choosing your next euro stick

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So you’ve read the post on characteristics of euro nymphing rods and you’re ready to UP your euro nymphing game with a new fly rod? You’ve come to the right place. This post provides a list of pre-built fly rods that are commonly used for tight-line techniques and outlines their offerings, price range, action, reviews, etc.. If you prefer to build your own rod, have a look at the list of fly rod blank manufacturers.

If you have a manufacture that’s not listed here (and/or more details), please let me know so I can add it.

 

Types of euro nymphing rods

The way I see it, there’s 2 broad categories of euro nymphing sticks on the market today. On one hand, there’s fly rods specifically engineered for tight-line techniques. These fly rods are typically build with a number of euro nymphing rod characteristics and often include a custom taper on the fly rod blank itself. On the other hand, there’s general purpose fly rods that are offered in weights/lengths commonly used with tight-line techniques (2wt – 4wt, 10′ – 11′ 6″). These more general purpose rods may include some euro nymphing rod characteristics, but typically are not designed with them as the top priority. Moreover, these general purpose rods are often based a standard blank taper rather than a taper specifically for tight-line techniques.

Does this make specialized euro sticks better than general purpose rods that can also be used for euro techniques? Yes and no. While a purpose built euro stick may excel for tight-line techniques, it may not perform as well as a general purpose rod when it comes to longer-line techniques such as streamers, floating indicators, dries, etc. So with that in mind, one question to ask yourself when buying a new rod is; do I plan to use this rod mainly for tight-line techniques, or am I wanting a more general purpose rod that also works decent as a euro stick?

 

Euro nymphing rod manufacturers

Manufacturer Rod Configurations Action Price Range Reviews & Notes
Cortland – Competition
  • 3wt 10′ 6″
  • 4wt 10′ 6
Fast* Lower
Cortland – Competition MKII
  • 2wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′ 6″
  • 2wt 11′
  • 3wt 11′
Fast* Mid / High
Douglas – DXF
  • 2wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 11′
  • 4wt 10′
  • 4wt 10′ 6″
  • 4wt 11′
Med-Fast Mid
Douglas – Sky
  • 2wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 11′
  • 4wt 10′
  • 4wt 11′
Fast* Mid
Echo – Shadow II
  • 2wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′
  • 4wt 10′ 6″
Med-Fast Lower
Echo – Shadow X
  • 2wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′ 6″
  • 3wt 11′
Med-Fast* Mid
Hanak – SLT
  • 3wt 10′
  • 4wt 10′
Med-Fast* Mid
Marryat – Tactical Pro Nymph
  • 3wt 10′ 6″
  • 3wt/4wt 10′
Fast* Mid
Maxia – MX
  • 0wt 10′ 2″
  • 2wt 10′
  • 2wt 10′ 3″
  • 2wt 11′ 2″
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 10′ 5″
  • 3wt 11′
  • 4wt 10′
  • 4wt 12′
  • 5wt 10′ 8″
Fast* Mid
Maxia – Ultra
  • 3wt/4wt 10′
  • 3wt/4wt 11′
? Mid
Orvis – Helios 3F
  • 3wt 10′ 6″
  • 4wt 10′
Fast* High
Orvis – Recon
  • 3wt 10′
Fast* Mid
Redington – Hydrogen
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 11′
  • 4wt 10′
Med-Fast* Lower
Sage – ESN
  • 2wt 10′
Med* High
Stickman – N0
  • 0wt 10′ 2″
Med-Soft* High
Syndicate – P2 Pipeline Pro
  • 2wt 10′
  • 2wt 11′
  • 3wt 10′
  • 3wt 11′
  • 4wt 10′
Med* (mid-flex) Low / Mid
TFO – Drift
  • 3wt 9′ – 12′ 3″
Med-Fast* Mid
Thomas & Thomas – Contact
  • 2wt 10′ 2″
  • 3wt 10′ 8″
  • 3wt 11′ 3″
  • 4wt 10′ 8″
  • 6wt 10′ 8″
Med / Fast High
R. L. Winston – Boron II Super 10
  • 3wt 10′
  • 4wt 10′
Med* High

* As per manufacturers recommendation or other reviews.

 

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