This year I purchased the Redington 9’ 8 weight medium-fast action Crosswater combo setup. After a summer of beating the water I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a comprehensive Redington Crosswater review with my thoughts after 10-15 times of use.
Since most of you reading this will have initial questions around why I selected this entry level combo and what species of fish I’m going after, I’ve prefaced this review to speak about those thoughts/questions:
Why did I select this entry level combo setup?
So why did I choose the Redington Crosswater combo setup (click to check price on Amazon? I read a lot of reviews from those who purchased this combo as well as reviews from those who only purchased the rod or only purchased the reel. The result is I noticed there were a lot of reviewers stated that they picked the Crosswater up as a backup rod, and others mentioned that this rod + reel combo is more then enough for beginners as well as intermediate fly fishermen.
To be honest, I’m not the best at using a fly rod and only had spin reels at the time. Given the reviews I read and where my experience was, I decided to start with the Crosswater with plans to purchase a more advanced setup next year, making the Crosswater my backup at that point.
Why did I select the 8 weight version?
Around my area there are the most beautiful rivers containing a large selection of species, and most notably Atlantic Salmon and Trout. I also enjoy fishing for bass and wanted to switch fully from the spin reel method to fly rod for all species.
I also travel to Florida in the winter to scratch my fishing itch so going after species such as bone fish would require an 8 or 9 weight. These are the factors that swayed my choice and the 4 piece option suited me better when traveling.
The Redington Crosswater combo was priced well especially when we think about a beginner or if the focus is selecting a backup option. I ordered mine off Amazon, check the current price here.
Included in Combo
- Dark blue Crosswater rod
- Crosswater reel pre-spooled with RIO mainstream WF fly line
- Cordura fabric rod tube
The build of this rod and reel is quite impressive for the price, the reel drag is adjustable and smooth, the cork handle sits well in your hand and from the fish I caught the tip of the rod has held up well. The quality surprised me even though it is produced from a great company, but as I finished the season I thought other new fly anglers would find a Redington Crosswater review useful.
The medium-fast action rod is made out of graphite with an anodized machined aluminum reel seat for all water conditions. The amount of flex on the furthest end of the rod provides a smooth easy cast for any type of fly.
The graphite not only makes the rod light to hold but provides a good amount of sensitivity to action even when I caught smaller fish then what the rod was built for.
Guides on the rod are built well, as mentioned the tip is still holding strong along with the the guides. You can expect an easy setup with this rod as it includes alignment dots.
The Crosswater reel is built out of a durable polymer composite – I didn’t notice any issues with the disc drag system. The drag felt it had dependable stopping ability with my biggest catch. As a result, there wasn’t anything that stood out that interfered with my fly fishing experiences.
The core of the reel is large, so the large arbour profile provides an easier retrieve at a faster pace. Being somewhat of a beginner to intermediate level, this was another aspect that intrigued me. It also came pre-spooled with a tapered leader and backing.
The rod tube construction is plastic reinforced cordura fabric and has plastic reinforced caps at the ends. The length of the tube is 2’ 7” so it’s easier to travel with versus the 2 piece.
- 2 & 4 piece options depending on your preference
- Handles a wide variety of species
- Pre-spooled reel for beginners
- Nice finish + color
- Complete set (minus the fly’s)
- 1 year warranty
- Can be setup for a left or right hand retrieve
- Carrying handle versus shoulder strap
- Reviews I read mentioned that a better fly line is preferred
The Bottom Line – Redington Crosswater Review
As you read, this Redington combo is the perfect setup for a beginner to intermediate fly fisherman. There are cheaper options available, but the quality would no be the same. Choosing a cheaper rod brings weaker eyelets, poorly constructed reels and reel mounts and a less comfortable grip.
Since Redington is a well known dependable brand in fly fishing, and the price is manageable for most, I can’t see any reason to go with any other option.
Have another comparable combo kit you think I should look at? Leave your comments below!