I'm not certain exactly when I usually reach request level 3, but in both my files, I got the master rod request in Fall Year 1.
So if request level 3 is a requirement for that (which I think it is, and that's probably why you're asking) then I must've gotten to that level by the end of Summer Year 1.
I do complete a lot of requests - especially at the beginning of the game, I do almost everything possible.
I am the same way. I do as many request that I can possibly complete. If I have the item in my bag or storage, I take the request. If I know that I can catch the bug or fish this season, I catch it, and then I take the request.
I restarted my game a little bit ago, but in my first game, I did reach request level 3 by the end of Summer, which I am in again.
So keep stocking up for Rutger's request, but I do not need to stock up for the oracle, who I have not met yet. With any luck, I will be able to get the Master Rod in Fall of this year. Just keep taking and completing these requests.
Thank you for your help.
I appreciate it.