Just picked up a 8 wt 11' A.R.E. switch rod for some winter steelhead. Does anyone know the grain window for this rod? I am thinking of putting a 510 grain airflo compact skagit on it. I will be using medium MOW tips and throwing some fairly hefty flies.
I don't know the grain window for that rod but I can recommend a good head. Once you find the right weight try AF's Skagit Switch line. Great for short rods with SA casts. It's the best off the shelf switch line I've used by far for SA casts and sink tips.
Thanks guys. I am going to fish the Bogi Friday and will bring that rod with the 510. Noticed while yard casting the rod that at 26' the head seems a little long. I will probably pick up that AF Skagit Switch line somewhere in the low 500's to try while out there.
For a Airflo Skagit Switch Tom Larimer recommended in his blog, 30 grains less than your preferred Airflo Skagit Compact. If you like a Airflo Skagit Compact 510 on your rod, then go with a Airflo Skagit Switch 480.
On Kiene's site, the Airflo Skagit Switch 480 is the most popular for 11' 8wt switch rods.