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FAQ Reels

The Stinger Micro Reel is an ultra light, low inertia reel designed to improve euro nymph and tight line techniques where line is elevated off the water’s surface for better contact with flies. Lightweight improves arm reach- Low inertia improves casting accuracy and rod sensitivity.

Reducing the reel’s weight and rotational inertia increases feel and control of the rod tip, and also increases rod speed. All helpful when casting small, weighted nymph flies. 

Lightweight improves arm reach with less shoulder strain. This allows you to guide your flies longer in a drift.

The reel’s mass dampens the vibrations that are being transmitted from the rod tip to the hand. A light weight system is more sensitive to bumps and strikes. 

No. Only adding reel weight will balance an ESN rod. A balanced rod will feel slow and heavy and requires more arm force and grip pressure when casting. Unbalanced rods have better rod tip feel and control.

No. Typically in ESN, a drag system is not needed. When fishing tight to the fly, the striking fish doesn’t have time, or slack line to run. Pressure is applied instantly.

Hand stripping a trout is the best technique regardless of what reel you are using. Stripping applies better pressure on the fish and takes up line faster if the fish runs toward the angler. 

Any fish using Euro nymph and tight line techniques requiring lightweight tackle (3– 7X Tippet, 1–4 wt ESN Rods, Lightweight ESN fly line with long leader rigs).

Yes. You can fish any flies that you can cast with your Euro nymph or tight line system. *See our videos for Dry Fly and Dry Dropper techniques with an ESN rig.

  1. When you are targeting large fish (24” plus) with heavy tackle (2X tippet, 6wt Rod, Sinking line, Large/ heavy streamers etc.
  2. When fishing/casting with long distance weighted line in big rivers and lakes.

The Stinger comes with the Tracer 62 complete euro nymph line/leader/sighter system in size Med(15/10/8 lb). Total length is 62 ft. Typically, you will only use the 12ft leader and 10-20 feet of fly line. No backing line needed.

No. Stinger’s coated ESN line has a braided core to reduce coils when fishing. It also has a good grip when stripping lines. 

Yes. But the diameter is larger than ESN line so the max length will be shorter.
*1-3 wt WF line works best for dries but you may only be able to fish 40 to 60 feet using a Stinger M1. The Stinger Comp holds 20% less line than the Stinger M1.

The Stinger can be mounted on any rod. But its intended use is for Euro nymph and tight line rods. It also works great on small stream rods and compact backpacking rods. 

For general purpose Euro nymphing the Tracer size Med (15/10/8 lb.) leader is recommended.

Size large (20/15/10 lb.) is better for dry flies and short distance / easiest to cast.

Size Small (10/8/3X) has better line elevation at longer distances / harder to cast.

Micro (8 lb./3X) has the best line elevation at long distance / hardest to cast. 

The Stinger fits all rods.

No. The Stinger is primarily used for tightline and Euro nymph techniques when catching freshwater trout or other fish where a drag system isn’t used.

Stripping line is always the best way to fight and land trout.

Yes. With practice you will wind as fast, or faster than a traditional reel.

About 60 to 80 feet of ESN line, leader and tippet.

The Stinger comes with the Mavrk Tracer 62- A complete euro nymph line/leader system.

The Stinger will hold 40 to 50 feet of 1 to 2wt floating line for fishing dry flies. WF lines are better because double taper lines are too thick.

Stinger Comp Dual Rod Combo Kit on Rock

FAQ Rods

General Rods

Nymph rods are longer and have a faster action tip for casting weighted nymph flies using light lines. But nymph rods can cast almost any fresh water fly.

Yes, 3wt Euro nymph rods are closer to standard 5wt rods in terms of strength.

Yes, any fly reel will fit on any Mavrk rod.

Mavrk Rods were primarily designed to be used with a euro nymph line/leaders.

Yes. 1-4 wt line can be used with Mavrk Rods.

The MV-X comes with a spare tip, the Dual rods do not.

Stinger Euro Nymph Reels Improved Rod Sensitivity

Dual II Rods

Both. It’s agile like a 3 wt but has the power and punch of a 4 wt.

The Dual II is a convertible rod and can be fished as a 9’ four section rod, or 10’ 3” by adding the 5th sections.

The Dual II has a down locking reel seat and new AAAA cork handle.

Nymph rods are longer and have a soft tip for casting weighted nymph flies when using light line. The fast action also helps protect light tippet from break-offs.

Yes, Mavrk 3 and 4 weight Euro nymph rods are closer to standard 5wt rods in terms of strength and power but have a softer tip.

Yes, any fly reel will fit on any Mavrk rod.

Mavrk Nymph rods were primarily designed to be used with a euro nymph line/leaders, but can also be fished with floating lines.

1-4 wt line can be used with Mavrk Rods.

Stinger Euro Nymph Reels Reduce Arm Fatigue

FAQ Combo Kits

MV-X Rod with either the Stinger Comp or Stinger M1.

The Dual or the Dual II Rod with the Stinger Comp or Stinger M1 micro reel.

The lightest combo is the Dual II with Stinger Comp in the 9’ length (4.1 oz total).

The 10’ 6” MV-X and Stinger Comp is the lightest long combo (4.2 oz total).

Yes, the Tracer 62 euro nymph line/leader system is loaded onto every Stinger Reel.

The 3wt MV-X Rod is a bit more agile than the 4wt Dual and Dual II Rod.

Both rod blanks are identical but the Dual II has a down locking reel seat and new cork handle shape with AAAA grade cork.

The MV-X is slightly lighter, softer and longer than the Dual rods.

The Stinger Comp will fit while attached to the rod. The Stinger M1 will fit after it is detached from the rod.

Any rod with a Stinger M1, which has taller spools for thicker floating line.

Stinger Euro Nymph Reels Better Casting

FAQ Hooks

Competition style hooks are typically Barbless and strong.

Premium hooks use better steel, are sharper, and have a protective coatings.

Yes, they penetrate easier, and extract easier.

M-10 M10

M-40 for long streamers and M10 for jig streamers.

M-20 uses the thickest wire.



Mavrk Barbless Euro Nymph Hook M10 Jig Hook Tinsel Perddigon

FAQ Beads

No. Slotted tungsten beads can be used with any hooks.

In water glossy beads and matte beads look the same. And smooth sinks faster.

Yes. Twice as heavy.

A larger brass bead will not sing as fast due to the increased surface area.

No. Tungsten is environmentally benign.

Mavrk Slotted Tungsten Bead Gold Sq Mini Stone

FAQ Line Leader

62 feet.


Only if you want to increase the size of your reel’s spool diameter.

Depends on the water type. Typically, 3X to 6X is used when euro nymphing.

Yes, it comes in sizes:

  • Large
  • Medium
  • Small
  • Micro

Size Medium offers the best overall casting with light line suspension.

Tracer 62 Nymphing Line and Leadervon rocks