There's no "O"
As peak grayling season nears, how about treating yourself to a rod for Czech or French-style nymphing? Whatever your preferred method, Vision’s Nymphmaniac offers sensitivity and lightness. It has been designed by a Finnish competition angler, Jarkko Suominen, and his expertise shows. Conventional fly-line isn’t used when Euro-nymphing – ultra-thin coated line or thick monofilament leader are the preferred methods of controlling tippet and flies. To stop these materials sagging, extra singleleg rings have been added, with a snake ring at the tip to prevent mono from twisting. There are marks on the blank at 20, 30, 40 and 50cm to help you measure fish. There are two ’maniacs, 10ft, 3wt or 4wt, with a medium-fast action, although given that fly-line weight plays no part in the lobbing casting action when Euro nymphing, the rods might just as well be rated “0”. The reel seat is metal framed with a cork spacer. The handle is wonderfully slim. It’s lovely to hold, perhaps a forefinger along the top of the handle, conducting the high tip downstream. The tip is soft and sensitive to help detect the slightest takes, with some stiffness in the butt to fight a fish. We also liked the non-gloss sanded dark grey blank. It looks the business.
Composite cork spacer in the reel seat enhances lightness. The single snake ring helps to stop monofilament twisting next to the tip ring. If a grayling's nose reaches here, it's probably 3lb.