3 weight recommendations

#2
I have a Sage FLi 3wt and St Croix Avid 3wt. Both fine rods but favorite it the St.Croix. Good bang for the buck, casts like a dream on the Forks of the Snoqualmie and on the Cedar river ... not on the overly expensive side of things too.

Stew
 
#4
I have a Sage FLi 3wt and St Croix Avid 3wt. Both fine rods but favorite it the St.Croix. Good bang for the buck, casts like a dream on the Forks of the Snoqualmie and on the Cedar river ... not on the overly expensive side of things too.

Stew

ill second Stew. I have a 3wt avid, its by far my favorite rod for casting dries on our spring creeks. she cast a tight loop and can do it with very minimum effort.
 

flybill

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#5
I built a 2pc 7'6" 3wt on an American Matrix blank. It's a bit on the fast side, but is a nice little stick. The blank was about $50 I think.
 
#6
So many good options in the lighter rods, all over the price range. I will give you a few options as I move up the $$$ ladder.
As flybill pointed out, you can build your own for less than $100 total if you don't use top of the line hardware, and you can get some very nice blanks in that price range, too many to mention. Even more options if you move up another $50-$100, but that isn't really necessary.
For about $80 the Bass Pro Shops White River Hobbs Creek (not sure why they need so many names) rod is great. Probably won't have a warranty other than what the store will do for you but it really is a nice rod.
Cabelas also has some very nice rods in the lighter weights, like the Clear Creek. You can often find them on the close-out rack (not bargain cave) for close to $50. Regardless of what people tell you, any rod with the Cabelas name on it basically has a life-time warranty if you walk it into the store. They have the best customer service in the business.
Can't go wrong with the TFO finesse line. Very nice.
I have fished the Avid and Legend Ultra in the St Croix lines, both are great.
For the cream of the crop in my opinion, the Sage TXL is an amazing rod. I think my 7'10" is the great rod ever made. While I seem buy and sell a lot of gear, that one will go to the grave with me. Hands down my favorite rod in any length or wt.
Well, those are just the ones I have experience with.
In my opinion there are so many great rods in the 3wt range that you almost can't go wrong. I think quality is a lot more important as you move up in rod weights (5,6,7,etc).
So just find something that you like and go for it.
Mike
p.s. did I tell you the TXL was the greatest rod ever made. don't even check it out if you aren't willing to spend the $$, cause you may fall in love just by picking it up.
 
#8
So many good options in the lighter rods, all over the price range. I will give you a few options as I move up the $$$ ladder.
As flybill pointed out, you can build your own for less than $100 total if you don't use top of the line hardware, and you can get some very nice blanks in that price range, too many to mention. Even more options if you move up another $50-$100, but that isn't really necessary.
For about $80 the Bass Pro Shops White River Hobbs Creek (not sure why they need so many names) rod is great. Probably won't have a warranty other than what the store will do for you but it really is a nice rod.
Cabelas also has some very nice rods in the lighter weights, like the Clear Creek. You can often find them on the close-out rack (not bargain cave) for close to $50. Regardless of what people tell you, any rod with the Cabelas name on it basically has a life-time warranty if you walk it into the store. They have the best customer service in the business.
Can't go wrong with the TFO finesse line. Very nice.
I have fished the Avid and Legend Ultra in the St Croix lines, both are great.
For the cream of the crop in my opinion, the Sage TXL is an amazing rod. I think my 7'10" is the great rod ever made. While I seem buy and sell a lot of gear, that one will go to the grave with me. Hands down my favorite rod in any length or wt.
Well, those are just the ones I have experience with.
In my opinion there are so many great rods in the 3wt range that you almost can't go wrong. I think quality is a lot more important as you move up in rod weights (5,6,7,etc).
So just find something that you like and go for it.
Mike
p.s. did I tell you the TXL was the greatest rod ever made. don't even check it out if you aren't willing to spend the $$, cause you may fall in love just by picking it up.

Yep, I made the mistake of casting a 7'10" TXL 3wt and had to buy it. So just don't even pick the thing up. I like the Launch 3wt as well, much more affordable.
 
#9
Cabelas also has some very nice rods in the lighter weights, like the Clear Creek. You can often find them on the close-out rack (not bargain cave) for close to $50. Regardless of what people tell you, any rod with the Cabelas name on it basically has a life-time warranty if you walk it into the store. They have the best customer service in the business.
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Clear Creek rods were discountinued last year...the new line is called TQR (Tight Quarters Rods). I have a Clear Creek 1wt and it's a fine little rod.

If you're on a real tight budget or aren't looking to spend much....I have a 7ft 3wt Eagle Claw IM6 Granger XG rod (the only 3wt version) which has served me well for the last 2-3yrs. I think most would be surprised on how decent of a rod it is. You can find one on eBay for as little as $30 plus shipping.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#12
I have a TFO Finesse 7'9" 3wt. It is a med/fast rod. It has done everything I have asked it to do. I paid $179.95 for it in Montana. A lot cheaper here than in Washington(no stupid sales tax).

Jim
 
#15
I was wiggling a TFO 8'9" 3 wt. at Sportco last weekend, don't recall the Model but was thinking, if I didn't already have more rods than I need I'd buy it in a heart beat. Sweet rod for around $180.00.