Does anyone here fish lakes with a switch rod?

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  1. fly-by

    fly-by Active Member

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    I agree that building one is the way to go. The blank is a good value, but the hardware on my A.R.E. switch has not held up. The fighting butt is made of a very thin gauge aluminum tube that stretched under the torque of two-handed casting and detached from the portion that threads into the reel seat. To answer the OPs question, Red's has a good summary of the characteristics of various switch lines on the market now. Let us know how you like the Prospector.
     
  2. Javaid Spey

    Javaid Spey New Member

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    I will. Still waiting to pick it up but it should be soon. I'm deciding on either a short Skagit head or a switch chucker line to throw sink tips. Thanks for your input I'm looking forward to getting into switch

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  3. bigtroutchaser

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    This has me thinking about making the transition to a 2 hander for lakes also. I am WAY into using my pontoon and am having a 'lil shoulder issue and the way I was casting my 13' 7wt Dec Hogan.....I got to thinking...hmmm, this could be a cool way to fish my streamers!

    I bought a ECHO 10', 8wt....but at 6 ounces it is a LOG by days end, and given I fish as much as I can......I am looking at options. REALLY like the longer length when lifting the line before casting!!

    My son Joe owns M3/Mountain Made Media and the main project last Fall was to catch a BIG Brown. Here is the end result. FISH ON!!
     
  4. 2kayaker

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    12 foot ARE 3/4wt UHM blank $90 their 16 spey handle, high quality light guides, an overize single foot guide for tip top.Good succes wth Ambush 4 wt, cheaters, trout tips or 6wt rio steelhead line for long belly type casting.The rod is light enough to single hand when you want
     
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    Well 2kayaker,

    You got me a thinking......THANK YOU MUCH!!
     
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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Brought my switch to the lake for the first time this weekend. It was amazing. Going to be my main lake rod now. Roll casting the dual leech rig was a breeze even with 20ft leader. Avoiding false casting avoids tangles so you are fishing much more during the day. Maybe it was a fluke but my bobber down to hookup ratio skyrocketed while using it.... I'm sure the extra length helps with this?

    10ft 5wt switch with 4wt switch chucker line
     
  7. CaddisSunset

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    I used my switch recently at Omak Lake. It was nice for throwing big streamers and indicators but since most the fish were quite close to shore it was overkill.
     
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    Previous post on 12 ft 3/4 ARE typo-a19 inch handle is what you want
     
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    Thanks much for the info guys. LOVE this site and the sharing (like this) that is shared amongst most all.
     
  10. Russ Kendall

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    Just saw Geroge Cook on youtube demonstrating lake fishing with a switch rod. He really shows some great uses on lakes with the switchie. Hope this helps.