From East to West, the Striped Bass is a magnificent fish to chase on the fly. Having the right rod is crucial for delivering larger baitfish patterns and often times in dealing with the conditions themselves. Whether you are chasing them off jetties in Maryland, or the vast Sacramento Delta system in California you’ll need a rod with lots of backbone and to deliver your flies. Stripers are known for their aggressive takes and powerful runs. 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, stripping hard and waiting for that inevitable aggressive take.
We’ve matched this exceptional rod up with the Sonoma Striper 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.