Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard selected the best products that caught his eye during 2016. Here's his lowdown on the Nash Scope Black Ops ...

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I CAN see how a lot of anglers love the ‘stealthy’ carp kit that is the Nash Scope Black Ops range – the rods, hardware and luggage. All designed to pack down, be mobile and go to the fish.

At the same time, the rods for example are top spec serious bits of kit. They’re just as good at fishing open water as they are at nicking fish out of those jungle swims in their smaller sizes.

These stripped-out ultra light Special Forces editions of the popular compact and innovative Nash Scope rod range are designed on the highest-grade carbon blanks.

Features include black, super light SS Minima guides to enhance casting distance, 100 percent all pure carbon reel seats, 100 percent carbon line clip and carbon back stop. And you can’t say they don’t look the part.

There’s now 9 and 10-footers in 3 lb, 3.5 lb and 4.5 lb test curves with a compact, pack down size of just 44 and 50 in. respectively, plus a 6 ft Sawn-Off.

There’s an extensive range of Nash Scope Black Ops luggage designed around carrying everything you need but in a smaller package. There’s even a Scope Black Ops RDS – Rapid Deploy Shelter that you can actually store inside your bed or Scope Black OPS Sleep System.

It’s quality kit and I like it.

Price: Rods £186.99- £318.99. Scope Black Ops RDS – £142.99.