My local shop has a Grey's XF2 10' 4wt and a 10' 3wt. Is the XF2 a newer model or will it be a closeout soon like my Z-axis ?
I am thinking of getting one to try out without breaking the bank.
Anyone have the 3wt and how does it do with size 12 beadhead type nymphs in tandem or would you go with a 4wt ?
Yes ,no , maybe ?
Any and all input would be great before I buy
The XF2 in the Streamflex was new for 2011, I doubt they'll go away real soon. I would go with the Four weight if you're running two size 12 beadheads. As far as reels you might want to check out the new Hardy UL, they are only $199 and are available in a click and Pawl or Disc drag for a four weight. They won the best new FW fly reel at the New Orleans Fly tackle dealer show.
Are you talking about streamflex? If that is the case, I can tell you that a 4 wt can be a great nymphing rod and it can be also used to throw streamers. 3 wt can be a specialty rod dedicated for euronyphing. If I have to choose between 3 wt and 4 wt I would go for 4 wt due to its versatility.
I have been using 4 wt for euro nymphing and have not had any problem throwing size 12 or even bigger nymphs.
Make sure that you get or make one of those backing or a coil sighter. I can tell you that this technique made my nymphing high productive.
If I have several 9 footer rods, I will go for a streamflex instead of getting another 9 footer although it is z-axis.
I have not tried a 11 footer one, yet I see that a 10 footer gives you a huge difference in nymphing compared to 9 foot rod. Especially you can easily mend line and cast at spots that you could not reach with a 9 footer.
But let me tell you this. I have been reading many guys' reports on using Czech specialty rods, and many of them believe that although 11 foot rod is gaining popularity, 10 foot nymph rod seems to be still a dominant tool because of its versatility. Many believe that you can easily cast a dry fly and chuck some heavy streamers with a ten footer, but are not sure if a 11 foot one can be used for casting dry flies and steamers. I know somebody can, but a long rod can be cumbersome for that purpose.
Seems to me that 11 footer rod is used by tournament guys who are mostly doing Euro nymphing because for a short leader nymphing extra one foot seems to give them leverage.
(If any fly fishing tournament people read this and think otherwise, please let us know. I am building a case for buying a 11 footer anyway.)
So, if I were you, I would begin with a 10 foot rod, and perhaps if you happen to fish at a larger river, you will consider getting a 11 footer.
Another rod that you may consider is temple fork's BVK 3 wt 8 foot and 10 foot combo. Basically you can buy 3 wt 8 foot BVK and get an extension to make a 10 foot rod. I am going to use 3 wt 10 foot rod this Monday and plan to give a short review. Seems like many people love the rod.
Yes, I know. The easiest solution is to buy all three of them.
I haven't had my hands on the new Grey's Steamflex. I can tell you for the price I love my old 10' steamflex. I think they have the taper figured out really well for nymphing and the "Connectedness" you feel from the tip of the rod to your elbow.
If you get it and Nymph update us here. I would like to here how it goes.