Shipping and displaying fishing tackle products around the world for show have inherent dangers. Prototypes are often on display so the loss or damage in transit to these non-production items are worrisome. But so, too, is theft.

Not just because someone walked away with a Velcro-backed sample pack, the fact is, unveiling something new to the fishing industry could be such a windfall in sales or distribution, so stolen goods could actually represent the effort to pirate design or component elements that might be sold as original, to the unsuspecting angling world.

Heck, we’ve had our suspicions on similar maneuvers on odd occasions in the past at the U.S. national trade show. One company comes out with the XYZ, and three hours later another company holds a press conference and unveils something that looks pretty much like the new XYZ.

Well, the roots of that  just happened in Paris, France where the annual EFTTEX (European Fishing Tackle Trade Exposition) was held. True, this wasn’t a bass fishing product, but “copyists” as they were referred to, are alleged to have absconded with a new French-made fly reel from among the Best of Show winners. Now the European trade group is warning distributors, in case a similar product suddenly becomes available, probably at a better wholesale price.

Of course, ICAST is coming up this summer in Florida and American brands as well as those with other worldwide addresses will be showcased. However, with what goes on in the shadows, when it comes to identifying new concepts from imitations, you’re kind of on your own.


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