Originally Posted by mbchilton
Just placed my order for the new Echo Shadow II 10' 3wt. What are your favorite nymphing lines, and are they available for 3wt?
Just bouncing around through some interesting threads here and I came across your question about line size/type for your new rod . Just to clarify, I'm not posting to promote Shadow rods, but, since you've already ordered it I assume it is ok for me to give you some line advise for the new Shadow II 10ft 3wt.
Before you go out and purchase a "nymph" line for this rod, a couple of things to consider--unlike the old Shadow PE's, the new Shadow 2's are more accurately matched up with the rod's listed line designation.
The Shadow II, 10ft 3wt matches up well with a standard 3wt WT or DT line...it lists as a 3.5 designation, whereas the old Shadow PE 10ft 3wt designated out more towards 4.9, meaning that it was better suited for casting a 5wt line at 30 feet.
Choosing a line for a particular rod is always very subjective and even situational. The Shadow II's are what I call a "hybrid" rod, meaning they are designed to throw a dry fly, Euro nymph rig, and even cast a team of wet flies. I prefer to load mine up with standard WF or DT line that matches the rod's designation--in this case a 3wt; that way I can take advantage of the fact that this rod throws a nice loop for dries but also I can immediately switch over to making lob casts with a Euro-Nymphing rig all with the same standard wf or dt line.
as far as line manufactures go--they all make solid standard wf/dt's ...so find one you like
have fun---it is a fun rod