3 wt Reel

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#16
I was on the market last year for a 3 wt reel. I searched high and low for one the would fit my budget I almost spent 50 bucks on one but I found on in my price range. I picked up a Martin 34 Fly reel for the huge price of $29.95 at Fran Johnson's in Butte. It was on sale. It even has a drag on it. But I doubt if I will ever need it on small fish.

I almost did what Chad did but 100 bucks for a 3 wt reel turned me off. I didn't need anything fancy, just something to hold line.

Jim
 
#22
In the past, I didn't put stock in a good reel. That has all changed for me after buying my first Evo. You never know what you might hook with 3 wt, so a good drag is a plus. I got into a chinook last fall. I didn't land him but it was a good battle before the breakoff.
 
#23
I think I might have brought up that post about 3#", and I went with the advice of 4 people on the board and 3 IM's on a Three River 3# by Cabelas. I like Cabelas because they have a large selection of rods. I tested a bunch of rods and for the price, I went with the Three Rivers rod and with the combo price I got the CSR 1 with backing and line for $114.00. I tossed the line and backing and got better backing and Cort444 peach 3# WF. What a blast that rod is and the reel works well. Check Cabelas on line and check pricing.
 
#24
I have a Pflueger Medalist 1492 on my 3 wt. It's light (4 oz), reliable, and a bargain at $25. I was even able to put about 50 yards of backing on it with my SA GPX line no problem.
 
#26
I have an okuma sierra s4/5 that i really love. it was around $35 and i have honestly caught more fish with it and my llbean quest 3wt than any other rod. You can just fish the really hard to access spots and hidden or densly forested holes. Good luck building, some day i wish to take on a project.ptyd
 

rainbow

My name is Mark Oberg
#27
I was in the same delema since I collect rods and reels. I thought I would try severel different ones. All from ebay. A lamson valosity 1.5, cimmoron 1, abel spring creek cl, hardy disk 4, hardy feather weight, hardy markman. I like the feather weight the best. All were from ebay, and a decent price. The abel is sweet. The marksman sucks, it would break a fine tippet.
 
#28
In the past, I didn't put stock in a good reel. That has all changed for me after buying my first Evo. You never know what you might hook with 3 wt, so a good drag is a plus. I got into a chinook last fall. I didn't land him but it was a good battle before the breakoff.
Agreed. I hooked a nice kokanee on the upper wynoochie a few weeks ago and was glad I had drag.
 
#29
I use a Ross CO-1 and CO-0. The CO-0 doesn't allow for much backing so would better compliment a 2wt. They have a click pawl drag which is all you need for the micros but will also handle big fish as well. This Spring I stuck a 21" brown on my 4wt and CO-1.
 

Luke Ramirez

Still DoubleUgly
#30
I bought a cheap ($25) scientific anglers reel for my 3wt. It's perfect! I'm more concerned about the weight than the drag capability...

But I guess if I hooked into a Chinook or a Kokanee I might change my mind :) The biggest fish I've caught on this setup is a 15" bow from an alpine lake and the cheap reel was just fine for that guy!