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Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Tackle -

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.

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