|Redington Zero Reel|
The Redington Zero is a fairly new fly reel that was introduced in 2015. I recently purchased the Zero 4/5 for my TFO Finesse 5WT to match light rod to light reel.
Here are my thoughts about the Redington Zero.
Redington Zero 4/5 Review
The Redington Zero uses a click-and-pawl drag system and boasts that it is the one of the lightest reels in its class weighing in at only 3oz for the 4/5WT.
- The Redington Zero comes in two colors: red/black and sand. At first I wanted the red/black but after thinking about it, I chose the sand color because it matched my rod better. Regardless of which color you choose, the reel still looks pretty damn cool.
- The reel design is simple and bare minimum.
- The Zero uses a push button design to unlock the spool. It is a simple design but a pain to use because it usually takes two thumbs to unspool the reel.
- The diecast material doesn't feel cheap.
- The Zero feels so light, like a croissant.
- The handle has a nice rubber grip making it easy to grab and hold on to.
- The Zero is one of the best sounding click-and-pawl reels that I own. It isn't loud and doesn't sound like a rattling tin can.
- This reel definitely does the trick in adding excitement and tension to the good fight.
- There is only one drag setting for the Redington Zero and it cannot be adjusted. This reel was design to be a good looking line holder that won't backlash which it minimally accomplishes.
- The drag setting is a bit lighter than I would like for a 5WT. My fly line often gets tangled when I pull out line too quickly while casting. I will often lose time on the water re-tightening loose or tangled fly line.
- If you enjoy fighting fish "mano y pescado" by palming the reel then the Zero is for you. If you like an adjustable drag system I recommend looking for a different reel.
The Redington Zero is a good buy at $89.99 and will perform at it's best when paired with a rod designed to fish smaller waters. The reel is very light and packs well. The lack of an adjustable drag was a bit surprising considering the price point; being able to adjust something besides the hand retrieve would have been nice.
Coming from an angler who enjoys fishing click-and-pawl reels, I think this reel is okay. Despite it's flaws the Redington Zero is simple, affordable, and fun to fish with.
+ Super lightweight
+ Cool simple design
+ Click noise sounds great
- Cannot adjust drag setting
- Default drag setting is a little too weak
- Pulling out your fly line too quickly will cause it to backlash
- Average durability
- The push-button reel unlock takes two thumbs to unlock