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Old 08-13-2013, 08:34 PM
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Default 3 wt question/advice needed.

Newer to the forums and to fly fishing for the most part... This summer I was "infected" with trout fever, set my spinning gear off to the side, and have been busy soaking in as much as possible.. Wish I would have discovered fly fishing sooner.

My question for you guys is that I have been looking at picking up a 3 wt to add to the arsenal.

I love the Orvis SFT but not sure whether to go with the 663-4 or 763-4 ( I've cast both in a parking lot)

Advice, help, suggestions? This rod will be used mostly in the drift less area in WI and also in northern WI/MI. I have a 905-4 st croix now that has been great.
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Personally I'd get the longer rod. I like my short, light rods but find getting one over 7' is more versatile than something in the 6' range. My 3wt is 7' 9". It helps me reach out a bit further for a drag free drift, keeps the line a bit higher on the back-cast which helps keep it out of grass, etc. Short rods might help keep line under overhanging trees, but I prefer the longer.
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Personally I'd get the longer rod. I like my short, light rods but find getting one over 7' is more versatile than something in the 6' range. My 3wt is 7' 9". It helps me reach out a bit further for a drag free drift, keeps the line a bit higher on the back-cast which helps keep it out of grass, etc. Short rods might help keep line under overhanging trees, but I prefer the longer.
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

On the 3 wt, I'd go for the longer one, too.

If you ever go for a 1 wt or 2 wt, I'd go for a shorter rod.
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

I'd also go with the longer rod. My 3wt is 7' 9". I've got a couple 2wt rods, one that's 6' 6" (SFT) and one that's 7' 3" (TFO Finesse)...I prefer the extra length if there's room to swing it.
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

I have the 3wt 7'6" SFT. Its a great rod, i love mine. I think >7' is more versatile rod. Below that becomes a bit of a specialised beast
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

Another vote for the longer rod. I fish the Driftless area and never fish (don't own) anything shorter than 7'6". No problems.
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Personally I'd get the longer rod. I like my short, light rods but find getting one over 7' is more versatile than something in the 6' range. My 3wt is 7' 9". It helps me reach out a bit further for a drag free drift, keeps the line a bit higher on the back-cast which helps keep it out of grass, etc. Short rods might help keep line under overhanging trees, but I prefer the longer.
I have to agree with William. I fish a 763-4 ZXL with a Hardy Featherweight, lined with a Rio Grand and just love this combo for brooks and small to medium rivers. Not so great for me on windy days, but then I go back in the closet for something a little heavier. The benefit of being a gear junkie!! Once you have been bitten by the bug...your addicted. Enjoy.
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

If you're enamored with the Superfine, you might also consider the 386. I fish in some of the areas you mentioned and don't fish anything shorter. The longer rod will help when the stream side grass gets tall and you need to reach.
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Default Re: 3 wt question/advice needed.

From my fairly limited experience, I've found that on small streams I prefer a shorter rod when I'm wading, and a longer rod when I'm fishing from the bank. When I'm in the water I like my shorter more maneuverable rod for doing little roll casts and to help keep me from getting caught up in the weedy banks. On the bank I find my 9 footer helps me keep clear of the tall weeds better.

Most of the fishing I've done in the driftless has been from the bank at this point, because most of the stream bottoms that I've been on are just so darn silty and mucky.
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