Blue is my little girl’s favorite color. Now, just changing the color of some random bit of fly fishing gear does eff-all for how it fishes, but I have to say, I’m kind of intrigued by the Link rod I just got from Redington to demo down in Belize.
At the show I met with Kara who gave me the rundown on all things Redington and she pointed out the Link rods. The Links are a little bit more pricey than Redington gear normally is, and by that I mean it is about half as much as the top rods will run you.
The 9 weight I just got… well… it looks kind of sexy. And, it has some nice blue accents and a really nice look on the blank.
Now, a 9 is a rod with some specific purposes. I’d think baby tarpon, maybe permit and certainly cuda. The bones in Belize are not 9 wt. fish. While in Belize I doubt there will be much/any permit fishing. I have one day with the new wife and a guide and I think that will be spent looking for little bones, little tarpon and cudas. See, this rod could fit in really, really well.
Paired with the rod will be a new line from Rio, a 9 wt. Bonefish line, to be exact.
Now, how the rod fishes? I don’t know yet. I just got it today and I didn’t have time to get a line on the thing and get it out to cast. I will and I’m looking forward to it.
Now, I didn’t BUY this rod. It is a loaner and I’ll send it back after the trip. That’s the way it goes when I get gear from companies. I don’t get to keep it (although I often wish I could). I feel fortunate to be in a position to demo all this gear and I hope to be a resource for you, the readers, if you have questions about gear or want to know how something fished or how it held up to the elements.
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I’ve never owned a Redington rod but while guiding in Key West myself and my clients caught hundreds of tarpon on a Reding ton 12 wt reel. I still have the reel….it is 15 years old and still ticking.
Is the 9wt bonefish line a “new” rio bonefish line or just a “fresh” rio bonefish line. If there are any advancements coming out I will probably wait to replace a couple lines for an upcoming trip.
I had gear lust when I saw the release of this rod, too. Love the black blank, blue accent of it. Looking forward to reading how it casts.
(I have 3 rods, 2 reels, 2 waders from Redington. I dig their stuff; the CPX 8wt is my Lightsaber)
Did you cast this stick yet? What did you think? I just sent in my #10CPX and got the #10 Link back, but haven’t cast it yet. Still using my #8CPX for salmonids at the moment.
I have cast it. I liked it. Good stick for the money, I’d say.