THE HENRY FLY ROD
Looking like a pickup truck but casting like a Bentley
In 2018, one of the disorders of age crept deep into my sporting life, arthritis. It began reducing my fly fishing participation to a few hours in a day and days apart. Rod choice limited to only lower rod weights. Employing all casting techniques known did not change outcomes of too much pain and poor results. The latter, especially so when right nowcasting and distance came into play.
In April of 2019, my thought was that the best solution was buying a switch rod made by Bob Meiser Fly Rods It is a 2/4 weight.
My complaint nothing to do with the rod's performance; it is superior. The rod, a 9' 9" [CX 909] for 250-400 grain weight fly lines, and four pieces - made off-catalog spec for me with weight unknown. However, it has not easy to manage hiking through the thick of summer forest growth, friendly on a skiff, and I'd have to put out at least $2400 to cover my bases [$800 per rod].
Not trained to give up, I turned to a guy I had known since the 1990s and done a story about in Fly Life Magazine.com in 2012, David Redington, Southfork Rods, Stuart, Florida.
David has been making fishing rods since he was in elementary school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Then, commercially by 8th grade. By high school, he was sort after by wealthy offshore fishermen and tackle shops.
By the time he moved to Stuart, Florida, he had become that unique kind of craftsperson who knew math, materials logistics, skrim technology, even modifying tools to improve builds of bamboo rods. He was on the leading edge of graphite and had a country-wide reputation as a master of glass fly rods.
In the 90s, while buying blanks from Thomas & Thomas' VP of sales Jim Murphy, a plan was hatched to join ranks and become an independent fly rod manufacturer. Their venture would change fly fishing shops and manufacturers' behavior forever.
And with the help of the movie A River Runs through it, and with David's rod designs and Murphy's marketing skill, they impacted industry customer relations behavior that lasts today.
The company was called Redington Rods
The company was called Redington Rods. A name they would give up by sale to Orvis and survive to become a Far Bank property along with Sage and RIO Products.
David, and his wife, Margaret, are still building fishing rods in Stuart, Florida. Their customers want perfect rods: big game offshore, surf, or fly fishing rods constructed out of bamboo, glass, or graphite. Their customers are nationwide and international as well.
In the spring of 2020, I called David and said I know how to improve the fishing lives of anglers with disabilities, like mine, and add to the fly fishing ranks those who struggle with casting and give up. David and Margaret agreed to put my idea into a working fly rod.
David and I decided we would put all the energy and sophistication into each Henry's castability for people with disabilities and or casting challenged. He wanted the rods to be light and uncharacteristically short for spey casting - using water tension on short-head shooting fly lines to load the rods and cast Scandinavian style. The latter reduces to almost nil the strain on upper limb joints and lower back.
The Henry Fly Rods' David Redington Series do not mimic today's lightning-fast tip flex fly rods. Instead, David Redington made all Henry fly rods caster friendly by allowing full flexing with quick recovery.
WHY A HENRY IS A WORTH CONSIDERING
The Henry's are not beginner fly rods, but they happen to be, by default, the best teaching-designed fly rods you could own.
The Henry's are not backup fly rods. They are primary - starting line-up game-changers. You don't put away a fly rod that can outperform some $900 conventional fly rods.
The Henry's are from a rough neighborhood. You can work them hard.
The Henry's are not fly rods you grow out of - you grow into them and usually outperform whatever you thought was your previous best fly rod.
The Henry's, by design, reduce or eliminate physical pain caused by conventional overhead/overhand casting and ritual false casting, single or double hauling.
When casting, the Henry's require much less upper body twisting, upper limb input, or wrist rotation versus any conventional eight or nine-foot fly rod.
The Henry's, by design, are made to cast underhanded in the Scandinavian way - thus achieving one of the pinnacle advantages of fly fishing, fast releasing to the fish, no lost time false casting, and no lost time double hauling before casting.
The Henry's, by design, can cast further than most of their single-handed relatives. Even the rich ones.
The Henry's, by design, are made to cast big, bushy flies, and with
the proper rigging tiny drys.
The Henry's, by design, will do better in the wind than most rods.
The Henry's are shorter and weigh less than two-handed rods in comparable weights.
If you like the Henry Fly Rod Features - Try a $499 Henry Rod five or eight weight on us.
If you don't like it, send it back unscathed, and we'll refund your money. All you'd be out is shipping return to us.
If you like it we'll send you a GURU S to match your rod, RIO or OPST fly line we offer, and RIO backing, tips, and we'll add a few FREE goodies as well.
Offer time limited.
SKU LTH PCS LINE PWR/ACT WT CLR
HFR-864-4 8’6”//8’10” 4 4WT MED FAST 1.6 Charcoal HFR-905-4 9’0”//9’4” 4 5WT MED FAST 2.1 Charcoal HFR-906-4 9’0”//9’4” 4 6WT MED FAST 2.1 Charcoal HFR-908-4 9’0”//9’4” 4 8WT MED FAST 2.4 Charcoal HFR-809-4 9’0”//9’4” 4 9WT MED FAST 2.6 Charcoal
PICK A HENRY FLY ROD
GURU S REEL
Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Stainless Steel
Finish: Type II Anodize
Drag: Sealed Conical Drag System
SIZE DIAMETER WIDTH WEIGHT ROD WEIGHT LINEBACKING
-3+ 3.20 "0.90" 3.73 oz 2.3.4 WF4 60 yds 20#
-5+ 3.55 "1.00" 4.41 oz 4.5.6 WF6 100 yds 20#
-7+ 3.97 "1.13" 5.04 oz 6.7.8 WF8 180 yds 20#
-9+ 4.11 "1.23" 5.83 oz 8.9.10 WF10 220 yds 30#
CHOOSE AN OPST Commando Head OR A RIO OUTBOUND FLY LINE WITH YOUR HENRY FLY ROD
Commando Head Grain Weight and Head Length Dual Density Ratio (Float/Intermediate)
200-275 grains13.5’4.5’ Float/9’ Intermediate
300-375 grains15’5’ Float/10’ Intermediate
400-425 grains16.5’5.5’ Float/11’ Intermediate
450-475 grains18’6’ Float/12’ Intermediate
OPST Commando Smooth
Length: 99.3 feet.
Head weights: 150, 175, 200, 225, 250, 275, 300 grains.
CHOOSE RIO OUTBOUND SHORT BACKING WITH YOUR HENRY
There are 6 different density lines to cover every fishing situation:
Floater - WF5 to WF10F
F/S1 - WF6 to WF8 F/S1 (with 30ft "hover" sinking head)
F/I - WF5 to WF10F/I (with 15ft intermediate tip)
Intermediate - WF6 to WF10I
I/S3 - WF6 to WF10I/S3 (with 30ft sink 3 head and intermediate running line)
I/S6 - WF6 to WF10I/S6 (with 30ft sink 6 head and intermediate running line)
CHOOSE RIO BACKING WITH YOUR HENRY
RIO Products spooled Dacron Backing:
20-pound test or 30-pound test
Colors - choose
ABOUT THE HENRY
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MADE IN THE USA:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida