Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ruby River 7'6" 3wt

An overcast late November day
Last week I broke the tip on my Cabelas' 50th Anniversary Custom Glass rod.  This was a favorite rod of mine and at 5'9" long, the little 3wt was a great rod for fishing small streams. Being a bit of a minimalist, it was the only small stream rod I owned, so I was a bit disappointed.   Cabelas had stopped producing the rod and it didn't look like I was going to be able to repair or replace it.  I did find out that Cabelas is re-introducing the rod this year but they are currently not available.


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
So with a little rain and very favorable temperatures in the forecast, Kirk and I made plans to take it out and give the little rod a test drive.  The extra length was no issue at all and this little rod was a pleasure to fish in tight quarters.  It roll casts very easily and the extra length adds a bit of extra distance for those situations where a bow and arrow cast is warranted.  If you are in the market for a small stream rod, I would highly recommend you take a look at this rod.  The quality, price, and performance of this rod are hard to beat!




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!

13 comments:

  1. Glad to see you are enjoying your new rod! I am trying to get a friend into small stream fly fishing, so I will probably recommend this rod to him. Those brookies were quite fat, showing how they have been eating quite well. It's great that dries are still working for you! Nice picture of the mossy rock, and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

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    1. RI brook trout - it is a great rod for sure. Just be aware that fiber glass rods are slower than graphite which might take some getting used to but I prefer it.

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  2. My 3wt. is 5'9". I got it because I kept getting my 9' and 11' Tenkara rod stuck in the bushes and trees. I've only been out twice with it, but it's working well on small streams.

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    1. Mark - that's the rod I had and I really loved that rod because of it's size. I have to say that I like this one better but if I saw a 6ft 2 wt go on sale I wouldn't hesitate to have a backup

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    2. I have the TFO signature series 6ft 2wt, and I got it for 120 bucks. It performs well if you are looking for a backup.

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  3. Mark that rod does look to be well made, and quite pretty.
    Good luck with it.

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  4. Alan - the quality is exceptional considering the very reasonable price of $115 !

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  5. Little brookies are so fun to catch. I did't get my fill of them this year. Looking forward to Spring...

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    1. River Damsel - they certainly are. From now still spring, they will be the main game for me with the odd venture to the Farmington

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  6. Hi, Mark. Just what I wanted to hear about the Ruby River Rods. I did a plug for them when they first came out over on my blog, but, have not had a chance to fish with one. I can see me taking a serious look at this for 2015.

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    1. Mel - if you love glass rods this one won't disappoint! Loved my cabelas 3 wt and this one is even better in my opinion.

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  7. The 3-weight looks like a neat little rod, and that brookie lying on the oak leaf is pretty cool, too!

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    1. Thanks Walt! I had a good feeling that shot would turn out well

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