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Switch Rod and Reel size advice... uh, please.

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I am just getting back into fly fishing after several years. I now live near the Skagit and am new to steelheading and two handers.

If I enjoy steelhead and two handers, I'll get a true spey rod in the near future. But right now, I have a friend back East who is getting rid of several Redington rods, and he is trading me my size choice in a CPX switch rod. I need to decide what size to take off his hands. Should I go with the 11'3" 7 weight or 8 weight?

Also, I found a good price on a Hardy Uniqua Reel, but I don't which size to buy:
No. 4 WF11 WF11 + 109yd (100m) 3.87"
No. 5 WF12 WF12 + 202yd (185m) 4.12"

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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My pal Gary Sandstrom is peddeling the Uniqua's. Had a first glimpse at one this weekend at the Steelhead festival at Welches. Ended up buying 2...lol

I personally think the 3 is a better choice for the switch, but a 4 would be ok. The 5 is nice, but a bit too large and might not balance out the switch. Gary has a windcutter and 150yrds backing on his 3 and it's perfect. I suppose the advantage to getting the larger one would be the option of putting backing and running line on it and changing out the head for a different rod down the road.

The 8wt would be my choice, especially the chance of getting into large fish on the Skagit.

Just my 2 cents.
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