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Redington DHRF 15010/11


a big-water cannon at a pop-gun price

 design and components        test cast
                       

labelOne of  the great benefits of running the Spey Pages is the fact that I get to try out a lot of tackle. These days two-handers are getting more expensive, with all of the major players in the market redesigning their rods marketing them as the latest and greatest. Of course, some of these high-end rods live up to their hype; but many don't. And let's be honest here: I don't know about you, but with a young family  and a mortgage I certainly can't afford the price tags on most of these rods; at best, I could deal with one of these small investments once every two- to -three years. Thankfully, a few manufacturers are tuning into the fact that a lot of their potential Spey customers are average people who might dream about dropping thousands each year on tackle but realistically can barely afford to drop a few hundred. These manufacturers are coming out with budget-priced double-handers that are within reach of most of us.
    The big "secret" of course is that many of these budget rods were yesterday's high-end models: the old Sage Graphite II 14ft Discovery Spey (with a few modifications), for example, was a premium rod at one time, highly regarded in Scandinavia. The more rods I cast the more impressed I'm becoming with the budget two-handers, and every now and then I come across a real gem. Such a rod is the Redington "RedFly" DHRF15010/11, everyone's big-water cannon.

Design and Components

 

The DHRF 15010/11 is a 15ft 3-piece two-hander fohandler 10/11 lines. It has a quick, European feel to it with loads of power in the bottom end. Quality components are used throughout but there's nothing fancy here; its elegance lies in its simplicity and tremendous casting qualities. Sometimes with Euro-action rods you get shorter handles but this isn't the case with the Redington: at 15in. and 7in. respectively, the fore and rear grips are a nice, comfortable length, and the butt cap is similar to that found on the Daiwa Alltmor. buttcap The reel seat is black aluminum up-locking with a sliding ring and single locknut which performed well during tests. The guides are hard chrome.  The sanded blank is epoxy-finished in a deep blue with matching thread wraps. The winding check was loose on the rod that I tested and it floated around a little between the foregrip and the rod label but otherwise all components were solid and the rod well-constructed. The rod is delivered in a nylon rod bag and rigid cordura-covered tube and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Test Cast

line: Rio Accelerator 10/11
reel: Redington Large Arbor

Tests were conducted on the Fraser River on a wet and windy afternoon. Initially the rod was set up with a very short (@9ft) leader which really interfered with the casting, but once this was remedied the rod performed well (see section on leaders for Spey casting).
    Simon Gawesworth has this rod listed in his line recommendations as working well with 9/10 lines for advanced casters or those who like a faster action, and 10/11 lines for newer casters or those who like a more medium action feel to a rod. For my tastes I suppose which action I prefer generally depends on the mood I'm in. For shorter, lighter rods and distances out to perhaps 80ft or so I think I like a shorter, lighter rod on the medium side of things, whereas certainly when I'm fishing big pools and looking for maximum distance I prefer a longer, faster rod. I cast the Redington with the Rio Accelerator 10/11 and found it loaded  the rod quite well. The entire head was easily lifted and it wasn't difficult to shoot 30ft - 40ft into the cast. I would be very comfortable with this rod on big pools like the Thompson's Graveyard where at certain times of the day you really can't cast too far. The Redington will give you all the power and distance you need to cover such big water.
    I mostly monkeyed around with the Snake Roll and the Grant Switch with this rod--both of which it handled with ease--but also cast the double Spey and Snap-T. The rod liked all of these casts and its design and action also suggest  that it would be a good Underhand rod as well.
   At $370 CDN it's really hard to beat this rod if you're looking for a big-water cannon at a pop-gun price.

special thanks to Dave Lock for making this rod available for review
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