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It does exceptionally for any fly fishing scenario.
The efficiency enables an angler to free themselves of worries about where the line will land on their reel as they play a fish.
Disc Drag System – Redington builds this fly reel with a disc drag system to maximize the fish stopping power.
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We love how well the system is sealed to protect it against the saltwater effects on its internal parts.
Performance in the long run becomes user-friendly and maintenance quite easy and free.
The drag system is also made from a composite material that is rust-proof.
Retrieve and Conversions – Of course, retrieves are quicker from the large arbor design.
The reel comes programmed for the left hand retrieve but you can change directions depending on your fishing situation.
Sizes – Redington Crosswater Reels are available in two sizes.
Size 4/5/6 has a reel diameter of 3.5, reel weight of 5.1 oz., and backing of 100yards on 20lbs.
Reel size 7/8/9 has a diameter of 3.9, a weight of 5.5oz. and 200 yards on 20 lbs. backing.
Package – There is an option to get a pre-spooled Crosswater fly reel.
The reel specifications will remain the same only that your Crosswater will come with a RIO Mainstream floating line pre-spooled on it.
Reel Bag – Not all manufacturers give a reel bag when buying a fly reel.
Redington is generous enough to issue a cloth reel bag for every Crosswater reel that you buy at no extra cost.
It helps with storage and transportation to and from your fishing spot.
Warranty – Redington revised its policies since November 2019 to ensure that all the new reels will be backed by a warranty to cater for any defects in workmanship or material.
The Redington Crosswater Fly Reel comes with a 1-year warranty to the original owner and will only cover repairs and replacements with exceptions of indirect damage, direct damage, consequential damage, or incidental damage.
Pros – Things that Shine on the Crosswater Fly Reel
Best for all-water use
Backed by a one year warranty
Available in two sizes
There is a pre-spooled option available
Conversions can be made to either side
Greater fish stopping power
Fully-sealed drag system
Affordable and functional
Comes with a free cloth bag
The spool is easily changeable
Cons – The Concerns
The delicate composite material that can’t withstand brutality.
The smaller size might pose problems when saltwater fishing as it takes less fly line capacity.
Customer Thoughts on the Crosswater Fly Reels
The drag is easy to adjust and for beginners, there is nothing complex about this reel that you have to master.
If you have the Crosswater rod, get the reel from the series for better consistency as the two have similar mechanisms and are easy to use.
For amateurs or pros who are guiding the less experienced fly fishers, this reel is superb and is flexible when you need to switch rigs.
All the good features will be excellent for anglers who are fishing in freshwater zones. It is lightweight, has a spool that is easy to change, and right drag. Until you opt to go for steelhead then you might need a little more effort.
When fishing with a double taper line of size 6 or 5, you need to drop the smaller reel and choose the size 7/8/9 to prevent you from worrying about your spool running out of room.
We love how its outer rim goes past the handle. It is a good aspect as it allows the angler to palm the reel’s outer edge and add some more drag if you need it while fishing.
Some anglers have been having issues with the gap between the frame and spool that traps in the fly line and is a major concern when trying to land fish.
FAQ’s – Questions about the Redington Crosswater Fly Reel
Q) Does the fly reel have enough momentum like the metal reels?
A) Not quite. You will have to palm retrieve which is very easy to do when you need more drag.
Q) Is there any sound produced when the drag goes out as you cast?
A) There is a nice and soft click sound as the drag goes out. It however isn’t a nuisance.
Q) Can it work well in saltwater areas without rust?
A) The reel will work well in these areas as there are no metallic components that are prone to rust or corrosion. Simply give it a quick rinse with freshwater once done to maintain its performance.
Q) Is Redington already manufacturing spare spools for these fly reels?
A) There are spare spools for the Crosswater reels and go for about $20 to 30 depending on where you purchase.
Q) Can I use the spool that was on the older Crosswater reel design on the new one?
A) Unfortunately, they aren’t compatible.
Q) Can you pair the larger Crosswater fly reel size with a rod that is 8 or 9 weight for fishing stubborn fish?
A) The reel has excellent stopping and drag power for species that love to battle. It will do just fine.