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AFFTA flourishes with increased membership
Aug22

AFFTA flourishes with increased membership

  The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has seen tremendous growth to its membership base. The association that represents the American fly fishing trade has reached a milestone that eclipses the 1,000 member mark. AFTTA president Ben Bulis said, “The year I joined AFFTA as its president, we might’ve had 250 members and we used to have to beg to get people to run for the board. It has been the hard work and...

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Rapala hopes to ‘Finnish’ strong for second half of year
Aug21

Rapala hopes to ‘Finnish’ strong for second half of year

  Tackle titan Rapala has reported a one per cent reduction in net sales for the first half of 2019 but is aiming for a strong year-end. Its sales at the halfway point of 2019 sit at €141.2m, compared with €142.5m in 2018. The company’s operating profit dropped by 25 per cent to €11.4m compared to the 2018 figure of €15.3m. Rapala’s president and CEO Jussi Ristimäki said, “Our top line for the first six months developed for the...

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Lew’s Holdings Strikes Deal To Merge With Fox International
Aug01

Lew’s Holdings Strikes Deal To Merge With Fox International

American firm Lew’s Holdings, which specialises in fishing equipment, has struck a major deal that will see the company merge with global fishing tackle manufacturer Fox International. The deal is set to complete at the end of the week with Lew’s reportedly paying in the region of £150m for the iconic brand, started by Cliff Fox back in 1967. Fox is being acquired from current shareholders including Mayfair Equity Partners and Next...

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2019 WORLD PREDATOR CLASSIC WINNERS JOIN THE  WILEY X ELITE FISHING TEAM
Aug01

2019 WORLD PREDATOR CLASSIC WINNERS JOIN THE WILEY X ELITE FISHING TEAM

The Wiley X Elite Fishing Team continues to grow stronger with the recent addition of the 2019 World Predator Classic Winners, Radek Filip and Martin Stepka. Filip and Stepka fought fierce battles, competing against some of the best anglers in the world, including the two time W.P.C. winner Luc Coppens and his new partner Jeroen Eijssens. With everything on the line, the team demonstrated what it takes to become champions as they won...

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EFTTEX:  Is it time for change?
Jul30

EFTTEX: Is it time for change?

The European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) has had its critics over the years but its latest event in June saw a decline in numbers and more dissenting voices. What is its future? As the curtain came down on the 38th EFTTEX show in Brussels amid a drop in both exhibitors and trade buyers, TTW identified a simmering undercurrent of concern. On the outside, EFTTEX is THE European show to be at but, faced with falling...

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Mustad makes the change
Jul17

Mustad makes the change

Amid the ongoing issues surrounding lead weights and associated products, O Mustad and Son is making a stand by introducing an alternative to lead with its tungsten range of products. It’s a fact that lead is a highly toxic chemical element that has negative effects on both the nervous and reproductive systems of humans and animals. For years anglers have used lead in many different applications while fishing however, with increasing...

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