These rods, reels, and lines are specifically designed for Euro nymphing, and are the best performing euro nymph gear of 2021. Regardless of your budget, there are some amazing euro nymph options in every price range. The ReelFlyRod Pro Staff recently field tested the latest offerings in the euro nymph arena. Our unanimous favorite was hands down the Sage ESN 3106-4 Outfit with the Sage ESN reel, and RIO Technical Euro Nymph line. The Sage Sense and Echo Shadow X combos outperformed and are delightful outfits for several hundred dollars less. At the lower price point, the new Redington Strike and Echo Shadow II were the Pro Staff’s favorites.
Casting a long leader is a pleasure and takes little or no effort. European-style nymphing rods have softer tips with stout butt sections. They load easily, even with very little fly line outside the rod tip. Your casting stroke is normally nothing more than a short flick of the wrist, and the softer tip launches the light line and leader toward the target. They allow you to cast a uniform, thin diameter euro nymph fly line. Euro rods also have thinner walls in the tip section, creating a softer and highly sensitive rod, which is important for detecting subtle strikes. Combined with a light line or leader, these sensitive rod tips allow you to feel even the subtlest takes.
These soft tips allow more play with indicator, the indicator constantly twitches and vibrates during the drift. This twitching/vibrating indicates that the nymphs are drifting naturally in the water column. The twitching stops the moment the flies encounter a snag or trout. These specialized rods provide superior strike detection by sight or by feel.
Our top picks for Euro Nymph reels were the Abel TR, Sage ESN, Redington Tilt, and Ross Colorado. Each of these reels balanced perfectly with these longer, lighter rods, and delivered smooth precision and excellent performance. The Orvis Battenkill also made our list of top picks at the entry level price point. Our favorite line was Airflo Indicator Nymph line, followed by the RIO Technical Euro Nymph and Orvis Hydros Nymph lines.Have questions or need expert advice choosing the perfect euro nymph fly rod to suit your needs? Please contact our expert ReelFlyRod Pro Staff by phone or email. We are here to help you find the best euro nymph rod to suit your unique fishing techniques.