Switch Questions

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by 29guy, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. I have been thinking about getting a new 8 wt. single handed rod and came across 10" 6" 8 wt. switch rod that has me wondering if I can use my existing reel that carries a floating mult-tip line and add some sort of new and maybe longer tip that would give me the benefits of the switch rod? Or am I trying to do too much with too little?

    I should mention I have never fished a switch set up, but the idea of having a single and double hander in one rod is appealing.

    What do you think?
  2. U will most likely need a bigger reel. Cabelas has some good models, as well as reding ton, and the echo ion for the 100 dollar range
  3. I just bought my first 11ft 7wt switch about two weeks ago. My 8wt sage and 7wt echo don't even get touched anymore so glad I bought a switch.
  4. Are you using one of your existing reels/line or did you need to go with something dedicated to the Switch?

    My basic issue is can I use my current 8 wt reel and multi-tip line with a new tip designed for 2 handing (if will fit on the reel) and get the benefit of the Switch rod? Or do I need a totally new Switch line?
  5. The line is much bigger on switch lines. For example a 7 wt switch line would be the equivalent of 10 or 11 weight single hand line
  6. Also if u wan to run skagit style line and such u will need the bigger reel. My 8wt Ross gunnarson reel does not hold my current Spey and switch lines
  7. You can, in reality use any reel on any rod. The idea of using a larger reel on a switch or spey rod is, of course to have some backing and to hold the bigger line but the need for a larger reel is to balance the longer rod out so you don't wear yourself out and screw up the cast you've worked so hard to develop. I have two Ross Gunnison 5 reels and I put running lines and AFS heads on them. They just have less backing.

    You may want to think about using the same lines. Usually you need to up-line a weight or two to compensate for the difference in the rods, as well.
  8. Thanks to all for your input. Steve I will check into AFS heads. If I need to up-line to a 9 or 10 wt line then a new head, don't think my reel will hold it all.
  9. have you decided what it is you would like this rod to do for you?
    what species, and what kind of water? line choice will be dependent on these factors. you can handle alot bigger fish and bigger water with a two hander. if you are thinking of primarily using it as a single handed rod, you might want to visit with an orthopedic specialist first, to help you avoid some serious tendonitis. switch rod is a very confusing term, shorter two handed rod is really what they are. two handed overhead casting is the more practical use, other than spey casting. single handed casting with a 10.5' 8wt rod is very taxing on the elbow. esentially like casting a 10-11 wt singlehander in the same length. even if, by chance it is one of the very few rods out there that are sh rated, that length will still be hard on your elbow with sh casting. check the rio site to find out reccomendations for line weght on that rod. reel choice will be secondary to everything else. you might look at getting into the two handed game like going from flying an airplane, to flying a helicopter. your single handed backround is helpful, but you will be dealing with alot of new territory. best placce to strt, would be a small local fly shop (not cabelas:confused:) with actual experience in twohanded rods, and spey casting.
  10. Thanks for all the info. I have a local area (salt water) where wading from shore salmon can be caught as they head for fresh water. The shelf and drop off can be reached with spinning gear but is too far for my ability to get out there with a SH. I am thinking with some practice a switch could do the job.

    Local fly shop, great idea.

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