#14-tie    Redington Predator        9 foot #8          $279.95

The Predator

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Redington Predator

Since one of my nicknames is the predator I should like this rod, but I don’t.  It is heavy as an anvil in my hand, and not at all pleasant to cast.  Here is another rod from Redington that has a horrendous swing weight.  It’s brother the Vapen was worse though, and didn’t make the cut.  The Predator has a more standard full wells cork grip than the rubber golf grip style they use on the Vapen, which was the one thing I liked about the Vapen.  The Predator uses carbon fiber weave in the butt section and also at the ferrules for improved strength, but you pay for it in extra weight.  This rod does look stout tough, and it should take some serious abuse. 

 

This rod is dark graphite gray with wraps to match.  They use a bright anodized double ring, uplocking seat with an extension butt and rubber butt cap.  The guide set up is two somewhat odd shaped SiC stripping guides and then the rest hard chrome snake guides.  Bottom line - If you have $280 to spend, you can do a lot better than this rod.  Like the St. Croix rods, the Predator comes with a hard case but no cloth bag.

 

George’s casting notes:

 

Performance at 35 feet:  17 points out of 20

The anvil like weight killed its short distance performance and feel.  Not pleasant to cast in close. 

 

Performance at 60 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

A lot better at mid-distance, but not even close to the Pro 4X or Recon.

 

Performance at 80 feet: 18 points out of 20

With the stiffness you would think it would get better out long but it doesn’t.   Again, the Pro 4X and Orvis Recon were far better.

 

Performance at 100 feet: 17 points out of 20

Yeah this rod can hit the hun, but not without a whole lot of effort!

 

 

 

James Anderson:

#7 Redington Predator      9’#8      $279.95           74/80

Redington Predator

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This rod really surprised me.  I think it’s Redington’s best rod since the CPX from years ago.  Heavy, yes… but powerful as well.  This would be a great inexpensive rod for throwing larger streamers or a sinking line. 

 

Performance at 35 feet:  18 points out of 20 Another plate hitter – nearly every cast. This rod is fairly stiff however, hence its lack of feel in close.  And although it is heavy in hand it is still unbelievably accurate.

Performance at 60 feet:  18 points out of 20 Nice. This rod is really feeling pretty good, a lot better than the Redington Vapen.  Still, it is pretty heavy and that is what is holding it back from a better score here.

Performance at 80 feet:  19 points out of 20 This rod may be the biggest surprise of the test for me.  I’m impressed with this rods ability to throw tight loops.  I’m digging it, especially for the money!

Hit the Hun?  19 points out of 20  Yes – and then some!



 

Capt. Jamie Allen:

#11 (tie) Redington  Predator

Redington Predator

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All 3 of these rods (Fenwick Aetos, Fenwick HMG and Redingston Predator) are very reasonably priced, (HMG $159, Ateos $189, Predator $279) and they cast surprising well.  None felt overly light in the hand, but none were too clunky either.  The hardware was just OK.  The salt water might take its toll so be sure to clean these rods up properly after each trip.
 


 

 

Capt. Skip Zink:

#9 (tie) Reddington Predator      55/60  

Redington Predator

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Rod feels heavy. Tracked well at all distance, Responsive but still too heavy.