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December 01, 2008

2009 Fishing Gear Premiere

A roundup of cutting-edge tackle and accessories

Abu Garcia Sorön STX
Abu Garcia says it designed the new Sorön spinning reels especially for super lines - meaning anglers won't need to spool up with mono backing or use special knots to tie super line to the spool. The patented Fast Tie Design keeps super line from spinning on the metal cylinder, using two elastomeric rings.
The body, body cover, rotor and bail arm are made from corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy to be super light and durable even with saltwater use. The reels also come with Abu's carbon-matrix drag system, 11 high-performance corrosion-resistant bearings, Duragear gears made of heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant brass, the Everlast bail system, a stainless-steel main shaft and hardware.
With custom arbors for increased line capacity, the 8.2-ounce STX10 holds 110 yards of 6-pound mono; the 9.6-ounce STX20 carries 130 yards of 8-pound; and the 11-ounce STX40 holds 210 yards of 10-pound. The larger 15.5-ounce STX60 can handle 250 yards of 12-pound, and the 21.7-ounce STX70, 250 yards of 17. The reels cost $129.99 (STX10 and STX20), $139.99 (STX40) and $149.99 (STX60 and STX70). Call 800-228-4272, or visit