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Vision Stillmaniac – The Best Stillwater Fly Rods in the UK

Vision have blazed a trail when it comes to rod design, blank attributes and, of course, overall performance – and the Vision Stillmaniac 9’9″ #7 is no exception to the rule.

With the continued success of the Vision Stillmaniac range, Vision has now pushed the boat out even even further. This beauty has been designed specifically for stillwater fly fishing, with some serious input from major competition anglers from all over the world. As a result it perfectly fills a niche in the UK fishing scene.

Anglers are becoming more demanding these days, and in a competitive environment, marginal gains mean everything. Gone are the ‘one size fits all’ days. We have more choice, whether in the form of rods, reels, or lines. So anglers can tailor their tackle to suit the fishing conditions and environment. By having the tools at their disposal, they can make the most of so many fishing situations

Vision Stillmaniac – Plenty Of Power

Despite being shorter the Vision Stillmaniac 9’9″ #7 still retains plenty of power like its bigger brother, but it’s also just a little more refined in its makeup. It offers a little give when you need it most. This means it can handle modern sinking lines and their often aggressive profiles, which we love here in the UK.

It’s an excellent choice for when ‘the hang’ is playing a big part in the day’s fishing too. That little extra flex ensures that you stay connected when a trout hits hard. With stiffer blanks there is more risk of being snapped off.

Vision Stillmaniac – Targeting The Surface Layers

However, this rod has finesse too and lends itself to more subtle fishing applications, so that nymphing and dry fly become a whole lot easier and far more enjoyable.

From floating lines down to fast intermediates, lines that allow us to search the surface layers, the Stillmaniac 9′ 9” #7 really excels. These types of lines, fished on this rod, let the knowledgeable angler get away with far lighter tippets to present smaller, delicate flies more naturally.

Of course, being able to do this when the situation presents itself will see more fish in the net. Marginal gains are what it’s all about after all

Vision Stillmaniac – Make the Most Of The Fight

It should also be highlighted that when it comes to playing fish, no matter what size, this rod offers exceptional ‘feel’ and balance, allowing anglers to get the most from the fight. At the same time, as the responsive tip allows anglers to enjoy the battle, the lower sections of the blank are there as backup – some reserve power should you need it if you are lucky enough to hook into something special.

The 9’9 #7-weight Stillmaniac gives anglers the ability to adapt quickly to various fishing situations, and it’s this versatility that makes it a ‘must-have’ in any stillwater angler’s armoury!

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