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#12108535 - 02/23/17 11:36 AM What do you guys think about a 3WT?
jfive Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/24/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Austin, TX
Hello Fly Fishing Brethren,
I recently moved to Lake Travis/ Hill country area and I'm trying to get back into fly fishing (only fly fished in the Sierras and San Juan river a few times in the past). I currently have a TFO 5wt 9ft 4 piece. I was thinking of getting a little shorter and lighter rod to add to my arsenal that I'd use in the local tighter spots. I was thinking something in the 7ft X inch 3wt. I can't afford a $500 sage or anything like that. Do you think this would be the right addition? Any rod suggestions?

I have a copy of Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country on route to me now in order to find some spots to get going but if you have any suggestions please PM me or reply here.

thanks,
J5

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#12108629 - 02/23/17 12:41 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
Texjbq Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 84
Loc: San Marcos, Tx
Cabela's CGR

I have this in the 2 wt and it's my favorite rod for sunfish on hill country rivers. Before BPS bought Cabela's they were like $70 bucks, but they are still a deal at their current price.

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#12108630 - 02/23/17 12:41 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
skeeteroneal Offline
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Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 1707
Loc: Hico
Love mine when I'm fishing small streams or when I know the fish are going to be on the smaller size. Makes it fun. Landed bigger fish upto 4# just had to play them out. Little harder to cast but not hard to get use to. I have a TFO 7'6" Professional. Great rod for the $ and you can't beat the warranty. Paired it with a Orvis Clearwater reel
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#12108690 - 02/23/17 01:24 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
rrhyne56 Offline



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Bass Pro and Cabelas both have completely wonderful little three weights in various models, most of which won't break the bank and will catch fish. That has been my experience at any rate.
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#12108696 - 02/23/17 01:34 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
J-Moe Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3062
Loc: Brenham, TX
I would look at the TFO rods, I have 2 of them. I bought a Cabelas CGR 3 weight and was extremely disappointed. The reel seat is just a couple of pieces that slide onto the reel. I ended up taping the reel in place. I didn't even realize they still made reel seats that way until I received it.

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#12108751 - 02/23/17 02:16 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
COFF Offline
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Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 11324
Loc: Carrollton
I've got a Redington Classic Trout in the 8'6" 3WT and love it. Cost about $150. You can order through Cabela's but I'm not sure if they have them stocked in stores.
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#12108772 - 02/23/17 02:25 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: Texjbq]
JCG57 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/02
Posts: 1108
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Texjbq
Cabela's CGR

I have this in the 2 wt and it's my favorite rod for sunfish on hill country rivers. Before BPS bought Cabela's they were like $70 bucks, but they are still a deal at their current price.


BPS has not (yet) bought Cabelas. BPS has made an offer, but the deal will likely not close until October, if at all.

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#12108775 - 02/23/17 02:26 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
cob Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 503
Loc: Central Texas
I got a TFO BVK 8ft 3wt and the kit to use it as a 10ft. The 8ft is great in creeks and small water and l really like the ability to convert to a 10ft for ponds lakes and rivers. Great rod for wading.
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#12108789 - 02/23/17 02:33 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
Smurfs Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 2459
Loc: Fort Worth
I have a TFO 8ft 3wt BVK and love it. With this rod you have the option to buy the conversion kit that will make it 10ft. I add the conversion when fishing larger rivers and lakes.
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#12108834 - 02/23/17 02:57 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
jfive Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/24/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks guys. My existing rod is a TFO 9ft 5wt which I've been happy with. I think I'm going to pickup a TFO 7'6 Pro 3wt. and pair it with a Orvis Battenkill II.

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#12108873 - 02/23/17 03:11 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
Linecaster Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1150
Loc: Richardson TX
Another great choice would be the Cabelas Three Forks.
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#12108899 - 02/23/17 03:24 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
robert hunter Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3724
I have a 7'6" tfo 3 and love it it is a sandbass destroyer
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#12108918 - 02/23/17 03:32 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: J-Moe]
ZachW Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/29/14
Posts: 125
Originally Posted By: J-Moe
I would look at the TFO rods, I have 2 of them. I bought a Cabelas CGR 3 weight and was extremely disappointed. The reel seat is just a couple of pieces that slide onto the reel. I ended up taping the reel in place. I didn't even realize they still made reel seats that way until I received it.
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I love my CGR and have a ton of fun with it on very small water, but I agree with this. The rods go on sale often and it's worth it at $60, but not at the $129 normal price.

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#12109167 - 02/23/17 06:08 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: jfive]
pearow Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/15/02
Posts: 1833
Loc: Murchison, TX, USA
the cabela's three forks is the best bargain anywhere. I have a couple of them and the little 3 weights are just right for small creeks/rivers and in lakes with an ample supply of brim. They will put them on sale pretty regularly. Everyone who fly fishes should have at least one-p-

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#12109379 - 02/23/17 08:21 PM Re: What do you guys think about a 3WT? [Re: pearow]
Linecaster Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1150
Loc: Richardson TX
Totally agree with you Pearow.
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