I'm sorry if some of these questions have been covered in depth, but I couldn't find the info I'm looking for and I think I need a little direction from someone who's been in the same boat that I am. I'll start off by saying that for the last several years, I've fished for steelhead using gear and trout with fly. Mostly - at least most of the steelhead I've caught have been on gear. I'm looking to possibly change this and need some advice. I bought an 8 weight single hander and 8 weight spey rod a few years ago, hoping that I would transition these rods into my game full-time and phase the baitcaster out (not completely - but a bit more). That hasn't happened. I thought I would take to spey-casting and spend my days on the gravel bars of larger rivers. While I'm able to execute a sufficient spey cast, I just don't like the larger river, long line style of fishing. I enjoy the casting, but I don't like methodically working my way through large runs. I'm restless and like to bush-whack and explore. I've found over the last few years that I tend to enjoy fishing smaller rivers more. The rivers I fish are usually in the 300-800 cfs range. I've found I enjoy fishing the pocket water, smaller seams, and structure - calling my shots, essentially. These rivers can be small, bouldery, quick and have complex flows - not good spey water. My single handed 8 weight has definitely been a better tool for these rivers, but I find that the casting range, especially with tight, brushy banks and overhanging trees, is very limiting and after 10 hours of fishing, my arm is pretty tired. The result of this is that I tend to leave my fly rod at home and just use the baitcaster and fish a float and jig, since I'm confident in the versatility and effectiveness. When I do use my one-hander, I like to fish quickly, and will swing, nymph, or high stick without changing lines/rods. I like fishing with my baitcaster, but I enjoy casting a fly rod much more, and would like to get to the point where I can fish these rivers with only a slight loss of effectiveness vs. a float and jig. I just don't think that can be accomplished with a single hander. My questions then are: 1. Does anyone else prefer to fish in this way, and what do they prefer to use? 2. Would a switch rod be an effective tool? Would it alleviate some of my frustrations? 3. Would a switch rod provide enough line management to be able to swing, high stick, and nymph without changing lines? 4. A lot of the rivers, though small, can have big fish in the upper teens; would an 8 weight switch be too cumbersome to fish under the above conditions? I understand 6 or 7 weights are more common. 5. Can anyone recommend a rod/setup?