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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2016, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Redington hydrogen trout spey

Anyone have hands on one of these? I have the 4 wt prospector which I really like, but wouldnt mind having a little extra length. Was curious if anybody had seen/cast one yet.
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Had a chance to wiggle test in my local fly shop, they had the 2, 3 & 4 wt rods.

Hope to test cast tomorrow or Friday.

Very nice price point for a Trout Spey, they are very light however, the reel seat is a little strange,,, perhaps some electrical tape to fill in the space.

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Very cool, I look forward to your thoughts on them.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2016, 07:44 PM
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the single hander H would give a ONE a run for the money. at 600 bucks less.

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I have the winston microspey and have wiggle tested the ONE trout spey and the new Hydrogen trout spey. To me the ONE and Hyrdogen wiggle test (separated by several months so hopefully memory serves me correctly) were more similar to each other than either compared to the winston. If anything it almost felt like the Hydrogen maybe had a bit more umph in the butt section than the one. As far as recovery i wouldn't be able to tell without casting. I'm looking forward to FKrow's thoughts when he has had the chance to cast one.

As far as a comparison to the 4wt Prospector, I once owned this rod and think the winston is a much better casting rod. While on just the grounds a of a few wiggles I think the ONE and Hydrogen would be better casting rods than the prospector. BUT that's only MY opinion on what I like. I think the Prospector was quite a bit slower than all three I'm comparing though.

The finish on all are very nice. Though I think the Winston/Sage have the better/nicer finish than the Hydrogen, but hey that's part of the higher price so it's to be expected. Any of them would be fun on trout/bass and may think about getting the Hydrogen for the gal pal to swing up trout on as the price point is quite attractive and the action on the it seems like it would be great for anyone that likes medium-fast actions (similar to the Redington Chromer, but mini).

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I have posted my observations on the 2wt, 3wt and 4wt rods in the Trout section.

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Should be a great 2 hander , the singles are great. I think it's great that there are reputable companies making rods affordable for the average joe guy. I love the greats , but this will help bring in more anglers that are frightened to get into the game by the price point of the mainstream 1K rods! Pretty ridiculous at a price point you can buy a transmission for a Honda or rod if your in a pinch! Not knocking anyone but really! Think of all the machining in a motor vs. rolling graphite, glass or what not. Just a reality check EH!
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I've tried the Sage One 3 wt Trout Spey and the Redington Hydrogen 3 wt, and they're both great little rods. In fact I was out on the river this morning with the Hydrogen. The Sage One definitely has more oomph and casts farther, but it's also a lot more expensive: $950 for the Sage One, $350 for the Hydrogen. If you're going to be throwing mostly weighted flies, like sculpzillas, or bunny-tail leeches, the Sage One is probably a better choice. With a 275 gr. Skagit Short head and 2-1/2' floating-7-1/2' sinking T-8 MOW tip the Sage One really shoots long, straight casts. The Hydrogen has a softer action, which may actually be preferable if you're casting mostly dries, unweighted streamers or soft-hackle flies. It'll handle the weightier stuff also, but with a bit less authority than the Sage One. Bottom line: you can't go wrong with either rod. Cast and ye shall believe!
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I've been interested in a lighter spey setup. I currently use a Pieroway MD400 for Atlantic salmon, mainly grisle size, it's very rare to catch anything over 7lbs and 63cm. Would the 3wt or 4wt be too undergunned for this size of fish?

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I've been interested in a lighter spey setup. I currently use a Pieroway MD400 for Atlantic salmon, mainly grisle size, it's very rare to catch anything over 7lbs and 63cm. Would the 3wt or 4wt be too undergunned for this size of fish?
I have the Hydrogen 3wt and really like it. I also have a Winston 4wt MS. If there was a chance to hook 63cm-ish fish, I'd reach for a 4wt. Based on my Hydrogen 3wt experience, the Hydrogen 4wt should work nicely -

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I have the Hydrogen 3wt and really like it. I also have a Winston 4wt MS. If there was a chance to hook 63cm-ish fish, I'd reach for a 4wt. Based on my Hydrogen 3wt experience, the Hydrogen 4wt should work nicely -
Awesome, I fish a 7wt single handed when I'm not fishing my MD400 switch, so am I right in assuming the 4wt hyrdogen would be equivalent to the 7wt single handed?
I also use Rio's single handed spey on my 7wt so I'll also assume this line would be compatible on the 4wt trout spey?

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Awesome, I fish a 7wt single handed when I'm not fishing my MD400 switch, so am I right in assuming the 4wt hyrdogen would be equivalent to the 7wt single handed?
I also use Rio's single handed spey on my 7wt so I'll also assume this line would be compatible on the 4wt trout spey?
As to the 7wt single hand, in my opinion, yes, it's probably (rough) equivalent to the 4wt spey. For big trout in my neck of the woods (20-26" fish), I reach for the 4wt spey when wading, or my 7wt single hand when in the boat. I would def try the 7wt SH spey on the 4wt - I believe George Cook recommends a 3 line weight "bump" when lining the Hydrogen Spey with the Rio SH Spey line....

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I,ve been looking at one of these for a month now! I'm leaning towards the 3wgt., just happen to have the Rio 6wgt. single-hand spey line. Refuse to pay 850.00 to 1000.00 for a trout spey rod. Red's has a nice combo for 500.00. I need a trout spey rod to fill out my quiver before retiring in April! Tom
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My 10' 4wt. Hydrogen Is by far my favorite rod. I use one reel with a 180g OPST micro skagit head. And one reel with a dry line. It trout Speys very nicely. I can only imagine firing one on a two handed hydrogen


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