What is European Nymphing?

European Nymphing (Euro Nymphing) is the generalization that encompasses 4 different styles of nymphing; Czech, Polish, French and Spanish. These methods incorporate 10-11 foot rods, heavy flies, in-line sighters (indicators) and usually a tight line method. Read more about European nymphing in our Learning Center.

What makes a rod specific to European Nymphing?

Rods that are built for European Nymphing have a strong but section and softer tip. This allows for the most sensitivity for feeling each tick of your flies on the bottom and on fish. They are also usually 10-11 feet long, some even 10-14 feet, for added reach; a necessity for keeping a tight line connection with your flies. For more info about European Nymphing rods, click here.

What reel should I have to balance my rod?

We recommend a heavier reel to balance our 10 and 11-foot rods. Ideally, the rod will balance horizontally on one finger placed just in front of the cork. For a list of recommended reel weights for Syndicate rods, click here.

Do I need a specific line for European Nymphing?

You will benefit from using a fly line made for the European methods. While your weight forward or double taper line may suffice, it will tend to sag between guides, resulting in a loss of contact with your flies. This is due to the heavier taper of a standard line. Lines made for the European methods have little to no taper, a thin diameter and usually a braided core. A thin, minimally tapered, line is lightweight and does not sag or pull back toward the reel, allowing you to stay in contact with your flies. The braided core helps with low memory and allows the leader to be spliced into if for a seamless connection. Learn more about fly line options here.

Why do your rods have up-locking reel seats rather than down locking?

This is really a story of preference, but we find that a down-locking reel seat will put the reel to far back toward the butt of the rod, making it a fulcrum that will cause excess fatigue. Also, we have found that an up-locking reel seat is stronger, making something that we can really stand behind when you put it to work.

Where are Syndicate rods made?

All Syndicate rods are designed in the USA and tested across the world by our trusted professionals. Each component of our rods are sourced from the highest quality manufacturers and assembled in our overseas factory.

Why should I choose a rod with a fighting butt rather than without?

This is another situation that depends mostly on personal preference, which is why we offer both options on our most popular Pipeline 10 foot 3 weight. A fighting butt can aid in balancing a rod by adding a little bit of extra weight in the butt, as well as provide something to rest against the anglers forearm while nymphing with the rod high in the air. Of course, it is always there for extra fighting ability, but some angler’s just plain don’t like it on a nymphing rod.