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7.  Redington Dually 11’5”  5-weight     $249.95

Redington Dually switch rod
Redington Dually switch rod

The Redington Dually 11’5” 5-weight is another inexpensive rod coming in under $300.00.  Similar to the Echo Classic and St. Croix Imperial, the Dually is more of a medium-fast rod with a wide sweet spot.

In the inexpensive category, we like the shorter Fenwick Aetos 11’1” better for nymph fishing purposes, as it is faster and has a lighter swing weight.  It also has more power for setting the hook.  For $50 more clams I think the Aetos is a better buy. 

The Dually blanks are finished in a deep matte burgundy color with matching thread wraps over chrome stripper and snake guides.  Alignment dots are used for easy rod assembly.  A simple cork with aluminum up-lock reel seat is utilized with two locking rings.  The cork quality is decent and about what you’d expect for a less expensive rod.   A cordura covered tube and cloth bag are included.   

Casting Notes:

This rod feels much heavier than most of the other rods, despite its average length.  More of a medium-fast action, this rod has a nice wide sweet spot which will be good for beginners. But the down side is that it may be more difficult to set the hook quickly and solidly compared to the Orvis H2, Douglas DXF, or Fenwick Aetos.