Redington DFR Series
by George E. Emanuel
The upper end of the Redington line of fly rods is firmly anchored by the DFR series.
These rods are available in fresh and saltwater versions to suit every angler need.
All of the nine-foot rods are 3 piece beauties, with all of the appointments you would
expect in a fine fly rod.
Esthetically they are pleasing to the eye with their emerald green blanks and dark
green wraps with a hint of red accent.
The grip on the freshwater rods which run up to 6 weight are half wells. The Full Wells
grip is employed on the saltwater rods from 7 weight up. The cork is of excellent quality
with no visible voids.
Reel seats are of a Rosewood and Nickel Silver uplocking type on the freshwater rods
and a very durable anodized aluminum seat on the saltwater series, which incorporate a
double uplocking design. The saltwater rods are also equipped with a very adequate
Stripper guides are of a generous size proportioned to line weight. All stripping guides
are silicon carbide. Single foot black chrome guides are appropriate in number and well
spaced on all of the rods in the series.
The blanks are a hand fitted tip over butt construction. The three-piece rods first two
sections are a 57 million modulus, with the tip section being 43-million modulus graphite.
This combination makes these rods very easy to load at some pretty short distances, yet
gives them plenty of backbone for the long bomb, and of course the ability to fight fish.
These rods are very lightweight, but, do not be deceived, they are "rockets" in the words
of another manufacturers Pro Staff after he cast the 8 weight rod for the first time.
The 8 weight easily cast the entire length of the casting pool at the Somerset Flyfishing
Show, hitting the curtain and piling up on the floor beneath it. An entire line could be
thrown with considerable ease. This rod loads very easily and with a spectrum of power,
which is nothing short of amazing. Tight loops and high line speed best describe the 8-weight
performance. Bonefish beware, you may be able to run, but this rod can reach out and
The 6 weight DFR offering is no less spectacular than is the 8 weight. It is light and
responsive and will handle any situation for which a 6-weight rod is appropriate. It too
will throw a considerable distance and fight a fish with plenty of backbone and reserve
power. This is a great all-around rod.
The 4 weight in the series responds well at all distances out to 50 or sixty feet. Curve
casting, roll casting and many of the other specialty casts commonly employed with a
4-weight rod were done with ease, the rod putting the line where it was aimed.
Perhaps the unique thing about these rods across the spectrum, is the dampening. To
say that it is excellent would be a real understatement, it is not just excellent, it may
well be the best in the industry.
Price, well get ready, there is no sticker shock here as the rods are in the $495.00 range.
Redington came on the scene several years ago with products that were affordable
to the masses allowing many an entry into flyfishing with a quality product and
Unconditional Lifetime Warranty that was not previously available.
With the DFR series they have demonstrated that they can also build the
high performance stick for angler at the other end of fraternity as well.
Redington DFR, they have a great rod here! ~ George E. Emanuel
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