I really like seeing great value-based reels. Unfortunately, there aren’t many good ones out there. Fewer still that have any drag strength worth talking about. That’s where Redington decided to attack. They made the Behemoth to out-compete every single reel in the price range in one very tangible way – BIG drag. And they did it well. All you have to do is turn it up to feel that it’s got some serious stopping power. But is it a well-rounded reel?
Redington is well known for making great value-priced products, including great rods like the CPS and the Classic Trout. We test the the Redington Rise II in our 8-weight shootout, and it didn't do so well. It wasn't that it was a bad reel, it was just up against some pretty stiff competition. Let's see if it does better as a trout reel.