Originally Posted by jaybo41
Looks to me like you're pretty stacked in the 376-310 range Avs. Unless you're thinking about replacing a loaner rod with a higher end rod, rod collecting or going to relegate one of those to a backup for yourself, you will be duplicating what you already have. That's not to say the Circa is unworthy of owning or will perform different than what you have already but this looks like overlap to me. Why not consider a 4 or 5?
The 589 actually is one I might be interested in checking out for days when the wind picks up and I need to use heavier line weight but don't want to break out the cannon aka Z Axis.
I agree and with being set in the 3wt range. I fear I would end up selling the ZXL which would be a crime. Here is my rationale planned usage of the current line up I have. Mind you I take all of them with me when I go, I just decide what I am going to use when I get there, all these are for small stream stuff.
1WT = absolute blue bird day, not a breath of wind and prime dry fly season
ZXL = little bit of wind, prime dry fly fishing so only plan on throwing a dry
TXL 3WT= planning on fishing dry dropper with little to no wind
TXL 4wt = planning on dry dropper set up but with the wind blowing, or a hopper/copper/dropper rig.
The reason I don't get a 5WT is I had one for 3 seasons and literally never used it once. I have a Z-Axis 4 wt which like you said is a cannon, so it is pretty close to handling the payload a 5wt can anyway, then I have a 6WT which if I plan on throwing streamers it is what I grab.
Moral of the story to me is, buying a Circa relegates the ZXL to Craigslist or one of my buddies grubby paws. Even though I would love a Circa I keep asking myself is it $500 better than a ZXL ( $500 = the 8 I would pay for the Circa minus the 3 I could sell the ZXL for).