|I didn't catch this fish with the Dually, but that is not the rods fault.|
Earlier this spring I got the opportunity to fish the Redington Dually Switch Rod in a 5 wt 11'. I'll be honest for the longest time I thought switch rods were stupid, and to some extent I still do. This rod is certainly an exception to that. Where switch rods don't make sense to me is nymphing from a boat or steelhead fishing when you should be using a spey rod. The Dually in a 5 however is the perfect combination of light weight and feel that combine to make a super fun two handed trout crusher.
Performance: The rod is certainly a little softer than the other Redington rods I have fished in the past, which all seem to error on being pretty quick. The Dually has an action that you can definitely feel load into your hands and tells you when it's time to go forward. When paired with a RIO Switch Chucker in a 325 it sailed. I ran several different weights of 10' poly leaders and flies up to a 2 and they all zipped out their nicely. At a 5 it could handle any trout you could ever hook out here in Montana and some smaller steelhead.
Looks: Those of you know me know that I have an affinity for bright blue, and so the bright blue writing on the maroon blank was a hit for me. This rod looks like what you would expect for the price point, but the blue writing was definitely a bonus. Oh and it has alignment dots, like every rod ever should.
Why should I get one?
Because it is a very affordable price point to enter in the two handed world which will then lead you to ruin your life chasing fish all over the place, likely becoming addicted to caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, as well as getting divorced, losing your job and living under the 101 bridge on the Hoh with an obvious new nickname like "The Troll". Or it will just be another fun tool to add to the arsenal, and at the price of $249.95 an easily justifiable new purchase. Trout spey fishing is something I should do more of, and this rod is a great one to go swing up the guys that don't make it out to the ocean.
Obligatory nitpicking of a couple random things on an otherwise great rod:
Ummm, I don't like the reelseat that much? Is that a reason to not buy this rod, of course not, but you have to bitch about something in a review, right? Go check out the Dually, you'll be glad you did.