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* (2 December 2019) In a major consolidation, Van Staal and Fin-Nor brands have been bought by Sycamore Partners, the owners of such brands as Abu Garcia, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, and Shakespeare. Being told a sizeable restructuring is planned.

* (31 October 2019) Shimano began selling a reel named "Spheros SW" that currently comes in 3000/4000 sizes. This reel is nothing like the 2014 Spheros SW, rather a mash-up of existing freshwater reels in an attempt to cash on the very successful name of the 14' Spheros SW. Not saying it's bad, just that it's a different platform that lacks several key design features of the 14' Spheros SW. More information when I'm done testing.

* (20 August 2019) Finally after +2 years of waiting the production Okuma Makaira 10000 reels are rolling off the assembly lines, although still in limited numbers. 

* (30 July 2019) There is a business named "jigging master" who's retailing a spinning reel, and the text on its foot says "jigging master Taiwan". I personally find this to be potentially misleading since I believe it to be a Chinese made branded reel, so I thought I'd prevent any confusion with this note.

* (20 July 2019) The 2019 Stella SW review is done and uploaded. Find it on the Reviews page.

* (10 July 2019) Some of the care products I recommended in the Reel Care article have been discontinued since it was published in 2014. I updated the article itself a few times to include special maintenance tips for some novel designs and features, and will update the obsolete products this summer once I'm done testing a large selection of lubes etc. In other news, keep checking this space. I'll give you some exciting news soon.

* (3 May 2019) Finished testing a large batch of recent Daiwa models, and the Tatula LT stood out as a brilliant performer for not much money. It has been added to the top lists. Fishing as hard as I've ever done, and lots of material coming in the next months. Stay tuned.

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