View Full Version : Reddington R&R Starter combo
07-23-99, 10:03 PM
Some of you may have seen my earlier post asking about H&H Rods:
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Anyone own a Hook and Hackle rods? The fiance' was thinking of purchasing a 9 weight from them as a starter saltwater rod. Opinions? Comments? Anyone just want to share? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Same questions, different brand - Reddington?
The Ole Man
07-23-99, 11:16 PM
I've never seen a H&H rod but have never heard anything bad about them. The blanks are made by a famous name brand American Mfr. according to the H&H catalog-but I don't know who that is.
Jimmy Harris sells Reddington at Unicoi Outfitters. Click on Resourses, click on Unicoi and go to their flyshop. Click on Reddington and there is a lot to read there. Industry reviews, tetimonials, Co. history , ect. I was reading there a while back and discovered a new twist for rod building that I may try when I get to my first rod build project. They use a reverse spline configuration. The guides are lined up on the spline in the butt section and are lined up opposite the spline on the tip section. They claim this provides stiffness in the butt section for more power in fighting fish and softness in the tip for better castability. Sorry to say, I've never cast a Reddington either. I know Jimmy will let you try some of them out on the Hooch behind his shop. BTW-Reddington says they don't repair rods when you need warranty service. You just take the damaged rod to a dealer and he gives you a new rod if it's in stock. If you can't get to a dealer, you saw out the Reddington name from the blank, mail it in and they send you a new rod.
07-26-99, 08:31 AM
H & H are made by Pac Bay. They are ok. I have a Pac Bay 9' 4 wt and I found that it was a tad heavier than what I'm used to. It seemed to work best with a 5 and felt like a 5. Don't know if it was that particular blank or not.
The reddingtons are surperisingly good for the price. Several friends have them and they really like theirs. I demoed a reddington and the thing is heavy but casts a mile. Cosmetics are lousy but performance is pretty impressive.
Hope this helps.
I have a Red. and I really like it. It was
my first, SO DON'T CALL HER UGLY! http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif Plus I just broke it at Noontoola, sent it in, and in one week had a new one. No receipt, explanation, or questions. I was impressed. I have an 8.5' 5/6 and it is a great all around rod at a good price. $.02
07-26-99, 07:33 PM
Thanks guys!! When the boy makes his decision, I'll let you know.
Banker In Space
07-28-99, 12:39 PM
Do not own a Red but have heard wonderful things about them From what I have heard, a certain rod manufacturer in Vermont owns a pretty good chunk of Reddington.....Also if you look at their stuff, it looks awful familar....
08-10-99, 09:58 PM
The boy has been a-bidding on some auction sites for rods (thanks Jack). Maybe he'll get one this week. I'll let you know.
I e-mailed Bob at H&H back in June, quoting a post on this board:
"Great buys from H&H a friend just built a rod on one of their blanks. You would be surprised at who builds H&H blanks for them."
I asked the following:
"Does this refer to the Pacific Bay blanks? In any event, who DOES build them?"
Here is Bobís answer:
"At this time G Loomis is making the blanks for Pac Bay."
09-07-99, 09:01 PM
So, he finally ordered the H&H 9' 9wt 2piece.
TOM - thanks for all of the guidance and advice!!
09-24-99, 07:29 AM
He bought a Teton Tioga LA for it. Everything came in last weekend. Dang, that setup is awfully heavy! I will need to do a little weight training before we set out.
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The Ole Man
09-24-99, 11:37 AM
It's a big shock if you have been casting trout rigs and then move up to a saltwater outfit. A typical 5wt trout rig will weigh 1/2 pound or less (rod, reel, line,backing). A 9 wt reel frequently weighs a 1/2 pound by itself (Lamson 4- 8.75 oz., Tibor Everglades- 8.5 oz.). Add a 9 weight rod, line and backing and you are easily pushing up towards 1 pound. That can cramp your arm in a hurry. Thats why most saltwater flyfishing you see is sightcasting to specific fish instead of search casting all day. Better take some linament for the boy,or maybe a Singapore Sling will be good enough.
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