Cortland Nymph Series Fly Rods


I've had the fortune of testing prototypes and pre-production models of these rods since summer 2019. I firmly believe they punch far above their price tag. I would say unequivocally that these are the best entry level rods currently on the market. I don't think you get any upgrade in performance without going to full premium priced rods. They have updated materials which have resulted in a lighter and more durable rod than their predecessor the Competition Nymph Rod (Devin Olsen's view of these rods)

Cortland’s Nymph series fly rods were specifically designed for modern nymphing techniques. Built on a super light graphite blank which dampens and recovers quickly for exceptional feel. The low reflective, matte black finish allows for an extremely stealthy approach while providing an addition layer of protection. The down-locking reel seat combined with the composite fighting butt allows for exceptional balance and fast hook sets. Nymph Series fly rods feature over-sized light wire single foot guides for easier passage of fly line, monofilament and knots. All ferrules and guides are coated with highly durable epoxy, resisting cracks, flex stress and excessive knots. Finished with alignment dots, size specific rod bags and a protective cordura rod tube.

• 4 Piece Graphite Blank With Matte Finish
• Anodized Down-locking Reel Seat
• Dual Locking Rings
• Premium Ferrule & Guide Epoxy
• Over-sized Light Wire Single Foot Guides
• High-grade Cork
• Cork Composite Fighting Butt
• Alignment Dots
• Finished with Rod Bag and Cordura Rod Tube


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11 Reviews

Kevin Aug 10th 2021

My first nymph rod

This is the only nymph rod I have used. I am happy with it. My only comparison is to using a Rio Shorty on my 9 ft 5 wt. This is so much better. Light enough so your arm is not aching. Haven't caught anything on it yet so I can't report how it handles a fish. Hopefully I can do that soon. Seems fairly sensitive.

Robby G May 26th 2021

Cortland Nymph Series 2wt

Bought this rod based off Devin's review (the one on the product page and from Modern Nymphing). Very pleased with this rod. It has become my go-to nymphing rod. I'd recommend this rod to anyone who asked or is looking.

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