Field and Stream had these written up in the March issue and I was in the market.Yes Sage owns Redington and this rod is made in China. I know this will knock the fly fishing elite off the backs of their chairs . How could I put such a thing in my hands ?It doesn't have to cost 1000 dollars to make it fishable or even quality for that matter .China does make a few good things.... This fly rod is a little gem. I was excited to see the UPS man in the driveway and I went inside to open the box. I pulled it out and the first thing I notice is the great quality case that it comes in . It has a quality zipper and a cordura feel to the outside of the sturdy case . The rod has a beautiful finish and has dots so you can line the pieces up exactly . Now days, don't worry about 4 piece . They have it down to a science and it fits together great and they stay together. Remember casting your first Zebco rod section into the creek and reeling it in with the standard 14 pound test they provided?
The guides are the next thing I looked at and are very standard , nothing to jump up and down about but thats ok. It also comes with a anodized aluminum reel seat which is good for salt or fresh water.
The Pursuit series reel has a quality feel for the price. Nice hard finish on the outside of the reel and a large arbor.It also can easily be switched to left or right handed .It has a great little drag on it and can be adjusted easily in the middle of a fish fight.