WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

If you have something to sell, feel free to post here
Post Reply
jrs
Posts: 1112
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 am

WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by jrs » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:52 am

Broke my favorite all around rod the other day which was a 8'6" 3wt Redington rs4. This is actually the 3rd time it's broken and it now is beyond repair, so I am looking for a replacement.

Wondering if anyone has a used rod for sale or a recommendation on a new rod brand / model. I'd like a graphite 3wt with medium-fast to fast action, around 8'6" long, and less than $300.

brntrout
Posts: 2943
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:26 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by brntrout » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:56 am

Redington Hydrogen 9' - 3 wt. $299.00. I've heard really good things about the performance of this rod which some say is on par with most in the $750 to $900 range.

jrs
Posts: 1112
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by jrs » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:19 am

So just follow up ... I sent the broken rod, 8'6" 3 wt Redington RS4, back to Redington. I had purchased this rod in 2009 for $169. It had a lot of miles on it and had been repaired twice. So I had already got my money's worth out of it.

Redington confirmed that the rod could no longer be repaired or replaced and offered me a single use 50% off discount code. They also waived the warranty fee and return shipping fee. So I opted to buy a 9' 3 wt Hydrogen with a net cost of $149.

User avatar
Troutchaser
Posts: 225
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:51 am
Location: Eagan, MN
Contact:

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by Troutchaser » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:59 am

If you still miss your "shortie" after using the Hydrogen, consider the TFO 8' 4-weight. Priced right and not too fast an action. (You can never have too many rods.)

brntrout
Posts: 2943
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:26 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by brntrout » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:10 pm

JRS,

How do like the new Redington Hydrogen rod?

jrs
Posts: 1112
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by jrs » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:20 pm

Scheduled arrival is tomorrow. If the stream ever clears up down your way, you can have a look / cast.

jrs
Posts: 1112
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by jrs » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:43 pm

Troutchaser wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:59 am
If you still miss your "shortie" after using the Hydrogen, consider the TFO 8' 4-weight. Priced right and not too fast an action. (You can never have too many rods.)
I've also got an 8' 4wt St Croix Ultra Legend. It has worked great subbing for the broken 3 wt for the usual summer routine -- hopper / dropper and tricos. I mainly like the longer rods for tightline nymphing. Hope the Hydrogen handles it all for those days when I'm not sure what to expect.

jrs
Posts: 1112
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:22 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by jrs » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:20 am

My 9' 3 wt Redington Hydrogen arrived and I've had a chance to fish it twice.

It's very light weight (2.3 oz) for a 9' rod which apparently was part of the design goals. Single foot guides, a skeleton reel seat (no wood filler), and basic matte wraps and finish all keep the weight down.

The action is "moderately fast" according to Redington. Its a little slower than my previous Redington. I did some tight line nymphing and some hopper / dropper fishing with it. I really liked the action and extra length for nymph fishing. It also did a decent job of dry / dropper fishing, but frankly it was not quite as good as my old Redington which was slightly shorter and slightly faster.

It's got a pretty standard rod tube, but with the built-in sock / divider which I like -- one less moving part.

Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. It handles everything I might want to do in a day in SE MN pretty well and the light weight makes it easy to fish all day. I think it will be a good all purpose rod.

brntrout
Posts: 2943
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:26 am

Re: WTB 8'6" or 9' 3 wt

Post by brntrout » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:18 am

If you want to speed up the rod action you could put a 2.5 wt. line on it?

Post Reply