Review: Redington Classic Trout Fly Rod | Outbreak Magazine



The next time you stop by a fly shop, take a look at the rod holder. Among the sea of ​​expensive and often too stiff rods, you will probably spot the Redington Classic Trout. A rod that launches easily and pleasantly at convenient fishing distances – and unlike the rocket launchers on sale next door, you can pick up a classic trout for $ 149.99.

As is often the case in the rod market these days, the value of classic trout has gone almost unnoticed. Rod buyers likely consider it a beginner or rescue rod, opting instead for the more expensive rods that barely bend at ordinary fishing distances, even though these rods require more work to cast.

Fly rods store energy as they bend under the weight and momentum of the fly line. They release this energy as the rod straightens, propelling the fly line forward. A trampoline works the same way: stretching to store energy under a person’s weight, then expending that energy as it propels the person through the air. For many anglers, the smooth, energy-releasing feel of the hand as the rod discharges makes the fly cast fun – it also makes the cast easy on the arm. If a trampoline is too stiff to bend under our weight, we will have to work hard with our legs to make it bend. It is the same with our arms when a rod does not bend.

Still, most anglers tend to choose expensive, rigid rods. Why is it? Probably because of the marketing grenades thrown at us by the rodmakers, leaving us so dumbfounded that we think we need their new high end rod, just because it is new and expensive. They want us to assume that the price of a rod always correlates with its usefulness as a fishing tool. Fight this hypothesis.

Major rod manufacturers are forced to produce casting tools that follow market trends. Which means their more expensive rods usually meet the criteria for the most popular trend whether or not that particular action offers a nice cast or not. “Fast-acting” rods – a euphemism for the obnoxious “stiff rod” sound dominate trends today. Most of them are so stiff that they only bend when casting a very long line, like in sixty feet or so. Most of us rarely need to reach such distances when fishing for trout. Yes, it is true that these rods can be cast with shorter line lengths, but the experience is more like throwing a broomstick than a fly rod.

Rigid rods are specialized tools best suited for long distance casting. If this is a requirement in your fishing, or if feeling the load of the rod is not a priority for you, then explore such rods by all means. But if you’re looking for a tool that really helps with the casting that’s great for casting dry flies, nymphs, and light streamers fifty feet and under, consider classic trout.

What works

action
Like most rods made by Far Bank Enterprises, the parent company of Redington and Sage, the Classic Trout loads smoothly. His fluid elbow descends almost to the stopper, imparting valuable information to the caster. It bends much the same way as the Winston smooth casting rods that have been rented for decades – the tip is soft, gradually stiffening as the bend gets closer to the grip.

Arts and crafts
Weighing just 2.9 ounces, the five-weight classic trout is lighter than some of the more expensive “high-tech” rods. The relatively thin blank is a tasteful dark clay color, and its titanium oxide stripping guides are durable and stylish. It’s hard to say this is a budget rod if you judge by the blank and the guides.

Price
At just $ 149.99, you can buy six Classic Trout for the price of some of today’s flagship rods. Buying one is practically stealing one.

Tippet protection
The soft tip provides tolerance when placing the hook on the light tip. You won’t catch a fish unless you really master it.

Which is not

Distance
This soft to stiff deep flexing action has one minor drawback – the tip of the rod is easy to jerk when casting a long line, resulting in a tail curl. The middle and bottom sections of a rod always load through the tip of the rod, as the tip guide is the point of contact between the rod and the fly line in use. What this simply means is that the first foot of the rod must bear its fair share of the load no matter how far the rod is cast. The tip of the classic trout is vulnerable to impact at distances greater than fifty feet, requiring a gentle stroke to cast it from long distance. (That’s the drop of any fly rod that bends at normal fishing distances.) That’s okay, but it’s worth noting. Anytime you reach a place where this rod bends severely, you will have to walk lightly.

Handle and reel components
While the blank, guides, and reel seat look and feel great, I would describe the components of the reel seat as nothing more than “good.” They look and work fine, but in the process of attaching a reel you can feel that these are just rudimentary components, definitely not the solid and quality feel of more material. Dear. The handle is slightly bulky, made of mid-range cork – it needs to be sanded to a finer diameter for any caster that doesn’t have mega-mitts.

Last word

This rod was probably nicknamed the classic trout because it bends in the same way as the most popular rods of the 1970s. It was a golden era in rod making, when the trendy rods were the same as the rods. that cast well at convenient fishing distances. Over the next forty years, market trends changed dramatically, but not fishing. Whether you just need a cheap spare rod or want a damn good fishing tool, get yourself a classic trout while it’s still in production. You will rarely find such a good deal in our sport.

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