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FrankB2 07-11-2011 10:33 PM

Redington Drift or Cortland Retro???
I want an affordable click and pawl reel, and these two look nice. Does anyone have experience with both? Dennis??? :D It's for an 8'6" ZXL 4wt. The Abel Creek LA looks nice as well, but I could get two or three Drifts or Retro reels for the price of one Abel. My wife fishes as well, so everything I get has to come in pairs. The Cortland reel is supposed to weigh 3.35 oz in the 4/5 wt size, but I want the more rugged of the two. There aren't any dealers in my area, so help. Oh yeah! Which is more likely to have a foot that fits in the narrow reel seat of a Sage rod? (Dennis again.... :D ) Judging from the photos I've seen, the Cortland is the classier looking reel, but neither holds a candle to an Abel. The idea of dropping $600 on two Abel light-duty reels is more than I can cope, so......

caseywise 07-12-2011 12:42 AM

Re: Redington Drift or Cortland Retro???
i like the classic look of the retro as well. i may get one for my new 3 weight.


MoscaPescador 07-12-2011 11:20 AM

Re: Redington Drift or Cortland Retro???
Both reels will fit the Struble reel seat on the Sage ZXL.

I can't remember capacities, and I am too lazy this morning to look them up. They should be similar. Redington uses a mid-arbor design with a wider spool for its capacity. Cortland goes old school with a standard arbor design with a narrow spool for its capacity.

As for drag systems, they are simple click systems. One pawl up and one pawl down will determine direction. If I had to lean towards one for better quality of build on the drag, I'd lean towards the Cortland. It uses a beefier spring.

What it may come down to is which reel is better looking on your rod?


FrankB2 07-17-2011 05:12 PM

Re: Redington Drift or Cortland Retro???
Hey Guys,
I'm this close to ordering two of the Cortland Retro reels. My problem is waiting for stuff in the mail: I HAVE ZERO PATIENCE! :D I've bought guitars from a dealer in Arizona before, and had them sent overnight and that wasn't fast enough...:confused::eek:. I tried to find a local dealer, but the closest is in Ohio. I guess that would take two days, and I might be able to live with that. My wife didn't know I was planning to buy these, but once I showed her the pics this afternoon, she said, "Buy Them!" She's never met anything she didn't want to buy. :D

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