Replacing sink tips on switch, what size?

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  1. USMC VET

    USMC VET Member

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    Greetings to everyone,


    I am learning as I go and need some advice, this message goes out to you all who have purchased sink tips for your switch rod.

    I have a Redington 8wt Prospector Switch Rod.. I like to be prepared so I am thinking that buying a replacement sink tip may be a good thing to do? The last time at the Cowlitz I was constantly getting snagged .

    Can someone recommend the best sink tip for this rod, I don't know If I am suppose to look for a replacement in grain weight etc. I would appreciate advice for both Scandi and Skagit lines
     
  2. t8-t11 i would reccomend
     
  3. USMC VET

    USMC VET Member

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    Thank You!
     
  4. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    You didn't say what line you have presently, or if it has a sink tip, integral or detachable, and what the weight and density of your sink tip (if any) is. Since what you have now is apparently too dense for where you're fishing, you need something lighter. In times past, that would be a medium or Type III density, or even lighter. In modern terms, something like T-8. It could be a length of conventional sinking line, or an impregnated sinking "leader" of various densities.

    Even a switch rod can cast 15 foot sink tips, but for shorter rods, tips of 10-13 feet probably makes more sense.

    p.s. Questions like this belong on the Spey sub-forum.
     
  5. USMC VET

    USMC VET Member

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    Thanks for the info!
    Will put on Spey next time..
     
  6. Pcolkitt

    Pcolkitt New Member

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    I like rio versaleaders in 3 different sink rates.
     
  7. speyfisher

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    I am blown away by how many times this same question gets asks, and all the various answers, none of which includes how to figure it out yourself! There is a relatively expensive book that has all the answers, formulas, & charts needed. It is How to Design Fly Lines. Any decent fly shop should be able to get it for you.
     
  8. RustE

    RustE drifting about

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    I second the T8 and T-11 recommendation.

    Although I would keep the length at 10ft to match with the Rio M.O.W. tips.
     
  9. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I agree T8 & T11, Also clear tip in 15'. I would get the sinking in 5' & 10' easier to handle for starting off.
     
  10. USMC VET

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    Thanks for the
    information,
     
  11. Salmo_g

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    My shortest two-handed rods are more mini-Spey than switch at 11 and 11 1/2'. I prefer shorter sink tips of 10 or 12' on these rods instead of the 15' tips I use on my Spey rods. Type 3 and 6 are the ones I use the most.

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