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Field and Stream Names Best New Fishing Gear

2012 Fishing Best of the Best Award Winners Announced

New York, NY, February 22, 2012Field & Stream magazine gave top honors to the world’s best new fishing products today in the magazine’s annual Fishing Best of the Best roundup. Winners were rigorously tested by panels of experts who selected 16 new products as the best in their class. The Fishing Best of the Best Award winners are featured in Field & Stream’s March issue, on newsstands today.   

“We tested more than 100 pieces of the latest gear and winnowed it down to the standout products that clearly are the Best of the Best,” says Slaton White, Deputy Editor of Field & Stream. “We spend months battle-testing equipment in every major category to hone in on the gear we think will help our readers have the best possible day on the water.”

Field & Stream’s list of the best fishing equipment highlights items in six categories: Bait Casting, Spinning, Fly Fishing, Lures and Accessories, Outerwear and Marine Electronics. The gear-test panels are made up of Field & Streameditors and gear fanatics who have centuries of collective fishing experience. The group evaluates products based on performance, ability to deliver in the field, reasonable and fair pricing, design and usefulness to anglers.

For more on Field & Stream’s Fishing Best of the Best Awards, please see the March issue of the magazine or visit FieldandStream.com

FIELD & STREAM'S 2012 FISHING BEST OF THE BEST WINNERS:

BAIT CASTING

  • Cabela’s Platinum ZX Rods
  • Daiwa T3 Ballistic Reel

FLY FISHING

  • Sage 586-4 One Rods
  • Ross F1 #3 Reel
  • MFC Waterproof Boat Box
  • L.L.Bean Waterproof Hybrid Duffle

MARINE ELECTRONICS

  • Hummingbird 1158C DI

SPINNING

  • Quantum EXO Reel
  • Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth Rods

LURES & ACCESSORIES

  • Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler
  • Sebile D&S Crank
  • VMC Spinshot Hooks

OUTERWEAR

  • Patagonia Rio Azul Waders
  • Cabela’s E.C.W.C.S. Thermal Zone Polartec Power Dry Baselayer System
  • Simms ProDry Jacket and Bibs
  • Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack

Field and Stream, The World’s Leading Outdoor Magazine, is the country’s largest enthusiast title and most recognized outdoor publication. Devoted to the complete outdoor experience and lifestyle, Field & Stream (FieldandStream.com) gives its readers the knowledge and inspiration to pursue the sports they love. It celebrates the outdoor experience with great stories, compelling photography and sound advice, while honoring the traditions hunters and fishermen have passed down for generations. Established in 1895, Field & Stream is published 11 times per year by the Bonnier Corporation.

The Bonnier Corporation (bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.

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