Lookin' to upgrade

#16
Go with the original Konic, it will be more than sufficient for sea runs, humpies and most silvers. The only advantage to a large arbor reel is that it allows you to retrieve line faster when reeling, which can be important when fighting large quick fish especially with barbless hooks.
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#17
As for the new version of the konic, I think they share the same dimensions and components (new and old spools are interchangeable). The difference is in the color and possibly the finish (sounds like they new ones have a polyurethane finish).

Bottom line - I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Konic. Buy the old one if saving $$ is your game, but keep in mind you may not be able to find spare old-model spools and then you just won't be the most fashionable man out there on the beach ;)
Yeah, the new and old spools seem interchangeable. A copy/paste from the clearance part of Pacific Fly Fishers: "These original Konic reels and spools are compatible with the new Konic II reels/spools."
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#18
I use the original konic for my 6 wt searun setup (TFO Clouser rod and RIO outbound short). I've been very pleased so far- the drag system is exceptional!

Bottom line - I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Konic. Buy the old one if saving $$ is your game, but keep in mind you may not be able to find spare old-model spools and then you just won't be the most fashionable man out there on the beach ;)
Found the original Konic for under a c-note and lookin' forward to putting it on the Predator!

And for being the most fashionable guy out there? Man, with a burgundy-and-black twill deer-stalker hat, a tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirt with a George Hamilton ascot tastefully wound 'round the neck and a pair of Dickies cut-off overalls and my UGG boots I expect to be on the cover of the fly-fishing edition of GQ pretty darned soon!!! :)
 
#19
Found the original Konic for under a c-note and lookin' forward to putting it on the Predator!

And for being the most fashionable guy out there? Man, with a burgundy-and-black twill deer-stalker hat, a tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirt with a George Hamilton ascot tastefully wound 'round the neck and a pair of Dickies cut-off overalls and my UGG boots I expect to be on the cover of the fly-fishing edition of GQ pretty darned soon!!! :)

This sounds like a fine candidate for a member of the Kitsap County beach gang
 
#20
OK, after prowling the web for awhile, talking to folks and finally swingin' a few rods I took the plunge and today picked up a 4-piece, 9' , 6 wt. Redington Predator. It felt really good to me and I like the fact that it's produced locally with a great warranty.


TIA! :)
Redington products, though distributed and supported through the Farbank center on Bainbridge are manufactured in Asia, China I believe. I own a few Redington rods and reels, but if you want hand made in WA you have to pay for a Sage.
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#21
Redington products, though distributed and supported through the Farbank center on Bainbridge are manufactured in Asia, China I believe. I own a few Redington rods and reels, but if you want hand made in WA you have to pay for a Sage.
K, I researched this and you're quite right even though initially I thought the rod was U.S. made. But I'm glad I bought my Redington rod from a local shop in Poulsbo. I prefer to shop local if I can so as to support the neighborhood economy.

And please, don't tell me that the "made in USA" claim on the box of my new Konic just applies to the cardboard!!! ;)
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#22
And in my research I found this info in a post on another fly forum:

"So here is the skinny on SAGE, REDINGTON, ALBRIGHT RODS. Sage was founded in 1980 by legendary rod designer Don Green, and Bruce Kirschner (formerly of K2 Skis). Redington was founded in 1992 by Jim Murphy, this company was known as Bristol Bay rod and fly rod before it became Redington. In the summer of 2003 Sage bought Redington and immediatly fired Jim Murphy. Then Jim Murphy had a plan up his sleeve and Albright Rods was founded in the Sept of 2004. Funny thing is that the same company that Jim Murphy had for making his Redington blanks is now making his albright rod blanks. Same Design too. When Albright first started the Albright EXS was the same rod as the Redington NTIQ (NTI Quarts) this was in 2004/2005, except that the EXS was cosmetically better looking, and less expensive.

One more thing Sage owns Redington, but the blanks are completely different, Sage blanks are made Bainbridge WA, and Redington rods are made in China, also fyi Redington reels are made in Korea. Albright rods and reels are the same as Redington, rods in china reels in korea."

This is mildly interesting to me and one can find lots of true and not-so-true info on the web but it doesn't change the fact that I like my new rod (regardless of the country of origin) and am looking forward to seeing how it feels with a few fish on it! :)

BTW, I drive a Japanese truck but it was assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee! ;)
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#23
One more thing Sage owns Redington,
Dipnet,
Glad you're liking your new stick. Redington puts out a fine product.
This might help you figure out who owns Sage and Redington as well as Rio.

The Joshua Green Corporation of Seattle, Washingtontoday announced the creation of Far Bank Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary that will function as a holding company for the corporation’s fly fishing brands.
Far Bank Enterprises is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of fly fishing products which include fly fishing rods, fly reels, fly lines, leaders, tippets and performance outdoor apparel.Far Bank’s subsidiaries operate under the brand names of Sage, Redington and RIO.






 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#24
Yeah, I think I saw that on the interweb but honestly, it's not that important.

What is important, as I'm sure we all know, is a quiet walk down the beach; the sun glinting off the water or conversely, the clouds hanging low and the raindrops dimpling the water surface and making that little "pitter-pat, pitter-pat" noise on the hat or parka hood; the "wisk-woosh" sound of a line/rod being casted and the joy of that first take and seeing that flash of silver that you know you're now connected to!

It's kinda a spiritual thing, eh?

Man, I love fishin'!!! :D:D:D
 

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