Ordered a 6'6" 3wt "Cooks of Oregon" custom rod built on a Lamiglas blank and received it today. Beautiful little rod, so I put a reel (Okuma SLV) I had loaded with a wf3f line on and took a drive to a farm pond to check out it's performance. A rare 60º day here and I figured I just might get a bluegill to help me test the rod.
The wind was blowing hard, so I got the wind at my back, tied on a #14 "green weenie" and tossed it out. As it was sinking the leader twitched and I set the hook on a nice 8" 'gill. It put a bend in the rod, but I landed it with no problems.
The rod is definitely a "full flex" slow action, just what I was hoping for and an 8" gill was a nice test for it.
I tossed the fly back out and had another take! This one put a bit more bend in the rod and got me excited.
I managed to keep it out of the cattails and landed it, too.
Took time to snap a picture of this one - a 10½" gill for my second fish with the new rod and a "Fish Ohio" qualifier to boot!
Not a bad start for the new rod and a new fishing season.
Caught several more smaller 'gills (7 & 8") and had some great fun to take advantage of the unusually nice weather!
This rod will get to accompany me a lot this summer. I love the way it casts, and those gills are plenty of fun with it!