What is your 3wt setup?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Ed Call, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2008
    Messages:
    17,853
    Media:
    283
    Likes Received:
    1,668
    Location:
    Kitsap Peninsula
    Richard. When they are rising and the wind is not blowing I use the 3wt. I do mostly fish my 4wt and when weather is less than optimal I fish the 5wt. So far I've had some really fun fishing experiences, so very many. One such experience was using dries on that 3wt and landing quite a few mid sized eager risers. Just a conversation thread during a fishing lull.
     
  2. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2007
    Messages:
    660
    Media:
    22
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    Sage RPL 386 with a Tioga reel and a floater. The Little Naches loves this rod.
     
  3. Denny

    Denny Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2001
    Messages:
    4,095
    Media:
    100
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Seattle, WA, USA.
    Oh, that would be almost 'never'. :thumb:
     
  4. floatinghat

    floatinghat Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    near enough to Seattle
    389ll-2 w/ cfo III for small creeks I switch to the 289ll:beer1:
     
  5. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,352
    Media:
    15
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
    Chad, I also sent you a PM. A couple other thoughts....you could use a DT line and cut it in half and use 12lb micron backing to eliminate a little weight but in the end it would be little. This would be OK for small stream situations where you aren't casting more than 30-35ft nor expecting anything large that would make any kind of run on you. Most times you'd only consider such set up for a 2wt of lesser weight rod and/or where you're using a very small reel say 2 1/2" or smaller. I think Cortland also makes a short 45ft lightweight fly line of some kind as I saw something like that mentioned on another board recently. Also for the lightest 4wt/5wt rods out there, I think Orvis's new Helios Ion's are the lightest rods I've seen....both are barely over 1oz but they certainly aren't moderately priced. Lastly as I put in my PM to you, the balancing of a light/ultralight set up is less noticeable/problematic since it is so light, so this may be much to do about nothing. :ray1:

     
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2005
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Washington.
    Sage SLT 376-4 with an old style Battenkill reel. Love it. Small enough to be a good pack rod & fits in a carryon dufflebag as well.
     
  7. Jadon Berry

    Jadon Berry Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    I love the Echo 3 wt! You can't find one as good for twice the price. Also has lifetime guarantee. I just broke mine in half (slammed in a car door, you can't break one of these without seriously mistreating it) and they got it back to me in less than a week! Great service.

    I'm using an old reel without drag that I found at a garage sale. I love it for low weight fishing.
     
  8. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1,963
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    260
    Location:
    West Pugetopolis WA
    Can't believe I never posted in this one. Not that my 3 wt is any great shakes. I fish a H&H tradition kit 7'9" (first rod I built) with a TFO I click-pawl reel. The rod isn't great, but I gues a 3 wt doesn't have to do much. I like the reel for it's traditional sound/looks - matches a small rod nicely.
     
  9. RPL/LL

    RPL/LL Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    everett,wa
    SAGE 389LL GRAPHITE III 2PC,505L REEL,444SLWF4F OR 444SLWF3F DEPENDS ON THE WIND ALSO A SAGE 389SLT,505L REEL,S/A NYMPH LINE IN WF4F AND FINALLY A CORTLAND GRF1000 7' 3/4,504L REEL,444SLWF3F...GOTA LOVE THE 3WT RODS...
     
  10. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    6,585
    Likes Received:
    594
    Location:
    Kenmore, WA, USA.
    How would you differentiate the LL and the SLT in the 3 weight? Just curious, I have thre 389 LL and almost picked up a 389 SLT, but backed out not having cast it before.
     
  11. Zack Leake

    Zack Leake The user formerly known as "Zekester"

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Your Mom's house...

    Ditto. Cheap, and the quality seems to be pretty darn good. Been pretty impressed with the Cabela's stuff so far. :thumb:

    I have yet to catch anything on it though. :hmmm: I love the handling on it as well. Although, after casting that for awhile and switching back to my 6wt, it feels like I'm swinging a friggin' log.

    ~Z
     
  12. RPL/LL

    RPL/LL Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    everett,wa
    Porter,
    It's just a little stiffer in the middle,which works very well in windy cond.also works nice for chrono. fishing,decent on the dries,but I prefer the LL for dries.I didn't care for the 4pc slt to stiff so I went with 2pc.
    RPL/LL
     
  13. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    6,585
    Likes Received:
    594
    Location:
    Kenmore, WA, USA.
    Thanks, yeah the LL = Dries :thumb: The only other rod I have tried that I like in the three weight was the Sage TXL, one sweet little rod, but there are many I have not tried.
     

Share This Page