Chasing Largemouth Bass and other predatory warm water fish with a fly rod is simply a blast. Whether spotted bass, smallmouth, or pike this rod can handle the job. Most bass won’t venture too far from the perceived safety of structure. Whether a log or a dock, the bass hold tight. This means you’ve got to have pin-point accuracy on every cast…even with larger, more wind resistant flies. Combine accuracy with never-ending, rapid-fire casts and you better be using the right fly rod. The good news is, we’ve got the right fly rod for the job. The Sonoma Predator fly rod was designed from the ground up to provide a day’s worth casts efficiently. Your arm won’t fatigue and you’ll smile on every cast, waiting for the inevitable “blow up.”
We’ve matched this exceptional rod up with the Sonoma Bass fly reel. This reel is fully machined and rated to hold a 8 – 10 weight floating line with plenty of backing just in case. It also features a click and pawl system making it loud and classic in design. No fancy drag system here, if extra drag is need simply use your palm on the exposed rim to slow down the bigs ones.
Finally, we’ve matched this combo with the best backing out there and attached our Leland Florida Keys 9 weight fly line to it. Don’t let the name fool you, this line is ideal for throwing heavy weighted crabs for permit, but we found it does exceptionally well in our local lakes and delta system as well for throwing large poppers and big baitfish imitations in skinny water. The shorter front and rear taper combined with an overall shorter head length allows you to fire casts further than you ever thought possible.