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3wt Line Selection

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If all goes well, and I still have a few days to screw up, Santa will be delivering a 7'6" Orvis Superfine Touch, 3wt, along with a Lamson Reel. Looking for line selections.

This rod, my first Orvis, was recommended by a guide as a great 3wt for both nymphs and dries. The rest of my arsenal are all 9' rods, but I wanted something with less overhead issues on smaller streams.

I am a fan of Sharkskin fly lines. Not all are. But I am not confident that is the correct line for a rod where I will in reality be casting 10-40 feet or so maximum.

Anyone have a suggestion on line and taper for a more delicate rod for smaller streams? I grew up on double taper fly lines, have not used one in years, and wonder if it would be best.

Suggestions?

Posted on: 2012/12/22 9:06


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I would go with a WF Hook & Hackle line. JMO

Posted on: 2012/12/22 9:24


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Any price restraints?

Posted on: 2012/12/22 10:23


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no price constraint...

Posted on: 2012/12/22 11:50


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I have a DT on my 3wt. I feel it gives a better presentation to small flies. I have sharkskin line and they are OK but I like RIO lines better.
My 2 cents.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 13:18
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Quote:

delta_dog wrote:
I would go with a WF Hook & Hackle line. JMO


Yep!

Posted on: 2012/12/22 14:25
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I'm an Orvis fan and am not afilliated with them. Here's their Hydros Trout Line which comes in colors and DT or WF for $75.

Hydros Trout Lines

My Orvis lines are over 12 yrs old.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 19:23


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Cortland "Clear Creek". It's made in WF and DT. I have several in line weights 2,3 and 4. It's my favorite line for delicate presentations.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 20:32
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WildTigerTrout,

I bought a Clear Creek 3 weight line about 9 months ago, and it coiled like a snake. Maybe it was a fluke. The folks at Cortland replaced it with a 444 at my request. This was better, but I like the 444SL, used them for decades and just bought one at Cabela's half price.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 21:23


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I have rio gold on my 7 footer. Loads at short distances, casts and floats great too.

Posted on: 2012/12/23 8:17


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WildTigerTrout,

I bought a Clear Creek 3 weight line about 9 months ago, and it coiled like a snake. Maybe it was a fluke. The folks at Cortland replaced it with a 444 at my request. This was better, but I like the 444SL, used them for decades and just bought one at Cabela's half price.
I never had any problems with their "Clear Creek" series of lines. IMO that coiling must have been a fluke.

Posted on: 2012/12/23 11:55
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I have that rod and it casts beautifully with Orvis Superfine WF. Believe it is now called Hydros Superfine. M

Posted on: 2012/12/23 19:46
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Thanks all. I will go with a WF. Sounds like it will load better on shorter casts. I have RIO gold on my 4 wt, but I might try the ORVIS this time around. I could not get the Cortland website to come, tried all weekend. Did not try today. I did try a clear line when they came out years ago. Coiled in cold weather, and was larger in diameter.

Posted on: 2012/12/26 13:28
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Jersey George,
I am a big fan of Cortland 444 SL and Rio lines but what about a Wulff Triangle taper? I have been using them along with the other two an am starting to really prefer them.

Posted on: 2012/12/26 14:21


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risen lines are on sale right now.very low price.

www.risenfly.com

Posted on: 2012/12/27 1:08



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