Confessions of an ignorant, torn, happy and possibly unworthy noob.
3 weights are for sissies and tiny trout that aren't worth catching.
That about summed up my initial impression - only a few short weeks ago - as I was trying to comprehend fly fishing, an entirely new thing for me. Why would I get a lower number, when more and bigger is always better here in the great US of A? Ignorant? Absolutely.
Flash forward :: Last week my son Xavier and I fished a few Adirondack streams with borrowed ultralight gear - 3 wt fiberglass rods - for brookies. Wow, it was fun, making my 6 weight feel like rebar and making my initial understandings seem neanderthalesque. It was so much fun in fact that I embarked upon a mission. Orvis nailed me with their recent Superfine offer. How could I resist when they were going for $120 off? I drove over to their flagship store yesterday and picked up a 7'6" 3 weight (Full 2.5 flex) and a CFO reel.
Unworthy? Well, probably... but give me time.
Re: Confessions of an ignorant, torn, happy and possibly unworthy noob.
There's nothing like a brook trout Michael,
There are big trout, there are small trout but when you have in the palm of your hand a brook trout you are holding a link to the distant past. I don't push books often but......... I got myself a copy of Nick Karas's 'Brook Trout' In the late 90s and found it a great learning tool. I've always been into learning about the science, biology, and theory that are the foundation of my outdoor pastimes. This fellow did a bang up job of educating me on brookies. I've fished for these jewels from their southern most range in the tiny rivulets in the mountains of North Georgia all the way to Gos Mourn in Newfoundland and tried to hit as many places in between as was possible for me to do. I will call the brook trout (actually a true char) my favorite fish.
Not every brook trout I caught would fit in the palm of my hand