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Old 10-28-2009, 01:48 PM
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Default Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

I have a couple of nice 6 weight fly rods that i use for smallies and trout here in Mi. in the Huron and Au sable rivers. Im thinking of getting a three weight but im not sure if i really need it. I cant decide between an 8'6 3 weight or a 7'6 3 weight and what would i use it for?
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If you want to fish smaller streams in which a 6 weight is overkill, a 3 weight should be ideal. You can nicely present dry flies. You can nymph with it as long as you don't weight it down. This rod will make those smaller fish feel larger.

A 7'6" 3 weight is ideal if you want to bushwack or have lots of low overhanging branches.

An 8'6" 3 weight is ideal if you have room to manouver and you want the extra length for line control.

I use a 8'3" 3 weight because I wanted the extra length for line control for where I fish.

If you choose a 3 weight, I'm sure that you will enjoy it. It will be a useful tool in your fly fishing arsenal.

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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

I personally love my 3 weight rod, though I mainly use a 5 or 6 weight.

I have a 7'6" fast action rod that is great for the small streams I like to hike to. The best thing about a 3 weight? It makes a 12 inch fish a heckuva lot of fun. I would give up my 6 weight before I would give up my 3.
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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

A 3 wt rod would be lots of fun to fish. I had a 6 1/2 ft 3 wt Echo Classic. I now use a 6 ft 2 wt for small streams/creeks. The 3 wt had a surprising amount of backbone. Much more than the 2 wt. A friend fishes an 8 ft 3 wt St Croix Avid all the time, and has little trouble landing the browns we target in Pa. Generally 10-15".
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I have three 4wts and I use them all
I had a 3wt but I sold it
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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

I have a Ross 8'6" 3 that I bought last spring, I love it. I have used it for trout on the Black and for bluegills, it handles very nicely. The first fish I got on it was a 15" LMB, and it handled it with no problem.

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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

As long as you're going after smaller trout. A 3-weight is good for casting dry flies, probably not so good for streamers.

The width of the stream should determine the length of your rod, though I like to go with the longest I can so I can mend better.

Also, for small streams I like a softer rod.

Though I have a 3-weight I fish my 4-weight more frequently - the Croton has some big trout.

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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

I think im going to stick with my 6 weight. I primarily fish for small mouth bass with trout as an after thought. The rivers i do fish are pretty big both for trout and smallies. Besides im really trying to not become an equipment ***** as that has really taken away from some of my other activity's such as golf. Oh well...a penny saved is a penny earned. Thx, guys.
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Default Re: Help me pick a 3 weight...or do i need it at all?

I have five three weight rods. Each one is different than the next. Mostly I have used a 7'9" fast action three weight. I like this rod when hiking into remote areas. I usually find myself needing to cast in tight situations and doing unorthodox form. I find for me that a faster 3 wt works well for me in these situations.
If you need to ask you probably really do not need one. But, when has buying a fly rod always been about need.
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