Well I guess European nymphing, or Euro nymphing, is officially a craze with several major manufacturers looking to get in on the action with new longer specialty fly rods targeting the US market this year.
I’m not exactly sure when it happened but European nymphing techniques including short-line Czech nymphing, and long-line French nymphing and Spanish nymphing have started to enter the mainstream here in the US. As evidence of this, just look at the number of manufacturers selling 10-foot, even 11-foot, fly rods here in the US.
Here are a few of the more popular fly rods available in the US that are well suited for the highly effective Czech, French and Spanish nymphing techniques that are all the rage these days.
Cabelas CZN Series
Cortland Competition Nymph Rod
Greys Streamflex Series
G. Loomis Max Czech Nymph GLX
Hardy Marksman Drifter
Orvis Helios 104-4
Sage 99 Series
Sage ESN Series
TFO Pro Series
Of course you don’t need a new rod to try out some of these euro nymphing techniques but having that extra foot or so really does make it a lot easier.
If I had to pick just one of the rods listed above it would be the Cortland Competition Nymph Rod, 10’6″ foot, 3-wt. The rod comes highly recommended by several members of the Fly Fishing Team USA and costs less than $250. That’s my kind of rod!
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.
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