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swirlchaser 07-14-2012 07:57 PM

What I learned about a 3WT
 
I rarely fish anything lighter than a 5WT but since I built a 10' 3WT this winter for all the nymphing I don't do, I figured it should get some use. Here's what I learned at the watershed today:
- muscles are useless on 3wt
- a double haul is only mildly effective
- the wind is not your friend...
Once I got out of the saltwater frame of mind, got out of the wind and fixed my cast I learned the largemouth on a 3WT are a blast!:D:D:D

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fishingfly 07-14-2012 08:23 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
It is always amazig to switch between a larger and smaller rod. Im sure those bass (and gill for that matter) was a blast on a 3 wt. I have a 5 and bluegill double it over.

wabi 07-14-2012 08:26 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Looks like a good outing!

I had my 3wt out this evening, a nice crappie and a few decent bluegills for my efforts. It was a bit windy with a very light rain falling and a McGinty got their attention.

Forget the roll casting into the wind with the 3wt, too. Couldn't fish a couple spots I usually try because of the wind.

swirlchaser 07-14-2012 08:29 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Yes it was. Everything stopped when the bass hit that bugger, including my breathing. The rod was doubled over and I just had to wait them out. Il be out with it again real soon. I think I need to build an 8' 3wt now :D

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wabi (Post 471106)
Looks like a good outing!

I had my 3wt out this evening, a nice crappie and a few decent bluegills for my efforts. It was a bit windy with a very light rain falling and a McGinty got their attention.

Forget the roll casting into the wind with the 3wt, too. Couldn't fish a couple spots I usually try because of the wind.

I learned that the hard way. The line just hung up in the wind like a kite.

mrl0004 07-15-2012 08:44 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Nice. I needed my 3wt yesterday but forgot it at home. That won't happen again! What reel is that on yours?

swirlchaser 07-15-2012 08:49 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mrl0004 (Post 471275)
Nice. I needed my 3wt yesterday but forgot it at home. That won't happen again! What reel is that on yours?

That's the Allen alpha 3/4.

freebird630 07-15-2012 09:34 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
When I lived in Colorado I fished Spinney Reservoir a lot and I started with a 5 wt sage 9 foot RPL and after a couple years I switched to a 3wt Sage 9 foot RPL and on big trout I lost a few more but the fun factor was way up. There it didn't matter how well you cast because you made your best cast and then just slowly trolled nymphs on a sink tip line.

piscatorial_phd 07-17-2012 09:41 AM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Great fun. I find that the soft landing of the flies and poppers when using smaller rods equate to more strikes and hookups. I lost a 5lb. bass because I couldn't get the hook in his jaw with my 3wt, but I don't think the fish would have hit my small popper if it was delivered with a splash anyway. Great post.

gatortransplant 07-19-2012 01:50 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Loving the classic Allen reel :D I love my 2/3wt, glad to see another join the lightweight club, Marco. Try and find some midsize carp and throw the 3wt at 'em! I gotta find out when I can head your way this fall, but worse comes to worst I'll see you at Somerset!

swirlchaser 07-19-2012 04:56 PM

Re: What I learned about a 3WT
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gatortransplant (Post 472116)
Loving the classic Allen reel :D I love my 2/3wt, glad to see another join the lightweight club, Marco. Try and find some midsize carp and throw the 3wt at 'em! I gotta find out when I can head your way this fall, but worse comes to worst I'll see you at Somerset!

We'll try to hit the Fall Classic in Island Beach State Park this year. I have place down the shore that's just outside the park, we can crash there and fish all weekend if I can get the time off.


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