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Ultimate 8 Weight Steelhead Rod and Reel - Sage Fly Rods - Redington Fly Rods Single Hand Steelhead Combos - Sage and Redington Fly Rods

The Ultimate Single Hand Steelhead Combos

This is a high quality "kit" that includes an 8 weight rod/reel and EVERYTHING you need to embark on the challenge of steelhead fishing. Before you buy a spey rod or switch rod, we strongly recommend that you invest in a good 8 weight. You can almost anything with this rod! Steelhead, Silver Salmon, saltwater, surf perch, Bonefish, Carp, Chum Salmon, Largemouth Bass, and many other species. It comes setup for Steelhead fishing, which is very popular, but just know that an 8 weight rod is a good all around investment.

Here at Red's we recognize the love for single hand fly fishing as much as two-handed fishing. When an angler decides to take on the challenge of fishing for Anadramous species like Steelhead and Salmon they should start with a sturdy single hand 8 weight rod. It can be used for so many other things! Anglers can fish steelhead, big trout, bass carp, surf perch, saltwater salmon, and strip flies for Salmon in situations that two That is why we have put together several all inclusive single hand steelhead outifts in an effort to reminisce on the early days of steelheading before two hand rods were even heard of! We have spent countless hours and days on steelhead runs testing different rod/reel/line combos in different price ranges. We have come to the conclusion that hands down the best line/sink tip system for chasing steelhead with single hand rods is the RIO VersiTip 2! These four different packages start at the lowest price range and go all the way to the highest modulus, fastest action, most superior graphite fly rod in the world!

Ask About a Custom OPST Commando set up for all these rods and we will quote it separately through emails. We will build custom setups for any rod and reel and line combination wanted.

Included in each combo:

Sage X - 9'6" 8 Weight Rod - Sage 4280 Fly Reel

Tighter loops. It’s what we all strive for. A tight loop is accurate, efficient, easily controlled, and a way to command the water in front of you. Ushering in a new era of performance fast action fly rods, the X will dramatically enhance the way you fish through superior loop control. With our innovative KonneticHD Technology came new inspiration and opportunities in rod design.
• KonneticHD Technology®
• Black Spruce blank color
• Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
• Fuji ceramic stripper guides
• Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
• Freshwater 3 - 6 weights:
• Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
• Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle
• Saltwater 5-10 weights:
• Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
• Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
• Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt
• Laser etched line weight on slide band
• Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
• Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion
• Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA

Sage ACCEL 9'6" 8WT Rod - Sage 2280 Reel

One of the greatest benefits of always pushing the limits of rod technology is that it gives us vital insights to rod design using previous technologies. Case in point: our new medium-fast action ACCEL family of rods. Created using our responsive Generation 5 technology, our all-new ACCEL benefits from key insights garnered through the development of Konnetic Technology. Light and ultra-responsive to throw tight wind-busting loops, it’s like going back in time to bet on your favorite sports team with the score in hand—you’ve got a winner and you know it. This is 8 weight is a good steelhead rod if you aren't the most accomplished or are a beginning caster but are the type of person who wants to jump into steelheading head first and toes deep this is your stick! Quite a bit more forgiving to cast than the Sage One but with the same quality that all Sage fly rods are famous for!

  • Generation 5 Technology
  • Medium-fast action
  • Emerald blank color
  • Olive Green thread wraps with Garnet and Black trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Rosewood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Black rod bag with Emerald colored logo and model tag
  • Leaf Green ballistic nylon rod tube with divided liner

With the same drag design as the 4200 series reel, the new 2200 is a killer value reel with cast frame and a little most value conscious price point. It is still a true large arbor reel and gives you almost as much stopping power as the 4200.

Redington VAPEN BLACK 9'0" 8WT Rod - Redington RISE 7/8 Reel

The VAPEN BLACK is Redington's new premier fast action fly rod! Featuring X-Wrap graphite technology for maximum vibration dampening, strength and torsional stability this bad stick makes a great single hand steelhead rod for those hard running, chrome fish we all love to chase! The PowerGrip is a non-slip polymer grip technology created in conjunction with Winn Grips to reduce fatigue and amplify power. The grip features a custom Redington icon design.

The Redington Rise reel is by far the toughest reel in it's price class. These things are virtually indestructible! We have personally had hours of river time with this setup and can honestly say you will not find another setup that compares.

Redington PATH 9'6" 8WT Rod - Redington SURGE 7/8 Reel

Just getting started steelhead fishing? This is the setup for you! The Path rod paired up with the Surge reel is a killer starter setup and good enough to get the job done! If you are an advanced angler you may not like the way this rod casts, it is definitely a beginners setup. A very forgiving rod to learn casting into steelhead water with! The Surge reel has the best drag for a sub $100 reel!

RIO VersiTip 2 Fly Line

Each line comes with a selection of interchangeable tips that allow anglers to switch tips as fishing and water conditions change. A unique mending and handling section at the back end of the head enables anglers to mend effectively and control how the fly fishes at range. Ultra strong, slim welded loops on the front of each tip makes for super-fast rigging. A loop on the front end allows angers to change rigs quickly. Built with a supple cold water coating , this line will not tangle off the reel.

  • Each line is packaged with four 15ft tips:
  • Floating
  • Clear Intermediate (1.5 - 2ips)
  • Type 3 Sink (3 - 4ips)
  • Type 6 sink (6 - 7ips)
  • Zippered wallet for all your tips with a pocket for each tip to avoid tangled messes! Because who wants to be untangling when your buddies are catching fish????

Leaders and Indicators

In this combo we have included two tapered leaders! And indicator leader for all your nymping, beads and egg patterns. This leader is designed to be used with the floating tip in your VersiTip kit. The other is a 6 foot tapered leader for swinging and stripping streamers through those greenwater runs. For this leader you will be using one of the sinking tips in your VersiTip kit!

In this kit we use only the best indicator on the planet... The famous THINGAMABOBBER! This corky, air filled indicator is the "alpha wolf" when it comes to indicators. Simple to use, floats high, and has great visibility to give you the best possible chance you can of hooking into some bright, chrome steel!

Sage Motive Fly Rod, Sage 2200 Fly Reel, and Rio Saltwater Fly Line Sage MOTIVE Fly Rod and Reel - Saltwater Fly Rod and Reel Outfit

Sage MOTIVE Saltwater Fly Rod and Reel Outfit

  • Sage MOTIVE Single Hand Fly Rod
  • Sage 2200 Series Reel
  • Rio Braided Backing
  • Careful assembly and shipping!

Sage MOTIVE Fly Rods

The all-new MOTIVE saltwater rods are ideal for seasoned saltwater fans looking to complement their rod arsenal, and fly fishers new to the salt who want to experience the many hard-fighting species without breaking the bank. Constructed of time-proven materials and embodying Sage’s immense saltwater experience, the MOTIVE features a powerful but smooth fast action that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the accuracy the sport demands. Light and responsive, you feel connected to your line for ultimate control over a full day of enjoyable casting. Yep, it’s safe to say the salt has attracted another convert.

Sage 2200 Series Fly Reel:

We’re further expanding the popularity of our hard-fighting 4200 series with the all-new, value conscious 2200 series. A large arbor with rugged machined die-cast frame, generous concave spool surface, whisper-smooth carbon drag and unexpected finishing touches like its fully machined drag knob and handle, the 2200 gives you more than the fish bargained for.


RIO's general purpose, tropical saltwater fly lines are designed for anglers that fish in warm climates, and feature short, powerful front tapers to easily cast large flies. Each line is built on a medium stiff core, and has a hard, tropical coating.
  • Slightly heavier than standard lines for easy loading
  • Tropical core with a hard, saltwater coating
  • AgentX and XS technologies for the ultimate in performance
  • Welded loops on both ends for fast rigging

Our Price: $685.90

Hatch Premium Backing Hatch Premium Braided Backing- By The Yard


Sold per yard for your convenience

Hatch has created a backing material that has the touch and feel of Dacron combined with the strength and diameter of Gel Spun in a single 8 braid PE line for use in all fly fishing applications.

The Hatch backing philosophy is to create one, super high quality, super versatile single diameter fly line backing. The diameter is very small for the 68lb backing rating. This is our go-to backing for both fresh and saltwater use.

*Please let us know which hand retrieve and what line you will be using, we install the backing!

Our Price: $0.25 Per Yard
Rio Fly Line Cleaning Towlette RIO Fly Line Cleaning Towlette

Rio Fly Line Cleaning Towlette

Quickly clean your fly line and enhance its performance with this handy, single-use cloth. The Fly Line Cleaning Towelette works best on floating fly lines as it light brushes away loose dirt. Pack contains one pre-coated cloth and here at Reds we offer a 6 pack for only $4.99!

Our Price: $0.95

OPST Salmon Jerky - Loaded with Omega-3 OPST Salmon Jerky - Loaded with Omega-3

OPST Salmon Jerky - Loaded with Omega-3

OPST Wild King Salmon Jerky is available in regular, peppered and teriyaki flavors. The jerky doesn’t need refrigeration so keep some on hand for anytime throughout the year! Fits nicely into a boat bag for instance.

All of our OPST Salmon Jerky comes from the best Alaskan wild king salmon. Great for a fishing trip out on the lake, long hike, camping in the back woods, skiing on the slopes or watching the big game. Our salmon, by nature, is packed with quality protein to keep you moving and Omega-3’s to promote healthy skin and joints.

Ingredients – Wild salmon, salt, brown sugar, corn syrup solids, natural flavoring, spices, garlic powder. There’s no need for refrigeration, no sodium nitrite, artificial colors or MSG. Kosher certified.

Our Price: $2.85
Rainy's Crowd Surfer Stone Rainy's Crowd Surfer Stone

Rainy's Crowd Surfer Stone - One Golden, One Salmon.

Rainy's created two very good representations of the natural insects - that being the Golden Stonefly and the Salmonfly (Stonefly). The naturalistic silhouette, the rubbery legs, and the wings on this extended body fly are as close to natural as foam and fur will allow us to produce. A productive fly to say the least. The colors are not clownish, relying on natural, earthy colors and imitation of contour over kaleidoscopic colors and profile. Of course, those type of flies work well too, but a heavily fished river will often demand a more "real" pattern as apposed to a "close enough" pattern. We see that on the Yakima come summer, about the same time these flies would be appropriate!

This illustration is of the most classic of hopper dropper set-ups. There are variations, like adding the Crowd Surfer listed above instead of a hopper. It's one of the standby summer trout presentation methods.

Our Price: $3.25
Rainy's Mosh Pit Hopper - A Buggy, Yet Realistic Tie. Rainy's Mosh Pit Hopper - A Buggy, Yet Realistic Tie.

Rainy's Mosh Pit Hopper - A Buggy, Yet Realistic Tie.

Rainy's has very effective hopper patterns, and we carry two of them. This is what we consider the meatier hopper of the two and the heavy use of foam helps it stay afloat during the day on the river and when your loading it up with a heavy dose of copper. With it's beady little eyes, foam disc carapace, nicely segmented abdomen, and barred legs, this fly has "fish producer" almost written on it.

This illustration is of the most classic of hopper dropper set-ups. There are variations, but this is one of the standby summer trout presentation methods.

Our Price: $4.25
Rainy's Hot Legs Hopper - Slim and Super Sexy Rainy's Hot Legs Hopper - Slim and Super Sexy

Rainy's Hot Legs Hopper - Slim and Super Sexy

Rainy's has very effective hopper patterns, and we carry two of them. This is what we consider the slimmer and sexier hopper of the two. As a tier, the author believes this to be a very appealing pattern and those legs, they're hot! A heavy dose of foam helps it stay afloat in choppy river currents and when you're loading it up with a heavy dose of copper. With it's attention to details like: Antenna, hot spot, segmented and curved foam body, and hot legs, and faux leather wing, this fly screams high end fish gitter. ha.

This illustration is of the most classic of hopper dropper set-ups. There are variations, but this is one of the standby summer trout presentation methods.

Our Price: $4.25
Simms Replacement Boot Laces

Simms Replacement Laces, in Dark Green, they work for any wading boot and will last a long time.

Our Price: $4.95
Rio Tippet Material RIO Tippet Material - Fluorocarbon and Powerflex

RIO Tippet Material - Fluoroflex, Fluoroflex Plus, and Powerflex

Successful anglers carry several different types of tippet material for various situations. Here is a very basic guide to help you. This material is typically used to repair an existing tapered leader or to modify your leader for a different fly set up. Tippet size is generally described in diameter rather than strength. The "X" in tippet refers to a mathematical coefficient that describes the diameter of the tippet. For instance, 3X is actually bigger tippet than 4X and therefore stronger. The smaller the number, the bigger the diameter, the stronger the tippet.

Fluorocarbon Tippet versus Mono Tippet - Comparison

Mono is typically used for dry flies. It is less dense so it stays closer to the surface and doesn't have a tendency to drown your dry fly. It is also cheaper, so use mono in any situation that it is appropriate. The downsides are that it stretches a bit more and can cost you on the hooksets when dealing with larger hooks and larger fish. It also possesses fiber optic qualities and is much more visible to the trout underwater.

Fluorocarbon is the best tippet material for nymph fishing or wet flies. It sinks fast and lacks fiber optic qualities and is much less visible to the trout. It tends to stretch less and is more abrasion resistant. Although it may not be rated as being stronger than mono per diameter, most of us at Red's Fly Shop agree that the Fluorocarbon is quite a bit stronger.

Fluoroflex versus Fluoroflex Plus

The "Plus" is quite a bit stronger. It is also more expensive. It is actually a pretty good value when you consider that it might save you a few flies by spool's end! Overall, we recommend using the Fluoroflex Plus in situations that require a little extra confidence. Big trout, steelhead, and flats fishing for trophy bonefish or the elusive Permit are species that come to mind.

Buyer's Guide to Fly Fishing Tippet

This is a rough guide, but hopefully it will get you on the right track since there is no exact equation on what size tippet to use all the time. Bigger flies require bigger tippet, smaller flies require smaller tippet. Not so much because the trout can see it, but more because the tippet is what allows the fly to move and travel naturally in the water. Also, keep in mind that larger tippet tangles less, casts better, and is easier to tie. For beginners, it is best to error on the side of slightly larger tippet. Also consider the fact that bigger tippet removes itself from grass and trees much better than smaller stuff. There is a fine line though (no pun intended!). You still need to fool the fish, so please stay relatively close to the guide below. The tippet must let the fly move naturally in the currents so light tippet is essential for smaller flies. Flies that are being moved like baitfish patterns, streamers, leeches, big grasshoppers, etc. are much less sensitive to tippet size as flexibility is not an issue.

Guide to Tippet Size and Fly Size

Nymphs size 18 and smaller: 6-7X Fluorocarbon
Nymphs size 16-12: 5X Fluorocarbon
Nymphs size 12-10: 4X Fluorocarbon
Stonefly Nymphs/Streamers size 8-6: 3X Fluorocarbon
Stonefly Nymphs/Streamers size 4 on up: 0-2X Fluorocarbon

Steelhead Spey - 0X Fluoroflex Plus is pretty standard across the board
Steelhead Nymphs 1X to your big flies, 2X to your small to medium, and 3X to small flies in clear water (Summer Runs)

Dry Flies size 18 and smaller: 6-7X Powerflex
Dry Flies size 16-12: 4-5X Powerflex
Dry Flies size 10-8: 4X Powerflex
Grasshoppers, Big Chernobyl Ants, etc. size 6: 3X Powerflex

Anything bigger use 1-2X Powerflex.... and hang on!

Tippet Knots for Fly Fishing

The most common knots used in fly fishing for tippet are the Triple Surgeon's Knot and the Clinch Knot (or Improved Clinch Knot). For tying tippet to tippet, use the Triple Surgeon's Knot. You would use this to extend or repair your existing tapered leader. The Surgeon's knot is great for leaders of similar size. In the event that your tapered leader is broken back so far that the tippet is of greatly unequal diameter, it is best to get a new tapered leader.

To tie the fly onto this tippet material, the most common knot is going to be the Clinch Knot (or Improved Clinch Knot). This is the commonly used knot. There are a few other variations but a fly fisherman could fish their entire lives and be highly successful in freshwater using this knot alone for attaching flies to the tippet.

Our Price: $4.95

Rio Tapered Bass Leader RIO Tapered Bass Leader

Rio Tapered Bass Leader

RIO's bass leaders are designed and built to match the needs of the bass fly fisher. The leaders are made of a medium stiff nylon and have a powerful taper design that will easily turn over large flies, and cope with tough winds. The copolymer material is incredibly tough and abrasion resistant.

  • Medium-stiff material for turning over larger flies
  • Powerful butt section and taper for great turnover
  • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance

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Questions about the Rio tapered bass leader or any thing else?... Ask a staff member! or call 509.933.2300

Our Price: $4.95
Rio Indicator 10' Leader RIO Indicator 10' Leader

Rio Indicator 10' Leader

Our Price: $4.95

RIO Powerflex Trout Leader RIO Powerflex Trout Leader

RIO Powerflex Tapered Trout Leader

Each RIO Powerflex tapered leader is designed for superb abrasion-resistance as well as high knot and tensile strength. The long, thick butt design provides smooth turnover while the supple tippet gives the fly life-like presentation. The light gray color is the most neutral and integrates visually with any background for perfect camouflage. All Trout leaders have a perfection loop on the butt.

What is a tapered leader? A tapered leader is an extension of the fly line that is the same diameter as the fly line at the base where it joins with the fly line. From the base on down to the tip the line tapers down to a smaller diameter, thus the name.

Our Price: $4.95
RIO Hard Alloy Saltwater Mono Tippet RIO Hard Alloy Saltwater Mono Tippet

RIO Saltwater Hard Alloy Mono Tippet


RIO's Hard Mono Saltwater tippet is a very stiff, super abrasion-resistant nylon tippet material. Ideal for casting the largest flies and in tough winds to get the very best turnover. It is available in "regular" sized spools and "guide" spools":
8lb (0.010") to 30lb (0.027") - 30 yards per spool

Our Price: $4.95
RIO Hard Alloy Saltwater Mono Tippet RIO Saltwater Nylon Tippet

RIO Saltwater Nylon Tippet

RIO's Saltwater Mono is the go-to choice for anglers looking to tie their own leaders for tarpon, bonefish, permit, and other saltwater species. The material has a great strength-to-diameter ratio, extremely good abrasion-resistance, lacks memory and provides incredible knot-ability. Available in size 8lb to 60lb, there is an appropriate diameter for any leader's butt section, plus a great range of sizes to taper down with.
  • Material: Nylon
  • Length: 30 yd.
  • Recommended use: Saltwater
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Suitable for casting large flies in high winds
  • Made in Japan

Our Price: $4.95
The Best Fly Fishing Leader for Permit RIO Tapered Saltwater Leaders - 10 FEET

RIO Saltwater Leaders - All 10 Feet, various line lbs.

RIO's saltwater leaders are an excellent general purpose saltwater leader for a multitude of species. The leaders are made of a medium stiff nylon and have a taper design that easily turn over typical saltwater patterns and copes with tough winds. The leader is made of a material that is easy to knot and has great knot strength.

Our Price: $4.95
Simms Wader Repair Kit Simms Wader Repair Kit

Simms Wader Repair Kit

Watch the video and learn how to repair your old leaky, soggy, smelly waders. It is pretty easy to do as long as the waders aren't too far gone and worn out in the seems. Give it a shot and you might extend the life of your waders.

Our Price: $5.95
RIO Steelhead Leader

Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon Tapered Leader

    RIO's Steelhead/Salmon leaders are designed and built to match the needs of the steelhead and salmon fly fisher. The leaders are made of a medium stiff nylon and have a powerful taper design that easily turn over larger flies, and cope with tough winds. The copolymer material is incredibly tough and highly abrasion resistant.

  • Medium-stiff material for turning over larger flies
  • Long butt section and taper for great turnover
  • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance

Ideal for:

  • Steelhead
  • Salmon
  • Streamers
  • Spey

Our Price: $5.95
Rio Braided Loops RIO Braided Loops

RIO Braided Loops

Braided Loops are easy to use and include a heat shrink wrap to help seal them up neatly on the fly line. A great alternative to the ol' nail knot for anglers that change leaders frequently, build their own sink tips, or just flat out don't like tying a nail knot.
A quick and easy way to attach leader to fly line or the backing to the line.
  • Regular for line weights 3-6
  • Large for line weights 6-10
  • XL for Spey heads

Our Price: $5.95
Rio Suppleflex Trout Leader RIO Suppleflex Trout Leader - New Sizes For 2017

ALL NEW Rio Suppleflex Trout Leader

New for 2017! Suppleflex Trout leaders are made of a very soft, supple copolymer material that has excellent knot strength.

The supple nature of the material gives featherweight presentations and does not impede the natural movement of a fly in the current. These leaders are the BEST choice for the dry fly and soft hackle fly fisher.
  • Soft, supple material for perfect presentation
  • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
  • Excellent knot and tensile strength

Ideal for:

  • Dry Flies
  • Soft Hackles
  • Emergers
  • Small Nymphs

Our Price: $5.95
Simms Thirsty Trout Bottle Opener

Simms Thirsty Trout Bottle Opener

Its a bottle opener. What the hell can we say? Its great for beer! Buy a few and give them out to your fishing buddies as a gift. That's our two cents worth.

Our Price: $5.95
Rainy's Nice Mullet - Tan #1/0 Rainy's Nice Mullet - Tan #1/0

Rainy's Nice Mullet - Tan #1/0

This is a great Tarpon and Flats type fly. It is lightly weighted, casts easily and has a lifelike quality that fish are attracted to. It could be classified in the classic "Whistler" style that is very popular from Florida to Belize. Tarpon love it, as do snook, striped bass, barramundi, and redfish; the angler can also cast it for big freshwater species like peacock bass, largemouth bass and northern pike.

Our Price: $6.25
RIO Tippet Rings RIO Tippet Rings

RIO Tippet Rings

A leader with a tippet ring turns over perfectly, and they are light enough to use when fishing dry flies. Just tie the tippet ring to a leader with a clinch knot, and then add the required tippet in the same way. Tapered leaders last longer with a tippet ring as the leader will not be shortened every time the angler replaces the tippet. Tippet rings also make it extremely easy to add droppers, and are an excellent choice for European Style Nymphing and for Indicator nymph fishing.

  • 2 sizes - Trout, 25lb/2mm diameter and Steelhead, 45lb/3mm diameter
  • 10 per pack

Our Price: $6.95
RIO Tapered Pike/Musky Leader RIO Tapered Pike/Musky Leader

RIO Tapered Pike/Musky Leader

Specifically designed for the demands of the pike and musky angler. An ultra-stiff nylon leader, tapering to a 16 lb tippet, and attached to a tough, bite resistant wire shock tippet that is ideal for Pike, Musky, and similar toothy species. There are two wire choices: 1) A nylon coated single strand steel wire with snap link and 2) a supple nylon coated braided wire that you can knot.

The above image illustrates the importance of a "shock tippet" or specialty leader when fly fishing for musky or pike... LOOK AT THOSE TEETH!

  • Ultra tough nylon with wire shock tippet
  • Choice of steel or braided wire
  • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for fast rigging

Our Price: $7.95