Thoughts on 10'6" switch rods

Mulligan

Stephen Mull
#1
I've been looking into getting a switch rod to use on the smallie streams out here in VA and to use for summer runs when I make it back home. I have my eye on a Meiser rod, but I'm a little concerned about how well it will spey cast at 10'6". It seems that a 10'6" switch rod may be geared a bit more towards the overhead cast. I'm relatively new to the spey world and haven't cast a shorter spey rod. I know there are other switch rods that are longer (Sage for one), but I'd love to have a hand made Meiser rod. Any insights are appreciated.

-Stephen
 

TrappedinCO

Help! I'm trapped in a landlocked state.
#2
Do a search on the board and I think you'll find some pretty good praise for two-handed anchor point casting with switch rods. Keep in mind that the rods are designed with a flex profile that is intended to function well with spey-type casts. I think that style of cast is much more dependent on the action of the rod than the length.

Plus...if Mr. Meiser says they can handle those types of casts, then you can probably rest assured that they can.
 
#3
Why not get Bob to make you one of his 12' 6" 5wts?

Give him a call and talk about your needs. I guarantee that he'll be a wealth of information and answer all of your questions regarding your application.
 

fredaevans

Active Member
#4
Why not get Bob to make you one of his 12' 6" 5wts?

Give him a call and talk about your needs. I guarantee that he'll be a wealth of information and answer all of your questions regarding your application.
Got to work the above rod last weekend; a JOY with the Airflo line combo he had on same. He had another 'light line' 'switch' with him too (blank as to the designation) but again, SWEEEEEEET.

Either rod would be a 'I gotta get me one of those.':thumb:

Fred
 
#5
I own a Beulah 5/6 and have been pleasantly surprised with it. I'm not the greatest caster, but w/ the Elixir line have been able to cast a decent distance w/ a conehead streamer. With more time and practice it will only get better. For smaller water, it seems pretty hard to beat. I bought it for swinging big uglies and am not disappointed.
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
#6
stevsie,

i think as with any spey pole its just a matter of what line you put on it. I used to think switch rods served little use if you had a spey rod but the more i fish big rivers i think they would be a fun tool for lobbing a phat bobber with no backcast.
 
#7
I have a Z-Axis 6110-4 and have finally gotten the line right.
the first 35½ feet of a Rio 5/6 WC Spey with a Rio running line behind it.

It'll cast the head without any problems. Where I fish, I rarely need to shoot more than 15 feet of the runningline, so I'm not sure how much distance is actually in this setup. 60+ anyway.

11' is great for spey on smaller rivers, and I'm sure that 10'6'' will not make any difference.
 
#8
I'll second the beulah's. I have a 5/6 and a 6/7 both are sweet rods paired up with their matching Elixer lines. I have used them for nymphing and swinging streamers in montana for trout, fishing local beaches for searun cutts, and nymphing and swinging flies for steel, and I have never felt at anytime that the rod was not suited for what i was doing. I love em.
 
#10
Add another for the beulah 5/6 with the elixer. I love that rod. To me it actually feels like a shorter spey rod when you spey cast it, but when you switch to one hand it feels like a long singlehanded rod. Kinda weird I know but if you cast one it will make sense.

Try to get your hands on one and I think you will be quite surprised. :beer2:
 
#11
I own a Beulah 5/6 and have been pleasantly surprised with it.
I'll second the beulah's. I have a 5/6 and a 6/7 both are sweet rods paired up with their matching Elixer lines.
I will vote for the Beulahs also. The 5/6 is probably the nicest switch or two hander I have cast so far.
Add another for the beulah 5/6 with the elixer.
I see where this is going :):):)
 

LBC

nymphing beads with a spey pole.
#15
Has anyone put a Elixer line on the Winston BIIx 7110? just cruious if the 6/7 or the 7/8 Elixer line would be better.

Stephen you know how I feel about the Beulahs!! F'ing awesome.. Best purchase I have made to date.
 

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