Monday, January 22, 2007

4 Pieces of Joy

Life is a series of decisions.

Some of them easy:

Do I ask her to marry me?

And some are hard:

Would you like to have a 7’9” 5-weight or do you prefer a 7’6” 3-weight?

After the contest results I am facing hard decision.

It is a personal choice, but if you have any suggestions or comments, please speak now or forever hold your peace.

EDIT
More specific:
Superfine Trout Bum 795-4 Full Flex 4.0 or Superfine Trout Bum 763-4 Full Flex 2.5

15 comments:

The Mad Fishicist said...

What type/brand/material/make/model are you talking about? It might help the decision making process.

opax said...

TMF - thank you. I edited post.

Tom Chandler said...

C'mon - 5wt. 3wts are kinda toys. Plus that 7'9" rod is a descendant of the Far and Fine - truly one of the best graphite tapers ever built.

Jay said...

I own the orvis Tippet (7.6ft #3) since my 18th birthday. It's a super rod for small streams.

Flytimes said...

You can go out and buy a 5wt any day but you might never buy yourself a 3wt. If it was me I would get the 3wt.
Also, 7'9" is too short for a 5wt, unless its fiberglass.

Mike said...

That 3 weight looks lovely Olli. I'd be hard pressed to pass that option up...

Ed. said...

I agree 100% with Flytimes' advice. Great point about maybe not buying yourself a 3 wt. And although I'm no expert, that seemed short for a 5 wt to me too. However, I certainly trust Tom Chandler's opinion too.

I picked up a 7'6" 3weight last year for small streams and I abso-freakin-lutely love it. Great, great fun for small trout, but I also use it for sunfish in small ponds. It feels great. And the one you linked to is a much, much better rod than mine. So I vote for that 3 weight. If you don't like it, I'll trade you for my crummy 5-weight!

The Mad Fishicist said...

three weight+opax=grayling master

opax said...

You are right – all of you. Thank you!

I have no 3 weight rods, but I have couple of 5 weights. So I opt 3 weight here, right? But then, why I don’t have 3 weight rods? Cause I have thought this thru before. I don’t really need one. But here is the chance to get one that I normally wouldn’t purchase, just like you said Wyatt. So I take the 3 weight. Then I stand at the stream, wind blowing - just a bit too hard, and fish steadily feeding - just a bit too far, and I hold this 3 weight rod and think ‘What a sissy – I should have taken the real rod’. But then, if I take the 5 weight and stand above tree line, next to a creek somewhere near border of Norway and Finland…

I take the five weight rod. Orvis Finland Regional Manager is in Bahamas this week. Yes, fishing. It’s freaking -20 C / -4 F here in Finland now. Not a bad week to go to Bahamas, and fish. I’ll just mail him my decision.

fausto said...

Good decision. The 7' 9" 5-weight Orvis Far and Fine (a two-piece) was one of Orvis's earliest and most popular graphite models. It was only recently discontinued, but you might ask the Orvis manager if yours is an upgraded version of the old model with a similar action. If it is, I know you'll enjoy it.

tedley said...

I was speaking to an Orvis representative a couple of days ago about the Trout Bum 795-4 and was told that it is indeed a reincarnation of the Far & Fine taper.

I guess I will be making an investment in the near future!

Ashley Jada said...

Recently my friend bought a Zero G Freshwater 865-4 at just $795 by using Orvis Promotional Codes.....!!

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