Fly Fishing

Top Four Mid-Range Euro Nymphing Rods

Euro nymphing is an extremely rewarding and effective method of fly fishing and well worth adding to your arsenal. It can be hard to know where to start and what kind of gear is required to take up Euro nymphing so we’re here to help with the main part…the fly rod!

The most significant financial outlay one may have when taking up Euro nymphing is a specialised Euro nymphing fly rod. And yes… Euro nymphing can be done on a rod of any length and any weight but upgrading to a specialised Euro nymphing rod will not only make it easier and more enjoyable but will undoubtedly increase your catch rate. I would not usually make such a statement about investing in a better fly rod as upgrading your rod doesn’t make you a better caster or fly fisherman. However in regards to Euro nymphing, the extra reach and sensitivity of a specialised rod gives the angler a significant advantage compared to trying to Euro nymph the 9ft 6wt slow action fly rod in your garage.

Firstly you may be wondering what the difference is between a Euro nymph rod and every other fly rod?

Length: 

Euro nymphing Rods are generally going to be longer than your standard nymphing rod. Most specialised Euro Rods are in the 10′ to 11′ range. The greater length allows you to fish greater distances from yourself as you would with a shorter set up. The extra length and leverage also are beneficial when it comes to fighting fish on these lower weight rods.

Weight:

The physical weight of a euro nymphing set-up is important due to the techniques used in Euro nymphing. Most of your day is going to be spent with your arm outstretched which may quickly lead to fatigue if you have a heavy fly rod.

Line Weight:

The line weight rating of Euro nymphing set-ups are typically around the 3 weight mark. You can go marginally higher or lower than this. The lower weight rods contribute to less weight as well as more sensitivity due to the thinner rod blank. Lower weights offer better tippet protection and sensitivity while higher weights provide better hook sets and more power.

Here is a list of four of the best value for beginner to intermediate Euro nympher!

4. Orvis Clearwater

While not a specialised euro nymphing rod the Orvis Clearwater provides anglers with a great entry level option. The Orvis Clearwater is a medium action fly rod that can also be used for other fly fishing methods making it a great one size fits all rod. The Clearwater’s biggest calling card for beginner and intermediate anglers is its versatility. A quick spool change to a floating line and you are now holding a rod that will cast a dry fly like a dream.

Available in 10 ft in a wide range of line weights it provides a no-frills good starting point from a reputable brand willing to put a 25-year guarantee on it.

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3. Echo Carbon XL - 10ft

One thing Echo has excelled at over recent years is the production of top shelf Euro nymphing Rods that provide value well beyond what the price tag would suggest and the Echo Carbon XL is no exception.

The Echo Carbon XL is a lightweight medium-fast action weapon available in both 3 & 4 line weights.

This Fly Rod boasts a number of features including a fighting butt while remaining lightweight at only 3.7oz, great sensitivity from a light tip and a powerful butt section all wrapped up in Echo’s lifetime warranty.

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2. Redington Strike

The Redington Strike is a stylish Euro nymphing fly rod that is available in 10′, 10′ 6″ and 11′ lengths meaning you can pick a length that suits you and the rivers you are most often fishing. The Redington Strike however is limited to three and four line weight options however these should cover the majority of Euro nymphers.

The Strike is an impressive 3.1oz in the 10ft three weight option including the fighting butt making it the most lightweight option on this list. The lightweight thin blank with a soft tip and strong butt section also allows for great sensitivity.

The Redington Strike also does a great job of casting a WF floating line meaning you are one spool change away from an effective dry fly and traditional nymphing option.

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1. Echo Shadow II

Echo enters the list again with the Echo Shadow II. The Echo Shadow II is widely regarded as the best value Euro Nymphing Rod available. It comes as 10′ for the two and three weight with the four weight coming in 10’6″ for anglers needing the extra reach. 

Echo hasn’t skimped on quality to achieve the lightweight option, this is proven with the high quality black anodized aluminium reel seat. Echo has somehow managed to produce a lightweight, durable and sleek euro nymphing option at an incredible price. 

The Shadow II is a fast action specialised Euro Nymphing rod guaranteed to provide you with a durable and high performance mid-level option. The rod weighs only 3.2 oz in the 10′ 3wt model making it the second lightest on this list. This specialised Euro Rod is an extremely sensitive yet powerful rod capable of casting heavy tungsten nymphs with ease.

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Wrap Up

Euro nymphing is a great method made even more enjoyable with the right equipment with none being more important than the fly rod. These options are beyond beginner level and will do you well as you progress until you may be tempted to fork out for the top-level options. We all have budgets and brand loyalties to work with so hopefully one of the above options work well for you.

Tight Lines!

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