Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
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!