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3wt 19 28.36%
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:32 PM
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Default 3wt or 4wt for Southern Alberta/BC Cutthroat?

I have a few trips planned for Southern Alberta/BC Livingston, Oldman Crowsnest , Elk etc.
I want to get as new rod and canít decide between a 3wt or 4wt what would you buy?
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:52 AM
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The 3wt is super fun. Cutties are not the biggest fighters, so backbone is not really critical.

But the wind. Oh sweet penelope, the wind can be insane. There has been a couple of times that I have put my 4wt away and used a 6wt. I know some people who can struggle through a 3wt, but it is funny seeing people double haul with a 3wt rod.

But if you already have a 5wt, a 3wt is a good way to round out your quiver. Personally, I am a 4-6-8wt kinda guy. For those windy days, you can just pull out a 5wt.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:29 AM
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I usually take both the 3 and the 5wt just in case its real windy. The 3 is my goto tho for cutties , its only downfall is that its only 6'6" so the wind can really be a factor especially on bigger water or the more open stretches. I adore it tho ,wouldnt want to fish cutties without it
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:56 AM
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I would go for a 3wt but if possible, get a longer one. I have a 7' 6" 3wt that is great but as mentioned before, the wind can pick up and the little extra leverage from a longer rod would help out at times.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:45 AM
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4 weight with 6 weight line to power though the wind. Change spools if its a still day.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:56 PM
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I have a 8 ft - 4 wt that I am reasonably happy with although, because of the wind, I would get an 8ft - 6in if I had to buy another. I am also going to try MrDave's approach of over-lining it with a 5 or 6 wt line this year. The 4 wt does handle the bigger Cuts but, primarily because of the wind, by the middle of Sept , I switch to my 5 wt for Oldman, Livingstone and Crowsnest.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:12 PM
Bhflyfisher Bhflyfisher is offline
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Sage made the One in a 9' 3wt, and it was likely the nicest cutthroat/small stream rod I've ever had. Wish i hadn't sold it
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:51 PM
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I'm living back in BC (cranbrook at the moment) and have only used a 2/3wt rods for cutties going on four years now (lakes and rivers). I would only think of pulling the 4wt out if I was on a large river system with no boat. Nothing beats mountain streams and a 7-8ft 3wt.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:29 AM
Jayhad Jayhad is online now
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A 3 wt 9' will have the back bone to toss bullet head streamers and cut through the wind with smaller flies.
I use a 490 almost exclusively for troots but I'm chucking streamers most of the time
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:06 AM
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A shorter (7'6" - 8") 3wt is great in the Race Horse Creek, Livingstone R. and the upper Oldman River (upstream of the Fire base). But as others have said, there's often too much wind below, especially near the confluence with Race Horse Cr. and just below at 'The Gap'. Would a longer 3wt make a difference? I'm not so sure - fish are much larger at and below the Gap and reach 20+ inches. IMO 3wt takes too long to land a 19"+ cutt. I would say 4wt minimum and preferably 5wt lower down in the Oldman R.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:32 AM
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One word for down here.....WIND!
Definately four, if not heavier, plus you may latch on to a bull inadvertently..........
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:06 PM
Don Andersen Don Andersen is offline
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Default Its all about throw weight.

What weight of flies or wind resistance of flies do you intend to cast.
Increasing both requires heavier lines.
Five or perhaps 6 weight maybe needed.

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Old 03-18-2019, 05:01 AM
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:04 AM
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If you will be bringing only one rod to the streams, I would bring a good 4 wt rod that will do dry, nymph, and streamers.
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