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Old 02-04-2010, 09:50 AM
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Default Preferred Length for Nymphing Rods

I tend to prefer a little shorter rod and most of my rods are in the 8'6" and 8' range. I have one 9' rod. Anyway, I have been wondering lately if I should go with a longer rod, say 9'6" or 10' for nymphing. The majority (99%) of the trout fishing I do here in Texas is nymphing, so I am wondering if I would benefit from a longer rod. What length rods does everyone here prefer for their nymphing?

As a companion question, how many folks carry 2 separate rods, one for nymphing and one for dries? Or do you prefer one "all-around" rod?
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:13 AM
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txbevo: I have always preferred a 9 ft rod for nymphing, but I see in the last few years lots of folks moving to 9.6 or 10 ft for nymphing. I can definitely see the advantage a longer rod has while nymphing, easier to make mends, easier to keep all the line off the water and yet have the drift a little further out in the stream. I prefer having two separate rod setups one for nymphing and one for dries or the second one for streamers depending on what time of year. YMMV!

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I think a 9' rod serves as a pretty good compromise length to handle everything. I spend 95% of my time trout fishing here with sunk flies, so carrying another for dries really wouldn't make sense. If I were fishing the Dream Stream in CO, I might have a different take.

All that said, I'm building up a 10' 4/5 switch for spey casting and nymphing our larger rivers. I'll report on how it do.
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My shortest rod is a 9 ft,I use 9.5 or 10 ft rods and 4wt lines for nymphing and they're all medium fast ones.I guided a japanese angler long ago who had a "tooth-pick"...he quickly understood why long rods are essential to fish fast waters.

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ps:Cliff...if you have enough time build one for me10ft 4/5 wt....that's perfectWhat blank are you going to use?
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It depends where I fish. For the big waters that I fish, I use an 11 foot switch rod. It is hard to beat the extra length for line control. For some smaller waters, I use my 9 foot rods.

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Edit: The recommended length for nymphing rods for my local big waters is 10 feet for those who don't want to use switch rods. Being longer than the standard 9 footer gives it an advantage for mending. For those who like to split their time nymphing and swinging, 9.5 feet is the recommended length. The downside to extra length is that one has to move extra mass around which can tire one out quicker. The 9.5 feet length is a compromise between the 9 and the 10.

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I just grab one and thats the one for the day. It's too much trouble for me to tote another rod. I kinda fond of my 7'6" 3wt, it's been getting the most use lately. I understand the points being made with the longer rod and have a 9'. Fishing along a tree coverd shore is easier for me with the shorter rod.
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Like MP said, It depends on the water size. Small(7'6-8'6 ft.) Med,(9-10ft), Med-Lrg(11ft)
Our local water ranges over the season, from BIG in the spring, to kinda small.
So I "switch" early, and then shift to shorter rods later.
When I'm fishing the 11ft switch, I only carry one rod.
Otherwise it's two rods( 9-10ft) rigged with a dry and a nymph set up, (or streamer).
This last year I even fished the switch rod in a drift boat too. Worked well except storing it away when not in use. It is astounding how much water you can cover with it.
Single or two hands, it is hard to beat the line handling abilities, and extended drifts. Larger fish really dislike the leverage you have on them.
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I'm using 10 footers for my nymphing for Steelhead...I don't know if I could use a 9'er now...

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[/COLOR]ps:Cliff...if you have enough time build one for me10ft 4/5 wt....that's perfectWhat blank are you going to use?
Its a cheap IM6 blank I found on eBay. I've only got 2/3's of the guides done so far. I'm curious to see how it does. It definitely feels like a medium action, but we'll see once its wrapped up. Going to be kinda stealthy- brown wraps on a brown blank with black single footed guides. Now I wish I got a black reel seat, but the price was right on the kit I found.

And I can barely find the time to finish this one. (though now that everything near here is blown out, glad I've got something to do)
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I'm using 10 footers for my nymphing for Steelhead...I don't know if I could use a 9'er now...

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I know how you feel. Last Sunday, I nymphed my local water with my 9 foot 5 weight. It was so much harder to control my line compared to my 11 foot 6 weight switch. On the longer drifts, I felt that I was disconnected with my nymph rig.

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