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5 questions to Forge Tackle’s Enrico Parmeggiani

Forge Tackle, one of our loyal print advertisers, is a fairly new brand to the European carp trade, based of years and years of experience in the field. Based in Bled, they do direct sales only which means better prices (no reps, no middlemen, no shops that need to make profit) and ship out to all over Europe, lots into Belgium and Holland too. We asked their main man Enrico Parmeggiani a couple of questions, here we go.

Keen Monkey Climber magazine readers have seen big Forge Tackle adverts in our latest issues, can you present your fairly new brand to our readership and online followers please? 

“Oh well, let’s say that the main idea behind Forge Tackle for me has been to create a company, or a brand if you wish, that could suit my ideas, my ethos, my personal interpretation of carp fishing and my private life, without being forced to the daily rat race of numbers and turnover. I’ve been working full time on product development since 2010 for one of the biggest companies on this business, and to be honest I absolutely love this job, but after the birth of my daughter back in 2017 it wasn’t possible for me anymore to keep up with the tasks and all the travelling involved in my job. So I resigned from my position of product manager in December 2017 and during the following 6 months I’ve been basically working to finalise all the open projects I had and to give a bit of training to the person who was going to take my position over. June 2018 I was ‘free’ (actually jobless is more appropriate) and thinking of what to do… As soon the news about me leaving the company became official I had been contacted by a few other companies in the trade but none of the proposals I received was appealing to me, mostly because I knew I would be ending up exactly in the same situation as before. That is why at the end of August 2018 I decided to create something by myself, and now here it is: Forge Tackle!”

As you just said, you have a long history in the tackle trade yourself so we can imagine Forge Tackle must have some clever items in its range. Can you tell us a bit more and talk us through some highlights in the range please?

“Yes, 2021 will be my 17th year of working full time in the carp fishing business. Started as a sales man, I’ve seen basically all the in and out aspects of this trade, it has been a really nice and funny ride I must say and I’ve been lucky enough to meet hundreds of super cool people from every corner of this planet along the way, some of which became really good friends. In general a great life and professional experience!

This year we also introduced our first two range of rods and it has been a blast to be honest, especially the Bullet as the price tag is incredible for that quality and components used. In the first two months we shipped out approx. 600 rods, and we have received tons of super positive feedback from our customers which is really rewarding!

The biggest highlight from the range at the moment is the Mini Pod X, a super simple product that has been understood and accepted really well, right now as we speak we have shipped out nearly 3500 Mini Pod in just 18 months of business. Nothing relevant for a multi million company for sure but for a small business like us it’s pretty damn good !

If you bare with me i would like to tell a bit about the story behind that specific product… A couple of years ago i made one Mini Pod just for my own use here in Bled, as in many swims where I like to fish banksticks are not really a good solution. I wanted something super light, compact and stable that I can just place everywhere and be ready in a second. One day our mutual friend Felix van der Marel was fishing with me here in Bled and as soon as he saw it he was like ‘Man, what the hell is that? I WANT ONE !’. I didn’t pay too much attention to that (editorial note: neither do we when Felix gets excited, lol), but then overtime Felix was pushing me more and more to have one and we started to discuss that little pod seriously, so I actually realised that if done correctly and sold at the right price it could have been a winner. I mean, if you look at this product it is not rocket science really, it is super simple, made with just a few things in mind: easy and quick to set up, weightless and ultra compact, reliable, cheap. Why cheap? Because in my mind this rod pod is a second set-up for most of the people, something to be used for quick sessions on small lakes or canals, urban fishing and stuff like that. So everyone should be able to get one without being worried of draining the wallet. 

Other than that the Specimen Retention sling with foldable design has been a great success, first production was of 250 pcs and they got sold out in a month, so I can see that people like the idea of having a large retainer sling that pack away in half the size, it will soon be in stock again in two sizes.

Then there’s the Hydra EVA Bags. The four top of the range models are selling REALLY well, and I’m very pleased with that because we have been the first company in the carp angling to propose EVA bags with ultra thick walls and the modular concept of internal trays and pouches, right now I’m working on three new models so stay tuned. Please note I’m talking about the four top of the range bags, to the Classic range which is a very basic waterproof bag already in the market since a few years…

Last but not least, not at all, is our 100% plastic free (!) packaging for hooks and terminal tackle. I personally hate plastic, and i think our industry is using way too much of it, surely it helps to get the products well displayed in shops, but as i don’t really have this need i decided to go plastic free for as many product as i can, and for the others to reduce as much as I can the materials used for packaging.” 

What surprises us more, is that your range even consists of some proper handwork done by yourself (i.e. the rigs in their plastic free packages). Why do you choose to do this with so little time on your hands? What makes these rigs so special?

“I just love making that stuff!! It’s a bit like playing crossword to me, I know I’m a bit of a weirdo on this matter as NO ONE of the people I know loves tying rigs but I do… The Fluorocarbon Ronnie-D was something I used to do for my own fishing for quite some time, I love it because when fishing with a single pop up presentation this solution gives me much more confidence, compared to the traditional Ronnie (or Spinner Rig), the bait has way more freedom of movement and it has a bit more distance from the hook. Yes, I’m mega busy and to produce the Fluorocarbon Ronnie-D takes quite some time, but it’s just a matter of being well organised. Normally one evening every week is enough for me to keep up with the orders, but also when I’m fishing you will not see me fooling around with the mobile phone on social media and stuff, most likely I’m tying up rigs! Right now I’m working on a new model as well that should be ready very soon.

At the moment I’m working as well with some local companies here in Slovenia for the development of hardware products, if everything goes according to plan I will have some more ‘made in Bled’ stuff ready for next season.”

Brings us to Forge Tackle being based in the iconic Bled, Slovenia. You yourself are Italian, you ship out all over Europe. What is the main aim of Forge Tackle and how can people from the Benelux order?

“Yes correct, I left Italy back in 2010 and since then I’ve been living in four different countries, ending up here in Bled, Slovenia. This is a truly beautiful country and since we moved here we decided to stay here and not to move anymore. So it felt logical to set up Forge Tackle here. 

Yes I’m Italian, but over the last decade I spent most of my time abroad and now I have friends and different kind of connections in every European country so it would have been limiting and non sense for me to start a new brand as a ‘local’ brand only. Today’s world is extremely well interconnected and shipping product across Europe is not that expensive anymore. We have a shipping cost flat rate of just 8 Euro for 90% of the countries in Europe and free delivery for orders above 150 Eur. This, together with the really competitive price and our direct sales system (no middlemen, no reps, no shops) makes shopping in our webstore pretty convenient and interesting from everywhere around Europe, and of course in the Benelux too. 

Actually the Benelux has been a really nice surprise for me, even if i didn’t pushed very hard on the promotion of the brand over there I’m shipping products on a daily basis to Belgium and the Netherlands.”

For those of you who haven’t ordered from Enrico at Forge yet, please do. What can we expect in the future from Forge Tackle?

“Who knows! I have a list of ideas that could easily circle up Bled lake if I write it down, but as you can imagine it takes time (and money) to develop your own stuff, especially if you are a new and small company like Forge Tackle, but what I can say is that I will have some new addition on my landing net range, slings and a pretty extensive assortment of terminal tackle soon, including three totally new models of hooks I’ve been developing with Maruto in Japan. On the hardware side I’m working on a couple of rod pods that I’m trying to produce here in Slovenia and a bivvy with a totally new design, but for these products I will take all the time I need to make sure they are done properly. 

Regarding the brand my dream is to grow it slowly but steadily and to be able to involve other passionate carp anglers in the process, to create some kind of open workshop with anglers from different countries to share experiences and ideas, which is exactly what I’m doing today with the guys in the team, just on a bigger scale!!”

Watch this space as we’ll have some mega Forge Tackle news in the coming months! In the meantime, go visit www.forgetackledirect.com 

Ridge Monkey’s The Great Escape is back!

Ridge Monkey’s The Great Escape is BACK! Episode two is here!! With more fun, laughter, carp and death defying challenges, than before! The lads head to the beautiful French Alps in search of carp, though there’s a physical challenge that will put them to the test, both physically and mentally. Will they all live to tell the tale?

Join Dave Levy, Jay Cater & James Armstrong in episode 2 of The Great Escape! The lads head to one of the most scenic fishing locations they’ve ever had the opportunity to fish. They take on the much-loved challenge thrust upon them, while Jay encounters a near death experience in the process. But what Alpine carp will grace their nets during this epic angling adventure?

Avid Carp Benelux A-Team sessions, Big Dutch mirrors

24 uur met… Bas van der Werff: ” Is origineel de naam van deze video serie maar nu ben ik zelf de cameraman & editor van Avid, dus om en goed beeld van mijn Nederlandse visserij te laten zien heb ik wat meer tijd genomen dan 24 uur. ik neem jullie mee in mijn voorjaar campagne op een BIKKEL hard dressuur water. Hier verbreek ik zelfs mijn PB! en meerdere 20kg plus vissen zien de binnenkant van mijn net een voorjaar om van te dromen! ik vertel jullie hoe ik dit beleef en wat mijn ervaringen waren op dit toch wel heel bijzondere water!”

Watch & enjoy!

5 questions with Maurice Flanx & a mega giveaway!

We met up with Maurice from the German brand Flanx recently, a proper old school German angler running his own brand for a couple of years now. Mostly in Germany and Austria for now, but he’s coming to Belgium/Benelux now too! We posed him 5 questions & we have a mega giveaway for our customers!

Hi Maurice, can you introduce the Flanx brand to the Benelux please? You’re from Germany yourself, and we’re pretty sure a lot of people have heard about Flank on social media, or seen you at Zwolle or even at the Belgian show Carp Bredene.

“Hi Gio.. Yes, a few Dutch & Belgium anglers might have seen me on the Carp Bredene show, in the very early stages of Flanx, where I had the chance to show a bit of the then coming products (I couldn’t sell anything as these were samples still…) A wider audience saw me on the last two Zwolle Shows, and especially on the last one we did extremely well. Shame there isn’t one this year due to Covid…”

You have a long history in the angling industry, can you tell us a bit more about that and in what way Flanx is the fruit of your past experiences?

“Where should I start… Being from Cologne I started to fish Dutch and Belgium waters at the age of 18 and so I got influences from England, Belgium, Holland and Germany. This can still be found in my tackle today! In the past I worked for Korda, ACE, Taska, Ultimate and DAM, and all of this culminated in Flanx! Flanx is the first time where I can decide totally on my own! Fruits of this are my Carp1 and Inceptor rods, the nowadays nearly famous and protected CarpSub Retainer, tents, nets or some specimen gear like the Barbel Retainer or the Specimen Mat! Everything is really my brainchild and not just some random labelled Chinese stuff!”

Not many people will now, but we at Monkey Climber had a significant hand in Flanx 🙂 Explain that to our readership please!

“You? No! 😂 No, you had your significant influence in the form of the logo… You (or better your lovely girlfriend) made it! It is everything I wanted… Simple but somehow clever and memorable! I loved it from the first moment, made a little twist et voilà!

You yourself or one of the original old school carpers in Germany, there’s even a couple of pics of yours in our upcoming issue. Tell us a bit more about your angling life and love, buddy.

“As I said, from 18 till my mid twenties I fished mainly in Dutch and Belgium waters due to their vicinity from where I live.. Some friendships are till today valid, like Mario Gijbels, Rudi DeZutter, Leon Sturme, Herman Koene… Later I started to fish some French & Hungarian venues. I am a kind of modern cold school angler! My whole life I fished a minimum of 2 nights a week, most times even 3 or 4 nights. I do fish now for carp and the Englisch way for 34 years… I caught 50s in 8 European countries and 40s in eleven.. I simply love carp and carpfishing but I do also a bit specimen hunting and fly fishing! Due to some health issues my fishing suffers a lot recently but also this will be better again in future!”

Last question: you sent us two huge boxes containing these three very bad ass Flanx mats. What’s so new and special about them? They seem ever so durable, waterproof and fish friendly to us, but we’d like to hear the details in your own words as you have designed them thoroughly and with care.

“Again, where should I start… The three mats are design wise maybe familiar cause I copied twice myself and one time Jamie Smith. The Flat Mat is down to the old Jamie Smith / Nix mat. So roughly 25 years old! But I changed it a bit and add a rim to it! The second mat is a copy of my Taska Surecare mat! And the third, the WPM XL is a copy of my Nylon TransCarp Mat, which I still sell! So three copies and what? The secret is that all three are fully waterproof! The whole mats are made of sealed PVC (Tarpaulin) and gives complete waterproofness! Yes, they are a bit more expensive but they are made to last! We decided not to use a net at the bottom, so water can be filed in the WPM and XL! Due to the materials used, they belong to the safest mats around! We give a Flat Mat and a WPM Mat away to two of your readers/customers!”

That’s mega buddy, we would like to give them away at the end of the month February to two of our customers in the way we did our competitions last year: anyone buying anything from our monkeyclimber.bigcartel.com site during this month enters the comp automatically, my kid will draw two winners at the end of the month!

“Fair enough! Be lucky!”

Flanx WPM Flat Mat

Flanx WPM Mat

Flanx WPM Mat XL

Speero Tackle: a brandnew top quality UK brand coming to Europe too!

Speero tackle: the beginning of a new era

As many carp anglers or anglers will know, a carp-based brand doesn’t come out of the woodwork very often. Everyone likes their luggage to be functional and user friendly. Working alongside a couple of established brands in other outdoor sectors, plus many years’ experience has gone into the creation of our new luggage range. Two carp anglers, Dean and I (Ross) have been in the trade for a fair while. Wehave put together 35+ years trade experience and over 53 years of carp angling experience to good use. We have been working side by side designing products to be prototyped, adjusted and everything in between. Dean is a specialist when it comes to designing products having designed a fair few products in the past, where my field is more social media, advertising and photography based. Having worked together in the past we have both established a good working relationship. 

You’re probably wondering where the name “Speero Tackle” came from? Well, the only way we can really put it is like this – we sat and went through many names over countless hours in the office with our directors and the name Speero had arisen. The other way we look at is if you take the name Apple for instance, no disrespect to the brand but what relevance does Apple have to technology? 

Since the day we launched, we have certainly produced a few game changing products which have turned many heads. Our flagship products are our modular range which encompasses a few fair-sized items of luggage i.e. Modular Bait bag, Modular Carryall and Modular Rucksack. The modular items feature a buckle on each corner which allows you to attach one of our clip-on bags which are available in a cool and standard version. 

In addition to the range, we also have a whole host of pouches and an ever-growing clothing line, from a waterproof suit to fleece wear for the colder months. We really recommend you look at the range on our website and see what you think, we really do have something for everyone. This is just the start for the brand, and we intend on doing everything we can to keep it moving forward. 

Discover now from www.speero.co.uk and soon in EU tackle shops too!

Banktime Stories 6 nu live!

banktime stories 6 nu live

In deze compleet nieuwe serie karperfilms nemen de mannen achter de merken POLEPOSITION, GRADE en SAGA je mee naar de waterkant. Prachtige, spectaculaire en sfeervolle beelden op wisselende locaties en wateren die bol staan van de beleving, actie en uiteraard mooie vissen!

Het is inmiddels al weer december en Pieter en Saron zijn voor deze aflevering van BTS op Forest Valley. Dit kleine 3 ha water ligt verscholen tussen de bossen in het Limburgse Arcen. Gezien de weersomstandigheden belooft het een taaie sessie te worden en zullen de mannen de trukendoos los moeten trekken en alles op alles zetten om een blank te vermijden. Gaat het ze lukken? Jullie gaan het zien in BTS 6! Enjoy!!!

 

Carp Zwolle 2020 beursnieuws POLE POSITION, GRADE en SAGA

Carp Zwolle 2020 beursnieuws POLE POSITION, GRADE en SAGA

Uiteraard zijn de merken POLE POSITION, GRADE en SAGA weer van de partij in Zwolle. Ook dit jaar weer met een aantal nieuwe en innovatieve producten. Je kunt ons vinden op stand nummer 417. Hieronder alvast een sneak preview van een aantal nieuwe producten. Voor het volledige pakket nodigen we jullie graag uit om een bezoek aan onze stand te brengen!

pole position

 

Fixaligners

Dit buitengewoon innovatieve product is in de eerste plaats een hulpmiddel om de haak beter te laten draaien /inhaken. Er wordt een  kunstmatige, zeer stijve verlenging van de haaksteel gecreëerd. Tegelijkertijd vormt  de aligner een geheel  met een stijf rubbertje op de haaksteel dat de hair fixeert en dus op de goede plek houdt.  De hair vertrekt dus altijd vanuit de ideale positie vanaf de haaksteel. Het bovenste gedeelte van deze volledig unieke fixed hair aligner geeft tevens ruimte om op te schuiven over de haaksteel gedurende de inhaking en dril van een vis. Na de vangst kan de fixed hair aligner weer in zijn oorspronkelijke positie worden gebracht. Verkrijgbaar in een small eb medium versie. Check de video hier.

Pole position Rizers

De Rizer is een ware lust voor het oog. De full Carbon body is te combineren met 5 verschillende kleuren magneetkoppen. De hanger kan verzwaard worden met het bijgeleverde gewichtje. Daarnaast kun je kiezen voor de stainless ballchain versie of voor de black edition met normale ketting. Het easy release connector systeem staat garant voor een snel en veilig transport. Beide uitvoeringen zijn verkrijgbaar in 5 verschillende kleuren. Check de video hier. 

CS Safety Leadclip System/Leader

Dit uiterst innovatieve lead clip systeem onderscheidt zich door het feit dat de leader/hoofdlijn niet meer geheel door de clip heen loopt. Middels een speciaal ontwikkelde Central Shocker Snap & Pin vertrekt de rig vanuit de zijkant van de clip, waardoor de vis zich direct op het volledige loodgewicht zal prikken. Zodra de vis met zijn kop gaat schudden zal het ‘shocker effect’ optreden en een twee keer zo snelle beetregistratie plaats vinden. Bij een eventuele lijnbreuk kan de vis zich van het gehele systeem ontdoen en daarmee wordt de visveiligheid ten allen tijde gewaarborgd. Door het specifieke, gestroomlijnde design van dit unieke en subtiele systeem blinkt het uit in effectiviteit! Zowel met als zonder leader verkrijgbaar en in de kleuren weedy green en muddy silt. 

LICHTERE VERSIES VAN HET CENTRAL SHOCKER SYSTEM!

Het Central Shocker lood sloeg in als een bom en was in de gewichten vanaf 113gr tot 172gr leverbaar. Omdat we veel vraag kregen naar lichtere varianten zijn nu ook de 99gr en de 84gr Action Packs tijdens Carp Zwolle verkrijgbaar! 

Slackliner Fluorocarbon

100% Fluoro Carbon. Een zeer snel zinkende, slijtvaste en goed te werpen 100% fluoro carbon hoofdlijn die onder water vrijwel geheel onzichtbaar is. Door de beperkte rek is deze lijn zowel voor de visserij op korte als op lange afstand een perfecte keuze. Bekijk de video hier.

Tungsta Flex

Dit gecoate onderlijnmateriaal heeft een extreem sterke en matte coating, die voorzien is van tungsten om ervoor te zorgen dat het materiaal nog sneller naar de bodem afzinkt. De coating zorgt ervoor dat zelfs tijdens extreme worpen de onderlijn niet in de war raakt. Daarbij brengt het semi-stijve materiaal de rig altijd weer in positie; ideaal als je last hebt van kreeft of dwergmeerval. De kern is uiterst soepel en bezit dezelfde matte kleur.

 

GRADE

 

Grade N’Dorser

Deze schitterende, elegante 10FT karperhengel is afgewerkt met zorgvuldig geselecteerde materialen zoals Japanse 'HIGH-Performance' carbon, FUJI hengelcomponenten en SIC geleide ogen. Verkrijgbaar in twee testcurves 2.75 en 3lbs. Uiteraard volop op voorraad tijdens de beurs! Bekijk de video hier.

grade retainer sling

De Grade Retainer Sling is een zeer degelijke weegzak die tevens gebruikt kan worden om de vis voor een korte periode te laten bijkomen. Let op; het is geen bewaarzak! De robuuste ritsen lopen in de bodem verder door zodat de vis er eenvoudiger uit kan zwemmen. Voorzien van grote drijvers en reflecterende banden. Gezekerde ritsen en een uit mesh opgemaakte bodem.  Ontluchtingsgaten, bankstickschroef, stevig koord en oranje marker.

 

SAGA

 

Het hele Saga pakket is tijdens de beurs te verkrijgen en uiteraard geven we weer gratis Saga’s weg! Pick a mix! Een gevulde SAGA beker met jouw favoriete smaak! Een schitterende kans om The Gamechanger eens te testen! Uitzonderlijk aas ontstaat niet per toeval. Onze visie met betrekking tot dit aas is gebaseerd op het blindelings vertrouwen in de unieke signaalwerking die uitgaat van de kracht van fermentatie. Met de eerste greep uit de zak weet je dat je een winnaar in handen hebt! Bekijk de video hier.

TIPS & Tricks

Saron Debets, Pieter van de Werfhorst en Koen koops zullen het hele weekend aanwezig zijn. Zij  laten je graag alle bovenstaande (nieuwe) producten in de praktijk zien en geven je uiteraard meer uitleg als je dat wilt. 

Wij spreken je graag tijdens Carp Zwolle!

 

Claudia Darga on the MC Syndicate & Win a Ridgemonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster!

Claudia Darga on the MC Syndicate 

To call the Monkey Climber syndicate we run the best lake Belgium might be a bit too much of an honour lol, but it just shows how much fun Hassan, Claudia & the crew had when we had them over a couple of months ago. Angling Direct TV now did a YouTube video on this little roadtrip as well, for you all to enjoy!

 

Win a ridgemonkey deep fill sandwich toaster

To celebrate this video, Angling Direct is now giving away a Ridgemonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster XL, exclusive to AD! 

  • Lightweight die-cast aluminum pans
  • Fluoropolymer non-stick coating
  • Ridged exterior for even heat transfer
  • Fixed cool-touch handles & riveted hinges
  • Can be used on all traditional stoves (not suitable for induction hobs)

It really is that simple with the RidgeMonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster XL! No fuss, no mess, just great toasted snacks every time. It doesn’t just do toasties either: pies, slices, naans, wraps, omelettes, even chips, pizza or a full English breakfast - the possibilities are as endless as your imagination! Exclusive Limited Edition featuring a sleek Gunmetal Grey finish, original style fixed handles and riveted hinges.

  • Wash with a clean cloth or sponge in hot soapy water before first use.
  • Dishwasher safe, although hand cleaning of all non-stick products is recommended.
  • Use only utensils and cleaning implements of a non-abrasive nature.
  • Do not soak for prolonged periods.
  • Always use an adequately sized stove.
  • DO NOT OVERHEAT: Use a low-medium heat at all times. 

Instructions For Use:

  1. Fill the toaster baseplate with the snack of your choice (no oil or butter is needed).
  2. Lock the handles and place over a medium heat, turning frequently.
  3. Check your toastie periodically and turn out when done to your liking, being careful not to touch the hot aluminium plates – use of a suitable utensil is recommended.

to win

All you have to do is Like & Share this Facebook post & tag your best mate! Comp ends Sept. 29th, 6pm Euro time.

For all our Benelux followers please also head over to www.anglingdirect.nl, or check out www.anglingdirect.de (in German), www.anglingdirect.fr (in French) or www.anglingdirect.co.uk (in English).