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Old 06-24-2010, 05:50 PM
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Default 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

I am looking for recommendations on a shorter (7.5') 3wt to use on smaller mountain streams chasing brookies and cutts that can also double as a sunfish rod for here at home in Texas. I would like it to be a 4 piece as I would like to use it on day hikes. I currently have med-fast to fast action rods in other weights (BIIX, Helios and Scott A3). While I like high end rods, I am not looking to break the bank with this 3wt. It will most likely get the least use out of my arsenal as I only get to the mountains a time or two a year and the wind here is normally too much for using a 3wt on a daily basis. I would like to hear what you guys recommend.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:17 PM
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

I threw a few soft hackles last weekend with my girlfriend's Redington Classic Trout 7'6" 3 weight. If you can match your stroked to the medium action, you may like this rod. My girlfriend prefers medium to medium-fast action rods. She is in love with her rod.

I spent about 10 minutes with her rod. Once I adjusted my timing, I was able to lay down some soft presentations. I also caught a couple of dinky trout (8 inchers). Fighting those dinky fish with that light of a rod was fun.

Best of all, you can get the rod for $129 or an outfit with a Redington Drift reel and Rio Mainstream line and backing for $279.

I have not thrown dry flies yet. I plan on doing a full review of that rod, once she lets me use it again. I'd like to spend more than 10 minutes with it.

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Old 06-24-2010, 06:27 PM
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

No recommendations from me--more a little 'advise'...

If you have the means, don't 'skimp' on a rod because 'it will see the least amount of use'.

While a 3 wt. is tough(ish) in the wind, you'll find that they are just so darned fun!

I actually have a 1 wt. that never sees the water anymore-- ever since I picked up my 3 wt (a cabelas three forks, 7'6")-- while it is nothing special, it doesn't have the downsides that my 1 wt. does (did), and it is a boat load of fun with just about any fish n the other end.

I just want to express that I was on your page about 'not much use', and it is fast becoming my go to rig for sunnies and LM.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:14 PM
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

I'd love to read your thoughts on the Redington CT, Dennis. Go fishing...

While I haven't fished it, the St. Croix Avid 7'9" 3wt seemed like a true 3wt when I wiggled at the shop. It's a bit longer than you mentioned, but nothing's perfect.
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

My favorite all-around 7'6' 3 wt. is my Sage ZXL. I use it for small creek fishing (mostly Brookies) all the time. It's a 4 piece rod, so it breaks down into a small rod tube that I have no trouble sticking into my backpack for a good walk up into a headwaters section. Action is medium-fast; with the emphasis on medium. Quality is very good.

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I'm very happpy with my TFO pro series 7.5ft 3wt. You'll notice I tout TFO products thoughout and that's because I'm a big fan. They are made over seas but for that price point, pretty much everything is. For what you're paying, you're getting a great deal.

Also maybe wait for Justin to get the allen fly rods out. I bought a reel recently and it looks awesome. Honestly, not sure how he can afford to sell them so cheap.
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

I am getting in to fly fishing, and have a lot of small rivers to fish smallmouth. What size set up would suite me?
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

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I threw a few soft hackles last weekend with my girlfriend's Redington Classic Trout 7'6" 3 weight. If you can match your stroked to the medium action, you may like this rod. My girlfriend prefers medium to medium-fast action rods. She is in love with her rod.

I spent about 10 minutes with her rod. Once I adjusted my timing, I was able to lay down some soft presentations. I also caught a couple of dinky trout (8 inchers). Fighting those dinky fish with that light of a rod was fun.

Best of all, you can get the rod for $129 or an outfit with a Redington Drift reel and Rio Mainstream line and backing for $279.

I have not thrown dry flies yet. I plan on doing a full review of that rod, once she lets me use it again. I'd like to spend more than 10 minutes with it.

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I'd also recommend the CT. I've been fishing the 8.5' 5wt and like it quite alot. I think the fact that it comes with a great tube at that low price is another important point. My review- Redington CT (Classic Trout)
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Default Re: 7.5' 3wt Recommendations

Just my opinion, but 7'6" still might be a bit long for small stream fishing. I fish either a 6'6" or a 7' 3wt. The 7' is my backup.

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I'd say a 6wt would do you just nicely.
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I'd also recommend the CT. I've been fishing the 8.5' 5wt and like it quite alot. I think the fact that it comes with a great tube at that low price is another important point. My review- Redington CT (Classic Trout)
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I hope you know I value your opinion and review of the Redington CT. I just want to hear what Dennis has to say about the smaller version.
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