Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

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.

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