Originally Posted by Sisu
Since you mentioned the 8110-4 Z-Axis switch rod, would you go with the 8 wt or maybe the 6 or 7? I'm just starting to look at the 2 handed rods and think that a switch rod would be a great option. The problem is that I don't know what weight to get. How do I know if I need a 200gr or a 450gr skagit sink tip? My local fly shop says the 8110-4 Z-Axis, but they tend to try and sell what ever they have in stock.
With salmon as part of your original equation, I would lean towards the 8 weight. If you were targeting Steelhead, I would choose the 6 or 7.
As for lines, it depends on how you are going to cast.
: Sage Nymph Taper WF8F (320 grains)
: Rio Skagit Short 475 to 525 grains. Use 10 foot Rio Spey Versileaders for your tip selection. You can use 10 feet of T-14 with the Skagit Short if you choose to dredge with big flies.
: Rio AFS 6/7 or 7/8. Use 10 foot Rio Spey Versileaders for your tip selection.
Skagit casting is the easiest method to learn. If you want one line to start out with, a Skagit style line should be the first one to go with. Since you are trying to learn Spey casting, I would err towards the 525 Skagit Short lines. The extra grain mass will help you feel the rod load.
Keep this in mind though. If you want to get into Spey casting and want the easiest learning curve, you should use learn with a full length Spey rod. You will have more length that will help you feel how a rod is supposed to load. Instructors have found that it is easier to transition to a switch rod from a Spey rod rather than the opposite way.