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Old 04-10-2012, 12:13 AM
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wypatch...What line did you go for?

I think the rod is less important than deciding what line. I am used to long belly spey lines (Evans, Carron etc) and I really can't be bothered doing all that stripping for a shooting head. I suppose I am saying I want a short/mid belly spey line on a 11' 5 weight rod. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Try a 5/6 Rio Windcutter Spey. I tried it on a 11' 5 weight Z-Axis when it first came out. It works ok if there is enough room to form a d-loop.
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I ordered a custom SGS Skandit kit to go with the rod. I told Bob he could pick the grain wt. he thought would work best for what I use. THEY SHIPPED TODAY!!! Should have her by this weekend. I got the rod to use while wadeing so back space wont be an issue but if I`m on the bank after the waters up I`ll just use the skagit part of it to get where I need to be...Still plan to use the switch in the canyon on the rocks-what I really got it for, but I know this 12'6" 4/5/6 will be my new love. I should change the title of this thread to "I switched to spey casting for trout"
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I have the 3/4/5 version of that rod WP and love it for river trout fishing. Grain range for this rod is 250 as a 3wt to 400 as a 5wt, which seems pretty darned heavy to me. Anyway, like yourself I had Steve Gotshall make up a Scandi head for the rod to use as a 3wt.

Knowing my 'casting style' he cut the line at 280 grains so you really have to light finger this puppy when you cast same. 70 - 80 foot casts are just a light flick of the wrists. Only 'problem' is you can't see trout sized flies out at that range. With wets you just have to let the fish self hook. With a surface fly you look down the fly line and add (eye-ball) another 10 or 12 feet and look for a tiny 'V' on the surface.
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Default Re: A switch outfit for trout?

I have been reading extensively about a switch rod set up for trout and bass. So my question is what is your verdict for the switch rod set up for trout?
I have been lurking SpeyRod forum and found that a large number of anglers are leaning toward a 4 wt spey. But that is Spey rod selection, which according to my thin knowledge, has different taper and heavier.

I have seen somewhere that some guys are happy with 4 wt switch. And yet other guys are in favor of 5 or 6 wt based on the idea that 5 wt or 6 wt is more conducive to throwing big flies.

My primary purpose will be present a nymph rig for trout in a big river and swing streamers (perhaps wollybugger size 4 to 8). I also want to cast at the Lakes in Texas to chase after big bass. If I get a switch rig, the first place that I would like to try is San Juan river and after catching trout with size 24 midges all day, I would like to swing some big streamers for fun.

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Thread on the 'Mother Board' made me laugh. One of the better know posters (in several very good ways) posted up he was surprised you could get 2handers down to a three weight (I'd commented I had one for large river trout fishing).

Kind of a tongue in cheek answer about getting one of those "13 foot 3wts." Think I took him a bit by surprise when I posted back the longest 3wt (that I know of) is 'only' 12'6" but he can get an 11'7" TWO weight (Gary Anderson/ACR rods). I'l love to cast that one, could be a total hoot.
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