3 WT Rod?

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  1. Luke Davis

    Luke Davis Member

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    My 3wt just arrived about 2 days ago. I ordered a TFO Signature Series 7' 6" and a Ross Flystart reel. I love the light feel.

    This is a great setup and Im pumped to get it out there.
     
  2. Jim Speaker

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    I don't own a 3 wt., but as for reels if you can spend a little, I absolutely love my Sage 3100 on my 2 wt. - not sure if you'd want to bump up to a 3200 for a 3 wt. The Sage 3x00 series has a really light click drag, just enough to prevent backlashing when stripping line. It's a lightweight, simple and well machined palming reel.
     
  3. Porter

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    Those are nice reels, but IMHO The Orvis BBS is a better deal and pretty too :thumb:
     
  4. Nick Clayton

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    I picked up an Echo 3 wt with a Cabelas SLA reel about 2 weeks ago. Set me back about 260 or so, with line and backing, and is a wonderful rod. A dream to cast, dream to mend, and a real dream to play trout on.
     
  5. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    If you want a real budget but respectible 3wt rod, take a look at a Eagle Claw Granger XG IM-7 rod. The only downside is that it only comes in a 2pc, 7ft version in the 3wt. But despite that limitation, it's a pretty decent small stream fly rod that you can go off bushwacking with reckless abandon due to its tiny replacement cost. I've given mine a pretty good beating and it's holding up very well. I've coupled it with a simple but sweet 50+ yr old Horrocks-Ibbotson Sportcraft 60 single action fly reel. Got both for about $50.
     
  6. yuhina

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    John...

    Very good set up! I love them too!
    The Avid 2-3wt are awesome rods that been overlooked...if you can find a used one... that would be a great catch.

    I have a Sage VPS Lite 389 (moderate price) great for longer cast.
    and a Fiberglass 3wt 7' (moderate price) and 6'6 for short cast. (if you never try a new generation fiberglass rod... you might want to try one... they blow me away...)

    I have a Daneilsson Midge reel. (moderate price). No drag, but it is a large arbor reel. they large arbor reel will help you a lot when you need to organize your line fast in a tight creek.
    attached a photo of my "go-to" brookie set up. good luck for the search...
     
  7. Noah Pefaur

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    I recently set myself up with a Sage Launch 3wt and a Cabellas' reel. I think that Cabellas is getting out of the house brand market or something because I got the reel for 1/2 price. Most of their stuff looked to be at least 50% off. The combo is very nice, it casts dries reasonably well, but can still throw small buggers and nymphs if I need to.
     
  8. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I'd go with a TFO finesse & you really don't need much of a reel . . . smallish fish don't run & there's no pressing need to "get them on the reel" quickly. Spend the majority of your budget on the rod & less on the reel. I've used a 2-wt Orvis with a Battenkill reel for years when entertaining/being entertained-by smallish fish & absolutely love the combo (but 2-weights were relatively scarce when I bought it, and knowing what I know now coupled with the entrance of TFO into the market, I'd purchase a TFO, hands-down.).
     
  9. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    To go with these, I have a St. Croix Avid and a Sage FLi. Love them both and they are very different sticks. I like the Avid for it's finesse presentation and the Sage for launching and being able to handle a nymph rig.

    Stew
     
  10. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Whatever rod and reel you end up with, make sure they're properly balanced so you get the most enjoyment out of a lightweight setup. In other words, don't get a nice lightweight stick and put a reel on it that's too heavy. I have a Ross Evolution 1.5 on a 4wt Sage Z-Axis and it's a nicely balanced match.