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Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Taylor Nielson (---.static.unas.mo.charter.com)
Date: December 11, 2018 10:29PM

Hello everybody. I'm planning to build my second fly rod, a 3 wt for a friend. He wants something fast and compact. I don't think it needs to be uber fast, but more responsive than his current moderate. He has a 6 piece that he adores, but I warned him that we may need to go with a shorter 4 piece to expand our blank options. It's a University of Wyoming themed rod, so I'm trying to find something that I can match to their brown, gold, and cream color scheme. Like last time I'm totally overwhelmed searching for appropriate blanks. Does anybody have any recommendations?

Thanks everybody in advance for your help and advice.

P.S., I'm trying to stick to his $200 budget with this rod. In the spirit of Christmas I'm not too worried about overextending myself just a hair.

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: gary Marquardt (---.hsd1.mi.comcast.net)
Date: December 11, 2018 11:08PM

I picked up a couple of TFO 7’3” 3 wt. 4 pc blanks from a Mudhole just before Thanksgiving. They are a deep gold brown color. I don’t know if they still have any or if any other supplier does.

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: December 12, 2018 12:10AM

The Bingham Bing SHX blanks are a nice option, both in performance and price. Nice looking blanks also.

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: December 12, 2018 12:34PM

Taylor,
Unfortunately a CTS MAY be out of price range.
I got some prices for another person from this site. A 9'0", 6 pieces, #4 was $272.
Which really is not that bad - if you think of it.
Herb

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Randy Hively (---.dr01.chtn.wv.frontiernet.net)
Date: December 12, 2018 08:59PM

Look at Rod Geeks. Their custom painted blanks are awesome . The offer 4pc blanks.

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: herb canter (77.111.246.---)
Date: December 13, 2018 12:16AM

Rod Geek blanks are amazing for the price .

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Eugene Moore (---.dhcp.stls.mo.charter.com)
Date: December 13, 2018 09:37AM

Taylor,
Pick up a Cabela's Stowaway 8'6" 3 weight rod for $150.
Strip the wraps and finish per the required theme.
Don't personally like 6-piece rods. Too many flat spots and way too slow an action. Casting a dish rag is more enjoyable.
Your budget doesn't allow for many options or for a quality blank.
If he prefers 6-piece blanks he probably won't notice the difference.
This still doesn't leave a lot on the table for your efforts.

Gene

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: December 13, 2018 05:53PM

Check out Mudhole's site, they usually put their fly rod blanks on sale right now (along with other types). Good blanks that I have built a couple 3wts on. The ones I used were MHX 9' 4 pc and I did not pay over $40 for either. Very easy to get your rod made under budget. Those 6 pc travel rod blanks may be hard to find.

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Re: Blank suggestions for an (overly specific) 3 wt fly rod
Posted by: ron zimmerman (---.tcso.qwest.net)
Date: December 14, 2018 09:08PM

Check out Ye Olde English fly shop in Florida . Brian is a great guy and has some nice blanks . I have his 7'9" 4pc 3wt and it's a good little rod .
Also Matt @ proof sells some nice blanks .

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