Need to reward myself with a new 3wt

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  1. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    I already have a dandy 7 1/2' 2 wt that I could use, several 4 wts and enough 5 wts to finish my fly fishing career with. There isn't a 3 wt in my quiver right now though and I want to fill in that blank. Deciding which length is the issue at this point. In past trips I have driven 5-6 hours, got out of the truck and fished a 9' rod till dark. The next day I would often start off with the little 2wt and it would be a tremendous relief after swinging the long rod a day earlier.

    Thinking back about how easy it was to cast the shorter rod and how much easier it was to handle around streamside brush and trees I'll probably opt for the 7 1/2' option. If some of you young guys are still fishing and pounding the banks at 76 you will no doubt notice that a lightweight fly rod doesn't feel as light as it used to. Or maybe there will be fly rods made of helium infused nano fibers by then and it won't make any difference. But for now it seems like the best way to go light is go short.

    Thanks for all of your savvy inputs.

    Ive
     
  2. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    Here you loud and clear on the weight. Honestly, the CT 8'6" doesn't weight anything. Really no different after a few hours than my 7'6" 1 wt.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    What I have noticed with any fly rod is what you or anybody is using is the one. What is the cat's meow for one might not be the cat's meow for somebody else. That is why there is such a big choice of fly rods out there. When ever I got a new rod I made the choice, I never asked for a consensus here. After all it is me using it.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    i like it, but i do business that way. I ask anyone who will listen what they think of a business plan. I've found you learn more by asking questions than by offering opinions. I seem to do a lot of both;-).
     
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    Fished my CT 8' 3 wt 6 pc this weekend on a backpacking trip. image.jpg
     
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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Barefoot angling is the first stage of becoming a minimalist Tenkara fisher !
    enjoy your beers.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    This one was on the CT 3wt. Others were taken on my tenkara. Beers in the backcountry were good. Beers at home good and colder.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Is that a rubber fish?
     
  10. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    Ive, if you haven't made a decision, do yourself a favor and cast the Echo Glass rods. I casted the 7''6" 4 wt. yesterday and OMG. I casted it along side the Superfine and liked the Echo much better. Light, smooth, and distance if you want it. $200, but try it. I'm hooked, you may be too.
     
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    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Loud second for the ECHO Glass; really nice rods!!
     
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I just ordered the 8 1/2' 3 wt from Cabelas. If you order from Cabelas remember to ask for the $4 shipping or type in CLUB4U in the promotions.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    My favorite rod of all owned. A #3 Wulff TT is the perfect line.
     
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    I bought the Echo Carbon 2wt, nice little rod but feels a little slow/soft for me.

    A friend has the CT 3wt...I personally like his CT better than my Echo.

    I just don't fish a 2/3 wt enough to justify another one. But personally, if I had it to do over, I would get the CT.
     
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    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    I can't speak to the CT. All of my rods are Echoes.
    I definitely experienced the difference recently between a 7-6 3 wt and a 9-0 5wt. I brought the 3 wt in the boat recently to play with little bass if that's all I found. Started with the 5 wt to make sure the little guys were all that was there (or at least seemed to be;)). Switched over to the 3 wt in the same water (a 9" largemouth is FUN on the 3!). When I switched back to the 5 a little later it felt like an absolute CLUB!
     
  16. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Mine is a 4 piece. Did you have an accident?


    I read Ive's thread last week and decided to get one of these rods. It came today and was lawn cast this evening. Feels very nice and the new 3 weights have a fair amount of power. It will be tested Thursday - Saturday over in Idaho. Weather is supposed to cool down and I think some cutts should be in order.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    Bill, if you can find a Wulff Triangle Taper 3 wt. it is absolutely perfect and will give you 60' with a wrist flick. At least for my CT 3 wt. 8'6" 4 pc.
     
  18. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I use a TT on a 4 wt but think my 3 wt has a Sci Angler line on it.
     
  19. Rob Ast

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    I am in the same boat as Jim. I own both 3wt CTs and find them very different. The 7'6" is crisper and will actually deliver a longer cast than the longer rod. Not quite as good at nymphing, though.
     
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    The 276 lined with WF3 craps out at about 30 feet. And it's the only rod I've cast that loads with 5 feet of line out. Perfect.
     

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