Re: Too Picky????
Confidence is EVERYTHING. I absolutly believe... no, I'm convinced, that confidence breeds success in fly fishing. If you feel good about your gear, your flies and your skills... you will catch fish... and lots of them. I truly believe in that. So... in my, sometimes unshared, opinion if you do not have confidence in the fly rod get rid of it. Put it back on eBay.
Now, the T3's are very good rods. But that doesn't mean they're for everyone. Some folks just don't like fast action (tip flex) rods... some love them. Each caster has their own unique style. You might love, or hate, the Sage or G.Loomis. The thing is, keep searching until you find the rod that feels good to you.
A good thing to do is to go to your local fly shop and insist that they allow you to test cast the rod before you buy. Or better yet, buy a rod from a fly shop that will allow you to "Test Drive" the rod for a few weeks with the understanding that if you decide you don't like the rod you can bring it, or send it, back for a complete refund or exchange. Those shops are out there.
OK... but the big question here is "How are you going to break the news to your girl friend?"