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The Kildare Series

(2 customer reviews)

$479.00$549.00

The Kildares are what we consider to be classic eastern trout rods. These are rods with “soul.” They have a very easy/relaxed casting stroke that is simply a joy to fish for hours on end. Don’t let the slower action of the Kildares fool you though, they are very capable of generating all of the line speed that you need and are built to be extremely accurate.

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When you are fishing small to medium spring creeks and making 20ft casts with 13ft leaders, these rods will load quickly and deliver your fly with delicacy. And when you’re fishing alpine lakes and need to deliver a size 18 dry fly to feeding trout 60ft away, these rods can easily get your fly there and on target.

The Kildares are all 9’ 4pc configurations and are available in 4wt- 8wt.

The blanks are finished with our transparent high performance pigments (Emerald Green) and have multiple topcoats of a gloss UV protecting clear finish. The reel seats are burled American Walnut with nickel-silver hardware. Each rod has three stripping guides and titanium snake guides and tip. The rods come with embroidered sleeves and a rod tube with the Kildare Series logo printed on the side. As with all of our rods, they are warrantied for the lifetime of the original owner.

 

Part NoLine WeightLengthSectionsGrip StyleCaseWarrantyPrice
KD033wt7’6”3pcRev Half WellsGraphite Tube w/SockLifetime$479
KD044wt9’4pcFull WellsGraphite Tube w/SockLifetime$499
KD055wt9’4pcFull WellsGraphite Tube w/SockLifetime$529
KD066wt9’4pcFull Wells w/FBGraphite Tube w/SockLifetime$549
KD088wt9’4pcFull Wells w/FBGraphite Tube w/SockLifetime$549
Rod #

KD03, KD04, KD05, KD06, KD08

2 reviews for The Kildare Series

  1. David Dempsey

    Let me start with a bit of background.

    I am an addict, a charter member of Anglers Anonymous–the only 12 step program where failure can be a good thing. If I count the beat up bamboo rods that never get fished anymore, the “project rods” in need of finishing or repair and last years hottest new thing (or at least since the invention of sliced bread), I probably have close to 60 rods.

    I fish–a lot–or at least as much as time and budget allow.

    The Reilly rods are quickly becoming my “go to” rods. The Kildare is everything the manufacturer claims and I am loving the 5 weight!

    …and time for another disclaimer: My casting is generally pretty ugly. I catch fish. Period. I don’t write sensitive poetry about it–or win casting competitions. In a stiff breeze, it looks more like I am trying to trim the hedges.

    The Kildare however is such a joy to use and so well designed, however, that it makes me look good.

    Granted, I am often fishing 18′ to 22′ leaders and I might have to force them to turn over… Not a problem with the Kildare! It is truly one of the most versatile rods I have ever fished. Changing up my casting stroke a little lets me fish in close or toss some pretty big streamers far out in to the lake.

    More than just the versatility though, the thing that impresses me the most about the Kildare is it’s almost pinpoint accuracy–or tracking or whatever rod designers and engineers call that property. The fly goes where I want it! When you’ve got a wily brown trout sitting in a tiny pocket tucked up under an overhanging bank and you MIGHT only get about 3 feet of drift, putting the fly exactly where you want it makes a difference.

    I LOVE the rod! The 5 weight gives me the ability to drop a size 18 Baetis cripple on a glass smooth run without terrifying the fish or toss a big grasshopper pattern. The action is soft enough to protect those 6x tippets and yet it still has the backbone to land big fish or punch out long casts.

    The ONE problem with the rod? I can no longer find a nice double taper line to go with the rod that doesn’t cost a small fortune 😉

  2. Ed Choate (verified owner)

    My passion for fly fishing well exceeds the time to enjoy it on a river. So, I want the equipment I use to reliable and perform extremely well. I found my new 4 wt. Reilly Kildare rod to be forgiving for my casting imperfections, accurate with a soft touch, has a smooth action with great feel, offers strength when you need it to land larger trout and is well-balanced in your hand.

    It has immediately become my favorite rod! It has all the features you want at an attractive price. And you get to chat with Chris Reilly to customize your rod as it is being built. Hard to beat that!

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