, the event also featured products related to feeder fishing and spinning tackle for predator angling.
The event attracted 115 exhibitors from ten countries and included Sonik, Fox International, Nash, Korda, Guru, Salmo and Energofish.
Sándor Sujkó, Product Manager at Energofish, said: “The offer from exhibitors was wide and varied, from swivels, hooks and lures to off-road vehicles, boats and the latest sonars.”.. Continue Reading
Award-winning U.S.-based Mayfly Outdoors, owner of the Ross and Abel fly reel brands, has acquired the international fly line manufacturer, Airflo Fishing.
Based in the UK, Airflo is a leader in fly line technology, including industry standard loops and tungsten line materials.
"Working with like-minded people who are dedicated to the industry bodes well for the long term future of all the brands," said Gareth Jones, Director of Sales at Airflo. "We are incredibly excited about the opportunities presented by this partnership."
The Airflo business is renowned for its expertise in thermoplastic engineering, making it one of the most unique businesses in the industry, according to Craig Baker, Mayfly Outdoors VP Business Development. "We are very impressed by the Airflo team because they bring a high level of technical knowledge of fly lines and manufacturing," he said. "The business complements our current brands well."
Mayfly will now employ over 100 people across several facilities operating in California and Wales. Baker added that the acquisition will provide the opportunity to restructure internal operations and distribution networks. "Our goal will be to give customers the best products available," he added.
The acquisition will also allow both the Abel and Ross to have a stronger presence in several key markets across Europe, while giving Airflo a centralised location in the leading fly fishing market in the world – the Rocky Mountain region... Continue Reading
Bass Pro Shops’ decision to relocate 118 jobs from its Cabela’s operation in Sidney to its own headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, has come as a further blow to the small Nebraskan town.
Cabela’s home in Sidney once employed some 2,000 people at its peak, almost a third of the town’s entire population. Today, following Bass Pro Shops’ $5.5billion acquisition of its rival in 2017, only around 200 remain.
“This is extremely sickening,” said Roger Galloway, the Mayor of Sidney. “These are people who live in Sidney and have been a part of the community for a long time, just like many before them who lost their jobs. We are very disappointed to see this happen.”
Bass Pro Shops said that employees among the 118 who choose not to move to Springfield will be offered severance and outplacement support.
“The relocation is consistent with the company’s long-term commitment to efficiently provide the highest levels of service,” said Bass Pro Shops spokesman, Jack Wlezien.
It has not been made clear how many Cablea’s jobs will eventually remain in the 15-building complex that dominates the Sidney skyline. The town dates back to 1867 and owes it existence to the Union Pacific Railroad.
The outdoor superstore chain was founded by Dick Cabela in 1961... Continue Reading
Yeti has expanded into the do-it-yourself space with the announcement of a new wholesale partnership with US chain, Lowe’s.
The high-end cooler maker, a former award-winner at ICAST, the world's biggest fishing tackle trade show, has also increased inventory in an effort to avoid the potential impact of tariffs due to be imposed on certain Chinese imports on December 15.
Yeti already has wholesale partnerships with Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, West Marine and Williams-Sonoma.
It will begin rolling out products at Lowe’s during the end of this year and, based on results, continue through early 2021.
“We have targeted Lowe’s Home Improvement as both a strong rounding out within the DIY space and a broader extension with the pro customer for the Yeti brand,” said Yeti CEO, Matt Reintjes.
Yeti also increased inventory levels in Q3 by 33%, to $209.15m compared to $157.67m in the same period last year, to cushion the blow of the planned tariffs.
The increase was mostly seen in drinkware, which made up 56% of net sales in the quarter. Yeti has already increased inventory by 21% in the previous quarter.
Reintjes said the company was not currently planning to move its drinkware supply chain out of China because there were other options to mitigate tariffs before going down that route.
However, Yeti has begun relocating..Continue Reading
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