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Old 10-16-2010, 02:13 PM
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Default most versatile 3 rod quiver?

I currently own a 9' 5 wt and a 9' 8 wt and looking to expand to another rod to cover more species, I already cover TONS of fishing with just those 2 rods, I haven't really been to a place where one of those didn't work well, but want some extra options. I am thinking a short 7-8 foot 3 wt for high altitude small trout fishing, or a long 10 ft 6 wt for a solid trout indicator mending rod. What rod do you guys think will best enable me open up my options a bit more?
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6'6" or 7' for the small streams. Unless you prefer large rivers then I would say go to a two hand 13' 5/6 or 6/7 for large trout and other species that will hit a swinging fly.
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Default Re: most versatile 3 rod quiver?

Unless you fish the same routine over and over again, you will never be satisfied with a three rod quiver. As you start expanding your horizons, you can find more niches that you will need to fill.

There is a saying. You will always need one more rod.

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Edit: To be fair, of the two rods that you are considering, get the rod that you will feel that you use the most.

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I was fishing for native trout today: narrow stream (25-30 feet at the widest points), and brought a 4wt and 5wt. The 5wt was simply too splashy for this
stream compared to the 4wt. My wife and I decided to take turns using the 4wt, but I could have hiked back to my Jeep and grabbed another 4wt (lazy). I've never fished a 3wt, but I can land a 4wt line without making the slightest ripple. Today was honking windy, so the 4wt might have an edge over a 3wt there. I would say that a responsive and supple 4wt 8 1/2' or less would be a great addition for your small stream fishing. I happen to use an 8 1/2' 4wt for 95% of all my fishing, from trout to bluegill, smallmouth and even smaller largemouth; rivers, streams, and lakes.

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Default Re: most versatile 3 rod quiver?

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I was fishing for native trout today: narrow stream (25-30 feet at the widest points), and brought a 4wt and 5wt. The 5wt was simply too splashy for this
stream compared to the 4wt. My wife and I decided to take turns using the 4wt, but I could have hiked back to my Jeep and grabbed another 4wt (lazy). I've never fished a 3wt, but I can land a 4wt line without making the slightest ripple. Today was honking windy, so the 4wt might have an edge over a 3wt there. I would say that a responsive and supple 4wt 8 1/2' or less would be a great addition for your small stream fishing. I happen to use an 8 1/2' 4wt for 95% of all my fishing, from trout to bluegill, smallmouth and even smaller largemouth; rivers, streams, and lakes.
I love my Sage TXL 4710-3

7'-10" 4wt. comes in 3-pieces and weighs only 2.375 oz. It weighs the same or less than a lot of 3wt rods and it is plenty light for the fishing I do. Look around and you can find them on clearance as the TXL-F series has come out recently.
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Default The 3wt would be a great fit.

I have had the following rods for years (different models, but the same parameters): 5wt 9', 9wt 9' and a 3wt 7.5'. The 3wt is a nice step away from a 5wt. It is lighter tackle, but it still can handle bigger flies and longer distances within its range. I recently purchased a 1wt, but I have not had a chance to use it. However, I view the 1wt as a specialty rod to turn a small fish into a fighter.

FWIW if you like a full flex (slower) rod, Orvis has the Superfine on sale for ~$475. My 3wt and 1wt are both Superfines. It might be worth a look.
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Default Re: most versatile 3 rod quiver?

I'd likely go with the lighter rod. I've been using my 3wt more and more lately because its just fun.

Long rods for trout are great and all, but they're kinda specialized. I've got a fine 10' 5/6wt but for most of my trout fishing I'm better off grabbing my 9' 4wt. The 10' rod is great for nymphing and streamers, but fishing dries or emergers with it is like swatting a mosquito with a baseball bat.

That said, its also best to go with what you'll use more, which likely depends on where you live. If you're near big rivers and plenty of big fish, the 10' 6wt might be the way to go.
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Default Re: most versatile 3 rod quiver?

My favorite rod for small trout stream fishing here in the Midwest is an 8'8" Loop Opti Creek 3 wt. In fact, it's may be my favorite rod period to fish. I love catching trout on that rod. A blast.

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