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 5 reviews
Dan Dev
Incredible feel and strength

Super impressed with the build quality on the rod. I’ve been out with hit half a dozen times and for a 2wt, I’m blown away by the strength of the backbone and delicate feel of the tip. Sensitive enough to feel and pull so very light bites on 5 and 6X tippet, but also enough meat to net a 19” rainbow that wanted to grind his face into the rocks. Stoked with the price to value on this rod!

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Dale Sheehan
Favorite Rod

I own ESN’s and Contact II’s but the Diamondback Ideal Nymph 10’ 1wt has quickly become my favorite rod. Don’t let the 1wt fool you,I have landed some decent fish in fast moving water with no issues. The accuracy with this rod is pin point with quick recovery and can throw dry droppers with ease,and this rod also comes with a great price point.

Excellent Rod!

Just received my 2wt 10’10” rod and used for the first time.. the rod performs excellent! Great feel sensitivity and response.. extremely strong and handled 17” fish in pocket water, while protecting a 7x tippet.

Jeffrey Lumley
Optimal Cost/Value

Of the roughly 25 trout rods (Including several Euro Rods) I have fished over the past few years - if I had to pick only one - the Ideal Nymph Rod is it. I have fished both the 10ft 10 inch 2wt and the 10ft 2wt models - both are superb with excellent fit/finish - but I personally prefer the 10ft 2wt because it is lighter in hand and feel because you can balance it effectively with a lighter reel and most often I'm not in situations where the extra 10 inches of reach is a big difference maker. The rod is very versatile (throws a great dry fly/dry dropper presentation and indicator nymph rig) but shines most under euro nymph/tightline use cases. For those who use Daniellson Reels (Swedish Full Cage) - plan on using a different reel with these rods because Daniellson's reel foots are not beveled to our American Standard and as a result do not fit well with the downlocking reel seat sleeve. The 3 specific things that differentiate these rods for me in making them an optimal cost/value over comparable options in the market: 1. Very high quality rod blank that recovers fast 2. Stiffer power in the bottom 2 sections of the rod without sacrificing any sensitivity or tippet protection up top (less noodle-like feel) 3. High quality downlocking reel seat with fighting butt that optimizes the reel balance and steady drift equation that we go through for Euro Tight Line style.

Chris Groves
3 weight, 10 foot 10 inches

I have fished this rod twice and caught 16 to 18 inch browns and rainbows on it with both nymphs and dries. Great sensitivity for Euro nymphing and great lower backbone for fighting thick fish

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