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Old 02-05-2014, 10:56 AM
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Looking to get a new 3wt rod to add to my 5wt and 8wt. I want something to through small poppers for panfish but also for small stream dry fly fishing for trout. Found the Greys GR50 and this rod looks AMAZING with the beautiful wood reel seat and the grey finish. Anyone have any experience with them and who owns Greys. Looks like it might be Hardy but I'm not sure. Would this rod good for my purposes? Also, would a 6', 6'6", 7', or a 7'6" be the best for me.
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Greys is indeed owned by Hardy -- which in turn was recently purchased by Pure Fishing, the holding company for other brands like Penn, Berkley and Shakespeare.

I don't know the model you're interested in, but I'm very happy with my (now-discontinued) Greys X-Flite 9' 6 weight.

If you're looking for a small steam 3 weight I would suggest 7' or 7' 6". If you go shorter than 7' you are losing more versatility than you gain, I think.

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Greys is indeed owned by Hardy -- which in turn was recently purchased by Pure Fishing, the holding company for other brands like Penn, Berkley and Shakespeare.
Ok. So are they also made in England. If not, anyone know where?
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Ok. So are they also made in England. If not, anyone know where?
I've read somewhere that they are made in the Far East and not the UK....they're good rods though
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I've read somewhere that they are made in the Far East and not the UK....they're good rods though
True dat. I saw that the GRXi+ fell mid-pack in the Yellowstone Anglers 5 wt comparo. Not bad for a rod that retails for $189 and can be had for as little as $99 + shipping if you search the auction sites.
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I believe Korea is where most of Hardy is made now, at least the reels are.
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Mine's made in Korea. I'm guessing it's probably the same factory that makes most of the Hardy rods. (Yes, most Hardy graphite rods are now made in Korea, not the UK.)
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Ok. Would this rod be good for panfish and small trout streams?
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Dunno 'bout Grey's rods. I bought a TFO BVK 8 foot 3wt, and it's great for the small streams. I wanted a short, light rod for tight work and small fish. I've been surprised a couple of times, and glad I had enough stick! I've even used it on "real" streams as a dry fly rod. It's 4 piece, so add portable to the list.

8 foot, 4 wt. 4 pc. A very versatile rod, and a natural addition to your quiver.

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I have a 6' 5wt and a 2wt and I just love them both. I mostly fish streams that have a tree canopy. I have fishing 8' rods and I spend more time in the trees than I did in the water. With a double haul I can cast upward of 50' with little trouble depending on flies being used. This is warm water so I am fishing poppers, foam flies and some weighted flies with small lead barbells and bead chain. I mostly fish # 6 down to #12 flies. Wets, dries, poppers, and streamers. Works for me. Open water I would pick a longer rod but I love my short rods. I would like to find a 7' 8 or 9wt too.
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