Tragedy strikes! I am all excited about my new Redington Crosswater combo, I get it and the damn thing is broken!! I opened it up and these were the problems with it:
- There was no invoice.
- The item was not fastened into package and in fact, was not correctly placed in package. This made me believe it might have been opened before.
- All the zip ties were broken, which confirmed that the thing HAD been opened before.
- When I unzipped the case, the reel fell into my hand. When I looked at the foot of the reel I noticed it looked kind of strange and then I realized part of the foot was broken off!! When I looked at the rod, I realized that the missing part of the foot was lodged in the reel seat.
I was pretty bummed but at the same time I was relieved because the reel itself looked super flimsy. I think it may have been a thin aluminum but the thing felt like plastic. Also, the simple fact that it was broken to begin with doesnt give me much confidence in it. The rod itself looked and felt like good quality. Anyway, it took forever to get here and hopefully it doesn’t take forever to get back to them and for the money to go back into my account.
With that said, I have been scoping another fly fishing outfit. It is a Cabelas RLS+ combo and according to the reviews it is a real piece of work. I like Cabelas products and their customer service is superb. I was actually pretty impressed with the original Wind River combo I bought from them so if this thing is still on sale when I get my refund, I think I’m going to buy this in an 8 Wt. I will keep you guys posted.