My little gem is The Platinum 3 weight. I have discovered a new way of fishing in the wooden lakes in my neighborhood in Norway. Actually we are fishing at places, I have thought would be impossible to cast a fly. My fishing buddy Truls taught me the technique. All the pines surrounding the lakes make it difficult to cast without losing the fly in a tree branch, even if you try single hand spey.
The 3 weight length of eight feet combined with a line, with 25 feet head makes you put the back cast under the tree branches or roll cast the distance needed. If the wind is right up 40 feet, but usually shorter. The presentation is so delicate that it does not spook the fish. One trout I caught the other day, I stood on and casted from a cliff 15 feet above the water, hiding behind a tree trunk, missed him twice and hooked him on the third strike.
The trouts we catch are usually one pound and up. My friend has the the record with a 6 pounder on the three weight.
While I was in Mexico, I read a post from my fishing friend about the advantage of a short three weight. I asked James about the Platinum three weight. He highly recommended a custom build one. A choice I never will regret. The difference between the three weight and my four weight Platinum is as big as the difference between the four weight and the Opals I use in Baja. I had to adjust my double haul technique to be less aggressive, but I have gained the possibility to fish places I thought was impossible to fish with a fly.
The lakes we are fishing is one hour away by car and then one hour though terrain, were there has been no logging in three hundred years. The ice on the waters melts in the end of May and the fishing season ends September 15th. You may discover two or three different species hatching during the day, but if you are in doubt: Daddy long legs and the the Platinum 3 weight is the winning combination. Try it.