Field & Stream, Best Fishing Gear of 2011… Pursuit from Redington

I’m big on value, so I was interested to see the Field & Stream pick for best gear of 2011 being the Pursuit from Redington.

Of the fly rods tested (some pushed $800), nothing could touch the Pursuits for value.

via Field & Stream Picks The Best New Fishing Gear of 2011 | Field & Stream.


The reason nothing could touch them might have something to do with the Pursuit coming in at about $120.  They run up to a 9 weight and comes in 2 or 4 pieces.  Basically, if you are looking for a back-up, or if you are getting into the sport or if you just like value… well… $120 is kind of hard to beat.

I was going to get a Pursuit loaner for Andros, but it turns out they weren’t going to be able to get it to me in time, so I’m bringing a couple other Redington rods along, in addition to my Rise 8 and maybe one or two other rods… I’m not going for long enough to get all the gear I want out into the field, that’s for sure.


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  1. One of my favorite rods is still my old Redington Classic. The cork handle is all pitted and the guide right above the ferule keeps coming out of it’s wrapping, but it’s a sweet-casting stick…

    weird action, though: it’s a full-flex, fast action rod. You don’t see too many of those. Most faster rods are tip-flex, with a solid butt section, but the bend on this one is pretty consistent. It’s good for picking up a lot of line if you miss a shot, though. Nowadays it’s relegated to a practice rod, but it’s got so much character, so much ingrained funkiness, that I should fish it again… soon.

  2. I haven’t been bonefishing enough to have worn through any rods. I do have a favorite trout rod, a 2 pc. 9′ 5 wt., Thomas and Thomas, Emerger… just a sweet rod that is, I’d call it, medium fast.

    I had a favorite 7 wt… St. Croix Legend Ultra, but it walked off a beach down in Mexico in the hands of some Mexican angler who, I’m pretty sure, had no idea what he was taking or how to use it. That still bums me out.

  3. Was the Legend Ultra the brown or green one? I had a Legend somethingorother, but it was brown. It was old, though, from right back when St. Croix started, I think. I got mine in 1999 or 2000, I think. Worst rod ever. I’ve since given it away so I wouldn’t have to put it in the rotation like all the other sticks and just get pissed at myself for buying it. It was like that first beater guitar you get, you know, from the brand you’ve heard of but didn’t know they made acoustic guitars, and sure enough, there’s a reason for that. Thing had a slightly warped neck and the frets were just off enough so you couldn’t actually tune it to itself. It was that kind of rod. That’s why I have to wonder when folks say stuff like, “well, with modern rod-building technology, pretty much any rod you buy will be a good rod.” Really?

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