Hmmmm........ It might be tough to feel a 3wt load in general, but looking
back will help with any weight rod. Allowing your arm/wrist to drift a bit on
the forward/back cast will make that "tug" more difficult to discern, but you
will at least have a visual clue on the foward cast. It took forever to coax my
wife into watching her back cast, but when she did, she developed a weird
habit of allowing her entire upper body and head to drift back with the back
cast. Her head looked like a Pez dispenser.
! Make sure that your
stop is really a stop in both directions, and you should be able to get better
feedback from your rod and line.
Flex: Does your 3wt feel stiff, or does it whip back and forth quickly? Stiff
might mean that a 4wt would work better for now. Slower rods can feel
very whippy, while stiff rods take quite an effort to bend when wiggling without a line on them. What you want to look for is how the rod bends
under pressure, even slight pressure. You can hold the rod by the grip, and
set the tip on the floor. A stiff/fast rod will bend slightly near the tip, but the
rest of the rod will remain straight. A slower rod will bend further toward the
middle, and perhaps well into the butt of the rod. Apply more pressure while
the tip is on the floor (not concrete
), and you'll be able to see how the
rod will bend while casting. A stiff/fast rod will continue to resist bending
into the mid section, while a moderate action rod will bend deep into the mid section. A lot of people like to wiggle rods in the store, but I use the method
I just outlined.
A 3wt would not be my first choice for single rod. 5wt's are much better for
that, and will cast well in wind and with heavy flies.