Review of Redington Hydrogen 311-4.
By: Raymong Kyle, Fly Fishing Outfitters guide/shop Manager, Euro Nymphing Fanatic
Review of the Redington Hydrogen 11 foot 3 weight is a medium fast rod that is an ideal setup for anyone interested in European nymphing. With the added length, the angler is able to approach runs with more stealth and accuracy. The very attractive matte black finish helps with sun reflection and increases the overall stealth of this deadly rod. The Hydrogen is touted as the lightest in its class. This lightness helps reduce the arm fatigue that can commonly occur with euro or tight line nymphing. Redington has created an unique (and very cool looking) CNC machined reel seat that helps reduce some of the overall weight. The three weight size makes for easy casting when throwing heavy tungsten bead nymphs. Also, this weight rod helps protect the very small tippets that are necessary to get your flies down to the water columns that you are targeting. The fight on this rod is very fun and playful while at the same time very powerful when fighting fish in the faster currents in the river. This rod has opened up areas of the river that I had never fished with a “conventional” nymph rig. Being able to control the speed and the depth of every drift gives the angler more time in the fast current where fish are typically holding. The sensitive feel of this rod helps the angler have more contact with the bottom and ultimately the fish. Probably the most attractive part of this rod, is the price. At three hundred dollars, the Hydrogen makes getting into European nymphing not too damaging to the bank account. This rod is presented in a full protected, cordura rod tub perfect for traveling or daily transportation. Redington has done an impressive job with the design and functionality of the Hydrogen. Overall, this well priced rod would be a great addition to any anglers quiver as their euro nymph crusher. In stock now with FREE SHIPPING Price $299.95.
Features of the Hydrogen Rods
- The lightest rod in its class
- Super-tuned, smooth,medium-fast action blank construction
- Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery
- Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
- Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
- Matte finish blank for flash reduction
- Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
- Half-wells, premium gradecork handles
- Nymph actions feature a softer tip for easier turnover
- Fully protected cordura rod tube with dividers
- Lifetime warranty