What’s new in tackle this year? Plenty...and we fished with it all. Field & Stream testers hit the water with more than 100 pieces of the latest gear, from humble hooks to top-of-the-line high-definition sonar units. We winnowed the list down to 16 standout products that clearly are the Best of the Best.
Rods and Reels: Baitcasting More tackle innovation came at midrange price points for 2012 than in recent years, when lower-end items predominated. If that’s an indicator of an uptick in our general economy, I’m all for it. Tackle technology that was frightfully expensive a year or two ago is now trickling down into lower-priced versions, of which Cabela’s winning entry this year is an excellent example. --John Merwin
Flyfishing Tackle makers, like anglers, are endlessly optimistic, and this past season brought an unusually large number of nominations in the flyfishing category, including a bumper crop of new rods. Although economy and mid-priced gear dominated the product introductions, manufacturers weren’t shy about plunging in with high-end stuff. As always, only the Best of the Best made the cut. --Ted Leeson
Spinning Even when it seems there’s not much that could be done to improve basic spinning tackle, one or more companies manage to come up with something fresh. Quantum and Fenwick are this year’s spinning-gear winners for doing just that. --JM
Increases in temperature may cause localized increases in the amount of toxic mercury introduced into ecosystems, impacting wildlife and eventually the food chain.
A new surge of warm air will trigger another round of severe thunderstorms in parts of the eastern United States Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Unsettled weather will continue through midweek as showers dampen much of Germany.
Spring will get off to a slow start over much of northern Asia and in part of the Middle East, while more typical conditions are in store for most areas farther to the south and east.
After record warmth baked the eastern U.S. during the last full week of February, winter will seek its revenge during the first week of March.
Prior to midweek, severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, downpours and hail will threaten areas from Indiana to Texas.
Millions travel to Washington, D.C., each year to catch a glimpse of the magnificent pink blossoms.