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: Redington reels

Ken K
03-15-2001, 02:58 PM
I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Redington large arbor reels, and if so what their impressions were. I've both heard and read pos. and negative reviews, but a majority of them were second hand reports. I know that there are plenty of decent reels out there, but I have an opportunity to purchase the Redington at a substantially reduced price. Just want to know if it's going to come back to haunt me. Thanks in advance, Ken K.

03-16-2001, 09:06 AM
Ken, I think if you use the search function (the little magnifying glass button above) you'll probably find a ton of info on the Redingtons. I have a 9/10AL that I love. The early reels had a bit of a problem with the clicker screws backing out(very easy to fix), but that's been fixed and they're overall great reels for the money. I've tested mine on big Albies down at Cape Lookout in NC and it performed great.


03-16-2001, 02:07 PM
You get a lot for your money with Redington and they stand behind their customers 110%.

For large arbor reels, there are several options in that price bracket... the Redington LA and the new RS2, Teton / Tioga LA, Battenkill LA, to name a few without getting into re-brands.

The next level up is now the Ross Canyon ($335), for freshwater the Waterworks ULA series and LightSpeed reels take arbor size to it's full potential, Bauer M series is in this bracket, etc.

Beyond that are what I call the 'heirloom' reels - upwards of $500 and more.

I think what you get for the extra $100 bucks to get to the mid-level is worth it if you got it handy. Not everyone would agree with me on that, but that's how I buy.

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03-16-2001, 04:37 PM
FOr what it's worth, I gave a Reddington 9/10 AL a pounding last season from boat and shore and I am duly impressed with this reel. It was $185 at the time and I don't think it can be beat for the $$$. I have had no corrsion problems and the drag is smooth. Time will tell more about its durability, but with the lifetime warranty you can't really go wrong...

Granted, I would love to have a Bauer, but for northeast applications if $$$ is an issue I'd rather have a Reddington and put the extra dough into a nicer rod (if I were buying a package).

03-16-2001, 08:08 PM
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Ken K
03-18-2001, 10:41 AM
Thanks for everyone's input on the Redington LA. I think I'm going to go ahead and pick one up for this season. After toying around with one, I find it too hard to resist. Hopefully I will be able to give it a positive review after some field testing this spring. Thanks again, Ken K.