Monday, February 11, 2013

Redington Prospector Spey Rod Review: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

There is a Redington prospector on the other end of that fly. 
When offered the opportunity to test out a Redington Prospector 7130 I was pumped.  It showed up at my door the day before I left for a week on the Grande Ronde, a perfect time to give the rod a thorough test.  Halfway through my first day I strung it up with a Compact Skagit 540 and set out to find out what this sweet new stick had to offer.

During my week on the Ronde, I fished with several different buddies, and got the rod into the hands of  a couple other two-hand pros.  The best review I got out about the prospector was from Gus Orviston wannabe, Andy Simon.  Andy is one of the fishiest people I know, an insane spey caster, and all around good guy.  After crushing several casts out into the Snake, he looked over to me and said "Dude..........this thing is a wolf in sheep's clothing" followed by one of his unmistakable laughs.

That statement was ensured to make it into this post, and does a great job describing the prospector.  At under $400 retail, the Prospector compares to others in the looks department, and I particularly like the shiny black blank with god accents.  You can definitely see that the Prospector had an inspiration from the alpha of the Sage/Redington family, "The One" and it looks good.

Great looking stick!

As far as casting goes, this rod is definitely a wolf.  Redington describes the rod as a medium-fast, but I would describe the 7130 as fast.  I threw both a 510 and 540 skagit compact line on this rod, and they both cast nicely, but I preferred the 540.  I spent most of the time with a 15' extra fast poly leader for a tip and a 4" fly, but also threw 12' of t-11, which sailed out into the Ronde effortlessly.  That being said, If I were a beginner lining up this rod I would even consider a 570.  I also got the opportunity to throw a 525 RIO Skagit Iflight and enjoyed that a lot as well.  Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to fish a scandi because of the cold weather, but the prospectors fast action would lend itself to a scandi taper as well.

This rod has a stiff tip and a very quick recovery, so feeling the rod load can be sensitive, but once you do bend into the lower half of the graphite, it is going to sail.  The stiff action and ability to cast off of just the tip reminded me of the death star and several other of the new fast spey rods out there.  I have owned several Redington spey rods over the years, and this one continues their tradition of a great stick at a great price.  My only complaint about this rod is the thickness of the cork. I prefer a thin cork on two handed rods, and this rod, like many from the sage family, has a cork that is thicker than I prefer.  A minor complaint on a good rod.

Chone giving the prospector a try.
If you are looking for a new spey rod, definitely give the Redington Prospector 13' 7wt. a try.  The crisp fast action, great aesthetics and excellent performance make the Prospector a rod that should be included in everyones search for a new fast 7 wt. spey rod.  Once you cast it you will likely agree with Andy that it's "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    Good comments and really very interested in this spey rod.
    I've seen on the Spey Chart from Rio it is rated as Scandi for a Scandi Short Versitip until 485 grains.
    I would using the rod with an Airflo Scandi Rage Compact 510/540 grains. The Spey Chart from Airflo has not this model but instead the before CPX. They rate the 12' 9" #7 CPX for a Rage Compact 480 grains.
    I will be very grateful for your opinion about it.

    Thanks and best regards.


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