Review: Redington STRIKE Fly Rod | Outbreak Magazine

I like beautiful things. Shiny, new, glittery things. Who doesn’t? Sometimes these beautiful things are expensive, sometimes they are not. But my favorite shiny novelties are the ones that let me spend less and get more. The Redington STRIKE Euro-nymphing Rod, one of the newest additions to the Redington line, is a perfect example of how to do just that.

by Redington operating mode since its inception has always been geared towards the budget-conscious fisherman. I don’t even remember hearing of a Redington rod that costs over $ 500. That says a lot in an already saturated fly rod market where prices keep climbing and some rods are now growing north of $ 1,000. The option of having a top notch cane without taking out a second mortgage or warding off Rumpelstiltskin is always a welcome option, especially when 30% of the population is unemployed, or worse.

We have been fishing the Redington Strike 10 ‘3 weights for a few months. A 1003 became the standard for the Euro-rod in the same way that a 905 became the industry standard for the traditional dry fly and nymph.

What works

The Redinton STRIKE comes in 5 models to cover just about any high-grip scenario you might encounter. Available in 10 ‘, 10’ 6 “and 11 ‘3 weight models as well as 10 and 11’ 4 weights. These three weights are perfect for your standard trout fishing, the longer models excel in large waters where the advantage of range and sensitivity play an important role.The four weights seem to be the ideal sticks for bouncing streamer jigs and throwing big pierrades nymphs this fall and winter once the water rises a bit. I would suppose you could even tame a rainbow trout with the 1104.

The action
Redington is not shy about tagging this medium speed rod. The vast majority of rod design these days lean toward fast acting sticks. That’s fine, but every now and then it’s refreshing to have something a little slower in your hand. More importantly, the smoothness of the STRIKE makes it ultra-sensitive. You will have no problem detecting the slightest contraction of your indicator line, feeling your nymphs bouncing along the bottom, etc. This sensitivity also offers great benefits with lighter tippets, protecting against breakage when fish suddenly run and shake their heads.

If there is a downside to the slower action of the STRIKE, it is that it may result in a slight delay in fitting the hook. This fraction of a second delay, and the resulting rebound from the slower action, can result in “dropped” or “bounced” fish. If the STRIKE had a little more stiffness in the spine this would be overcome, but it would come with the trade-off of a loss of sensitivity and toe protection which makes the STRIKE unique in its class. Hey, you can’t have it all.

Another big advantage of the STRIKE’s slower action is that it will easily load a lighter euro line or even a modified mono-rig leader when the fish start to eat on top and you want to cast a dry fly. without having to bring it back to the car. for your weight of five.

The STRIKE also has plenty of reserve power in the butt section and can easily handle bigger fish on a lighter tip. The 1003 does a great job throwing out smaller, lighter nymphs which are a necessity during the low clear conditions we had this summer in Pennsylvania. It also has enough power to effectively fish smaller streamer jigs on days when the water has been high enough to cast them.

The catch
The extended grip on the STRIKE is the rod’s most distinctive feature. Traditionally, most fly rod grips are between six and seven inches in length, but the STRIKE’s grip is eight and a half inches. Experienced Euro-nymphers know that due to the high stick style of fishing, balancing your rod and reel is paramount. With most rods, this is accomplished by pairing your 3-weight trout rod with an oversized reel (sometimes ridiculously) and overweighting the bottom of the rod. But with the STRIKE’s longer handle, you can change the fulcrum of your setup to a position that offers considerably more balance and comfort without having to dig up your tarpon reel.

The look
The Redington STRIKE has a matte finish to reduce glare on the water and prevent stray sunlight from reflecting through trees scaring off suspicious trout. The One Foot Snake Guides both reduce weight and are available in a black finish which further helps reduce glare. The skeletal reel seat and micro combat stock also add a bit of uniqueness to the rod’s appearance.

The cost
At $ 299, the Redington STRIKE is great value in the Euro-nymph realm. Yes, there are a handful of Euro rods that are cheaper (and a cargo of more expensive rods), but the STRIKE shines at its price point, offering perhaps the best value for money proposition out there.

What does not work

The weight
The biggest gripe I have about this rod is that it can feel a bit heavy in the hand. Most of the rod mass seems to be in the mid sections at the tip of the rod and even with the more versatile grip of the STRIKE, it sometimes felt like more weight was needed towards the heel. cane. If you manage to grab the wonderful new Sage ESN reel with the scratch you recorded on the STRIKE, however, you will find that balancing your system will be as easy as pie.

Last word

Overall, I’m a fan of the Redington STRIKE and its great combination of value and performance. If you’re on a budget and looking to buy a well-designed and well-thought-out Euro-nymphing rod, it’s hard to find another stick that would suit the STRIKE at the price offered.


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