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Why We Like The Path II Outfit with Crosswater Reel
Roll up to the river, slide the Redington Path II rod out of its Cordura case, piece its four quadrants together, and slip into the water. The moderate-fast action of the rod works with the weight-forward line prespooled on the reel to deliver a powerfully accurate cast. The drag of the Crosswater Reel hums gently as you pull in a strong swimmer, and the rod seat has been constructed with classic wood or salt-water-friendly anodized aluminum, depending on rod weight. From the 4 weight to the 9 weight, the Path II rod has a classic feel that is forgiving enough for newbies, without throwing away the performance more experienced anglers look for.
- Fly fishing outfit with a classic feel
- Path II rod has moderate-fast action
- Crosswater reel has composite design for lightweight strength
- Prespooled with RIO Mainstream weight-forward fly line
- Weights 6 and under have half-wells handles and wood reel seats
- Weights 7 and up have full-wells handles and aluminum reel seats
- Cordura case protects the rod during storage and transit
- Item #RNG002U
- Rod Length
- 9ft, 8ft 6in
- Rod Action
- Rod Handle
- [4, 5, 6] half-wells, [7, 8, 9] full-wells
- Rod Pieces
- Reel Material
- Drag System
- Line Material
- [4, 5, 6, 7] RIO Mainstream WF, [8.9] RIO Saltwater Floating
- cordura rod tube
- Claimed Weight
- [9ft, 5wt] 9.6oz (rod, reel, line)
What do you think about this product?
July 26, 2020
Have fished with this pole 5 or 6 times now and works great.
July 3, 2019
Great price, but you will outgrow it
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased this rod mainly to serve as a backup in case my main rod broke (main rod was a Sage Approach, which is no longer produced). At $169, I figured, "Why not?" I imagine that the intended market for the Path II is beginners trying to enter the sport, and it might be great for them. I'm glad a fly rod setup exists at this price point, and this certainly will do the job. However, if you are a beginner buying your first rod and you have the means to spend more, I recommend getting something you won't outgrow, such as the Sage Foundation, which has replaced the Approach as their entry-level rod. If you get hooked and move past the beginner phase, this rod will eventually limit you. I finally snapped my other rod two days ago by stupidly yanking sideways on a very close snag, so I pulled out the Path II and used it last evening for a couple of hours. It is certainly adequate. I caught fish on it. But it is incredibly imprecise and frankly felt terrible to cast. I'm a moderately experienced fly fisher (it's almost I do on weekends from March to November) and I hated the feel of this rod so much that I'm sucking it up and buying a far more expensive rod because I cannot use this Path II for 4-6 weeks while waiting for my other rod to be repaired. The Path II will not handle mild wind well. It is not accurate or precise even in zero wind. It just feels vague and unpredictable and I didn't feel a connection to the fly at all. It just doesn't do the things that my Sage did. Same input from the fisher, very different results. There are certain huge fish you'll encounter that will give you 1 chance to catch them before they spook. You'll want to cast into a tiny pocket of water with the perfect drift and then be ready to set the hook at the right moment, and I would not trust the Path II to catch that fish. You will probably not notice this as a beginner, and again, this is an approachable price point if you're not sure how much you'll fish or if you'll even like fly fishing. But if you want to go all in on the sport, just save yourself the trouble and get a real rod from the start. I learned to fly fish on a Sage Approach Outfit (no longer produced), which I believe cost about $375-$425 for rod/reel/line in 2015. Now, the replacement Sage Foundation Outfit is $500 on backcountry.com and this solid rod comes with a real metal reel and high quality fly line. This is frankly the minimum you can expect to spend on a durable fly fishing outfit that makes precise casts and works on most western rivers. It's not snobbery, it's just true. I am upgrading to an even nicer rod and making my sage the backup after it's repaired, but I really wouldn't have considered buying a top-shelf fly rod if the Sage hadn't snapped, because it did everything I needed adequately. I'll be very glad to have the Sage as my backup once it's repaired. So if you have the funds, go to the next level and you'll be rewarded with a rod that you won't outgrow. If you're just dinking around on the occasional camping trip, I suppose the Path II will be great for you.
April 9, 2020
Solid review my man, thank you.
October 27, 2018
Great package deal for a beginner
- I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
My parent's started to get into fly fishing this year so this was a great package to get them started!
April 1, 2019
Does this combo set come with a warranty?
April 2, 2019
Yes, Reddington does offer a warranty. Backcountry also has a 30 day guarantee in the case anything is defective with your product.
May 21, 2018
Does this come prespoed with backing, fly line, leader, and tippet?