Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review- Redington Form Practice Rod



Let's say you're a salesman. A good salesman. You live in an Austin suburb, own a comfortable house, have a lovely wife and 1.7 children.  You're trapped in the soulless hell of plugging your company's widget business to business and are on yet another business trip. You have a golf handicap, fashion sense, are quick with a joke, and you bury your colleagues when it comes to what matters- selling.

What your coworkers don't know, is that you're a closet fly fisherman. That's right, several times a year you take a long weekend or even a week, tell your colleagues you're heading out to visit family or going camping or whatever, when really you're taking the long rod to your favorite waters to fish your species of choice. Up until recently you've spent the first half day of such trips re-learning how to cast. But you're a good guy with impeccable taste and married the perfect woman. How perfect? She bought you the Redington Form practice rod as a gift. And here you are on a business trip, you've flogged your product successfully for the umpteemth time and now you are actually excited to return to your hotel room. Why? Because you  get to spend the evening casting your Form rod at Wolf Blitzer's forehead. Just remember he deserves it.

Part of me thinks that the Form is just a devilishly ingenious way to play with cats and small terriers. Imagine perfecting your casting form while Fluffy and Kibbles chase the orange yarn fly- that's right, your Persian could make you a better fly caster. That Yorkie could make you stop your back-cast on a dime.

My snarky sense of humor aside, one of my biggest gripes each spring used to be that I had gotten rusty at my casting and would spend the first outing or two thrashing around like a walrus trying to haul out on the ice. It would have been nice to have one back then. The Form is compact enough that you can cast it indoors- it's all of 50 inches long with a thirty foot long Rio custom line and a yarn "fly" attached. One of it's ingenious features is that there is no attachment point for the line. This let's you hold the line with your rod hand, performing a normal cast OR you can hold the line with your free hand and guess what? Pretty soon you're double hauling like a pro. The Redington Form rod is a two-piece rod with a nice carrying case that has some rather ingenious casting instructions on the side ( Did you ever think the phrase "Answer the phone" would make you a better caster?). It even has one of those nifty QR codes on the side that will direct you to Redington's site for instructional videos etc.

those ingenious instructions

I have to say that even though I struggle less and fish more than I used to I still play around with this thing as it is a lot of fun to cast. I even got out my three weight line and threaded it up, just to see if it would cast a real fly line. I got fifty feet out of it. Next spring my buddy Zach and I are going to take it out for brook trout. There's no reel seat but trust me- we'll figure it out.

The Redington Form rod retails for $39.95 and makes an excellent gift for the fly angler in your life.

Or maybe for your Yorkie.


10 comments:

  1. Loved it! Great post, and I do have to say....Wolf does deserve a poke in the eye with a fly rod!

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  2. Thanks Brad. It's a fun little toy to play around with.

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  3. makes me want to get a cat~
    not really.
    but would love to get the FORM so Simone and I can work on our indoor accuracy.
    Happy Holidays!
    Tight Lines,
    Koz

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  4. I think it should come with a cat!!! Peeerrfect?

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  5. I can't see the point, why get a fly rod that you don't use to catch fish, just chuck a 7ft travel fly rod in the back of your car with a length of line if you want to pretend to fish.

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    1. Because it's compact it's easier to transport and/or use indoors, and a lot of fun to play around with. It's certainly not for everyone, and if you fish a lot you don't need it. My opinion is that it's suited best for seasonal anglers who could use a compact and quick to set-up practice session. But to each his own.

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  6. You had me at casting at Wolf Blitzer's head! You should be in Sales or something! Just what I need for those long hotel stays.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. Ah, the life of soulless hell. Instead I chose construction. . .

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  7. I've been considering one of those things, probably fun to mess around with in the winter and I have a friend with the urge to learn. This might be a good start. Thanks.

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  8. I find the instructions on this rod rather witty, but they definitely get the job done. It would be a greater starter rod for an amateur to take on his first fishing trip.

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