3 WT Rod?

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  1. Bodhi

    Bodhi New Member

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    I checked out the search function but a lot the information I’m looking for is either scattered or just not there.

    What (rod & reel) would you guys recommend for a 3 wt set up? Maybe give two suggestions, one for the value buy and another if cost wasn’t an issue.

    Thanks
     
  2. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    I have two reels:

    - Ross Flywater I - value
    - Vosseler RC2 L - pricey

    Like them both.
     
  3. TrappedinCO

    TrappedinCO Help! I'm trapped in a landlocked state.

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    Loomis GL3 and a Cortland rimfly - perfect and cheap combo when it's appropriate to use a 3wt.
     
  4. Brett Angel

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    BIIX 8' 6" 3wt 4-PC - pricey but worth every penny.
     
  5. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Rods: Value= St Croix Avid Great rod able to throw a dry dropper well and still able to feel a six inch fish.

    Expensive= Find Sage SLT on ebay. They are great rods with enough back bone to cast double nymph rigs.

    Reels: Value= Ross flystart
    Expensive= well there isn't really a need for a good drag on a 3wt so cost is going to be purely for aesthetics. So with that being said going out and finding a hardy flyweight would be great.
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Since most folks use 3wts to target smallish trout on smallish water, I see no need to buy one with a fast action. After all, it's not like you're gonna be using it on big rivers in high wind to pitch huge streamers.

    I'd avoid buying a cheap new rod and echo John's suggestion about buying a good quality used rod from eBay or the classified here. If you stick with the sport, you'll most likely outgrow a cheap rod soon, meaning that the money you spent on it was probably wasted. You missed out on a terrific unused Sage 389-5 SP that one of the members here just sold a couple days ago for $325 - a steal compared with its new price of over $500.

    If $300 is a bit over your budget, I'd still look for a Sage 3wt like a VPS, SLT, Launch or FLi. There's a number on eBay right now including this Launch for $107 with less than a day left: http://cgi.ebay.com/Sage-3wt-Fly-Fi...ryZ23819QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Also, there's no need to spend a lot on a 3wt reel with a fancy disc drag. All it's gonna do on a 3wt is hold line. Again I'd look for a used reel like an Orvis BBS (Battenkill Bar Stock) or a Ross Colorado, both in fairly small sizes.

    Hope this helps,

    K
     
  7. jcnewbie

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    I bought a lovely little 3 wt Echo 2 (five section w/extra tip) about 6 weeks ago and love it. Never fished anything so light and small before - 7' 8" and combined with a Loomis Venture III and Rio DT line it makes a great combo & super easy to roll & sidearm cast. Want to get an extra spool for 4 wt WF line soon as I hear tell that's a good combo as well.

    First baptism caught 4 little cutts on the Little Deschutes near McKenna and then a month later hooked 3 more on the Cedar and 2 on the Green in far less than ideal water conditions.

    Been using my 5 wt lately thinking I might hook into a steelie on the Green but no luck so will start using the 3 wt again....besides what good would it do to hook into a steelie with a 5x-6x tippet and 3x leader? bawling: It'd be a rush for about 2.135 milliseconds!:clown:

    jcnewbie
     
  8. miyawaki

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    There's the low end and the high end but there's also the best end. I would recommend the Orvis full flex Superfine rods. We have a 7 1/2' 3wt 4-piece rod for $495 and a BBS reel for $89. Put a double taper line on and you won't get too much better.

    Leland.
     
  9. Big Tuna

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    I would budget based upon how often you intend to use the rod. I have some nice rods, like a Sage XP and a Winston BIIX. Both are rods that I use a lot. I wanted a 3 weight, but knew I wouldn't use it real often. I went with a TFO Pro 8'6" 3 weight. It is a lovely dry fly rod and has landed fish up to 18". I owned a St. Croix 3 weight, but it was only 7' 6", which made it great for tiny creeks, but the length made mending very difficult on even smallish rivers.
     
  10. Kaari White

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    If money was a factor... find a used Scott G and a Ross flywater reel.

    Not a factor..... Scott G2 and a Ross Evolution. The Scott G2 is about 10% nicer than the old G. Either are really fun to cast.
     
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    I have a 7.5 foot diamondback fiberglass 3 wt that's an absolute blast on small water. Outrageous rollcaster with a triangle taper and dries... Very reasonable.
     
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    Ha! I worked with a former Orvis rod designer. He pretty much said that the short superfines were the best rods going. He had a negative opinion of Orvis 9 foot rods, which I'm guessing had a lot to do with the fact that he had nothing to do with the design:p, but even after leaving he couldn't say anything negative about what he used to call those "beaverkill rods".
     
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    Many choices out there and so few bad choices these days.

    Two I would recommend thinking about that are no longer in production but damn good rods for the mission of a three weight. Going a little old school now, the Sage DS or DS2 would be a sweet lowish $ end rod and the Sage LL series, a little more hit on the wallet ...:) :thumb:
     
  14. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Hows about a TFO finesse rod. 7'9". $179.00 and it is using a Martin reel,$29.95 on it with Cortland peach line $48.00. All in the 3wt class.

    Jim
     
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    I got the same Echo 2 rod in 3wt. In my inexpeirenced hands it felt better that a similarly sized (length and weight) Sage Launch and TFO Professional. They were all in the same price ballpark, I liked the echo the best. I have a simple and very inexpensive Okuma Sierra reel for it with a spare spool. SA Sharkskin WF3F on one and a DT3 on the spare. I tried a 4wt and it did not cast well for me at all. For the situations when I might want a 3wt I feel like I have a very good setup for my needs and talent.
     
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    My 3wt just arrived about 2 days ago. I ordered a TFO Signature Series 7' 6" and a Ross Flystart reel. I love the light feel.

    This is a great setup and Im pumped to get it out there.
     
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    I don't own a 3 wt., but as for reels if you can spend a little, I absolutely love my Sage 3100 on my 2 wt. - not sure if you'd want to bump up to a 3200 for a 3 wt. The Sage 3x00 series has a really light click drag, just enough to prevent backlashing when stripping line. It's a lightweight, simple and well machined palming reel.
     
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    Those are nice reels, but IMHO The Orvis BBS is a better deal and pretty too :thumb:
     
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    I picked up an Echo 3 wt with a Cabelas SLA reel about 2 weeks ago. Set me back about 260 or so, with line and backing, and is a wonderful rod. A dream to cast, dream to mend, and a real dream to play trout on.
     
  20. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    If you want a real budget but respectible 3wt rod, take a look at a Eagle Claw Granger XG IM-7 rod. The only downside is that it only comes in a 2pc, 7ft version in the 3wt. But despite that limitation, it's a pretty decent small stream fly rod that you can go off bushwacking with reckless abandon due to its tiny replacement cost. I've given mine a pretty good beating and it's holding up very well. I've coupled it with a simple but sweet 50+ yr old Horrocks-Ibbotson Sportcraft 60 single action fly reel. Got both for about $50.
     

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