We have spent the last few months testing various nymphing rod/line/indicator combo's out at various price points. We were searching for the impossible (or so it seemed), a nymphing rod, line and indicator combo which worked in harmony together, fished with feel and was priced to allow everyone access.
What we have eventually ended up with is an outfit that performs well above its price point whilst also offering lots of scope for the 'new to nymphing' angler to improve their technique (without investing in new and upgraded gear - if you're after the best there is, wait for next weeks email!). The Holy Grail then - well not quite, but pretty close. There are better rods out there, but for the increase in cost, you will not see anywhere near the same increase in performance. So on to the outfit ...
We started with the Rod ... We decided that for the best of both worlds (nymphing with the occasional dry fly) that a 3 weight was required. We also looked at the length and found that 10'0" was the optimum length for when fishing on both small/medium and larger rivers - so a 10' 0" 3wt was the rod of choice, so which one did we choose?
We chose the 10' 3# HPS from our friends over in Bulgaria (who really know a thing or two about how to create and fish a nymphing rod).
And then to the best Nymphing Line ... It didn't take us long to chose this, as we sell them already - the most sensitive euro-nymphing line there is - the Hends French Leader - essentially a 9-meter long tapered leader. Easily the best option for those of you who do not plan to compete (this style of French Leader is not allowed by Fips-Mouche rules - maximum leader length is 2x length of your rod - I believe they were banned because they were too successful!).
And then to the Indicators... In-line indicators work best when euro-nymphing and the best there is are the ones developed by Hends - the Bi-colour Strike Indicator. These are made from soft braided nylon material with micro tippet rings on each end, making it easy to add anywhere in your leader setup. Ideally, place it between the French Leader and tippet to aid better bite indication.
And finally to the nymphs ... So you've got the rod, line and indicator, now you need some nymphs to tie on the end! We checked our system for the most popular nymphs to fish in September, October & November and have put them together in a small selection (containing 24 nymphs) to get you started.
NB. We can make the Nymphing rod available to purchase separately, for only £109.99, please contact us by email if you would like more information.
*** We will not be offering this Outfit again until September 2022 ***