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stl_geoff 11-30-2010 09:52 AM

looking for opinions: Wild Country 5-6 3wt
Wanting to see if any one has an opinion of this rod or even other rods made by Wild Water Fly fishing. The one I am VERY interested in is a 5'-6" ( YES!! ) 3wt. Its tiny, its light, and they are on sale. The streams with wild trout in MO are very tight, and by very tight you hardly will have ANY room for backcasts, so you would think high-sticking with a long rod would be best, but they will spook with rod shadows. So short is the name of the game. I have a 7' St Croix which i absolutly love, but its a 2 piece, so hiking with it is a pain in the butt. At 5'-6" 4 piece, the rod sections are 16.5" long, thats backpack fitting. Already have a reel and such to use, just want to know your opinions on a rod this short ( medium action ) or if anyone has experiance with the brand.

Frank Whiton 11-30-2010 10:50 AM

Re: looking for opinions: Wild Country 5-6 3wt
Hi stl_geoff,

I don't know the rod and have not heard of the company until your post. You seem sold on that length and you are the one who has to be happy. I have not fished a rod that short but I don't care for ultra short rods. I think you will find that it doesn't fish as well as your 7' rod. That is, it won't mend, roll cast or overhead cast as well as your 7' rod.

I have done a lot of back packing as a youth and the rod case went on the out side of the pack along the side. I never found packing a 8' 6" three piece rod a problem.

If the rod is really cheap give it a try and let us know what you think.


stl_geoff 11-30-2010 04:01 PM

Re: looking for opinions: Wild Country 5-6 3wt
They are an affliated company with TU. i came across them looking thru some info on their site.

I tend to prefer a short rod. The 7' i have now doesnt roll cast all that well, compaired to the 9' Sage TCX, its a beast. Its nice for fishing bigger streams, but its too big for little streams.

The length is appealing because in some stremas, the pole will only be a couple feet long and wide enough to jump across. Plus there is lots of hanging brush in MO, so a long rod is very difficult to manouver. The 7' i have now is a two piece, which is cumbersum to pack in, I did it in CO but it would have been nice to fit it in my backpack like my buddy did.

The rod isnt really cheap, but its far from expensive, with shipping its just about 100 bucks. I think I'm going to give it a shot.

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