Re: New Switch Rod or stay w/ 9' 8 weight?
This may sound like odd advice at first, but if you are high sticking and killing your arm with it, the best idea may be to bypass the switch rod and go full blown spey. You can hold the rod tight to your side with your arm down and the rod tip up. You would end up with the rod tip at least as high as your killing your arm with, but without the killing your arm part. It might not be the original intent of the spey rod but you may find it works better for you than what you are doing now. There is no law that says you have to take your 15' rod and bomb 120' casts out there and swing a fly. You can put as much as you need and 'flip' it, and do the low arm high stick. I'm not exactly using mine in a traditional manner either.