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Fly Reel Review


Rising To The Occasion With The Redington Rise 7/8 Fly Reel

 

Date: 6/12/13
Tackle type: Fly Reel
Manufacturer: Redington
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 8.33 - GREAT

Introduction:
After breaking into the fly fishing scene back in 1992, Redington quickly gained notoriety for offering quality products at very reasonable prices. Fly fishing has always been a notoriously expensive sport, and the approach Redington took from the get go was really fresh and attention grabbing. Over the years, their product lineup has become increasingly refined, and today their offerings rival some of the best out there. Case in point, their affordable line of Rise fly reels. At a glance, these seem like just another standard attempt at a decent price point fly reel. I handled one of the first models after their initial launch a couple years ago, and felt they were decent, but could be improved. Since these reels have recently been tweaked, let's dig deeper and see if my impressions of the old reel hold true for the latest model.

 

Redington Rise 7/8 Fly Reel Specifications

Line Weight 7/8
Backing Capacity 200 yards with WF8F line
Spool Width 1.25 inches
Diameter 3.47 inches
Weight 5.1 ounces
Colors Available Dark Charcoal, Glacial, Mantis
Material Machined Aluminum
Drag Cork and Teflon - maximum drag approx 3lbs (tested)
MSRP (reel) $189.95
MSRP (extra spool) $94.95
Origin Korea

 

Impressions: While I had just a fair impression of that older Rise reel I handled awhile back, when our glacial 7/8 size test reel arrived I was immediately impressed. Redington made several key upgrades to the most recent lineup, and it really shows in terms of overall quality. These changes include larger arbor sizes on all models, increased drag power on 7/8 and 9/10 models, a drag knob that's easier to grip, and improved frame to spool overlap, thus preventing line intrusion between the frame and spool.


The glacial blue Rise is quite an attractive piece of equipment.

 The first striking aspect of the reel is the overall weight. At just 5.1 ounces, this thing is light! By comparison, the generously ported Nautilus Feather Weight Extreme 7/8 weighs in at a scant 4.1 ounces, making it the lightest machined aluminum disc drag fly reel currently available. At just 1 ounce heavier, the weight of the Rise is quite impressive.


The back side is extremely clean and equally as attractive as the front
.

 The dimensions of the Rise 7/8 are well thought out. The small arbor of the past reel is gone, and the new size works really well to facilitate rapid line pickup. Overall reel diameter is excellent, as it's sized just right without being too big and awkward looking. I really appreciate the narrow spool width as well. As a big fan of the narrow Abel reels, not only do I think it looks better on the rod but I know just how beneficial this can be in increasing retrieval efficiency. Not having to sweep your finger so far back and forth when guiding line back onto the spool alleviates fatigue, too.


Up close allows you to easily see the clean machining and finish. The small, silver spool quick release button is visible adjacent to the logo.

In the cosmetics department, this reel is quite a looker. Though definitely not a Tibor, Abel, or Hatch, the clean lines and quality of machining actually does give it some high end appeal. No doubt about it this is a beautiful reel, and looks right at home on a rod of any price. The glacial blue test reel would match perfectly on a new Redington Link rod or (sorry Redington) a G. Loomis NRX.


Alongside an Abel Super 7/8N (narrow), the spool width  of the Rise is relatively similar.

Real World Tests: Testing of the Rise 7/8 took place in California fishing for Carp, and in southwest Florida fishing for beach Snook. It's always great to be able to test a piece of equipment on both fresh and saltwater species. The sole rod of choice for use with this reel was the G. Loomis Pro 4X 8 weight. Not the best looking match in the world, but it was the only 8 weight I had on the rack!

 
The handle could use some texture or a bit more flare for extra “grip”

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