The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Tackle Talk > Fly Rods

Fly Rods Post any comments or questions regarding fly rods...

Like Tree26Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 08:45 PM
shifty242's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 151
shifty242 has a spectacular aura aboutshifty242 has a spectacular aura about
Default Ideal length for a 3wt?

I have fished a 3wt on both creeks and larger rivers for the past 5 years or so. I currently use a 7' 3wt Sage Vantage, which has been great, but not without its challenges. Due to the length, I have, at times, run into some challenges depending on where in the country and what type of river I'm fishing.

So all things being equal, if you were buying a new 3wt, what length rod would you select and why?

Thanks for your feedback!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 08:51 PM
comeonavs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Firestone, Co
Posts: 2,456
comeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant future
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I'm the wrong guy to answer

I had a 7' Elkhorn 3wt, still have

7'6" ZXL
7'10"" txl
8'9" Circa
9' ONE

and I want a 10' ICON really bad, I love my 4wt ICON 10'

Since you have a 7' rod I would think a 8'6"'or longer would give you a nice compliment. I'm going from short rod boarding to long rod obsession
mcnerney and shifty242 like this.
__________________
"The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

"Snap it" Hank Patterson
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 08:59 PM
itchmesir's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Driftless/MRV
Posts: 2,515
itchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant futureitchmesir has a brilliant future
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

If you have a 7' I'd look at getting something in the 8.5-10' range next
mcnerney and shifty242 like this.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 09:17 PM
shotgunfly's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Harrisonburg Virginee
Posts: 537
shotgunfly is a name known to allshotgunfly is a name known to allshotgunfly is a name known to allshotgunfly is a name known to allshotgunfly is a name known to allshotgunfly is a name known to all
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

7ft is a good size for small mountain streams where I live and maybe a small spring creek, at least sections that are brushy and tight. But the go to is a 8.6' or 9' for pretty much everything else.

For a 3wt I have a 8'6" for larger mountain streams when I go after brookies. I'm looking for a shorter 3wt or 2wt for brookies when getting up into the really small and choked up brookie streams. I don't go in much for using light wt lines for anything but small fish.
mcnerney and shifty242 like this.
__________________
"...all snobbery is defensive..and as important as fishing seems, the most important thing about it is, it's just fishing."

-- John Gierach

Art: http://www.gravenfish.com

My TU:
http://massanuttentu.com
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 09:25 PM
fly_guy12955's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: southwest , Virginia
Posts: 2,013
fly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud offly_guy12955 has much to be proud of
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

Unless we fish the same streams my opinion is moot anyways,but where 'I' fish, I prefer an 8 1/2 foot 3wt,,day in and day out. But some streams here I take my 7 1/2 foot...just depends,,but IF I had to pick one for MY streams it would be my 8 1/2 ft rods. On what I call small streams,,I use my 8 1/2 ft a lot of the time almost like one would a Tenkara rod..were as I'd have a hard time doing that with the 7 1/2 ft rods.

Ill put it this way,,were my house on fire and I could only save ONE rod,,,it would, without hesitation, be my Orvis, 3wt, 8 1/2 ft Superfine. But I'd try to grab that 7 1/2 glass Superfine too,,,
mcnerney and shifty242 like this.
__________________
I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 09:53 PM
williamhj's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Denver CO
Posts: 3,117
williamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I don't think there is an 'ideal' that will cover all fishing situations. That said, I love my 7'9" 3wt. There have been times that I wanted a bit more reach but overall if I'm fishing a 3wt it is a great length for me. I can always grab my 6'6" 3wt, 10' 4wt, or 9' 5wt
mcnerney likes this.
__________________
- William Jensen
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2014, 10:00 PM
Mnflyfish's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SE Minnesota
Posts: 642
Mnflyfish is just really niceMnflyfish is just really niceMnflyfish is just really niceMnflyfish is just really nice
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I think 8' is about perfect. Long enough to get out there but short enough to get in there. But then 7'6" might be the ticket too, the lighter wts are tuff when length comes into play. Simply because you will be in some small water. The more choked up it is the shorter I would want to go, if it's more open then I'd want the longer rod.

Might be best to just have every length 3wt to cover all options.


Sent from my iPhone
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2014, 02:50 AM
r reese's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: N W Arkansas
Posts: 571
r reese is just really nicer reese is just really nicer reese is just really nicer reese is just really nicer reese is just really nice
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

Cant help you but I love my Winston WT 6.5' 3wt and my Orvis Super Fine 7' 4wt. Use both for trout from Colorado to Arkansas.
mcnerney likes this.
__________________
R Reese
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2014, 06:40 AM
axle27's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,676
axle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud of
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I have a 6'6" 3wt for brookie streams and a 7ft for blue gill. I think anything longer or shorter is a specialty thing.
mcnerney likes this.
__________________
It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2014, 06:57 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 170
dpreller will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

my favoriye 3 wt is without a doubt my8foot4inch scott g2. also love my7ft 7inch but its more limited.if i had to chose only one it would be the 84
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Ideal Tail-Water Nymph Rig goblueco1 Coldwater Fly Fishing 3 09-23-2013 08:30 PM
Vintage rochester ideal no. 2 fly fishing reel Ebay USA Vintage fly reels for sale 0 12-13-2011 10:00 AM
Spey experts wanted: Ideal rod for AFS 7/8 oddurthorri General Discussion 10 11-21-2009 03:41 AM
Oil Creek is ideal for fly-fishing (The Sharon Herald) Fish Bones The Daily Papers 0 05-17-2008 07:21 PM
Oil Creek is ideal for fly-fishing (The Sharon Herald) Fish Bones The Daily Papers 0 05-17-2008 06:20 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2015 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.