Sunday, July 22, 2018

REDINGTON: New Butter Stick Series Unveiled

Five years ago Redington debuted the Butter Stick series of fiberglass fly rods and for the past year or so their fly rod designers been working on the next generation, complete with new models, tapers and aesthetics which debuted at iCAST a couple of weeks ago.  The previous Butter Stick fly rods had been offered in six models from two weight to five weight and will now offer seven models from one weight to five weight along with (much requested) six and eight weight models as well.

For the last few months I've been messing around with a couple of the six and eight weight prototypes (along with an early production eight weight that went to Beaver Island with me) and I've been very impressed with the new Butter Stick fly rods.  Where the first generation of Butter Stick fly rods were good and checked off a box that Redington offered glass, this new series takes all of it steps forward with a lot more imagination and focus on details.  I really like the retro paint job  on the blanks and I'm especially geeked about the unique cork shapes and reel seat hardware.  I also like that they've kept all these fly rods on the short side of the spectrum from the 5'9" 1 weight to the 8' 6 and 8 weights.  I continue to think that shorter is better in glass.

The Butter Stick fly rod feature the following...
  • Slow Action built on the Redington Heritage Taper
  • T-Glass Construction
  • 1 weight – 5 weight feature unique all cork handle with slide rings
  • 6 weight/8 weight feature saltwater-ready anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Alignment dots
  • Durable Cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Priced from $249.99 to $279.99

The Butter Stick fly rods are shown on the Redington website but as "Coming Soon".  I'll work on a better release date and update this post soon.  Until then, maybe start figuring out which Redington fly reel you'd match with your new Butter Stick.  Start with the ZERO (in Dreamcicle of course) and be sure to check out the new GRANDE as well for the six and eight weight.


Michael Agneta said...

Nice. Hope the updates are received well. (I'm sure the larger weights will). Always a dangerous game to play for a brand when they have a beloved product. Count me in on pairing with the ZERO. Click & pawl for the win every time...

Mike Sepelak said...

I'll be waving a Butter Stick 3wt in a couple of weeks, chasing Idaho cutthroat. After several months of pitching a broomstick-fast 9wt at bull reds, musky, and tanker truck carp, it ought to be interesting (and probably not pretty). Thanks for the heads-up.

Shanklao Hanpad said...

Wow fantastic blog, thanks for sharing. Spinning rods are generally made from the same sort of materials as fly fishing rods. If you're going to use your rod often, and be spending all day fishing, then it's probably worth spending a bit more money and getting the lightest you can afford. You'll be able to cast with less effort, and you'll find that it gets used more. If you buy a rod that's not right, you won't use it, so it'll be a waste of spinning combos