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Cortland Line Company

Cortland Competition Rod - European Style Nymphing

$ 299.95

SKU 9868

European-style nymphing is catching on in the U.S, enter Cortland’s Competition rod series. Built from high-modulus, ultra-sensitive graphite blanks, our rods are weighted toward the butt to help maintain the optimum 45-degree angle without tiring your wrist. The matte black finish helps dampen vibration to prevent shock waves when presenting the fly. Black, single-foot guides are oversized to ease leader knot transfers for fishing short distances. And the handle is thin, with an ergonomic taper that allows an angler to touch a finger against the blank for strike detection. These 4-piece rods include hook keepers and fighting butts with hard cork bottoms.

Rods include a cloth rod sock and ang optic orange rod case for easy location on the river bank.

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Olaf D.
United States

Sensitive but tough

This is my first nympho rod, and I've put it through the paces this over the past six months. I was a bit concerned about breaking the tip; you hear stories about this happening all the time, what with the super thin, sensitive tips. So far so good with the Cortland.I've smacked it around on trees and rocks on the McCloud and the Pit, and so far it's held up fine. It also handles adult steelies (I have the 3 wt) on the Trinity with aplomb. It's definitely not as sensitive as a 2 wt, but I like the backbone, and eventually you figure out how to sense the bottom (or a fish) through a combination of sensation and watching your sighter. It's been a cool (and very productive) learning experience figuring out the nympho world, and this rod is a good one have along for the ride (I chose it based on a guide recommendation and the decent price point).