What are 3 rods you would choose?
=== QUESTION ===
If you were to have three rods to cover all fishing situations which three would you choose?
=== MY REPLY ===
What would be the 3 rod selection for the most versatility?
A very interesting question!
It really depends on your field and the tactics you want to play.
Let me tell you what I have experienced.
I fish at 100m mainly. Range is from 70m to 200m.
I started with 603-3 and 603-6. It seemed to me that they cover all the conditions and slow pitch tactics around 100m. Then I got High Pitch Jerker 600. It was a great addition for tougher conditions (more currents or more depth). Slow pitch with 300g or heavier jigs. It also applies high pitch jigging with 260g or lighter jigs, mostly under 120m.
Note that I am on boats with spanker sails with which the captain controls the drift to keep me vertical. If you are not on this kind of boat, it’s harder to stay vertical and the water resistance is bigger, and 600 will help you a lot with heavy jigs around 100m.
Then I started exploring 150m to 200m, and I felt the need for a high pitch rod and purchased High Pitch Jerker 504. High pithing 300g and 350g jigs around that depths.
Next I added 603-4. Right away I realized that I had missed this rod all this time. It really expanded my slow pitch tactics. It feels right the most when I want to slow pitch around 100m with 180g to 240g jigs. Now my general rod usage for slow pitch is like this, 40% 603-4, 30% 603-6, 15% 603-3, 15% 600.
Then I installed long fall techniques into my recipe with Beat Longfall Expert 702-2. I wanted a longfall rod to target demersal fish in shallow waters, around 70m.
Please note that the depths I mentioned above are just the reference points of water resistance. Water resistance varies by the currents, the depth, your line, and how vertical you are. You need to build up your senses and judgement to know, when you drop the jig in the water, what action tones (soft / medium / strong) your rod has to that jig weight under that circumstances.
So, it really depends on your field conditions and the tactics you want to play.
Tell me your main depth range and how your boat is operated while fishing, and I’ll make my suggestions.