3 WT Rod?

Bodhi

New Member
#1
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
 

John Hicks

Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits
#5
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.
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#6
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
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
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#8
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
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
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.
 

Philster

Active Member
#11
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.
 

Philster

Active Member
#12
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.
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".
 

Porter

Active Member
#13
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:
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#14
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
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#15
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.

jcnewbie
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.