Technical Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Redington Tech FAQ

You'll find answers to the most frequently asked product and fly fishing specific questions here. Of course, we are always ready to help if you need more information, and are just an e-mail or a phone call away.

Q: Is there repair instructions for holes or tears in breathable waders? Q: Where can I find information on my older rod or reel or other gear on your website? Q: How much is used or discontinued fly fishing gear worth? Q: Can I get spools for my discontinued reel? Q: What fly line will match my rod? Q: Can my rod or reel be used in saltwater? Q: How do I change my reel to Left hand or Right hand wind? Q: Do you have your catalogs online?

Is there repair instructions for holes or tears in breathable waders?
A piece of seam tape and a piece of fabric is supplied in all Redington wader repair kits.

Finding the leak
The easiest way is to use compressed air or reverse a vacuum cleaner. Turn the wader inside out and while putting air into the wader, submerge it in a tank of water or bath tub. Try to isolate the area (If in a leg, only fill that leg with air and submerge) bubbles in a stream will be visible. Mark the hole with a felt pen.

Once the hole is found
For pinholes:
1. Cut small piece of seam tape supplied as long as it is wide.
2. Heat a household iron (Steam off) to permanent press.
3. Lay tape patch over hole and apply iron to tape for 3-4 seconds. Tape should appear to stick. If tape edges are not stuck down reapply iron in intervals of 3-4 more seconds.
4. Once tape has adhered, rub area with a damp cool cloth to assure patch is affixed.
5. Allow tape and fabrics to cool, before retesting, to make sure you stopped the leak.

For tears:
1. It is suggested to apply masking tape to exterior of wader when flat, to hold torn edges together.
2. Cut appropriate length of seam tape supplied to cover the tear and apply iron as above, until tape adheres.
3. Follow step 4 above.
4. After tape has adhered remove temporary tape from face fabric.

For large holes:
1. Cut hole in waders into square or rectangle shape so you have straight edges. Apply temporary tape (masking) to outside of wader with tape showing inside of square when the wader is reversed.
2. Cut a piece of the supplied wader fabric to closely fit into the square hole in wader and stick face side down to temp tape so it does not move.
3. Apply seam tape supplied over center of all seams and follow steps 2 and 4 above.
4. Once the patch is set, remove temporary tape from exterior.

For leak in seam:
1. Find leak as you would for holes above.
2. Cut waterproof tape to length of seam leak.
3. Apply Waterproof tape over existing waterproof tape in wader and apply with iron as above.

Holes in neoprene booties should be fixed with an aftermarket glue, such as Aquaseal.

Where can I find information on my older rod or reel or other gear on your website?
You may have a Redington product that has been discontinued and no longer available. For more information, you can download older product catalogs from the archive link below. The catalogs will have product specifications, descriptions, and full lists of models and sizes.

How much is used or discontinued fly fishing gear worth?
Used fly fishing gear typically does not appreciate in value over time. Generally, used rods will sell anywhere from 25-50% of retail value.

Can I get spools for my discontinued reel?
Currently we do not offer discontinued spools. There are some new spools that will fit older reels:

  • 2011 Crosswater spool will fit 2007-2010 Crosswater reels
  • 2011 Pursuit spool will fit Red.Fly2 reels

If your reel is not listed above, you may be able to find a spool online from various dealers or online auction websites.

What fly line will match my rod?
We understand that fly lines can be confusing, there are so many out there and they all do different things. Each fishery has specific needs and techniques, we recommend contacting your local fly fishing shop or outdoor store for specific fly line needs.

Generally, we recommend using the designated line size for each rod, over lining or under lining will inhibit all around rod performance and is not recommended. For spey rod recommendations, you can visit this link here.

Can my rod or reel be used in saltwater?
Yes, all of our rods 7wt and higher are made for saltwater use and we do offer a few saltwater 6wt rods. All of our reels can be used in saltwater too. As with any gear, we recommend rinsing off your rod or reel after each use in saltwater.

How do I change my reel to Left hand or Right hand wind?
All of our reels can be changed from LH to RH wind. You can find instructions for your reel here:

Do you have your catalogs online?
Yes! We have digital versions of our catalogs available for download.