Redington Pursuit Fly Rod and Delta Reel Review
I tested out the Redington Pursuit Rod, and the Redington Delta Reel while fishing for Silver Salmon in Alaska. I was outfitted with a four piece, 8 weight Pursuit Rod that was nine feet long, and the 7/8 Delta Reel.
Redington Pursuit Rod/Delta Reel Outfit in Alaska
The Redington Pursuit Rod retails for only $99, and no it's not a cheap rod. It's an extreme value. The rod is excellent for standard conditions. I caught tens of fish per day on this rod and cast it hundreds of times. The only time I reached for a different rod, was when the wind started blowing hard. It's a great rod for anyone who is getting into fly fishing, or if you're an experienced fisherman, but just need a rod in a different weight for a one time a year fishing trip.
Video of the Redington Pursuit Rod/Delta Reel Outfit in Action
Redington Delta Reel
The Delta 7/8 Weight Reel retails for about $220. It's made of 6061-T6 aluminum, so despite the large size, it only weights 3.6 ounces.
I really like the large arbor on this reel. My line never got tangled or knotted up. Also notice the size of the drag dial. Is very easy to locate the drag without looking down at the reel, while your fighting a fish. Also with the larger dial, you get a good feel for the drag and how much you need to turn the dial. With fish this size you're constantly working the drag to try and land them.
The Pursuit had no problem pulling in this hog. Also after 6 days of hard fishing, the drag on the Delta Reel was fine.
Silver Salmon Putting the Rod to the Test
Landing these 10 - 13 pound Silvers puts a lot of stress on your rod.
I wouldn't consider this a "beginner rod" because a this kind of stress would snap a beginner rod in half. It's really not noodly either like some other rods in this price point. The rod and reel each come with a study travel case.
OK, one more fish photo.