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Redington Butter Stick

- published April 2014

85

2014

RATINGS

Weight
6
Fit in Hand / Grip
8
Casting Distance
7
Casting Accuracy
8
Versatility
7
Value
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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THE GOOD

  • Beautiful butter-colored rod
  • Capable of delicate presentations of small, medium and large dry flies
  • Can be used effectively to fish nymphs or double-fly rigs
  • One of the least expensive rods in the class

THE BAD

  • Limited casting range
  • Not made in the USA
  • Slightly heavier than graphite rods in this class

THE VERDICT

Redington’s Butter Stick was dubbed the “rod with the most appropriate name” by our team. The rich yellow Butter Stick features a slick, smooth casting action and, thanks to its soft tip flex, a soft presentation on the water. The rod sports enough stiffness in the butt section to be able to step-up and perform if pressed into service as a nymphing rod when the need arises. That puts it ahead of all the graphite models in this class in terms of total functionality.

FULL REVIEW

The Butter Stick’s fiberglass blank features a stiffer butt section than most other rods we tested in this class, giving more power to the stick when having to fight and turn big, powerful fish. That stiffer lower section also gives the Butterstick the backbone strength needed to power heavier flies and double-fly rigs into action, making this one of the more versatile dry fly specialists we tested.

Casting Distance and Accuracy
At 7’6” with a very soft tip and mid-section, the Butter Stick can’t match the slightly stiffer Orvis Superfine Glass in total distance potential, but it does surpass the even softer graphite rods in this class. Moderately skilled casters should be able to toss a fly 40–45 feet with a good degree of accuracy, and pinpoint accuracy out to about 35 feet.

Versatility
The stout butt section does give you the stability and support needed to cast heavier flies, like big foam stones and hoppers, without too much effort. We also discovered the flexible tip was great for feeling soft takes on drifting nymphs, making this a wonderful rod for fishing those subsurface flies in crystal clear waters where the fish are extra spooky. All in all, this is a well rounded small-stream rod.

Note
We tested the 7’6”, 4-weight version. It is also available in 2-weight through 5–weight versions of various lengths.

How We Tested It

Fishing for rainbow trout on the tailwater fishery of the Upper Yakima River and the Rocky Ford spring creek, both in Washington state. We also fished the Metolius and Crooked Rivers of central Oregon. Testers included long time outdoor writers, game wardens, western fishing guides, and a few select blog readers. 

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson is the fly fishing editor of Gear Institute.com. He is a veteran outdoor journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. Follow him at Google+.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$249.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Weight
6
Fit in Hand / Grip
8
Casting Distance
7
Casting Accuracy
8
Versatility
7
Value
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

Weight

2.9 oz

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