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: Help! Did I make a mistake?

11-16-2004, 11:56 AM
Im trying to buy my boyfriend a fly rod. He wants something for small waters. He was admiring this 3 wt 7 foot a few months ago, but it was only a 2 piece and he wants one he can backpack in easy. I recently got myself into a deal with someone for an Orvis Trout Bum, 4 wt 7 foot 4 piece full flex. Everyone I talk to sais this is great, but Im afraid the 4 wt as opposed to the 3 wt is no good. Its a good deal for a rod that sells at 375. He only has one other rod, and isn't real professional or anything, but takes it seriously. Any advice? Im worried! :eek:


11-16-2004, 01:02 PM
I wouldn't worry because there really is very little difference between a 3 wt and a 4 wt. The 4 wt is able to cast slightly larger flies easier, but the difference is a splitting hairs type of difference. One really has to have a two line wt difference for it to matter much. Also, the Orvis rod you bought is a fairly full-flexing, "slower" rod that could be used with a 3 wt line - doing so will make the rod feel "faster" and it won't bend all the way to the cork as easily. It will still be very fishable though whether loaded with a 4 wt or a 3 wt line. Also, small streams are not places where a person needs to make 50'+ casts and any good quality 3 or 4 wt would be just fine.

11-16-2004, 02:43 PM
He's a lucky guy!

Flytyer offers some great advice.

I have one question - what was the model and make of the rod he liked? (the 3wt)

welcome to the forum,

Nooksack Mac
11-17-2004, 09:02 PM
St. Croix made, and probably still makes, a 7-foot, 4-piece, 3/4 weight rod in one of its lower-modulous series. I built one and used it as my basic backpacking rod for years. It has a medium action that handles both line weights.

11-19-2004, 01:17 PM
The rod he liked was a sage rod, fiberglass? That is all I know.

11-19-2004, 01:20 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone. I think he will like it!

11-19-2004, 01:44 PM
Probably a 3wt 7' (and change) LL series Sage, a rod I enjoyed fishing for trout myself particularly because of it's great roll casting abilities in tight cover.

Although I am not familiar with the Orvis model the full-flex designation would make it a likely match with the action he liked.

I hope he likes it

11-19-2004, 02:12 PM
was choosing him for a boyfriend, instead of me. :chuckle: We should all have girlfriends like you.