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I'm looking to build out my steelhead quiver. I will have a 7wt 7133 Spey for swinging. I also need a long nymphing rod. Was thinking a 10ft Single but thought, why not go for the Switch rod. Something like a Sage One 7wt 11ft(?) switch. Then I have the option of using it to swing smaller rivers/streams. Also thinking the extra length might be nice, I know Euronymphing guys will go 11ft.

Is there a downside to a nice Switch rod vs a traditional 10ft Single Hander for pure nymphing (beads and weighted flies)?
 

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I think it depends on where you fish and how you like to cast. You will get a lot more distance with less fatigue spey casting the switch rod. If you fish small rivers, it's probably overkill though. If you like to single hand cast most of the time, maybe go with the 10-footer.
 

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I was always a fan of the 10' vs switch option. The switch is funner to cast, but I feel the 10' was more effective and I did catch a lot more fish on it.

Then I sort of un-evolved and just bought a 10' float rod. Way more effective and all. Have fun with whatever you get.
 
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