Hello today I need some advice on which 3 wt rod I should get.
I already have a wild water 5/6 rod. I am unsure how it casts because it is the only rod I have used, and I have not yet received instruction on how to cast properly(I have tried to follow the many instruction online), and I have yet to actually bring in a trout on it(it is fun so far on creek chubs and panfish.
My native trout waters nearby are the hiwasses river and the tellico river, and sycamore creek in south east tn. I live in Chattanooga TN.(so they are a hour to a hour in a half away)
Right now I am not looking to purchase anything expensive, just a rod I can use to get the job done on smaller streams. I would like to practice with it on larger streams that feed into the rivers mentioned above, then I would like to ultimately use it to try to catch some wild trout in the smokey mountains park.
I have decided I will go with a 3 wt rod that is in the 7 ft range.I am somewhat stuck between 2 choices.
1. A wild water 3/4 7' rod package.
It comes with a 4-piece 7 foot rod, a large arbor reel with drag, preinstalled line, backing and leader, a rod sock, a rod case, a fly box, 3 Black Ants, 3 Parachute Adams, 3 Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymphs, a spare leader and a lifetime rod warrranty that allows you to replace the rod at a reasonable fee(35 dollars?).
2. This is not a combo like the wild water is.
It begins with a 3 wt 7'6" cabelas three fork rod.
It is normally priced at 70 dollars, but is on sale for 35 dollars
Then there is the reel a cabelas wind river 3-4 wt reel
Normally 30 dollars, on sale for 20.
Then finally is just some basic line to go with it
Cabelas three fork #3 wt line, that comes with
90 ft wt forward fly line, 100 ft 20lb dacron backing, and a 9ft leader
It is priced at 25 dollars.
I am stuck in the middle right now. The lifetime warranty of the wild water is attractive, as is the case and fly box that comes with it, however the cabelas is a "greater value" due to a sale that is going on.
Ultimately if there is not much difference in terms of quality between the two, then I will probably decide to go with the wild water. But if the total price(normal price) reflects the quality, then it might be worth it for the cabelas purchase.
The cabelas purchase total price: 81 dollars normally 126 dollars
The wildwater purchase total price: 100 dollars normally 100 dollars
My ultimate plan in regards to fly fishing, is to slowly upgrade my gear until I have a really good combo(as I grow in experience). So for example, I am currently looking to upgrade the line on my 5 wt wild water rod mentioned above. Then I will upgrade the rod or reel(havent decided which yet) Then I will upgrade the counterpart.And I will do this so on and so forth as I am able to with my budget, until I settle on a rod and reel and line that works great for me.
So of the 2 options above which is the better choice for a 3 wt setup?
Is there another choice that would be better?
I considered orvis encounter set up, however they do not have anything in that series for a 7 ft 3 wt rod(or even 3 wt rod)
The absolute most I can spend now is 150. The less money spent the better.
Again remember I do plan to upgrade in the future. Right now I am just looking for something that works well enough to tide me over and learn with until I can upgrade in the future.
On a different note, I am also considering buying sage ultimate performance taper line for my current 5 wt rod.
It is going to be a 5 wt forward
It is normally 80 dollars and is on sale for 30.
Would this be a good purchase for my 5 wt rod?
I thank you for any advice given.