The Redington Vapen Red represents the single greatest change in fly rod construction since the introduction of carbon fiber. Redington teamed up with Winn (of golf fame) to improve upon one piece of the fly rod that has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years – the grip. They've made it synthetic, and they’re the first major manufacturer to do so. But while the grip is the most noticeable part of the rod, the highlight is how it casts. → Read More
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Posted on August 27, 2013 by Ben F
Posted on August 26, 2013 by Ben F
If you’ve read our review of the Vapen, then you know about what I like to call “The New Redington”. If you haven’t, here are the cliff notes: the new Redington rods are fantastic. The Redington Butter Stick makes up one part of the awesome threesome.
Here’s the scoop. It’s fiberglass (the first rod made from “T-Glass”, whatever that means). It’s slow-ish. It’s cheap. → Read More
Posted on August 14, 2013 by Ben F
What’s the one rod you won’t find at Sage, Hardy, Loomis, or Winston? A true designed-for-saltwater rod under $600. Enter the Sage Motive. Billed as a fast action rod with a powerful taper for bigger fish, it comes in the 5 most common sizes: 9-foot, 8 through 12 weights. → Read More
Posted on July 20, 2013 by Ben F
You would never expect Winston to make a splash in the Fit and Finish category – they are as traditional as rods come – yet, they've done it. The new LS comes with a VERY different (for Winston) skeletal reel seat. We’ll see if they stick to this as the only option. I can tell you that Winston purists will probably shudder at the thought of anything but box elder… but we’ll see! → Read More
Posted on July 16, 2013 by Ben F
This year was full of great new product introductions. Great new rods came out from Winston, Redington, Hardy, etc. But I’m always waiting to see what comes off the bench of Jerry Siem from Sage. This year boasted two new releases: the Method, which replaces the TCX, and the all-new Motive, a “low” cost saltwater rod. → Read More
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Ben F
Every year, fly fisherman around the globe hold off on their big new fly rod purchases for the moment when George Anderson releases his annual “5-weight Shootout”. This year, there was a changing of the guard (again), when the G. Loomis NRX LP unseated the Hardy Zenith as the “king of all fly rods”. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to test them out head-to-head. → Read More
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Ben F
A customer called into the shop and was wondering about mid-priced saltwater rods. Of course I instantly defaulted to the TFO BVK, my go-to rod for the less than $500 crowd. He was interested in something stiffer for wind and big flies, and asked about the Redington Predator – so I took it out for a test drive. → Read More
Posted on December 2, 2012 by Josh T
The Sage Response fly rod, new for 2013, replaces the Sage Flight as Sage's "entry-level", fast action rod. The Flight, and the FLi before it, was one of Sage's best selling rods and I was eager to cast it. → Read More
Posted on December 2, 2012 by Josh T
New for 2013, the Redington Link replaces the CPX as Redington's "premier" rod. Redington has updated the look and feel of the rod, as well as boosting its casting performance.
Enjoy the review? Buy it here.
Here's what I was casting:
Redington Link 9' 5wt
Hardy Ultralite DD 4000
Rio Gold WF5F
Fit and Finish
This is a good looking rod. There were → Read More
Posted on October 19, 2012 by Ben F
If you’re around any fly shop long enough, you get to know the local gear junkies – the guys who really know (or want to know) everything about the latest and greatest tackle. These are the guys who hid paychecks from their wives to pick up the Hardy Zenith last spring.
And when it comes to → Read More