02-01-2013, 07:41 PM
Re: First Switch Setup
Originally Posted by petee
Alright all of you are responsible for my blooming addiction. Thought I would post what I am getting and get some more questions on future steps answered.
Sage "One" Switch 7116-4 (11'6", 7wt. 4 piece) I will be building this rod. Already have the seat insert complete and have the Titanium hardware. Posted it under the Rod Building section. Question: Should I go with an oversized tiptop to prevent knot/loop hang ups?
Yes, but also make your shooting line loop LONG! Like upwards of 6 inches.
I have put a deposit on Abel Switch, deep blue, non-ported reel.
No need to get carried away with an expensive reel, for the most part all it does is 'store line.' The question of a drag system vs a click and pawl is just a personal choice. 90% of the fish I've hook/landed/released have just been on C & P's. Line going through all those guides really does provide far more 'drag' than folk suspect. That said, I can think of a few times I was damned glad to have a 'drag reel.' But each of those was on a single hander rod and a hot fish.
Went with a 425gr RIO Skagit Short per chart recommendations by several different site reviews. With the Skagit I will need to either make or buy various tips for the different conditions. Yes?
Here's an over simple answer. With a skagit you can use real 'heads, with a scandi you'll be using sinking leaders of some sort (full float to extra heavy). That said, with this short of a rod, and that light a head, short runs of T 8 to 11 are about all you're going to get without hinging with a Scandi due to its front taper. Skagit's have a pretty blunt front end so will handle 'more.'
For surf fishing, more than likely two handed over head casting, I will probably go with a full floating line with various sink tips for the different conditions. Will I need another spool or will is it worth it to just remove the various lines? It isn't like I am going to change from surf to river set ups on the water.
No clue as to this part. Don't think I've ever 'over head cast with a 2hander of any kind.
I also built a St. Croix Imperial 5 wt.Switch, but we will talk about a set up for that at a later date. I used Nickel Silver hardware on it so it is for fresh water only. Don't have the heart to dunk it in salt.
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Want fun with a 2hander? Weight (pun intended) till you get a 2 or 3wt for low water summer run (or trout) fishing.
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