Recommendation for Switch blank

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  1. Ben Waldschmidt

    Ben Waldschmidt Member

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    I'm looking to build my second rod. First was a Forecast 7/8 spey. Turned out fairly well. Now I'm looking to build a switch rod for the beach and the pink run. I'm thinking around a 6 or 7 wt. Probably will put a scandi head on it, unless somebody has had better performance with another set-up. Not looking to break the bank, but wanted to get some input. Also, I am looking for a moderate to mod-fast action. Thanks!
     
  2. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    Depending on your budget, I'd go with either one of the Rainshadow switches or one of the Beulahs.
    -Ethan
     
  3. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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  4. John Wallace

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    Beulahs are nice rods. I had the 6 weight switch and liked it alot.
    Good choice.
     
  5. DLoop

    DLoop Creating memories one cast at a time

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    I have an older Meiser 8 wt switch rod that Bob made for me that I love. Later I got a Beulah 6wt switch for the salt that is also quite nice. Both are available as affordable blanks.

    A few weeks ago I made a switch rod from a rainshadow 8wt blank. I got a chance to cast it last week for the first time and I was REALLY pleased with it. So much so that I drove over to Sequim earlier this week to pick up another 8wt switch blank for my daughter.

    FWIW I was casting with a 12wt Windcutter cut back to 400 grains. I think an airflo 420 compact skagit would be a great match.

    If I were to do a salt rod today I might try a Rainshadow 6 or 7 switch. Batson has a nice reel seat and cork combo for Switch rods as well.
     
  6. Bert Kinghorn

    Bert Kinghorn Formerly "nextcast"

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    Don't forget that you can get some sizes of the TFO Deer Creek (Mike Kinney) switch rod blanks from Bob Meiser. I think All About the Fly, a site sponsor, can get the blanks for you as well.

    I own Beulah and Rainshadow switches. They are both good values, but I think the Deer Creeks are as good as any presently available at any pricepoint.
     
  7. Ben Waldschmidt

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    Thanks for all of your input! I'll definitely keep you posted on what I decide to go with...
     
  8. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    they sell deer creek blanks?
     
  9. Bert Kinghorn

    Bert Kinghorn Formerly "nextcast"

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    Yep. In at least one size from Bob directly. If you call AATF they may be able to get them (through Bob) as well.
     

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