UK Fly Fishing Expert Oliver Edwards


Only a few years ago it looked as though fly rod materials and design had reached their zenith. Not so! Fly rods just got better, blanks even lighter and tougher, and actions tweaked still further. What lucky people we are today. My first fly rod weighed an ounce per foot!

Wild brown trout from Scotland
Wild brown trout from the River Don, Scotland.

Orvis, it seems, has been right up there in the vanguard of all this technological development. I’m not a rod collector per se, but I do own a good few “big name” fly rods. It’s bound to happen over 50 odd years of continuous fly fishing. However, I have to say that I find Orvis’ T3 range (as the newest incarnation of a long line of Tridents) particularly pleasing fishing rods. I use the word “fishing” because they are more than a casting tool—and they are beautiful to cast with—but it’s their feel, their sensitivity, when, for instance, detecting that subtle draw when fishing spiders upstream. It’s like holding the tip ring in your fingers.

My particular favourite is the T3 9' 4-weight, 4-piece rod with a Mid Flex rating. It is just about as perfect a rod as you can get for fishing the three classic disciplines—dries, single upstream nymph, and teams of North Country spiders—on medium sized freestone rivers. With this rod to hand, I don’t have to lug several other rods with me on these trips, all I do is change leaders and flies. The T3 rod is very light too, which is all well and good as I often do twelve hour fishing marathons in summer, and that’s an awful lot of casting on a fast river. The rod’s actual weight is a smidgen over 3 ounces, but when I slip on the Battenkill II Large Arbor reel, the rod seems to weigh even less. I know that can’t be, but that’s how it feels.

Oliver Edwards
Oliver Edwards

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