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    Quote Originally Posted by plecain View Post
    I fish 3 wt (and lighter) rods often.

    They're not current, but I'd suggest the Echo3 7'6" 3 wt. or the Sage TXL-F 7'10" 3 wt.
    The TXL-F is faster than the Echo, but not hugely so.
    I've used both of these on fish ranging from 5" to 24". They're light when you want that for small fish and strong enough when you need it for larger ones.
    What line do you recommend for the Sage Txl-f 3wt 7'10?

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    I realy enjoy fishing my Winston LT 379 on smaller mountain streams. It has a smooth action- especially for a 5 piece rod but some power when the wind picks up. The build quality and aesthetics of the rod is also great.

    My second 3 weight for bigger waters and light nymphing applications is a NRX-LP #3 8,8. Also a nice rod but not special like my Winstons or older Sages (especially LL and SLT).

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    Quote Originally Posted by saflyfish View Post
    What line do you recommend for the Sage Txl-f 3wt 7'10?
    Usually one of the half-heavy lines like SA GPX.
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    I own a 389 LL, but see it as more of a “perfect day” big spring creek rod. I don’t own a true small stream rod.

    I suppose I’m an old dude who is resistant to change. I was not a fan of short rods as a young guy and particularly disliked fiberglass. If I find one I can borrow while I’m out west this summer, I may try a small stream fiberglass rod. I’ve got a small creek in mind for it.

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    My favorite 3 weight is my C. Barclay Synthesis Series 68. It is a work of art and the prettiest rod I own. It is just superb

    Jim

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    I have been using a Douglas Upstream 7'3" 3wt. 4pc. with RossEvo 1, Rio trout wf3f line. For all the same reasons you list. I fish Colorado small streams also.

    Sage SLT Graphite lll 8'3" 3wt. 4pc.

    The Douglas is more forgiving if you are using 7x or 8x tippet which i do from time to time.

    Both rods have there place, I use Sage on Bigger water.

    Orvis Superfine glass 7'6" 3wt is what I have been looking.

    I use 2wt., 3wt & 4wt. all depends on the water and the target fish.

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    My only 3 wt is a 7'6" Scott Flex, love this little rod for small water and small flies. It is a pleasant departure from my "all around 5 wt" even landing smaller trout and Bluegills is a blast! I don't plan on adding another, I have a well rounded quiver of my workhorse rods being 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8 weights and enjoy fishing all of them. The 3 wt just puts a smile on my face.

    Denny

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    I love small stream rods and small stream fishing. For my 3-weights, I have two, a Sage ZXL 386-4 for more adverse conditions and bigger water (a relative term here), and a Scott F2 703/3 for the smaller stuff, and meadow streams.

    I covet a few more: the Scott F Series in 583/4, and 723/5, and the Epic Fastglass II in 370-4. A Blue Halo 376-4 could make it into the quiver, too, along with a Ijuin Yomogi 703.

    I also got for my girls the Redington CT in 386-4 and 376-4. I will sometimes take those, when they're not looking.

    You can really go down the rabbit hole with the light line weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spm View Post
    I own an 8'3" graphite Orvis Western Series.
    This rod is relatively rare as Orvis primarily marketed it in Japan. It is one of two #3's I own along with an 8'9"/#3 Sage LL...I haven't fished either in years. Perhaps I erred in getting DART in #4 instead of #3...but they still make them. Fact is, I infrequently fish truly small streams and when I do is when my antiquated Orvis 8'/#4 Western with its well worn CFO gets wet. But now I have DART and plan on casting 8'/#4 Pure in Edison.

    Most of my smaller stream habitats are spring creeks and this is where I love fishing a long sequence of 8 1/2'/#4's, currently Sage ONE.

    That is my pard, Dillon, on the channel against the rock.

    W11 188 Big Sheep Creek vs.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    This rod is relatively rare as Orvis primarily marketed it in Japan. It is one of two #3's I own along with an 8'9"/#3 Sage LL...I haven't fished either in years. Perhaps I erred in getting DART in #4 instead of #3...but they still make them. Fact is, I infrequently fish truly small streams and when I do is when my antiquated Orvis 8'/#4 Western with its well worn CFO gets wet. But now I have DART and plan on casting 8'/#4 Pure in Edison.

    Most of my smaller stream habitats are spring creeks and this is where I love fishing a long sequence of 8 1/2'/#4's, currently Sage ONE.

    That is my pard, Dillon, on the channel against the rock.

    W11 188 Big Sheep Creek vs.jpg
    That screams 2-weight to me, 3-weight tops.

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