I fish about 50 days a year and 95% of those days are spent one of two ways: (1) swinging flies with a 13' spey rod or, (2) chasing little coastal cutthroats with a 3wt. This post is about the latter of the two. For the streams I fish, I like long, light rods with a strong preference for 8' or longer 3wts. I'm borderline obsessive-compulsive about my fly fishing gear and I've owned/fished all the big names in light rods, Sage LL, T&T Paradigm, Winston WT, Winston IM6, Loomis Streamdance, Burkheimer, etc, etc. I currently own a Burkheimer 389 and what I always considered the ne plus ultra of light line rods, the Tom Morgan 386 graphite. I also like bamboo rods but didn't feel I could go with bamboo in the long/light format just due to the nature of the material. Boy was I wrong... Ever since I got Robert Hoffhines interpretation of the Tom Smithwick "Fast 3" taper, my Morgan has been sleeping quietly in it's case. This is really a great taper for our sterile Cascade streams where the trout are small but the casts can be long and conditions windy. There is a long, wordy write-up about my experience getting the rod including photos of the construction on my blog: The Taper, the Rod, Its Maker and Human Beings... Here's a teaser!