WHAT ROD FOR NYMPHING?
When it comes to nymphing, everyone has an opinion on the ideal rod length. Some claim shorter rods work best, while others feel under-gunned with anything less than 10ft. A nine-footer makes the perfect casting tool when battling a headwind on exposed banks. On the other hand they don’t quite have the reach of a 10ft weapon, which comes into its own for controlling flies close to a boat or bank. A compromise then might be a 9ft 6in rod, giving you the best of both worlds to some degree. While lighter line ratings are all the rage, bear in mind gales rather than zephyr-like breezes are the norm throughout winter. On smaller stillwaters, I’m happiest with a rod rated for a 6wt line. However, more exposed reservoirs might be best tackled using a 7wt outfit.