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Kent wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The CT/Tempt/CT again is still probably the best deal going for an all-around stream rod, but the new incarnations (the current CT is the same as the Tempt, not a return to the old model) have had their tips stiffened up a bit, reducing their close range sweetness somewhat. Redington perhaps ran out of that blank and had to start from scratch with a different material. Who knows, but they sure irked a lot of fishers by messing with the beloved CT. Feelings were soothed by acquiring scads of them at blowout prices, though. :)
Am I alone in the observation that the designers goofed by putting the swell of the grip right at the front, under the fingertips, rather than under the palm of the hand where it belongs. When having to do anything more vigorous than flipping flies on a small creek, my hand is constantly fumbling for a comfortable grip. All other rods have the swell rearwards for a reason, no?

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Kent wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My 8wt. is one of those rods I would never part with. For casting into ocean winds, I think the action is just right. Though you can stop a Volkswagen with the power in the butt, there is enough flex in the tip to make close-in targets easy to hit. It is the one single-handed rod which allows me to comfortably throw the whole line. I love the hardware, from the three big stripping guides to the cushioned reel hood, though a hook-keeper would be nice.
The 5 wt., which I owned very briefly, was a waste of graphite! Over-lined, there was no amount of double-hauling that would even begin to load the rod, and forcing 60' of line out was nothing but work. Far worse than even my hated SageXP 5wt. (it was a gift). I can't see this rod weight being useable for anything but lobbing large amounts of lead under a bobber.

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Kent wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the 8' 4wt. and am singing its praises. I have been fly tossing for over 30 years, so I've cast a lot of rods and can shoot a full line when called for, so I feel justified in saying that this will hold its own with anything in the $300-$400 range. Light, powerful, and with a reasonably sensitive tip by today's super fast standards. It actually casts much better with a 5.5wt. line and strong double haul than with a 4wt. line, and shoots ridiculously tight loops. It makes a solid 5wt. rod, actually.
The components and build quality are very good and appealing, regardless of price. Even an experienced caster should have a hard time justifying spending another $550 for a top-end rod which gives very little improvement in performance over this model.

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Kent wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I briefly owned the 6wt., having found the action unfriendly to my tempo. The top couple of feet load easily and accurately put a fly out to about 40ft., but the lower rod seems disconnected from the top, being very stiff and not loading progressively. It may work very well over-lined and tossing weighted rigs, though. Cosmetics are very nice and the cork is a higher-grade burled variety than the standard. I find the largish swell too far forward to actually accommodate large hands; it positions my thumb ahead of the cork and on the blank.
An excellent rod if the odd grip shape and disjointed action suit you.

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