|An overcast late November day|
After some research, the Ruby River fiberglass rods caught my attention. They had some very positive reviews and the price tag seemed very reasonable so I ordered their 7'6" 3wt and it arrived in the mail late last week. I have to say that I am really impressed with the quality of this rod, from the translucent burnt orange blank to the quality cork handle, all they way down to the nice reel seat. In addition to the good looks, it casts like a dream! In the backyard, I was easily laying out 30-40 casts with little effort. It's a bit stiffer in the butt section than the Cabelas rod which I think improves it's casting performance relative to the Cabelas rod. Having a short, 4 piece rod, will also appeal to those who want stow this rod in a pack for fishing more remote locations. My only question was whether the longer length would be a disadvantage on a tight small stream.
|Ruby River 6'7" 3wt paired up with an Orvis Battenkill I and 3DT line|
Kirk and I enjoyed the opportunity to fish small dries to willing fish. While the water levels were still low, even after rain the day before, the fish were interested in our small dries. I fished an Adams parachute (#18) and lent Kirk a Purple Haze of the same size. We both had our share of hookups and there didn't seem to be any preference for one fly over the other. More than likely the size of the fly was a more important consideration. Lately, I've been enjoying fishing small parachute style flies. I find having a visible post is a real bonus when fishing small dries. As we were walking out, I suggested Kirk try a pool where earlier I had seen several fish rise. Sure enough, Kirk managed to coax a pretty rainbow to take a small emerger off the surface. It was another great afternoon out fishing small stream and a good opportunity to give the new rod a proper breaking in.
|Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving with your families!|