Ideal Nymph


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The Ideal Nymph range is a series of tactical nymphing rods that has been thoughtfully designed in every possible aspect to be the most effective and pleasant feeling nymphing tools. The rods have a non-glare matte finish, downlocking matte titanium color hardware with high density premium quality cork grips, Curly Koa wood spacers and compact fighting butts. Rod accents include dark amber color primary wraps and titanium metallic accent wraps. Guide selection and placement on nymphing rods is critical to performance, and Ideal Nymph rods have the right components in the right places. There are three snake guides below the rod tip, which helps counter leader-wrapping problems with long leaders. Two lightweight single foot stripping guides create a smoother surface at the most critical contact areas while the rod is heavily flexed fighting a fish. Dark colored single foot guides cover the area between the snake guides and the stripper guides. Guide placement is optimized with a stripping guide on the butt section to minimize potential line sag. Ideal Nymph blanks are designed to maximize recovery speed and feel, while still flexing enough to load with mono rigs and lightweight nymphs. All Ideal Nymph rods have a firm backbone that allows for a quick hookset and great fish retention, while having the smooth power transition that allows anglers to apply firm pressure to fish without fear of breaking light tippets.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
K. Smith
Favorite Nymphing Rod

I bought the 10'10" 2wt rod and reel and they have become my go to combo! I've fished alot of high end rods and have settled on this one to be my main set up. I love the reach, the sensitivity and it's ability to handle large fish. It also handles a dry dropper set up well. Thanks Joe for bringing us these wonderful rods!

Thomas Walsh
Ideal Nymph 10’10”2wt

Rod is amazing!! Very accurate, ease of casting. Plenty of backbone to fight large fish. honestly, can’t say a single bad thing. Fit and finish are great. Is definitely my go too rod for nymphing.

10' 2wt

Really impressed by this rod. I have about 10 days on various types of water here in Washington including dry wading the Yakima which runs high and fast, and a number of our tributaries. Fished a 10lb mono rig primarily, but have also played around with a traditional fly line for kicks. I feel good about this rod in aggressive rainbows up to mid to high teens (in strong water), but I feel like the rod shines in smaller water (which is why I got it). The tip recovery is fantastic - I have run 3.8 bead point flies and didn't have any issues. I really purchased this as a rod for our tributaries and smaller water, and it's proven to be a total blast to fish. Also happened to grow up where it was made, so psyched to see Diamondback doing good things there.

Lance Lascari
Very pleased with the ideal nymph 10'10" 4wt

I've fished this rod maybe 7 times in the first 10 days of having it in my hands and I'm quite happy with it -- enough to order another in the lineup. Feels very light while capable and there's no significant "wobble" -- I've only fished a simple mono-rig and had no trouble with a small unweighted wet at 25'. I've mostly been fishing midsized nymphs but have had no troubles getting smaller heavy streamers to do what I ask of them -- great versatile rod.

10ft10in 2WT

Awesome stick. The 10'10" 2WT has alot more oomph than other comparable rods. I have landed trout to 22in so far without issue. Perfect for me in BC where I am limited to 1 fly rigs.

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