Originally Posted by Pocono
My favorite small stream 3 wt.; on an all-around basis, is Sage's ZXL. I fish a 7'6" 3 wt. consistently and have never been disappointed by its performance.
I think that Sage has discontinued this line in favor of what they now call the Circa.
You may be able to pick up a good deal on a ZXL at this point; either from a dealer with left-over stock or online.
I think it's worth a test cast, if you can get ahold of one.
I was going to suggest this actually but all I've seen team on closeout is in the $425 range which I though might be pushing the budget to much.
I love my ZXL 376-4,
The circa has replad the ZXL in Sages line up and it looks/feels sweet. My wallet didnt feel the same way