Re: Orvis T3 vs Superfine
The bulk of my fishing in Pa would be on 130 ft and less stream widths for stocked trout.
I have an Orvis dealer nearby as well as another full shop that sells Orvis goodies. I can, and will, test cast first.
My first decent rod was a Fenwick glass from the 70's (just as graphite was coming out). I built a decent rod from a no-name 5 wt graphite blank in 1988, that has a somewhat soft action. Then in 1990 I built my present rod from a Sage RPLX 5 wt blank. It is a fast tip action and casts well (so I'm told by several who know). My timing has to be spot on with this rod.
I'm ready for a store bought stick with a touch more forgiving action.
estrother, I like your comments on the T3 (costs less too).
Randy, I agree with the big river/9 ft comment. I have also read where 9 ft is desirable for nymphing and line control in tight quarters. I question the difference a foot makes, but it must have some effect or they wouldn't make them.
The independent dealer has suggested the Superfine. He's a straight shooter and not giving me the hustle for a higher priced rod.
I'm leaning towards the T3 mid flex 5 wt at this point