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.

Spare tips for Ideal Nymph rod models available here.

Model Grams Ounces

Reel balance weight range (unloaded)

Ideal Nymph Reel

10' 1wt 74 2.61 4.6 - 5.1oz

1/2 Reel Empty or +1 weight

10' 2wt 77 2.71 4.8 - 5.2oz 1/2 Reel +1 weight or 3/4 Reel empty 4x-8x
10'10" 2wt 83 2.93 4.9 - 5.5oz 3/4 Reel +1 weight 4x-8x
10'10" 3wt 86 3.03 5.1 - 5.7oz 3/4 Reel +1 or +2 weights 3x-7x
10'10" 4wt 90 3.17 5.3 - 6.0oz 3/4 Reel +2 weights 2x-6x
10'10" 6wt 102 3.60 6.2 - 7.5oz 3/4 Reel +4 weights 1x-5x

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Matt Peck
Awesome Rods!

Can't say enough about the product and fantastic customer service at Diamondback!!

Jim Dawson
so glad i went with the diamondback

i received my 10’ 3wt yesterday,took it out to cast on the lake to try it fell in love.can’t wait to get on the river. we just had tons of rain. Ryan from five weight outdoors recommended the rod to me glad i met him on the river.anyone want to by a recon.

Zack Wischnia
Borrowed from a friend

I was fortunate to be fishing with a guide buddy in central PA over the past couple of days and when we quickly realized I could not feel strikes on my euro rod (soon to be on ebay), he let me use his 10'10 2wt ideal nymph rod. We caught 50 fish, yes 50 over the past two days. I could feel the most subtle takes and being new to euro nymphing, I still missed a bunch of them when I didn't set fast enough but I still felt them. It was literally love at first cast/catch. The rod flips the line effortlessly and can handle fish of many different sizes from smaller to over 20 inches. I ended up battling a 22-25" golden that broke the tippet just before hitting the net. Because I fell in love with the rod, I had to order one for myself so it will be heading my way shortly and I absolutely could not be more stoked! Feel like a kid on christmas! Can't wait to get out on the water with it. Thanks to Brady Hawkins for sharing the magic of diamondback rods and for being my go to guide in Central PA and beyond!

Ideal Nymph 10ft. 2 wt.

Great Nymphing rod for smaller streams but has enough backbone to handle larger fish. Accuracy and sensitivity are off the charts…especially with a thin micro leader. I love this rod. You won’t find anything better in this price range!!

Matt Rogerson
Ideal nymph reel

Absolutely love it. Caught over 5 fish on it yesterday all over 20 inches and it worked amazing.

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