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    Default 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!




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    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.
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    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.
    Mike

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabi View Post
    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.
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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

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    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.

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    Loving the classic Allen reel 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!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatortransplant View Post
    Loving the classic Allen reel 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.
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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