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    Poor casting technique or mismatched rod and ljne ?

    I've used a 9ft Sigma in a 5# at a casting demonstration and it's a decent no nonsense rod used by some instructors. What line have you got fitted to it? If it's a matching Shakespeare line it should be fine, however if the rod is broom like and not loading with the line you have it may be worth...
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    I've looked at Marks and the ESN spacing and will tape the eyes on so I can run a line through it to see which I prefer when the rod is under tension.
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    Dougie. The blank arrived yesterday, first impressions are very positive. Fast action bending through the blank, slim and light at 48g. I'll have to ring it to see how the action changes when I ring it. I'll let you know in about two weeks time.
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    Decided to go for the Taniwha 10ft 6in 2/3# with a Struble D20 Downlocking reel seat, H&H Seymo single leg guides and claret silk thread. Hopefully I'll be able to put it together for the Xmas break and will give my thoughts on the blank once I've had the chance to use it.
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    I may have second thoughts and go for Marks new 10ft 6in 2/3# Taniwha Nano Helix blank from what I can gather designed/made by a former CTS designer.
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    Hardy Ultralite LL Sintrix NSX

    Phil The Zephrus Ultralights are light mellow actioned rods designed for rivers and are true to line weight. they don't take kindly to overlining. Barrio Mallard and Maxcatch Gold both worked well with mine
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    What make thread is it? And what colour?
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    I think it's the standard polish black blank
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    CTS Affinity nymphing rod build advice

    I'm going to build a nymph rod over Xmas and I'm looking at the CTS Affinity X either 2# or 3# blank in a 10ft. Does anybody have any experience using these blanks as CTS are traditionally known as being a little pokey in which case a 2# may be the better option? Any advice would be appreciated...
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    Good reel for 11ft nymphmaniac rod?

    If you can find a discounted or second hand Hardy Ultralite FWDD they are great reels. The 4000 or 5000 would be my choice for an 11ft rod.
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    A few winter river nymphs

    Teased out with velcro you can also can also tie it in in a loop noting that the body is dubbed with scruffy dubbing and the collar has hare and squirrel dubbing as well as spectre dubbing
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    A few winter river nymphs

    The dubbing is Andrews Scruffy Dubbing, Appleby Olive mixed with a pinch of Highland Peat
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    4# for rainbow trout ?

    This is a picture taken on the Avon, size 18 fly 0.14 tippet using a fast action 9ft 4# weight. It's a good trout and was hooked down the run between the weed beds. If I'd been using my 8ft 6in Loop Cross 3# with the same tippet, I wouldn't have had the control to stop or turn the fish and...
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    A few winter river nymphs

    As per title, mainly tied on Partridge Wide Gape Jig hooks in an 20,18, and 16 plus the controversial Squirmy, not everybody's cup of tea but an essential winter river fly particularly in coloured water.
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    4# for rainbow trout ?

    Paul, that would have been a proper good old fashioned 4lb hook length and correct me if I'm wrong but proper salmon hooks? Not sure what weight rod he's using but you can't help admire how he puts a line out. So much for the tippet determining the fly size
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