In recent years, the Euro-nymph craze has taken the trout waters of the United States by storm. With several anglers and a couple of films bringing Euro-nymphing into the mainstream, Cortland has found themselves at an advantage, as they’ve been focusing on nymphing rods for some time and are head of the game.
For anglers looking for a rod that exhibits Cortland’s strength in this market, the Cortland Competition MKII Nymph Fly Rod is where you’ll find Cortland’s answer to the needs of Euro-nymph anglers.
It’s hard to debate the fact that Euro-nymphing brings results. This strategy is widely used on the competitive scene because anglers tend to catch more trout when Euro-nymphing. And with so many tailwaters in the U.S. that offer decent winter trout fishing, it makes sense that the craze would make its way to the States.
We tested the Cortland Competition MKII Nymph Fly Rod and found it appealing right out of the tube. An attractive rod, it also feels good and balanced in hand — both aspects important for nymphing. Weight distribution with Euro-nymphing is critically important, and the design of this rod — from the “carbon fiber of military grade modulus and resins” to the down-locking reel seat bring this balance as well as a light feel.
After years of fishing the original Competition rod, Cortland brought innovation to the Cortland Competition MKII Nymph Fly Rod, and the improvements are noticeable. Beyond the balance, these rods track well, are accurate, and have plenty of feel. And as you’d expect, these rods are certainly strong enough to handle big healthy trout.
The Cortland Competition MKII Nymph Fly Rod is available in four sizes: 10-foot 2 weight, 10.5-foot 3 weight, 11-foot 2 weight, and 11-foot 3 weight. This rod has a lifetime warranty, comes in a hard rod tube, and the rod costs $675.
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