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.

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 15 reviews
The amazing Diamondback Ideal Nymph Rod 2wt 1010

In these inflationary times it’s a blessing to have options in getting the best bang for hard earned albeit deflated funds. Most of us who enjoy the Zen, art, romance, technicality, and catching of salmonids and others on the fly will be hard pressed to secure a fly rod that breaches the 1K ceiling without going through divorce proceedings, selling a body part, or refinancing an asset. Most of these high-end rods have amazing bling and performance and are typically made in the good old USA.

As I dearly love my wife, hate needles, and have no asset to refinance (not in the 1 percentile), I have no recourse but to seek the greatest value to cost ratio when it comes to sating my fly-fishing addiction. Herein is where the Diamondback Ideal Nymph Rod comes in. First and foremost, the rod’s creator is none other than Mr. Joe Goodspeed. Mr. Goodspeed is instrumental in the development of T&T Contact rods and so off the gates it has his DNA all over it. Along this vein the rod functions and performs akin to a precision surgical instrument. I have had the opportunity to fish the T&T Contact and IMO the sensitivity, controllability, strength, and lightness of the Diamondback can rival the T&T and those in and above the 1K ceiling at half the price. It is a handsome rod, humble but exuding confidence. The make is quality (I’m an engineer and so a little OCD) and provides those little differences such as a guide in the butt section to alleviate line sag, snake eyes at the tip section to increase line fluidity and reduce entanglements, and alignment dots to mention a few that magnifies rod efficiency.

Additionally, the cost of an extra rod tip for the Diamondback is reasonable, and the customer service is exceptional. I opted to secure an extra rod tip off the bat as this is a forever rod 😊.

I hope to save up more clams to secure the 3wt as well, hopefully soon.
If you value your hard-earned revenue, seeking a great nymph rod, or a person who attends fly fishing anonymous meetings then I highly recommend securing a Diamondback Ideal Nymph rod as it provides a terrific value to cost ratio and is just simply amazing.

Kaleb Pierce
10’10” 6wt

I emailed joe a bit before getting this rod seemed like one of two options for steelhead contact nymphing rods and my buddy got the other option so thought I’d give this a shot. A little different than smaller euro rods but exactly how it needs to be for me fishing a large river for large fish. I could feel current changes, feel the bottom and when hooking fish when my sighter stopped i could feel the rod get tip heavy. I use a 4.6mm bead jig fly on point and 3-3.5 (sometimes 4) on tag, casts beautifully, recovered quick and your fishing instantly.
First day using it steelhead fishing I hooked into a nice 10-12 lb coho, I learned using small rods on steelhead to use a lot of side pressure and that coho was a dog but landed him with ease on 3x tippet.
What a great experience with Diamondback from day one.

Best casting nymph rod with micro leader

I own a 10' 9" T and T 3 weight. Just sold a Hardy Ultra lite 10 foot 4 weight so I could get a Diamondback 10' 10" 2 weight.

I am a nymph fisherman. Hardy is nice. But I wanted to see what Joe Goodspeed created.

I couldn't believe how great. Casting a microleader like no other. Perfection.

Add in I had zero micro leader wrapping around the tip of the rod like the T and T. Very nice.

Lite in hand balanced nice with the Galvan euro reel.

Protected my lite tippet. Did not break off any.

At this price point, going to steal a lot of market share.

Well done Joe!

Yes you need this rod.

I first was intrigued by the 1wt 10' so I ordered one. I fish a lot of small streams for wild fish. After the first day it became my go to rod on most days.
Light as a feather and plenty of backbone.
I've landed wild browns and bows up in the 20" range quickly with no problems.
I have the 2wt 10'10" and the 3 wt 10'10".
As soon as the 6wt 10'10" is available that'll be in my quiver.
Try one of these , you'll be glad you did.

Gary Bergeron
Did not disappoint

I bought 2wt 10’10” as my second diamondback rod and it has not disappointed. The 2wt has a quick recovery, good accuracy and good sensitivity without stiffness. Can throw some heavy nymph rigs and micro stuff, fun fighting small fish but no problem putting brakes on larger 18”+ rainbows. Highly recommend

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