Why am I selling a 10′ 2 wt. western fly rod at Three Rivers Tenkara?
Well, the short answer is… it’s personal. It’s a rod that I was intrigued with, then I fished the Syndicate 10′ 2-wt – and I loved it. I figured maybe some other tenkara folks might appreciate it too.
The longer answer…
When I was starting out in fly fishing, upstream long-line nymphing and “high-stick” nymphing were things that I did. The competition inspired nymphing techniques that are grouped as “euro-nymphing” these days had yet to make it on the scene as such. Though many of the same ideas were already around. Back then, an 8 or 8.5 foot 5-wt was often touted as a good all-around fly rod for folks getting into the trout game and wanted to do both some nymphing and dry fly fishing – and that’s what I used for years.
Gradually I got interested in lighter rods and went to a 4 weight, then a 3 weight – but these were short rods – 7.5′ and 7′ respectively. They were nice dry fly rods – but not great nymphing rods. But I used them anyway for nymphing because I liked the feel of the lighter line-weight rods and their more delicate presentations.
About 6 years ago I started to hear more about the Polish, Czech, French and Spanish nymphing techniques – and I was becoming aware of the longer rods that competition anglers were using. But to be honest, it didn’t really resonate all that much with me at the time. I was already set in my fishing ways at that time, and frankly I didn’t completely understand what the longer rods could offer.
Then along came tenkara…
At about that same time I heard about tenkara, took it up on a whim and got hooked, then obsessed. The appeal of the long rod, the light line and all the advantages that came with it became very, very apparent. I was catching more fish than ever. I was simplifying and having fun. The ease of tight-line fishing with the long rod and light line made fly control and strike detection much easier than with the shorter rods that I’d been using. Plus the stealth that came with the reach and delicate presentation cannot be underestimated.
Another side effect of tenkara was a simplifying of my fly box and and a focus on good technique and presentation over fly pattern.
Enter the long, light competition style rods…
A few years went by and again euro-nymphing/competition fishing techniques along with the long, light rods that folks were using started to creep into my consciousness. Rods like 10′ 2 weights, extra long leaders, the competition anglers’ fairly simple fly selection, tight-line fishing, fly control, the focus on presentation and strike detection …
It all sounded an awful lot like my tenkara fishing – the parallels were pretty apparent and I was intrigued.
It was clear that the 7.5′ 4-wt and 7′ 3-wt were not going to cut it. Just way, way too short. So I broke out the 9′ 6-wt. At one time it felt like a pretty long rod, but now compared to tenkara rods it felt a bit short and much too hefty. The 6-wt line was just not delicate, to say the least.
SYNDICATE P2 1024 10′ 2 wt Competition Fly Rod
I started looking for a fly rod that was long, delicate, mid-flex, capable of casting ultra-light lines (or even just level line fluorocarbon mono) – basically the most “tenkara” style western rod that I could find. Something that would combine the advantages of tenkara with a reel so that I could change line lengths easily, strip line as needed and that would also give me some margin of safety if a big fish hit and wanted to run.
Imagine combining a western fly rod with a tenkara rod and you will have a decent idea of what the Syndicate 10′ 2-wt will be like on the stream.
Now I’m not going to lie to you – I am not an expert on euro-nymphing. I’ve got plenty of experience with western fly fishing and nymphing – but as to the arcane details of Polish, Czech, Spanish and French nymphing and rigging – I am a work in progress. As you know – fly anglers (and tenkara anglers) often have a way of complicating things. And Euro-nymphing rigging can get technical.
But the good news is that you don’t have to get complicated if you don’t want to.
So how am I rigging this rod?
Taking the simplicity of tenkara to the western angling world I’m simply using a piece of Tenkara Level Line as a leader; usually I use about 12′ of #4 or #3.5 line. To the business end of that I attach 3 to 5 feet of 4x-6x tippet (depending on conditions and fly) then tie on a bead-head nymph and call it done.
Because the tenkara line is already hi-viz you don’t have to worry about a sighter.
Can you get more complicated? Of course. But this simple set up had been working pretty well – and in fact it will feel pretty much like a tenkara rod.
Reel and Line
For line, something like 2-wt floating line, or a fancy ultralight euro-nymphing line will work – it will mostly be on the reel anyway for tight-line nymphing.
For a reel a large arbor or mid-arbor reel with a clicker drag works nicely – but if you prefer a disc drag that’s fine too. If you have a small arbor reel that you want to use – you can use that too of course.
A tiny, traditional style light 2/3 weight trout reel will be too light. If that’s what you have and you want to use it – it will work – don’t sweat it too much. You could even add some lead core line as backing to add a little weight.
But, ideally a reel+backing+line total weight of about 6 to 7 ounces will balance the rod nicely.
Details: SYNDICATE P2 1024 10′ 2 wt Competition Fly Rod
-Helical Carbon Fiber Construction
-Mid Flex, Fast Recovery Blank
-4A Cork Handle
-Hardwood Reel Seat Insert
-Aircraft Grade Aluminum Reel Seat Components
-Matte Finish Olive Blank
-TiCH Single Foot Guides
-Ceramic Insert Rings
-Weighs 84 grams
Just a note: Syndicate also makes a 10′ 3wt and an 11′ ft 3wt. I’m not stocking these currently but I can special order them for you – just drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org