Been following this thread with great interest, I got the 3106 a week or so back, and took it for its first outing yesterday. Test cast with my existing Rio
Single hand spey 5WF and an Airflo Elite DT5. Definitely liked the loading of the RIo
better, as it has approx 205 grains in the (longish) head in front of a thin integrated running line. The Rio
website recommends the 6 wt SHS though. Good for Scandi TNG, but head is too long for Skagit IMO.
I think the DT was fine for overhead casting, but definitely a bit light for Spey, especially considering the thick mid section was too much friction in the guides to shoot properly.
Which leads me to think I should get something that loads more deeply into the rod. Aside from testing with an old Airflo 6WF line that I possess, I am thinking the new short head Wulff ambush line might be the ticket. Has anyone had a play with this new line?
I have OPST in 275 gn, but would prefer to keep to integrated lines, as I wouldn't be confident that my reel could deal with thin mono shooting line, and I don't expect to cast far most of the time anyway.
BTW - the Hardy Ultralite cassette reel (5000 size) weighs around 7.5 OZ, and is close to perfect on this rod! Having 3 cheap plastic cassette spools to switch out lines is always useful.