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Tangina20February 2nd, 2021, 9:43 pm
Posts: 3I’m new to euro nymphing and will be building either the 11’ 2/3wt or 10’ 3/4wt proof fly fishing blank. I see a lot of places that the 10’ length is the most common for euro nymphing but I feel like that isn’t too much different from my 9’ rod. What do you suggest for fishing rivers like the San Juan and Rio grande? Thanks!
MartinlfFebruary 3rd, 2021, 6:00 pm
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Palmyra PA

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I'm partial to the 10' length, but have not yet tried the 11' extension for my Drift rod. Most of the streams I fish are smaller than the San Juan, though. The extra foot may not sound like much, but it does make a difference between 9' and 10'. Ultimately these sort of things often come down to personal preference and what someone has gotten used to. Do you know someone with a 10' and an 11' rod that you might borrow for a bit to compare and see what you think?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Tangina20February 4th, 2021, 6:24 am
Posts: 3Unfortunately I’m new to the area. I will give a 10’ a try and see how it goes. Thanks for the advice!
MartinlfFebruary 4th, 2021, 7:12 am
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Palmyra PA

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A local shop may be able to let you handle and cast different rods. A guide may have different rods to try as well. Best of luck.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchFebruary 4th, 2021, 7:43 am
York & Starlight PA

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Tangina20 wrote;

I feel like that isn’t too much different from my 9’ rod.


A 10' rod is 11% longer and quite a significant length gain when you are high sticking or tight lining. I typically used to steelhead fish with a 9' rod. When I went to a 10' #6 I found it was so much easier to roll cast and to perform upriver mends. I don't own any Euro nymph rods but if I did I would probably stick with nothing longer than 10' 6" or lighter than a #3 line.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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