Originally Posted by HuronRiverDan
What line would you use for a 11' 6wt Z-Axis switch rod? I know it seems like a silly question, but I have seen so many conflicting line recommendations when it comes to switch rods...
Your line choice is going to depend on how you want to cast it.
- Rio Outbound WF8
- Rio Skagit Short 325 grain or 375 grain
- Rio AFS 4/5 (300 grain) or 5/6 (340 grain)
- Rio Steelhead/Atlantic Salmon WF9F, Rio Indicator WF8F, SA Mastery or Sharkskin WF9F, Sage Nymph WF6F (260 grain)
I use two lines for my Z-Axis 6 weight switch. For Spey, I cast Skagit style using the 325 grain Rio Skagit Short with 15 foot Versitips or a 10 foot piece of T-14. Rio is now recommending the use of 10 foot Versileaders, but I have not tried that. I also use the Sage Nymph WF6F (260 grain line) for indicator fishing.
Personal biases can apply to two handers like they do to single handers. The Nor Cal Rio rep likes using 375 grain Skagit Short and the 5/6 AFS. For me, those lines cause the rod to bend too far down the blank for my liking.
Airflo makes its Compact Skagit and Compact Scandi lines. I have not tried those out yet, but I understand those are good lines for switch and shorter Spey rods. Choose your line size in the same grain weight window as you would with the Rio lines.
I hope that this helps.