rainshadow blanks?

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  1. Sloan Craven

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    Is that a switch blank or their 10' single hander?
     
  2. bankwalker

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    thats more then likely the 10' single hand. i thought about doing that a couple months ago but held off...and im glad i did. cause they came out with an actual switch blank.
     
  3. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Mine is the 10' single hand with a 4 inch fighting butt.

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  4. bankwalker

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    yeah i was gonna have the same thing done but put it off due to funds.
     
  5. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I did the same thing with my 10' 9wt Rain Shadow and if you use the Pacific Bay reel seat with the removable fighting butt which means that I have bot a 1" but and a 4" butt for the same rod depending on what application I wish to use it for. I know for a fact that Greg's Custom Rods carries all the Pac Bay fighting butts but I'm pretty sure you can get them from any fly shop that sells rod building materials.

    Applications:
    Beach, 2 handed over hand AFS head: 4" butt
    Switch Rod for use in smaller rivers: 4" butt
    Single handed casting in the rivers or beaches: 1" butt
     
  6. bankwalker

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    cool it handles it all good? doesnt come off at all?
     
  7. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    With what I said previously being all well and good, I would say build the 7wt Switch cus' you'll be happier in the long run.

    I have and will again use my 9wt for a switch rod which is why I bought the second fighting butt, but a true switch rod will get better flex through out the rod and make fishing more enjoyable.

    I am probably going to build the 6wt Rain Shadow Switch to compliment my 7/8 wt and 8/9 wt spey rods before I go totally nuts and start in on the higher end gear.
     
  8. bankwalker

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    well for anyone who is interested...i emailed batson about the action on the rods and how they compare towards the z-axis and the beulah's. and they said they are a little softer then a z-axis and more like the beulah.

    im gonna have the 7wt tied up. i would really rather have a 6wt sence i usually fly fish the summer for steelhead and use it for silvers. but i think that the 7wt will better suit what i want to do so i can still use it durning the winter with out much trouble.

    basicly im just gonna use a running line and what ever line i can find to cut up to balance out the rod for beach fishing...mainly overhead casting.

    and i really have no idea on a line for steelhead. batson said they balance out well with any normal WF steelhead line. so yeah its gonna be just a trial and error thing i guess.
     
  9. OhioOutdoorsman

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    Lets be sure to post back some lines that work for spey deliveries with these rods. I'm starting with my Rio Windcutter 6/7/8 on my 8wt.
     
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    I'm going to be wrapping an 8wt from this blank, and I think I'm going with the Elixir 380 or 420 from Beulah. It will be awhile, but i'll let you know what I find.

    Pete
     
  11. bankwalker

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    well according to batson they are designed to cast any standard wf single hand flyline...

    so yeah.

    i got a few lines in mind. but im gonna wait till i get to feel the rod before i make my selection.
     
  12. Jeremy Floyd

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    The Yancy line was specifically designed for the Rainshadow blank. May be worth a try to take a look at it when/if you need a good multi tip system that will overhead or spey cast well.
     
  13. bankwalker

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    thats one line i had in mind
     
  14. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    You are welcome to come borrow one of mine to try out. Let me know once you get your rod built and we can set something up.
     
  15. bankwalker

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    sweet.

    they are expensive now that they dont sell the tips so i have to go buy my own...and rio tips are like $20 each...$100 for all 5 tips is rediculous then add $50 for the yancy line without tips...GRRR lol