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Old 05-20-2012, 07:05 PM
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Hi...Many members will remember a review BigCliff wrote re the 8.5' 5wt CT a while back. I was able to fish this rod last week for the 1st time and it's a real gem! I was fishing a smaller river (flow just over 100cfs) and the longest cast made was maybe 40 ft.

My cast is reminiscent of an ape tossing a small sledge, but I was able to place my fly both accurately and gently. Fishing 5x and 4 lb tippet, I landed five very fat fish over 16" including 2 browns pushing 20" pretty hard...and had zero break offs...the rod is a tippet saver, big time.

The rod also performed fine with an indicator and 2 nymphs, although when I added the second shot it seemed to get a little balky. Just too much weight for the rod to perform the way it was designed, I think.

So, while it's not a 5wt workhorse or all around rod (IMO) it sure fits what I wanted to help me fish dries well without breaking the bank.

By the way...Thanks, Cliff! This is actually the rod he reviewed...

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:45 PM
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Very good, glad its working well for you.

I agree that it folds a bit when its really worked hard, but for the most part, it makes casting, mending, and fishing easy.

I saw that Bass Pro is now stocking it, so I'd bet they're going to sell a heap more!
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:34 AM
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Default Re: Redington CT follow up

Well, I'm going to look for a 8'6" 3wt for tossing dries from my tube.

I should say that with 2 beadheads and 2 shot and an indicator...I was still able to fish the rod well, but had to adjust a little in getting all that stuff up out of the water a bit to throw a solid roll cast or use a water load tossing back upstream. Part of that is action and part is that I'm normally nymphing with a 9'6" Sage Fli. Much different rod for comparison.

I think your original review was on the mark...-Mike
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