- Modest price
- Solid construction
- Smooth, drift-free drag
- Not made in USA
- Spool removal/attachment can stick
The Redington Delta earned a solid reputation as a trout-fishing workhorse after more than a year of heavy use. The reel, machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, proved durable, with just a few hitches to overcome. It performs much like the Orvis Access, though the Delta has a stickier spool (it can take a bit of fiddling to get the spool to click into place) and line pick-up is a tiny bit faster.
I’ve used the Redington Delta reel for more than a year now, and even use a previous version of the model as one of my backpacking rods. The Delta series rods have proven themselves as workhorses suitable for fresh or salt water applications, handling the day-to-day pressures of steady fishing with no trouble, and only a few limitations.
Drag and Line Management
The Delta’s drag system merges cork and Teflon to create a smooth, drift-free system that stayed set where I wanted it—even when I locked onto a hard-charging steelhead that made the reel sing like a meadowlark.
The medium spool/arbor size meant more cranking when I got a fish on the reel instead of just striping it in, but its actually a faster retrieve than the Orvis Access.
Durability and Design
The Redington Delta blends classic reel designs with a splash of modern stylings. It’s a workhorse—an attractive one, but still a workhorse first and foremost.
How We Tested It
The reels in this test were used while fishing for rainbow trout on the Upper Yakima River and the Rocky Ford spring creek (both in Washington State), as well as the Metolius and Crooked Rivers of central Oregon. We also fished small streams in eastern Washington and Oregon (notably the Lostine, Owyhee, John Day, Touchet, Tucannon, Wenaha and Walla Walla.). 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.
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