|The mist hides dirt.|
Biblical rain level it seems. Maybe not, but it feels like it. It seems that whenever I have the chance to fish, some jackass is either breaking into my car or its raining.
Its constant. I was able to get out one day, and since then, its raining or blown out. As a man who won't drive 10 miles from the front door, the 45 minutes to the local tailwater is like travelling to Uranus. Ergo, I'm stuck for ideas in places to fish. My summer of exploration continues to be stymied by nature. But, like everything else, you make due. Its tiny, its encased by filth (I think the trash holds the walls in), but there are fishable, wild, trout waters to be found. Its also forced me to use all the damned 3wt rods I seem to accumulate.
I mean, I know why I keep buying them, but I should frankly just say no. I think I finally have. I've been on the search for The One, as it were, and I think up next is a 4/5wt. Anyways, I'm up to four 3 weight rods, two this summer (y'know, the one I couldn't fish) alone.
Actually, five. I sent one back. At least that one was long, every other one is under 8', three 7' or shorter. I babbled about the Cabela's CGR 5'9" rod awhile ago, today its the Hardy 7' 3wt Classic Lightweight. I suppose the rain is fortunate, then, because its forced me to try something different: drainage ditch fishing.
|Fish porn: a LVstoner novelty!|
I just wish the average fish was bigger than 5" though. There's a few that one could eat if one were into eating them, but generally speaking, I think they'd qualify for PFBC fingerling programs.
More to the point, though, it provides me a reason to talk about 3 weight rods, and use them as intended. They're more practical than 1 weights, less utilitarian than 4 weights, and in my case all short little affairs.
Did I mention the one is a 7' Hardy? I know I didn't, coz that's what this is about. Its pointless gear, and a pointless review. You know how this works...
|Old versus new: 96 years later, and it's still classy.|
|Figure this nonsense out.|
I think the gents at Hardy might feel that way, too. You want pedestrian, go buy Greys. You want fancy....? Let's take a look, eh?
Over the top? Absolutely. Attention to detail? Anal retentive level. Awesome? I was impressed. Maybe it doesn't take much, but I was impressed out of the gate. Think about it, this is the sort of lame thing that people who Youtube videos of unboxing Apple products probably have wet dreams over. I wouldn't know, having never had the urge to video tape myself unboxing crap, nor really thought twice about how insanely over the top packaging was, well, until this thing showed up (or the occasional '70s Hawkwind gatefold).
Now, if my rods don't have multiple layers of protection, well, I'm ruined. You never forget your first rod-tube-sock or something, I guess, whatever. Yeah.
|Used fancy words for "red."|
|Stupid sliding band.|
You know what else sucks, though? Sliding. Band. Reel seat. How many ways must I suffer this affliction? Didja know the the Orvis Superfine Touch ditched the sliding bands on their littlest rods? They did. Uplocking, unfortunately. I mean, I'm happy to see sliding bands ditched, not so happy to see them go uplocking. This Hardy, so well done up to now has a sliding band seat. A crappy one, at that. Its the worst thing about the entire rod, even. Big, bold shiny silver ring too tight around the seat. Jamming reels in there sucks. Although, then again, the only one I wanted to use was a 1492. So, maybe I'm unfair. Don't know. Do know I was reduced to an old Cabela's LSR. The oldest, most unpleasing thing I own. Its soul less, and boring. It looked pretty when I got it, but man, in hindsight, its just not a good reel. Its got no soul. This may have nothing to do with anything, but seriously, man, that bugs me. I'm not above being that guy, and making it glaringly obvious on a public Internetish basis that I'm so shallow. Deal.
|See, classy. Except the band.|
When this first came in the mail, I was at the depths of the sickness. I wasn't going anywhere, which is a shame coz the flows were good, the weather was nice and this was supposed to be good for that. Best I could do was in my yard. So, I strung it up with my only 3 weight line, a Cortland Sylk 3DT, and stumbled out into the daylight.
Results were not good. Horrible. Way too stiff for me, the sort of person who likes to feel things to all bendy and what not. When overlined with a 444 4WF in an attempt to make it load up like I wanted, it was too much the other direction. Things weren't good. I was unpleased.
Basically, when I first saw it up for sale, I thought it was the glass but didn't want to bail after I found out otherwise, because it was a
This was harsh, but was figuring on someone giving me a good trade based on its perceived value, maybe the fiberglass one. I'd have liked that. Still, needed to at least give it one chance on the water, and that's what it needed, in the end. Turns out, once you put it into the proper enviroment, its a good rod. It flicks line with proper authority, which seems like a quality English thing to say. It has the power of the glorious gye-ron, the chicken-dragon of Korean myth (presumably gye-ron capes go for beaucoup, hence my analogy), if you will.
7' wasn't too big for where I've been going, and was certainly easier to fish than 5'9". It was quicker to respond to casts, yet still flexible enough for good roll cast pickups. Its good in the hand, when it loads right, you can almost feel it respond to wrist flicks and just carry out the line to excellent distance. It was a different animal on water. I'd swear I feel the rod load to under my hand and flex, its a distinct pleasure to cast. You can certainly feel the fishes' moves, but it doesn't bend as deep as you'd want, you can feel it, sure, but you know you're going to overpower the ditch dwellers you've been enjoying.
To be fair, it needs to be tried in a better enviroment, but at that point I'm gonna wonder why I'm using a 7' fly rod. I dunno. I guess I'm not fully on the concept, yet.