I’ve got problems. And worth noting, the origins of and solutions to my problems are both fly fishing. In short, fly fishing is an obsession. This obsession controls my lifestyle, my finances, and maybe the majority of my thoughts. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maybe I don’t have a choice in that matter anyway.
The consuming nature of fly fishing grabs a hold of most of us, and recognizing our obsessive ways, Redington appropriately named one of their newest rod families the “VICE.”
Never before in one of our reviews has the first thing worth mentioning been the look and the logo of a product, but in this case, it is necessary to first point out the clever and amusing design. For the VICE, Redington modeled the color of the blank and the logo after a can of Copenhagen — another vice that some fly anglers share. (Hilarious.)
But beyond the entertainment value of the visual design, this rod is also designed to perform masterfully on the water. Let’s break it down:
The VICE is a fast-action rod. At the casting ponds it picks up line well and casts with ease. The multi-modulus carbon fiber blank allows for maximum control and minimal rod wobble (as I always consider it), thereby giving the angler a high level of awareness about what’s happening with his or her cast. And on the water, this translates as well with added benefits of strong line control and the ability to use a range of lines and all sorts of flies without impacting the action and performance of the rod.
The word “accessibility” is not one that typically comes to mind when thinking about rods, but for the VICE, this description fits well. I can envision anglers of all abilities liking this rod. Beginning anglers will enjoy the benefits of a fast-action rod without being overwhelmed by speed. And experienced anglers will find that this rod will serve their angling needs well. In addition, small aspects such as laser-etched model references on the reel seat make things a little easier.
The VICE is a do-anything rod, but it especially stands out for chucking streamers and handling weighted nymph rigs. The VICE will be on many-a-float trip.
The VICE is available in a wide-range of models from a 7’6″ 3-weight to a 9′ 9-weight. All models cost $199.95. This is a great price for getting into the game our building that ultimate quiver.
– Tim Harden
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