Fly fishing industry offers new era of high quality entry-level gear

Fly fishing industry offers new era of high quality entry-level gear

It’s never been easier, or more affordable, to learn to fly fish. Manufacturers of quality fly fishing gear have recognized the need to offer high quality gear at affordable prices, even as they refine and improve their high-end offerings. We’ll be looking at a range of this new gear in the coming weeks and we start with one of the two new rod and reel combo kits that greatly impressed our test team. Seattle-based Redington offers a new rod design in their Voyant 690-4 Combo kit. This modestly fast-action rod and stout reel combo represents a great example of a “jack of all trades, master of none” type rig. The 6-weight, 9-foot rod provides a smoother, faster action than most entry-level rods, yet has enough flex and forgiveness to accommodate novice casters. Testers found they could efficiently throw big weighted flies into the briny beach waters of Puget Sound in pursuit of sea run cutthroat trout, but also drop delicate dry flies into the tumbling waters of the Yakima River to tease out finicky rainbows. The combo pack into a Redington Surge reel preloaded with Rio MainStream weight-forward floating line. Several of the more experienced anglers on the test team said they’d happily use this rod/reel combo themselves, especially when nymph fishing in moving waters. A ‘beginner’s’ rod and reel that expert casters enjoy using? Yes, indeed! The high quality rod, reel, backing and fly line packaged together carries a price of $299. That’s a deal that hard to beat. www.redington.com NEXT UP: Orvis's new Clearwater Combo....  
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