On my largely fruitless trip to Hawaii recently I brought along a Redington Predator 9 wt. to cast. Now, bones are usually an 8 wt. fish… sometimes a 7, rarely a 6 and fished for with a 5 wt. by one of the folks I once interviewed. Nines really don’t make the list too often. The trade-winds in Hawaii are a reason to move up a weight and so I brought a 9 and not an 8.
There were times I’d get bored of not catching bonefish and when that happened, I’d go huck some flies in the dropoffs and see what I could get to bite. That meant making a few hundred casts in the wind with a 9 weight and trying to lay out as much line as I could.
I’ll tell you what… the Predator did just fine. I wish I could tell you how it handled with a fish on the other end… but… well… yeah… not so much what I got a chance to experience. What I can tell you is that I laid out some serious string with this thing.
The price point is $249 and that’s not bad. That’s 1/2 the cost of the Orvis Hydros and for that price you get about 2x the weight. This isn’t one of those Ultra Light rods. It is more a traditional saltwater rod… fast and up to the elements. You cast it a lot all day and it is going to start feeling a little heavy. You actually find yourself fishing in a place where there are a decent number of bonefish, you’ll do just fine.
It isn’t a rod that blew me away. That’s not what this rod is. It is a workhorse, not a show horse.
I’d fish it.
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