I am in awe of the new (as of this writing) 10' #3 Contact which is a great dry/dropper as well as straight nymphying rod, even good with lighter streamers. It is versatile and absolutely flawless. The 10'8" #3 which I use as a true Euro nymphing rod is easy to cast and fish with great tippet protection and feel. I have also fished the 10'2" #2 for smaller water/lighter tippets/smaller fish and it is superb. The service through Tactical Fly Fisher has remained fantastic. The down-locking reel seats are optimal, and it seems well worth taking the time balance one's reels to these rods. These rods are incredibly crafted yet simple and elegant. I did break one tip section by accident once and Thomas and Thomas repaired it quickly and inexpensively for me.
THOMAS AND THOMAS CONTACT NYMPH Rod 10' 8" 6 Weight
Recently purchased this specifically for steelhead fishing in Lake Erie tributaries. I have delayed reviewing until I have fished with it and caught fish. It is amazing how easy it is to cast nymphs using a 25 foot leader once one gets used to it. I have caught several 6 to 8 lb fresh run very aggressive steelhead and it protects tippets admirably while having sufficient backbone mid and lower sections to put on all the pressure your tippet is likely to sustain. I would not trade this for any other rod. I use barbless hooks and am amazed how easy it is to never lose contact and still not break tippets when steelies do their amazing antics.
Although expensive, I view it as an investment which will be used for thousands of hours of enjoyment.