#1.Douglas DXF Fly Nymphing Rod
For those who are looking for the best nymphing rod, we highly recommend that you try out the Douglas DXF Fly Nymphing Rod. It is the best value mid-priced euro nymphing rod in our opinion and we can bet many others will share the same thoughts. It is well built, very sensitive, fairly accurate, and will put your fly at the right spot without breaking your back.
Best Nymphing Rod
- #1.Douglas DXF Fly Nymphing Rod
- #2.Sage ESN HD Fly Rod
- #3.Cortland Competition Nymph Rod
- #4.Thomas & Thomas Contact Series Nymph Fly Rods
- #5.Berkley Fenwick World Class Fly Nymph Rod
#1.Douglas DXF Fly Nymphing Rod
When it comes to the best nymphing rod, we highly recommend you try out the Douglas DXF Fly Nymphing Rod. Many people like it because it is light, quick, sensitive, and accurate. Although it is not as accurate as a Sage ESN, it certainly won’t cast dry like a Winston Super 10. And one of the star features is that it has just the right amount of weight for its length and line rating.
In terms of sensitivity, we would say that this is probably the most sensitive euro nymph rod we’ve tested, and we have definitely tested a lot. Overall, for a mid-priced rod, we are very pleasantly surprised with the build quality. The DXF has a nice stiff backbone and doesn’t make you work too hard to put flies at the right spot.
#2.Sage ESN HD Fly Rod
Next up, we have the Sage ESN HD Fly Rod, which is the best nymphing rod for those who want a pro-grade rod and are willing to pay a pro-level price. The ESN HD basically does everything extremely well except it leaves a huge dent in your wallet. It is a super light rod with pretty much the perfect weight.
Additionally, we found that the Sage ESN HD treads a very fine line between sensitivity and casting ability and has a very nice balance between the two. In other words, it is easy enough to cast while remaining sensitive. Also, it helps that it has an amazing grip with a great finish.
#3.Cortland Competition Nymph Rod
If you are more of a value-minded consumer and want the best nymphing rod only if it is going to be a good bargain, we think that the Cortland Competition will be right up your alley. The Cortland is a long rod that is a bit butt heavy, which helps minimize arm and wrist strain as well as maintain balance. There’s also an uncoated blank and thin cork handle, which gives you fast action.
The rod is also built with sensitivity in mind and has a very soft sensitive tip. Additionally, it certainly packs in some punch and has some serious flex for big fish. In terms of durability, as far as we can tell it is durable enough for its amazing price point. Although it is not coated, we have yet to see that being a major problem down the line.
#4.Thomas & Thomas Contact Series Nymph Fly Rods
The Thomas & Thomas Contact Series Nymph Fly Rod is another industry holy grail that should not be overlooked. In our opinion, it is incredibly comfortable and even lighter than a Sage ESN. What we find the standout feature is that this rod doesn’t tire you out after long periods of time. Also, it is pretty amazing at casting long distances, if that is your thing.
Another talking point is that it is just a nice fast-action rod that also maintains tip sensitivity, which is quite rare for a rod of this type. And lastly, we just want to say that it is extremely accurate but all of this comes at a steep price point. Let’s just say it is certainly not a cheap rod.
#5.Berkley Fenwick World Class Fly Nymph Rod
Lastly, there’s the Berkley Fenwick World Class Fly Nymph Rod, which made our list because it is just like it. But we are pretty sure others can agree with us here. Overall, this is a very nice rod for its entry-level price point and is a pretty fast-action rod with a nice and light feel to it.
It works very well for nymphing in tight quarters and allows for very easy line control. In general, it is pretty amazing at fishing in a range of conditions and waters. If you don’t really want to commit too much money and want a solid entry-level nymphing rod, the Berkley Fenwick is an amazing choice.