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  • Euro Nymphing Rods

    Hey guys,

    Iím brand new to this forum here and Iíve really been wanting to get into euro nymphing lately so I would love to get some advice on a rod that isnít going to break the bank. Iíve been considering the Syndicate 10í 3 wt ($299), Cortland 10í 3wt ($250), and Cabelaís CZN 10í 3 wt ($199). I kind of want to go with the Cabelaís but wouldnít mind spending the extra money on the Syndicate if itís worth the extra value. Anybody have any experience with these rods or have any other suggestions? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    First, I see this is your first post so welcome to this madness!

    Of the three rods you mention, I have two - the Syndicate and the Cortland, you can't go wrong with either. I have also fished a Cabelas CZN, it's a fine stick as well. Its a good time to get into the EN game, several good rods at reasonable prices. Pick one, seriously they are all good sticks and as you are just beginning they will work just fine.
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    • #3
      I have the Cortland (10', 3 wt), but as soon as I bought the Syndicate (10', 3 wt.), the Cortland became my back up rod. Fit and finish, tip sensitivity, and casting is superior with the Syndicate vs. the Cortland IMO.
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      • #4
        Syndicate

        I've had my 10' 3 wt Syndicate for over a year and its a great rod to me and what I learned to nymph on. It has everything you need a sensitive tip, light weight, strong butt section to handle bigger fish, great reach, can cast a dry-dropper, and the company is ran by good guys who stand behind their warranty from what I've seen and heard from friends and other anglers. Check out Big T's store, he probably has one for you to pick up now if that's the rod you decide to go with.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chiefus View Post
          Hey guys,

          Iím brand new to this forum here and Iíve really been wanting to get into euro nymphing lately so I would love to get some advice on a rod that isnít going to break the bank. Iíve been considering the Syndicate 10í 3 wt ($299), Cortland 10í 3wt ($250), and Cabelaís CZN 10í 3 wt ($199). I kind of want to go with the Cabelaís but wouldnít mind spending the extra money on the Syndicate if itís worth the extra value. Anybody have any experience with these rods or have any other suggestions? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

          Thanks!
          Hello, I had a 10'6" 2wt from Big T and it was a great intro rod for me unfortunately, it got lost on the Toccoa but I bought the rod based on price , $125 and T's recommendation as well. Just wanted to get that out to you and I recently picked up an Orvis Recon 10' 3 wt to replace it.

          Good luck on whatever you go with because all of the mentioned rods are good choices.

          Kelly Hinson

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          • #6
            Syndicate. I've cast all three and the Syndicate does everything right for the best price.

            And get Big Ts aggressive butt euro leader. It'll help with casting if you are new to euro nymphing. I can accurately cast two 3.5mm tungsten nymphs with this rig. Optional but I have the Orvis Access Mid Arbor II reel with Rio Euro line (zero stretch, no sag).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kelly Hinson View Post
              Hello, I had a 10'6" 2wt from Big T and it was a great intro rod for me unfortunately, it got lost on the Toccoa but I bought the rod based on price , $125 and T's recommendation as well. Just wanted to get that out to you and I recently picked up an Orvis Recon 10' 3 wt to replace it.

              Good luck on whatever you go with because all of the mentioned rods are good choices.

              Kelly Hinson
              The Orvis Recon is another one that I was looking at. I’ve heard great things about that rod. Thanks for the advice on Big T’s 2wt. I’ll definitely look into that one.

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              • #8
                I very much appreciate all the feedback from everybody. After reading all the replies, I think you guys have convinced me to just go ahead and spend the little extra money on the Syndicate. I appreciate all the advice on leaders and reels as well. Very helpful!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NetBoy View Post
                  ......And get Big Ts aggressive butt ........
                  Sorry, I laughed at Big T's aggressive butt
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RScott View Post
                    Sorry, I laughed at Big T's aggressive butt
                    RScott: There is this phenomenon in psychology called priming. Essentially it suggests that certain cue words can provide predictive validity to what's on a person's mind. For example, when i say cat, most people think dog, because the two are possibly connected in the brain, somehow. so the fact that Big T's butt was the first thing to come to mind... I guess we know what you are daydreaming about down in that cube! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA JK

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                    • #11
                      I can vouch for the Cabelas rod. If you can be patient they often put it on sale @$125 at which point it becomes a no brainer.

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                      • #12
                        Personally I have used most every US euro rod out there and for the money, I would have to say out of the 3 you mentioned, hands down I would go with the syndicate. As far as build, quality, taper/flex, recovery, soft tip to protect light tippet but longer butt section with the the ability to handle big fish and a price range that is very reasonable, its hard to beat the syndicate. Redington hydrogen is another quality rod for the money. I am currently using their 11ft 3wt as my go to euro rod so that I can throw it in the bed of my truck without being paranoid about it bouncing around and possibly getting scratched when I am going from one stretch of the river to another like I would be if it was my sage and I love it. I would put both the syndicate and the hydrogen in the same class as far as build, quality and I think they are about the same price point. BigT is a good guy to deal with locally for a syndicate if you can ignore his agressive butt!!
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                        • #13
                          I also have the Cabelas and bought it on sale. Am now buying a Syndicate from Big T in a lighter weight and plan to use both in different conditions and also will have a loaner. Here's my advice to get started on the cheap. Get the Cabelas on sale. Use an existing reel and line and a Euro leader (mostly Maxima) long enough (25-30 feet of Maxima to sighter and then tippet) such that your fly line will never get off the spool. If you like euro nymphing, then move up to a reel and specialized euro line and maybe a better rod. If you are pretty sure on the front end that you will pursue Euro nymphing, because you've tried it or otherwise, then start with the better rod.

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                          • #14
                            I am about to list two euro rods if you are interested. I have a Syndicate 11' 3 weight I am selling for $200 and Moonshine Rods 10' 6" 3 weight for $175. Shoot me your cell number if your interested and I'll send you some pics. The Moonshine rod is brand new and only fished with twice and the Syndicate I bought from Big T. I recently bought a Titan Rod Vault and it wont hold anything longer than a 10' rod is the reason I am selling in case you are wondering. My main rod is a Cabelas CZN 10' 4 weight and I love it.
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                            • #15
                              Personally I like the syndicate rods. I have two of them right now (10ft 2wt, 11ft 3wt), and like them a lot. Totally planning on getting more in future as they release more products. Also just a nice group of guys running the company from what I have seen.

                              Cortland rods aren't bad. Neither are the czn, and have one but find it a bit to stiff for my taste.
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