Gear Reviews

From Bass to Bluewater: Redington Predator & Grande Reel

By now you guys are well aware that I love a good rod that can hunt in both the freshwater as well as the salt. This rod was built for just that. Perhaps my favorite part is that this rod and reel combination will take your from fishing your home waters to fishing smaller saltwater species all without breaking the bank. Here I have opted for the 8wt since most of the water I spend time on around here are stuffed full of Bass, Gar, and Carp, with the occasional catfish from time to time. Both Rod and Reel have a price tag of $299.99 so for around $700 you have a fantastic setup capable for just about any predator fishing situation. After all the rod is aptly named for just the occasion. It's certainly not the cheapest salt water setup on the market, but it casts well and won't let you down come showtime. If you are looking for the cheapest setup. Look at the Redingtion Path combo. Yes I have caught Tarpon on that rod. Just be sure to wash in between uses. I would like to think by now though that I have upgraded from a casual salt angler so my needs are a bit more robust.  When sampling this rod the other day with a few friends of mine, I actually hooked into a pretty sizable carp which allowed me to take this rod and put the cork to the fish. The rod handled well even when the fish darted under the boat and I had to take a quick run around the boat to get the rod on the other side. Lately I have been a big fan of over lining rods and this rod is no exception. As a fast acti...

Redington Butterstick and Grande Reel

Okay so for those of you that know me, I am all about fishing "silly rods." I say silly not as an insult but as a compliment for a unique experience and this rod delivers just that. A very unique experience. In a day and age where modern fast to ultra-fast action graphite rods are king, fiberglass rods offer something that feels just as foreign as the day you first picked up a fly rod. Now for those of you that fish slow action rods, this treads familiar territory for you. For those of you that don't, I would recommend checking out this rod if only for an afternoon of laughter as you rework your cast to accommodate a rod that keeps you on your toes with every haul. With modern fast action rods, the cast is one that commands that the angler be extremely precise and confident through the motions of presenting the fly in exactly the right spot. Fiberglass could not be more polar opposite. That said though the experience that you get from a fiberglass rod is not a negative one. It actually becomes a truly enjoyable experience. There is a zen that comes with the slower casting methods as well as a certain gratification wondering where your fly is going to land on the water. So this is the 2nd rendition of the Butter Stick. The one thing that I do miss, from the 1st generation is the bright goldenrod color. The original color reminded me of delicious butterscotch candy as it glistened in the sun of some Rocky Mountain river bank. That said though, I am also really on board with...