Just a couple of thoughts: For smaller rivers with very limited backcast and overhead branches, the switch rod is a great tool. Yeah sure you can spey cast a single hander, but your wrist may not hold out spey casting an 8wt for a day of steelheading. I will admit it's not always the right tool... for instance, fishing for trout on the Deshutes is best left to an 8'-9' 5wt (At times even a 7' rod may be nice), where fly placement and line control at 15'-30' is the difference in having a good day fishing and being skunked. Anyway, they should just let the term "switch rod" fade into the past, it's really just a short spey rod. Aside from just getting line out, when you first step into a run, does anyone really "switch" between single handed and spey casting/two handed overhead casting? If the answer is yes, perhaps I don't understand what the term "switch" means or is in regard too, when applied to a 11' or shorter spey rod. To me my 5wt single hander is more of a swith rod, I often times switch between single handed traditional casting and single handed spey casting throughout a given day...sometimes even using both hands. Just a couple of thoughts, James.