Affordable Fly Fishing: The Redington Crosswater Reel

If you’ve been around fly fishing for any amount of time then you know that it can get real expensive if you let it. I’m not a fan of expensive and I know from experience that you can enjoy the fine art of fly fishing without spending a ton of cash on gear.

The Redington Crosswater Reel

The Crosswater Reel from RedingtonThe Crosswater reel from Redington is a seriously affordable, yet totally fishable, reel.

It features:

  • Large arbor design for easier and quicker retrieve
  • Easily converts to right or left hand retrieve
  • Durable design with easy to change spool
  • Strong disc drag system for great fish stopping power
  • Cloth reel bag
  • 1 year warranty

You can purchase this reel in two ways, just the reel itself or you can purchase it pre-spooled with Rio Mainstream trout line and backing.

The Crosswater reel is available in two different sizes: 4/5/6 model and the 7/8/9 model. You can purchase the reel for $39.95 or purchase the pre-spooled version for $59.95.

Why I like it

I’ve been using a Crosswater reel for a couple of years now. My very first outfit purchase was the Crosswater outfit from Redington and I’ve been using it ever since. I purchased the 9′, 5wt setup and have loved it from day 1.┬áThe Crosswater reel is simply a great reel that fishes well and takes quite a beating. It has one of the best drag systems you’ll find for reels in this price range. I’ve put mine through some serious abuse and it still looks and performs just as good as the day I bought it.

I believe this is one of the best deals out there for someone just beginning fly fishing or anyone looking for an inexpensive backup or main reel to head out and sling around on the water. I don’t think you can beat the price or the quality of the reel in this price range.

Check out the Redington Crosswater reels and pick up a great reel that is super affordable. I think you’ll be extremely happy with it!

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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