February 23, 2018 at 10:26 am #7887
I got a new toy.
A 7’6″ 3wt 2pc. bamboo. I asked for it to be a slower med/fast action for the small waters I fish. And he, the rod builder, nailed it.
This is my 3wt dream rod come true, and I’m seriously thinking about selling off my other 3wt rod, an 8’6″ CT, for $50. I have a 2wt and a 8′ full flex 4wt, so I think I can sell the CT and be happy.
This new rod was designed with the small waters on purpose. I sent pictures of the water and fish to the rod builder so he could get a good idea of what I was looking for in the rod. I wanted it to be slower than my med/fast 4wt bamboo, but not too much. It has a nice caramel color to it, with blued nickle ferule’s and slip rings and hook keeper. On it I had inscribed, Joshua 1:9.
It’s too cold to really go out and play with it, but once it warms up a bit I’ll take it out. And that’s ok, because I need to order some DT line for it. So I have time to wait. The reel I bought is from Elkhorn, the Z series in green. I thought a green reel on a wooden rod just sounded right, and it does look good on it.
Once I give it a go I will let you know more on what I think about it.February 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm #7888
Sounds nice. Congrats.
Is the CT the only 3wt you have to sell? I’d like to try one on creeks, but 8’6″ is too long.February 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm #7889
I take it you already have a WF3? Try it on the new bamboo before you spend for a DT – you might like it.February 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm #7890
Creek, sorry buddy, it’s the only one I have. I sold my 7’6″ CT to my friend in Ireland.
GRS, yes I do. I guess I could try it, but Chris said to use DT. But since I’m the one who is going to be fishing it, I do have final say on what I like the best.February 24, 2018 at 10:05 am #7893
Scotty………If you can hang on to the CT rod for awhile i’ll get it. I need to buy some other stuff first. I thought of some waters I can use it on.February 24, 2018 at 10:44 am #7896
No problem Creek. It aint going any where. But I thought you prefer only the 5wts.? Why the change?February 24, 2018 at 11:09 am #7898
Just for the change. I looked through my stuff and found a small medalist reel and a almost new Rio LT 3wt line. Not sure what I bought that line for, but i’m glad I did now.
So, with what you’re asking it won’t cost me much to get into it. Maybe i’ll like it. I might try it on the Ark too. It will make those 12″-15″ browns feel bigger. I also have the pond I fish during runoff. I also have some creeks that I fish from the bank and the extra length of your rod will help there. Once they get done paving Cottonwood Pass I can go fish Willow Creek in Taylor Park. It’s a meadow creek and the longer rod will work good.
So, I have lots of options to use it.February 24, 2018 at 11:13 am #7899
I forgot to ask you. Is it true to a 3wt? Does a 3wt load it ok? Usually, the CT rods do, but I never tried a 3wt.February 24, 2018 at 11:33 pm #7907
Creek, the line you have should do just fine I suppose. I have never tried that line on it. I do know it’s great for presentation, but I think the Rio LL would be better.
It does sound as though you have places to go, and I remember the photo’s that you posted of the private you have permission to fish, and I think it would work there quite well.
So I take it that you want the rod? It will handle those 12″-15″ trout beautifully. And what a blast it will be. I am finding, that for me anyway, lighter rods are the way to go, but within reason of course. I know people in Canon City who fish the Ark with 3wts in town, and the fish there are bigger than in the canyon because the gradient of the river is less and the fish have more places to lay because of it without having to fight current as much and they eat all day in comfort. 5wt rods are great and all, and they serve a great purpose and are very versatile, but when fishing dries, at least where I fish, 2 thru 4wts are what I am really enjoying. If I were to fish Sheep Canyon between Salida & C.C., yeah, a 5wt would be the heaviest I’d go using dries. But 4wt rods to me are the heaviest I normally go, and I have them from full flex to med/fast actions. I only fish 5wts on the Ark and White rivers because of the size of fish that are known to be in them, and to help turn the fish around when fighting the current. But I’m starting to believe in most cases, going down a rod weight is proper.
Now this rod is not a parking lot casting rod, it’s not meant to cast 100′. But anywhere from 35 to 45 feet is where it likes to be.
It has been awhile since I used it, and I have only used it twice, so before I say any more I’d like to cast it in my yard to help me give you a better answer on what I think of it because it’s been awhile.
I just don’t want to steer you wrong. But I do know when hooked into a 14″ trout, it’s a fun rod. It’ll make you forget about 5wts.
If you don’t like the rod, I will buy it back from you, so just let me know, ok?February 25, 2018 at 10:24 am #7908
I’m sure it will be fine Scotty. I usually adjust to a rod pretty fast and i’m familiar with how CT rods feel.February 25, 2018 at 11:08 am #7909
O.k. then. Give me a few days to send it.February 25, 2018 at 11:35 am #7910
You have to wait until I pay you. It will be awhile. I’ll buy it for sure though. I have to pay for hunting tags and some other Jeep stuff first.February 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm #7911
Jeep stuff. I’m still trying to get my son’s Jeep to stay running. It’s shorting out somewhere.
No problem with the rod, just tell me when.
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