There is still no news as to the whereabouts of a top new reel that was believed stolen from the Best New Product Stand at this year’s EFTTEX.
Major French fly fishing tackle manufacturer JMC fears that one of its most prized reels may have fallen into the hands of copyists following its disappearance.
The company’s Galaxy fly reel was taken from the Best New Product stand at EFTTEX on the last day of the exhibition. Managing Director Andrew Ayer told Angling International magazine: “It is not so much the value of the product that worries us. We are more upset about the copy issues. If the wrong people took this reel we will see copies within the next few months.
“We have worked very hard on this multiplier fly reel. It is very innovative with a narrow extra large arbor spool. It will be devastating if it has fallen into the wrong hands and is copied.”
The reel is so highly rated that it was commended in the EFTTEX New Product Awards in the fly reel category, making it even more attractive to copyists.
Andrews Ayer added: “We want to warn the trade that if a supplier is offered a similar reel it is more likely to be a copy and we would strongly urge them to report it to EFTTA or Mouches de Charette so proper action can be taken.”