Ideal Nymph Rod

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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 22 reviews
Brandon Carder
10’10 2wt ideal nymph

I have a lot of time in fishing the 10’10 2wt and I have to say I’ve been very pleased with the performance of the rod, I can fish 6-7x tippet with ease and I still have the backbone to land the bigger fish! Highly recommend

Jason King
10’10 2weight is “ideal”

The 10’10 2w allows tippet protection to 7x and gives extra reach needed for medium to large rivers for me.
The rod recovery is great and allows the sighter to stabilise very quickly after casting.
This rod fishes more like a 2.5w which helps fighting fish in larger water.
I find it a little hard to cast a couple of 2mm beads so maybe the 1w is a better choice for small beads.

Kevin Smith
Favorite Nymphing Rods

My collection of Diamondback Ideal nymph rods has grown to every rod in there set. My favorites are the 10' 2wt, 10'10" 2wt, 10'10" 4wt and the 10'10" 6wt. I have recently fished the 6wt in the Erie Tribs for steelhead and have to say that it handles them better than any other rod I have fished. Joe has hit it out of the park with these rods. They are now my go to Euro rods. My Sage Esn's sit in the closet collecting dust, my T&T Contact 2's have been sold. For me these rods have helped my fishing and I really enjoy fishing them. Fit and finish is amazing, no detail has been left out. For the price they are a real bargain, you are getting much more than you paid for. If you want a top of the line Euro Rod look no further and do yourself a favor and pair it with the Ideal nymph reel, they are well worth the price and balances there rods exceptionally! Thanks Joe you've changed Euro nymphing for me forever!!

Josh Wells
Round of applause

Got the 1,2's, 4 and 6wt ideal rods. Phenomenal sticks. Very sensitive and powerful. Have landed small wild trout to a LMB in my local river (on the 10ft 10 inch 2wt) and have tussle a few 20+ inch stocked rainbows in high flows and have been blown away at the performance to cost comparison. I own a contact 2 and am esn also and these still get the grab on most trips. Just lacking the 3wt for the whole lineup. Buy confidently. You won't be disappointed.

My new wild trout stick ...

Today I took my new 10' 1wt Ideal Nymph Rod to a nearby creek located in my home state of NC and battled some 12 to 14 inch browns and bows. My first thoughts on the rod is that it casts my 2.5mm tungsten perdigons with little effort and the rod's recovery after every cast was surprisingly quick. Even though I landed every trout I caught today, this rod is not built to "horse" trout in like I do with my 3wt T&T ... then again I had to remind myself that this is a 1wt in my hand. The main reason why I bought this rod in the first place was to have a "light" nymphing rod to go after all the wild trout here in NC with the lightest of tippets. Even though I'm a big fan of T&T's Contact rod line, they definitely don't have one of these sticks for us to play wth! So in closing, Joe Goodspeed knocks it out of the park again by delivering to us yet another excellent nymphing rod line that will continue to put smiles on our faces with every hook set, great job Joe!

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