Re: New Memeber, TFO Deer Creek Value
Welcome to the forum.
I have a Deer Creek 13' 7/8, so take this accordingly. It was my first double handed rod and I found that it was a good intro to two-handed casting. It's well put together, and has a forgiving action that's good for beginners. Plus which the TFO lifetime warranty is rock solid--a friend of mine with a 13'6" 8/9 Deer Creek broke it casting, sent it back, and had a new rod within two weeks.
I have no experience with the switch rods so can't help you there. Some of the other much more experienced two-handers like Fred Evans or Ard can likely give you some feedback.