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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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WTB: 3wt Trout Spey

Looking for a light-weight two-hand rod for local trout fishing. I currently have a TFO 5wt switch that's a bit big for the size of fish I seem to find.

I don't really know what all the options are in this range of rods, but if you've got something you think will work, let me know. Interested in a line and possibly a reel as well.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 02:30 PM
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A little off topic,, none of these rods are for sale,,, some examples of rods I like for light trout.

New rods from Mystic are very nice.
11'3" 3wt - lines 195gr-215gr Wulff Ambush with Polyleader
11'3" 4wt - line I like is 235gr Ambush or 240gr Airflo Scandi Compact

TFO has two rods
11' 4wt - lines Airflo 240gr Scandi or some like the 270gr-280gr Scandi range
12'6" 4/5 wt - lines are same as above

Redington Pandion
10'9" 4wt - Airflo 240gr Scandi

11'6" 4wt ONE - lines are any Scandi in 270gr-280gr outstanding light trout rod

These are the rods I personally own,,, many great rods on the market at this time.

Be carefull of rods with 2/3/4 labels,,, check the grain weight they actually cast.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 05:22 PM
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I would definitely contact Gary Anderson of Anderson Custom Rods (ACR). He makes 2, 3 and 4 wts. that are outstanding casters and come with a matching line. The 3 wt would be perfect for trout - not overpowering, but also capable of landing large trout and small steelhead.
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Some day I hope to purchase all manner of new rods from Messrs. Anderson and Meiser, but unfortunately the time for that has not yet arrived. I can't afford the cost of a new rod currently, and am hoping to find a previously-loved option appropriate for the speycaster-on-a-budget type.

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Gary Anderson, Gary Anderson, Gary Anderson!

He makes rods that are true trout speys and his rod finishing is awesome. I have his 3wt 11'7" trout spey and can not say enough about it. Casts like a dream. Far exceeded my expectations. You won;t be disappointed.
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Check out the ARE blanks. I have an 11 foot 2/3 weight, which I converted into a switch and it is tons of fun for little trout and the odd steel. I am about to build a 12 foot 2/3 as a true spey. I can hardly wait to try it out. Blanks are affordable and cast well.

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3wt spey

One day, I will have the luxury of checking out the Anderson 3 weight, but they don't seem to participate in the Eastern claves yet to share their wares (SpeyNation and NE spey clave).

I'll comment on FKROW's comments, as I was just at the clave last weekend (HI Fred! And wow that is a nice list of rods you own!

I was glad the Mystic was there, I wanted to cast the 3 wt, and I had mixed opinions after casting it! First this was grass casting so - obviously things would be different on the water.

The Mystic blank was wonderful! A touch soft for my taste but a 10 out of 10 on feel and recovery. I'm not sure what line was installed at the clave (anyone?) but it felt perfectly matched as never did I feel the blank was overloaded. The cork grip/handle arrangement was where I felt something was a bit wrong -- granted while I do have small hands compared to other taller individuals I felt the diameter of the cork was too big for the blank, I felt the cork itself was very nice but a bit soft feeling. So I felt with a different handle treatment one could connect with the blank a bit better. All in all though, I kinda wanna buy one but also hope they are not afraid to redesign based on feedback.

For the record I have never disliked a rod so much as the TFO DC 4wt 11, it's not delicate enough for trout IMO, unless you're talking 18' sea runs or something.

Just my $0.02 today

PS- does anyone in Westchester NY or Lower CT have an Anderson 3wt they wanna let me cast? I'll let you cast my Beulah 10' 5wt switch and you will swear you could put a 3wt line on it.
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Amundson makes (or made not sure) a 3/4 wt trout spey for the budget conscious. I think they are about 250 brand new....

Edit just had a look and it seems the price has gone up a bit.....but they still make them.
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I have the mystic and it has quickly become my favorite rod if I don't know what type of fishing I am going to encounter. It casts buggers and multi wet flies 60-70 feet pretty easy. Steve Godshall made me a line 225 gr at 25 feet for swinging and it rocks a 5wt triangle taper if I encounter a hatch while swinging.

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Send Steve Godshall a email. It's [email protected]. He is at the sandy this weekend,so it will be a few days before a contact. There are no signals at the park. His rods are fantastic!

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