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Old 04-27-2011, 09:09 AM
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Default The history of Switch Casting

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Good article, thanks for posting the link Rip...

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+1 with Dan on that.

Don't think I've ever heard of the web site ... but I'm registered now ... and suspect I'll end up killing a few hours reading back issues.

I knew that switch/spey casting had a long history here in the US but this is the first real historical information I've seen.

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+1 with Dan on that.

Don't think I've ever heard of the web site ... but I'm registered now ... and suspect I'll end up killing a few hours reading back issues.

I knew that switch/spey casting had a long history here in the US but this is the first real historical information I've seen.

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Fred, I'm not sure it's the same "switch" as today's switch rod. The switch rod of today has only been around since the late 90's. Meiser build a rod for a doctor friend. In a nutshell, a rod he could use two handed or single handed and it had to be light enough for fishing all day. Thus switch rods- switching from a two handed casting style and with the same rod, casting overhand, single rod style.

But what exactly is switch casting? Maybe some day more history of it will come out.
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Mojo, I think you have assessed it right. Hope to see more history on how recent switch rods evolved.
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I still fish the Harlem Meer with a Spey Rod, and I thought I was the first to do so.
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Fred, I'm not sure it's the same "switch" as today's switch rod. The switch rod of today has only been around since the late 90's. Meiser build a rod for a doctor friend. In a nutshell, a rod he could use two handed or single handed and it had to be light enough for fishing all day. Thus switch rods- switching from a two handed casting style and with the same rod, casting overhand, single rod style.

But what exactly is switch casting? Maybe some day more history of it will come out.
Actually 'the concept' (personal experience) has been around since the early '60's. Waaaay back in the Day Angler's Workshop was alive and well (still located across the parking lot from Lamiglas if memory serves) and I had them build up a 10 S-glass fly rod for me (at that time they had a rod builder on staff). Reason for them doing the build job was trying to do a second cork handle by hand and filing down/sanding the cork was just more than I wanted to take on.

End game was they took about a 6" (old memory here) bit off a broken (flawed blank?) rod and did up the cork and glued in the extra 4" of cork into the butt of the rod.

Did it ever occur to anyone (me included) we'd just made up a 'spey rod' let alone a 'switch rod?' Not a chance.

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I'm not sure of the quality of the rods in the late 1800's, but isn't a "switch" a rod cut from a tree?
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I'm not sure of the quality of the rods in the late 1800's, but isn't a "switch" a rod cut from a tree?
Why not? All "fishing rods" were made from similar materials as that's what was available.

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