finally broke in my switch rod

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  1. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Active Member

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    Bought it last June and went 0 for 1 with it on summer runs last year. I mostly fished it early and late in the season and used my single hand 6wt when things were low. Still working out some issues with my two-handed casting. It's good one minute and crap the next.
    I tried a couple of new sink tips today and found 10ft of t-11 cast much easier than I anticipated. And it apparently got down where it needed to be.
     

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    Great job!

    Biggest part is, you got the fly out there just far enough to catch this one, so you know you are casting far enough.

    Now that you have broken the ice, you can work calmly and slowly at the casting. It will come along better and better each time.

    Now go get some more!

    William
     
  3. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Nice work!
     
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    Those little SR rods are pure money, especially with T-11. Nice work.

    If I brought a special handle for carrying a fish I would be skunked for life guaranteed!
     
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    Oh, I misread. I thought you wrote that you finally broke your switch rod, but then you didn't say a thing about the breakage. My eyes truly do deceive me at times. Glad you caught a fish. That's so much better than a broken rod!

    Sg
     
  6. RogueBum

    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    Nice catch! How did it feel on the fight? She looks fast!
     
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    I was really happy with how quickly I picked up two-handed casting last summer. It was like I had been doing it for years. The last couple times out at the end of summer my casting suddenly went to shit. Not sure what changed. I only pulled the switch out again last week and, like I said, it's hit and miss. I'm hitting the rod with my fly sometimes on river left, and just lacking that crisp, strong feel on most casts.
     
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    I thought that fish was a big dollie until I had it in close.
    Biggest fish I've caught on the switch rod is still a dollie from last year. 29" and caught in the same spot as yesterday's fish.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Neat... stringer? fish clip? brat holder? I LIKE THE THING THAT IS HOLDING YOUR FISH.

    Also, gratz on the metalhead
     
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    I bought the exact same setup last year in a 7 weight. I can't see which size yours is. I've liked it a lot, but I've also had a couple times where my casting just goes completely to hell. I feel like it's not very forgiving if you get sloppy with form (maybe all shorter rods are like that; I've only used one). Perhaps it's just throwing a lighter line than I'm used to. With that rod, I find myself succumbing to the urge to bomb two handed overhead casts (provided I've got 60 ft. of backcast room). In the summer, it's nice to put away the bigger rod and bring this one out. But then again, it's pretty nice to stow the switch and bring out the bigger rod sometimes, too.

    Nice fish.
     
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    cuponoodle breakfast Active Member

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    Mine is also a 7wt with a 9wt Ambush line. Last summer my spey casting with it was nice and tight with versileaders or just the Ambush line and a mono leader.
    Two-handed overhead casting is pretty sweet. I don't do it much but it is effective at shooting long distance.
     
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    I made one of those same clips awhile back. Found an old metal stringer with 7 clips on it. Cut the chain off the clips, melted ends of an old belt and install a grommet, then drilled hole in the flat part of the fish clip, bolted together and bam, ready to go fishing.

    Now, I just use the loop bungee cords that have the large plactic ball on the end. I can loop them to my pack off one of the metal rings, works nice.

    But the metal clip looks cooler!
     
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    You are likely cutting the corner...try to make a really exaggerated sweep and keep it slow and you'll find the button again.
     
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    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    I agree with conrad... keep it slow. My constant problem is the hunger to speed up my cast.

    It feels so good when casts are clean!
     
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    Thanks for the tip. Will keep it in mind.
     

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