ROD: Redington Pursuit 5wt Rod & Reel Combo
PROS: Everything you need in one package, breaks down easily into a small carrying case, easy to cast, very durable, able to handle big water and big fish, and rod comes with a lifetime warranty.
CONS: Connection between 2nd and 3rd rod pieces can loosen during extended periods of repeated casting.
COST: $170 – $200
If you’ve been reading our blog religiously, and I certainly hope you have been, you might have noticed that my posts always seem to mention my Redington Pursuit 5wt fly rod. There is a simple explanation for this: I LOVE this rod. I have mentioned in the past that I am new to this sport and have only been fly fishing religiously for about 3 years. Subsequently, I haven’t gone out and dropped thousands of dollars to amass a collection of rods. Instead I have but two rods; my very first rod, which was a gift from my parents years ago, and my Redington Pursuit Combo.
I know some fly fishermen who would scoff at the idea of purchasing a combo (a rod and reel sold together for a discounted price) but I can’t say enough good things about my combo. When I decided I wanted to really dive into fly fishing I was looking to get outfitted as cheaply as possible. I managed to get everything I needed for about $600 total. Now looking back there are definitely things I wish I would’ve spent a bit more money on, but my rod and reel are not on that list.
My Redington Pursuit 5wt Combo contains a 4-piece 8’6” 5wt rod, a Redington Pursuit reel that can handle 4wt, 5wt, and 6wt line, and a nice black carrying case. The case is pretty small and lightweight which works great for hikes into the backcountry. The rod is very easy to cast which is important for first time anglers who are just learning. Most importantly it feels comfortable in my hand. When I’m on the water with it I feel confident that I can make any cast I need to.
I have only had one issue with the rod so far. The connection between the 2nd and 3rd rod pieces will occasionally loosen during extended periods of repeated casting. If not occasionally checked these two pieces can separate during a cast, sending half your rod out with the line. This has only happened to me a handful of times, and only after several hours of repeated casting. This issue can be totally avoided if you can remember to check the connection every few hours or so.
Sadly, Redington has discontinued the Pursuit line and replaced it with the Redington Path Combo. I have not fished this combo myself but I am a Redington fan and I feel confident the Path is equal to and quite possibly better than the Pursuit. All in all I love my rod and reel, I know everyone will have their own opinion, but the Pursuit works for me and at a very decent price as well. If you’re in the market for a starter fly rod and reel that will be just as useful to you once you’ve learned to cast, look no further than Redington’s combos. Until next time, happy fishing!
– A. Egli