Truck news: The Colorados and Canyons are coming!

Let’s get to it.

Chevrolet/GMC

General Motors is getting strong demand for the new mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. So much, that it added a new shift to the plant that makes them.

Fuel economy numbers have been released for these trucks, ranging from 27 mpg on the highway for an extended-cab version with 2WD and the inline-4 engine to 17 in the city with the V6 and 4WD.

Here’s a video that shows a lot of the underside of the trucks:

Initial reviews are coming from all directions, and you can expect plenty more as these trucks get out into the world. Chevrolet also made an off-road kitted version for folks to consider.

I actually was able to see a GMC Canyon in person earlier this month at the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota. Here are some more photos.

The bed, tailgate down.
The view from the driver’s seat. This was a well-optioned model with lots of bells and whistles. The fellow from GMC said this particular truck’s sticker price would be close to $40,000.
It wasn’t until I saw this truck in person that I noticed how much slope there is to the back of the cab. Look how much it drops.
I took a selfie to show how much space there is in the cab. It’s definitely a lot more snug than in a full-size truck, but there was room to stretch my legs.

Ford Motor Co.

Ford is converting its Dearborn, Mich., plant first to produce the new aluminum-tubbed F-150s. The company is making a huge bet on its new trucks, and making plenty of news with the trucks’ features.

You can expect the interiors to have many luxuries offered, and automatic parking is even available. Capability-wise, the truck is rated to tow up to 12,200 pounds and carry up to  3,300 pounds of payload in the bed.

Also, Ford is still tinkering with its next-generation Super Duty. This alleged test mule, sporting a bed topper under the cladding, was spotted recently.

EDIT: After I posted this, Mike Levine, Ford Trucks communications manager, said the next Super Duty will have an aluminum body.

 

Ram

Don’t think Ford and GM have all the big news. Ram is also doing decent for itself, and has increased production at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to make another 100 trucks per day.

Also interesting is the little back-and-forth Ford and Ram have been having lately over which company has the truck with best-in-class towing.

Toyota

If you live in a state near the Gulf of Mexico, you can go to your local Toyota dealer to get the new Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition. What does that get you?

This stuff:

  • 20” Milled-Matte Black Wheels and All Terrain Upgrade
  • Custom Bass Pro Shops Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Bed Decals
  • 5” Oval Black Step Tubes
  • Spray-On Bedliner
  • Pocketed Fender Flares
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip

Klein: Try leadcore trolling to find walleye

This is Josh Klein. He is a professional angler in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, and he is sponsored by ROCKSTAR™ Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps and uses them to protect his fishing boat.

We asked Josh to share some tips on fishing with us. Today, he’s got this primer on leadcore trolling for walleye:

I’m gonna talk about a technique in the walleye world known as leadcore trolling or pulling lead as many call it. It is a very effective way to trigger walleyes at a certain depth.

Leadcore line is a continuous string of lead covered in a Dacron layer, usually finished with a mono or fireline leader.

All lead line is multicolored with every color being 25 feet of line. This allows some anglers to count colors instead  of relying on a line counter reel that more than likely is not calibrated to the others in the boat, meaning depth and consistency is the key. Once you find fish at a certain depth or on a particular piece of structure duplicating all other lines is key.

Essentially, lead allows anglers to put a variety of crankbaits and in some cases spoons or bass-style spinnerbaits at any depth depending on amount of line let out and boat speed. The slower you troll, the more your gear falls, and the faster you troll, the more your gear rises.

Leadcore trolling is a very versatile tactic and often overlooked when the dog days of summer are upon us.

Pre-rigged combo rods are usually available at a fair price, so I urge anglers who haven’t tried leadcore trolling to go for it, I think it will become another weapon in your arsenal.