The Redington Predator 14wt - for big fish.

Posted in 23 March 2015

The Redington Predator series is the ultimate saltwater fly rod for anglers in search of a fast action rod to deliver large flies in tough conditions. The 8 foot 14wt is the biggest of the Predator series. We thought we should try this out on some hard fighting yellowtail kings to see if it could hold up.

Some of the rods features:

  • Salt water/Big game, fast action rod
  • Red.Core construction, 54 and 42 million modulus, for added strength and durability
  • Carbon fiber weave in butt section and at ferrules for improved strength
  • 3 fighting butt sizes to best match rod weight and application. 12 and 14 weights include fore grip
  • Anodized machined aluminum reel seat, ideal for all saltwater applications
  • Durable oversized guides with titanium oxide ring to increase shooting line distance
  • Machined hidden hook keepers at reel seat
  • Alignment dots for easy rod setup
  • High quality black suede bag
  • Lifetime warranty

 

We choose the RIO Outbound Short WF12F/I to go with this rod. This line from RIO matches the rod perfectly. Loads with ease and can cast big flies like a rocket into head winds.

The rod was coupled with a reel we knew would keep up. The Sage 8010 PRO. Perfect bit of kit with a silky smooth sealed drag for saltwater conditions.

We were set. For this test we needed some big kings and we knew that some of New Zealand’s west coast harbors have just the fish. Shallow harbors with deep fast moving channels. It was just a matter of finding the fish. 

Wasnt to long before we found some. The Predator 14wt handled big kings with ease. Particularly when they wanted to find some foul ground and reef to bust us off on. The rod had plenty of power to turn big fish. Gordy has previously caught kings using the Predator 11wt and said with this 14wt rod he felt more in the fight when the kings started fighting dirty around structure.

The conclusion was that for those that want a mid-price ranged rod to take on big kings and other big hard fighting fish this is a good choice and will more than get the job done. If there is a chance fish need to be stopped and turned this rod will keep up and have plenty of power to deliver. As mentioned, it is matched perfectly with the RIO Outbound Short flyline.

Some big kings were caught. Job done. No wonder Gordy can't stop smiling.