Monday, November 24, 2014

Suprises!



I have been plotting on getting a 3 wt ever since,  Mark purchased his 3 wt. Yes, I was that kid that wanted the toys that others had! But with age came better decision making and so instead of ordering one as soon as I saw Marks, I waited for the right time. 

You see, when I saw a 3 wt. and held one for the first time I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I could picture getting into some fat little blue gills, crappies and trout with one of those little guys. I waited for a few months until it was the right time to buy and finally on my birthday, I pounced! 

I have had my eye on a Redington Drift fly reel for a while now. I was so impressed with my first purchase of a Redington CT Classic Trout rod that I decided to trust their company with my 3 wt purchase.  How could you not be impressed with an affordable yet quality product that offers a lifetime warranty on their products?!
Around my birthday Cabela’s had a $20 off your $100 purchase sale. In addition Cabela’s had (currently has) Redington rods on sale for 74.45. The Drift reels were 99.95 which has stayed at that price for the entire time I have watched it so that’s as good as it gets. On top of that I had $22 in Cabela’s Club points that I have saved specifically for a moment like this. And as if this weren’t enough, I got a Cabelas gift card for $50 on my birthday! So with shipping costs, my 3 wt. Redington cost me a little under $100!
 
A couple of days ago I received my reel and it is SEXY! It is such a nice looking and sounding little reel, I love it. I need to buy backing and line for it but aside from that, I’m set. 

I received my rod a few days earlier and my first thought was that it was very long. It was the shortest 3 wt. redington rod that Cabela’s had available but it is still pretty long, 8’ 6” in length.  I have no small streams around to try that sucker out this winter so I’ll have to wait until spring. I don't have a name for my 3 Wt. yet but I will be thinking of one!

Since I can’t use it until then I picked up another toy. I ended up getting a $25 gift card to Bass Pro Shops for my birthday as well. I decided I was going to buy some sort of light or ultra light combo for trout/ panfish. I looked at their online store and found what I thought would be the one. It was a Pfleuger trion spinning combo. It was going to cost somewhere around $59 so I went looking for it. I was unable to find it but as luck would have it, another combo was staring me right in the face. There was a whole assortment of Gx2 ugly stiks on display. At the moment my favorite bass rod is a medium action gx2 I bought last year on my birthday. I ended up getting a 7’ ultralight Gx2 Ugly Stik  for $50 ($25 + tax with my gift card)  which I will eventually load up with 2 lb line and use to slay the trout soon!  

So that's my surprise, new additions to the family! lol Anyway, that’s it on my side for now. Haven’t been fishing since earlier this month so no fishing reports.

12 comments:

  1. Practice and get good with that fly rod...you'll never go back.

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    1. haha I ain't ever going back again!

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  2. I can "hear" the excitement in your voice as you write this. Can't wait to see how you do with it brother.

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    1. You're right!I was very excited. After this fly rod I won't be buying any fly rods for a while, lol.

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  3. Sweet 3 wt set up, Juan! I love my 3 wt for small streams, and pan fishing at the lakes and ponds I go to. Wait until you hook up with a decent sized fish. I hooked up with a 3.5 smallie on my 3 wt, and I was totally out gunned, but managed to keep it hooked and in. I felt bad, because, that fish needed quite some time to be revived after that long strenuous fight. I thought for sure my tippet was going to break.

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    1. Hey Justin, that story is exciting! Now I want to go catch me a smallie on the 3 wt! lol. I can’t weight to catch some fat scrappy panfish on this sucker!

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  4. I have the exact same reel and rod except mine is a little shorter.
    Its a fantastic rod that I use a lot on streams like the North and Middle Fork of the Feather and stillwaters like Ellis Lake. You can do pretty much anything with it streamers, nymphs, dries, and small bass flies.
    I've landed a 10# carp and several 16-18'' steelhead with it so its by no means a noodle. You'll need a buddy to help you net those fish though haha.
    Its undergunned in places like the Yuba, Feather, weedy ponds, and big lakes just as a heads up.
    Other than that its a great all around small stream fly rod. Get that reel screaming and you'll never pick up a spinning rod again.

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    1. What size is yours Mathew? I have a couple of streams and sloughs I want to fish with this sucker! Wow, you have caught some big boys on the three weight! Good job! I have a 6 wt Redington CT and it is phenomenal! I can’t wait to hear this reel scream! Spring can’t come fast enough!

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    2. Mine is 7'6'' I wanted it shorter because of all the trees and stuff you run into when your out in the wilderness.
      The rod to me has a med fast feel to it and its not nearly as noodly as my 2wt Echo. Its light, fun to cast, easy to pack, and mends really well. Btw the screw on my reel was loose so it would change the drag when I pulled out line so you might what to check it to make sure its tight.
      Great outfit though.

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  5. I bought a 2wt last year and love it. The lighter rods provide such a different experience. Congrats on the new additions!

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