Several of the prize-winning brands at this year’s EFTTEX fishing tackle trade show held in Amsterdam are available to South African retailers via local distributors.

Daiwa, available locally from The Kingfisher, was the stand-out brand that won three categories: the best Fixed Spool reel (Exist LT), Multiplier reel (18 Ryoga) and Boxes/bags (Prorex Folding lure bucket). The Kingfisher also imports the winning clothing brand (Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket).

Daiwa Fixed Spool Reel, Hardy Saltwater Fly Reel, DAM Madcat Metal Lures.

Rapala VMC won two categories and was runner-up in two more: their Rapala VMC 131 was voted the best braid line, while the Super Shadow Rap won the Hard Lure category. The brand was the runner-up in the Soft Lure category with the X-Rap Peto and in the Metal Lure category with the Storm RIP Spinner Bait. In addition, Rapala VMC in South Africa also distributes the Costa eyewear brand, which was a runner-up in the Sunglasses & Headwear category.

Products from the Pure Fishing stable were runners-up in 4 categories and the winner in one. The Hardy HBX Saltwater was voted the best Fly Reel and  Hardy’s HBX was the runner-up in the Fly rod category. The company also came second in the Rod (Greys GR100) category, while the Abu Garcia Revo 4 Beast was runner-up in the Multiplier reel and Berkley X9 Superline in the Braid categories.

The full list of winners are:

Category Best Runner-up
Rod Okuma Helios SX Pure Fishing Greys GR100
Fly rod Temple Fork Outfitters Axiom ll Switch Pure Fishing Hardy HBX
Fly reel Pure Fishing Hardy HBX Saltwater Sage Spey
Fixed Spool reel Daiwa Exist LT DAM Quick 7
Multiplier reel Daiwa 18 Ryoga Pure Fishing Abu Garcia Revo 4 Beast
Fly line/leader RIO Big Nasty 4D Sink Tip Scientific Anglers Tiemco Amplitude
Mono line FirstDart FD Rxi Fluoro Morris Varivas
Braid Rapala VMC 131 Pure Fishing Berkley X9 Superline
Hard lure Rapala VMC Super Shadow Rap Savage Gear 3D Snake
Soft lure Savage Gear 4D Line Thru Pike Rapala VMC X-Rap Peto
Metal lure DAM Madcat A-Static Rattlin Spoons Rapala VMC Storm RIP Spinner Bait
Accessories Deeper UAB Deeper Start Frichy Titanium Fishing Pliers
Terminal Tackle Mustad Triangle Hook Lerner Fonderie Natsumi System
Clothing Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket Prologic Realtree Jacket + BB
Soft Dough Natural Hookbait Lucky John Slug Trick Worm Energofish Benzar Mix Method Mix
Sunglasses & Headwear Wiley X WX Nash with Kryptek Altitude Costa Del Mar & Leech Eyewear
Boxes, Holdalls, Bags & Luggage Daiwa Prorex Folding XL Lure Bucket Rive RSZ Seatbox
Innovation of the Year CLEE Fishing – Jungle Operator Flex
Visitors’ Choice R.L. Winston – Air Fly For Saltwater

Ten local distributors import these prize-winning brands, some of them import two wining brands, namely The Kingfisher (Daiwa and Snowbee), Rapala VMC (Rapala and Costa), RAD Fishing gear (Prologic, Savage Gear) and Frontier Distribution (Sage and Scientific Anglers).

Local distributor Brands
Frontier Distribution Sage
Frontier Distribution Scientific Anglers
Pure Fishing SA Pure Fishing
RAD Fishing Gear Prologic
RAD Fishing Gear Savage Gear
Rapala VMC Costa del Mar
Rapala VMC SA Rapala VMC
Sensational Angling Okuma
The Kingfisher Daiwa
The Kingfisher Snowbee
The Kingfisher, Mias, Tuckers Tackle, WET Sports Importers Mustad
Wiley-X Wiley X
Xplorer Fly fishing RIO

Next year EFTTEX will be held in Brussels between June 13th to 15th and the following year the European tackle trade show will be held in Prague.