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Default Re: Learning the spey cast on a Switch rod....

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So, is this just a bad idea?
It is easier to learn Spey casting with a full length rod rather than a compact rod.

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I like the concept of a switch rod moreso than a spey rod for whatever reason. I'll mainly be using it with a compact head for swinging flies on everything from larger rivers like the Clackamas and Sandy, as well as some tighter coastal rivers where you barely have ten feet behind you for a backcast. That's probably the most attractive part about a shorter rod.
All I need for an effective Spey cast is 5 to 10 feet of backcast room when I'm using rods up to 13'6" with Skagit lines.

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I'll be fishing it in conjunction with a 8-weight one hander that'll be used mainly for nymphing or really small water.
Okee Dokee.

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Is it much harder to learn d-loops and snap-t's, stuff like that, on a switch rod?
The learning curve is steeper since the lever is shorter. When you have the longer lever of a Spey rod, it is easier to move line around.

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Will a switch rod cast significantly shorter than a spey rod?
Yes. Comparing my 6 weight Spey versus my 6 weight switch, the difference in distance between the two types of rods is about 20 feet.

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What about fly sizes?
I would give the advantage to the Spey rod. The longer lever plus the heavier line mass should be able to cast the larger payload.

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What are the limitations?
The limitations on the switch are a steeper learning curve, distance, and payload.

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