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Old 03-17-2014, 08:45 PM
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Default Ideal length for a 3wt?

I have fished a 3wt on both creeks and larger rivers for the past 5 years or so. I currently use a 7' 3wt Sage Vantage, which has been great, but not without its challenges. Due to the length, I have, at times, run into some challenges depending on where in the country and what type of river I'm fishing.

So all things being equal, if you were buying a new 3wt, what length rod would you select and why?

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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I'm the wrong guy to answer

I had a 7' Elkhorn 3wt, still have

7'6" ZXL
7'10"" txl
8'9" Circa
9' ONE

and I want a 10' ICON really bad, I love my 4wt ICON 10'

Since you have a 7' rod I would think a 8'6"'or longer would give you a nice compliment. I'm going from short rod boarding to long rod obsession
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

If you have a 7' I'd look at getting something in the 8.5-10' range next
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

7ft is a good size for small mountain streams where I live and maybe a small spring creek, at least sections that are brushy and tight. But the go to is a 8.6' or 9' for pretty much everything else.

For a 3wt I have a 8'6" for larger mountain streams when I go after brookies. I'm looking for a shorter 3wt or 2wt for brookies when getting up into the really small and choked up brookie streams. I don't go in much for using light wt lines for anything but small fish.
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

Unless we fish the same streams my opinion is moot anyways,but where 'I' fish, I prefer an 8 1/2 foot 3wt,,day in and day out. But some streams here I take my 7 1/2 foot...just depends,,but IF I had to pick one for MY streams it would be my 8 1/2 ft rods. On what I call small streams,,I use my 8 1/2 ft a lot of the time almost like one would a Tenkara rod..were as I'd have a hard time doing that with the 7 1/2 ft rods.

Ill put it this way,,were my house on fire and I could only save ONE rod,,,it would, without hesitation, be my Orvis, 3wt, 8 1/2 ft Superfine. But I'd try to grab that 7 1/2 glass Superfine too,,,
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I don't think there is an 'ideal' that will cover all fishing situations. That said, I love my 7'9" 3wt. There have been times that I wanted a bit more reach but overall if I'm fishing a 3wt it is a great length for me. I can always grab my 6'6" 3wt, 10' 4wt, or 9' 5wt
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I think 8' is about perfect. Long enough to get out there but short enough to get in there. But then 7'6" might be the ticket too, the lighter wts are tuff when length comes into play. Simply because you will be in some small water. The more choked up it is the shorter I would want to go, if it's more open then I'd want the longer rod.

Might be best to just have every length 3wt to cover all options.


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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

Cant help you but I love my Winston WT 6.5' 3wt and my Orvis Super Fine 7' 4wt. Use both for trout from Colorado to Arkansas.
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I have a 6'6" 3wt for brookie streams and a 7ft for blue gill. I think anything longer or shorter is a specialty thing.
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Default Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

my favoriye 3 wt is without a doubt my8foot4inch scott g2. also love my7ft 7inch but its more limited.if i had to chose only one it would be the 84
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