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Hey Guys, well I was thinking of adding to my rod collection and would love to get a nice 3wt rod for those smaller trout in still water, and maybe use it on the skagit, so does anyone have any suggestions. I have a 6 and 8wt St. Croix Legend Ultra, and was looking at maybe trying out a temple forks lefty fly rod that I sow at a great price. Whats peoples view of Temple Forks rods?

Thanks for your advice.
 

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i myself have been eyeballing that same 3wt from TFO 8'9" 4peice right ;D

i have a 3113 TFO center pin rod and i love it it has great sensitivity and good backbone for the bigger fish. they make good rods and the Lefty Krey or Krek (hard to read on the rod) series are supposed to be the higher line from what i have been told.

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well, I was just out on the Skagit yesterday with a 3wt Loomis I built for my wife last year. What a treat to catch trout on that flow with a very light rod. I have a TFO 6wt and a 4 wt and highly reccomend them to anyone wanting a decent rod at a very good price.
 

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I have been fishing the Skagit for a few years with a 4 wt and really enjoyed it, but the last couple of trips, I've used Wendy's 3 wt and it is perfect for that river. Don't even hesitate, you'll love a 13-14" trout on that puppy.
 

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I just took a 17" 'bow on my three. Rib landed a 2 1/2 lb'er on the Thompson on his 5 wt. I've taken fish to about 3 1/2 - 4 lbs. in still water on my 4 wt. I guess the biggest I'd recommend you take one just a bit smaller than one that would break your rod. ;) ;) (Definitley not a salmon or steelhead rod.)
 

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Hook, I never worry about breaking the rod. If I think there is a danger of that, I'll break the fish off first. I believe you can land almost any fish on almost any rod, if you are willing to really work the fish. In a catch and release fishery, I prefer not to over stress the fish by playing it too long. I try to match my rod to the size of the water I am going to fish rather than how big a fish I might get. A river like the Skagit is perfect for a 3 or 4 wt (even a 2), but you can hook into a fish even there, that will take you beyond the limits of the rod. I guess I was just making a point in a bit of a humourous (I hoped) way.
 

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I have a TFO 4wt. and just love it. It gives u a good fight but still has enough rigidness to cast a decent length. My 3wt sage is definatly a better fight than the 4 wt. but I have trouble controling my casting.
 

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Echo rods are a great well priced rod.

The 3wt rod would be a great softer rod for smaller creeks or rivers, I wouldn't say it's a great still water rod, as it doesn't have the ability to punch through a breeze. But the 4wt 9ft would do both well. As far as the 2or3wt TFO low line are concerned, I think they suck. The 5or6 wt are good starters, but I can't stand casting the 2 or 3wt. Unfortunately the rod I picked up at the beginning of the year which is probably the most versatile rod in a decent price range, is now dis-continued. If you can find a Loop yellow 3wt, it is a great blend in action and size. St.croix does have a coupleor nice rods, but after that it gets pricey. One of the most amazing rods if you could afford it, is the 883 Scott G2, but the price tag does hurt a bit ;D
 
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