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Redington CT (Classic Trout)
Redington CT (Classic Trout)
Published by BigCliff
05-24-2010
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Sometimes a compromise isn't about settling for the middle ground, its choosing what's best overall. Going to extremes may be more exciting than picking the safe choice, but its frequently foolish and unnecessary. Incredibly specialized tools may be engineering marvels, but the more practical ones are used more frequently and thus accomplish more.

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I've fished the 8'6" 5wt version of Redington's new fly rod a few times now, and it really fits the mold of a practical work-horse. Its not a parking lot rod that will easily lay the whole line out there and wow the crowd. That's a good thing, as those rods don't do well at most types of trout fishing. This rod excels at short precise casts, mends, roll casting, and all the trick casts that need a little more "feel" in the rod.

Its definitely a medium action rod. If you're used to an XP, a GLX, or something similar, you're going to have to slow down and pay attention to what the rod is telling you. Once you've got the feel down, you'll be able to throw wide loops when needed and to tighten up your loops when needing to throw longer distances, or to throw into the wind. Mends surprised me with their ease at first, even slightly easier than with my Sage 490 LL. The rod lacks the "oomph" in the butt section of the LL, but I was still able to throw 65' pretty easily. The rod will bend substantially when fighting a fish, and may not have the authority over a hooked fish that a burlier rod might, but it will protect light tippets better.

The build quality and accessories are impressive as well. I suppose the reel seat insert is the equivalent of Pergo, but its not plain metal or plastic, looks sharp, and undeniably lends to a more "classic" feel than would a woven graphite insert. The metal parts are quite nice as well, and function very precisely. The guide wraps and epoxy work leaves no nits to pick, and the cork is as fine as I've seen on any rod under $300. My only beef is that the top edge of the cork is squared off and I'd prefer it be rounded a bit. The sock and tube are also top tier amongst the sub $300 rod crowd.

So far I've caught no trout on this rod, but that matters not. My local rivers in the Texas Hill Country are basically trout streams that happen to be full of fish that can survive really hot summers. I've fished carefully presented dry flies, swung streamers, spey casted wets, and thrown poppers into tight spots, and its done it all well. Fly weights have ranged from small foam ants to size 6 conehead buggers. Its already landed over 60 fish, and that's what it does well: not waggle in a rod-shoppers hand, or fling 30 yards of string, but present flies and catch fish.

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And I think you'll find none that do that better at its price- $149

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By MoscaPescador on 05-24-2010, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the review, Cliff. When the Nor Cal Farbank rep showed me the CT last fall, I knew that Redington had a winner. It's amazing that Redington has a true moderate action rod at that price point. One of the Sage pro staff guides keeps a 9 foot 5 weight CT rigged up on his boat as his dry fly rod.

MP
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By BigCliff on 05-25-2010, 09:04 AM
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It really is an amazing rod for the money. I think any that like the feel of a Scott G or a Winston (WT or LT) should give it a shot. The 7.5' 3wt is likely a hell of a small stream rod too.
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By MoscaPescador on 05-25-2010, 11:31 AM
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Shhhh... I got a 7'6" 3 weight and a Drift reel on order for my girlfriend for her birthday next week.

MP
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By jpbfly on 05-25-2010, 02:16 PM
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Thanks for this review Big...looks like a rod I would enjoy fishing withI'm a bit old ....school
MP hope you'll post pics of your girlfriend testing her new rod
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By FrankB2 on 05-25-2010, 10:18 PM
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Oh great....I was looking at those rods a couple weeks ago. More rods, just what I really need.
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By Pocono on 05-26-2010, 04:45 AM
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Yup, just what I was thinking, too, Frank.

But, I'm probably going to pick one up; maybe two. Cliff gave a pitch on a small stream rod and that's where I spend most of my time. So, I think I may head for a 5 wt. and a 3 wt. I can't believe the price; particularly is this rod is a good as everyone says it is.

Thanks for the review Cliff; good even coverage.

Pocono
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By BigCliff on 05-26-2010, 01:20 PM
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Side note- My CT was used for all of this day- Bait and Bass- TR

And 80% of this one- WXNW '10 (Hill Country trip report)
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By MoscaPescador on 06-04-2010, 11:59 PM
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I just gave my girlfriend her birthday present - a 7'6" 3 weight CT with a Drift 2/3 reel. Loaded with line, the combination balances nicely.

I will post a separate review after I get my round with it... if she lets me.

MP
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By alcorn on 06-13-2010, 04:49 PM
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Good review. The CT is a great rod. I have the 9' 5wt and have used it as my main rod this season. Love it for my all around rod
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