Redington Delta ReviewJuly 2, 2015
- 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.
Dan Nelson- Managing Editor & Fly Fishing Editor
Dan Nelson is GearInstitute.com's Managing Editor & fly fishing editor. He is based in the Pacific Northwest.