The Imperial USA is another very durable fly rod. George Cook, Redington Representative, talks about the Redington Vice Rod at Stillwater Fly Shop. I found them to be slower than I like. With the VICE rod and RIO line in hand, I felt empowered. I'm trying to decide between the Orvis Clearwater 8.5' 5 wt rod (which would come out to $270ish after the coupon) or the 8.5' Redington Path outfit, which is on Amazon for about $140.. Is the Clearwater that much better than the Path? Which, is in the middle in terms of weight. I took the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 class, which gives me a 20% off coupon. The second best fly rod for under $400 is the Hardy Shadow. It’s also one of the reasons for this rod’s accuracy. Rods through 6 weight have a half-wells handle with a wood reel seat for a classic look and feel, and 7 weights and above feature a full-wells grip with anodized aluminum reel seat that is ready for salt or fresh water conditions. This is a great price for getting into the game our building that ultimate quiver. SHOP | ... VICE. Path | The PATH rod is a smooth-casting, medium-fast action graphite fly rod, offering classic performance for all levels of anglers. The VICE is a classically styled, fast-action rod range designed to be accessible to all anglers. Not super heavy, not super light. With one false cast, 50 feet was doable. But, if you are looking for a long range, streamer rig, the Redington Vice could be the golden ticket. We just couldn’t see through the chop. So let’s speak about the best fishing reels on the market today. At an affordable price point, the VICE offers fast action and great casting accuracy and control. Today, all stocks of... Hardy’s brand name has long been synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. I'm just starting to get into fly fishing. Redington’s 9-weight VICE rod arrived on my porch in all its dapper glory about three weeks before my trip to the Louisiana marshes.