Outdoor Retailer Preview: New Fishing Gear

Never worry about being stuck in the wilderness with nothing to eat again—as long as there is a healthy river nearby

Spin Hiker.     Photo: Fikkes

Last year, Washington State-based Fikkes introduced the world’s first fishing pole/trekking pole. The contraption houses a fishing rod blank inside a hollow aluminum trekking pole. With just a few quick adjustments, you can transform your traditional-looking trekking pole into a fishing rod.

This spring the company will add a more affordable Spin Hiker to its Fly Hiker. The new pole uses a sturdy aluminum trekking pole frame. The inner rod is built with fishing industry veteran G.Loomis custom fishing blanks and Black Diamond Flick Locks. Extended, the setup measures eight feet long. The whole package weighs the same a a couple of Clif Bars (around nine ounces), but promises to provide backcountry nourishment that tastes a whole lot better. Pike, bass and pan fish beware.

Fikkes poles are made in the United States with a 100-percent lifetime warranty. Available spring 2013; $200; fikkes.com.

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