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I've had no problem spey casting in brush. snake roll, or snap t. You will get frustrated, annoyed, and then you will learn, get comfortable, and casts will be nothing more than a muscle memory.

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I think its for anyone that has an interest, as long as your expectations are realistic. I fish fresh stillwater for largemouth and bream almost exclusively, and I have a blast with my Spey rod. Is it a great use case? Hell no, but its fun and interesting.
I have a Noob question about switch casting. Say, I have the 6wt 11ft switch rod with whatever line, is there a limitation on how close I can cast? Can I cast 30-40ft or even 20ft with that?
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I do a lot of flip casting while I'm still on shore about ten feet from the waters edge. I use 13'9" and 15' rods as well as a 13. I try very hard not to ignore the near shore possibilities by wading right in and spooking a good fish.

Fishing short is not a problem, the hard part is getting used to handling - netting or landing a fish with such a long rod. If you think a 9 footer is long, wait until you add a few feet to it.
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The reservoir I generally fish has a steap rocky embankment around it, so you walk about 3-4ft above water level. I catch most fish there less than 20ft from shore. Even in this scenario, I often find that my 12'6'' with a scandi is more efficient than my single hander. Most times, I keep the tip of the back end of the head on the reel, and I overhead or flip cast the rest of the line. I find that I can cast the 30ft head with one backcast of about 10ft of line, which would take me several backcasts and some challenging angles with my single hander.

Sub 30ft, a scandi head might as well be a single hand line, and you can use it as such.
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The 1st 20-30ft water is very fun to fish and I think we should fish it first.

To be honest, I couldn't sleep well last night thinking about the switch rod and I am also at the point of no return, almost.
What stopping me is that I am just into fly fishing for 1 year and I am wondering if I should get more experience with the single hand before going to the switch/spey rod.

If I were going to get the switch rod 6wt 11ft, can I use my 8wt Rio Outbound short single handed line?
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The 1st 20-30ft water is very fun to fish and I think we should fish it first.

To be honest, I couldn't sleep well last night thinking about the switch rod and I am also at the point of no return, almost.
What stopping me is that I am just into fly fishing for 1 year and I am wondering if I should get more experience with the single hand before going to the switch/spey rod.

If I were going to get the switch rod 6wt 11ft, can I use my 8wt Rio Outbound short single handed line?
What you want to do is establish a grain window for said 11' 6wt. Since you mention Rio line, go here and look for your rod. Note there are old and new charts, so if you don't see your rod on the new chart, check the old one. There are some other good reads on Rio's website about lines and 2 hand fishing that are worth your time to read.

Spey Line Recommendations - Spey Central | RIO

As for whether or not to do it given 1 year under your belt, there are probably 2 schools of thought.

Interjecting 2 hand casting could impede your single hand casting development OR, interjecting 2 hand casting could help your single hand casting. Honestly, after 14 years of single hand fishing and now 2 of 2 hand casting my experience has been that there are aspects of each that help me in the other. That said, I could still use practice/instruction on both to make the casts look pretty but I still manage fish and most important, I have fun doing both.
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If you call Steve Godshall, he could give you great insight on how to line the rod that you choose.

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What you want to do is establish a grain window for said 11' 6wt. Since you mention Rio line, go here and look for your rod. Note there are old and new charts, so if you don't see your rod on the new chart, check the old one. There are some other good reads on Rio's website about lines and 2 hand fishing that are worth your time to read.

Spey Line Recommendations - Spey Central | RIO

As for whether or not to do it given 1 year under your belt, there are probably 2 schools of thought.

Interjecting 2 hand casting could impede your single hand casting development OR, interjecting 2 hand casting could help your single hand casting. Honestly, after 14 years of single hand fishing and now 2 of 2 hand casting my experience has been that there are aspects of each that help me in the other. That said, I could still use practice/instruction on both to make the casts look pretty but I still manage fish and most important, I have fun doing both.
That is a very informative link, I saw some of the models that I know in that list. I am eyeing the Cabelas ones, they are on sale right now and the new Redington Dually.

I hope the guy who started this thread is still following this and I am sorry for hijacking your thread.

Well, I can answer myself now. I will definitely taking the switch rod but only after I improve myself with the single hand.
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If you were in Missouri, id take you out with mine... Would love to help. With a two hander, you can eliminate the need for double hauling. You can also use the benefits from using both hands to line up your casting.

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If you were in Missouri, id take you out with mine... Would love to help. With a two hander, you can eliminate the need for double hauling. You can also use the benefits from using both hands to line up your casting.

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Thank you for your offer, I am in the California.
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