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Okay guys I'm in contract with a buyer on my house which should close by Wednesday. I'm going to buy a Condo for cash so I don't have anything to worry about doing on the weekends besides working on my new business and going fishing. Even after buying my Condo I will have a large sum left part of which I'm going to use to buy several rods and reels. I'd really like to give Justin all my business.

Do any of you experienced Spey casters own any of the Allen Switch Rods? My plan is to buy several switch rods for trout, Steelhead, Salmon,Striped Bass, and Surf fishing. Money is not really an object, but I really don't want to spend more than $500 each. I love Justin's single handed rods and reels more than any of the top of the line rods from the major players I've gotten to try while on club trips. However, I do not know anything about Spey and Switch Rods so I'm hoping some of you have experience with Allen Switch rods and whether they are as good or better then others.
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Had the opportunity to cast one late last fall (a 6wt I think). Anyway, the rod had a custom cut line done by Steve Godshall here in Medford. Thing was like casting bullets.

ZING! And out the flies would go. So, if that one is representative of the line, I think you're in good shape.

Back to Steve for a moment. His CC's won't cost you a penny more than something off the shelf but each is an individual line designed for "The Rod," the fish to be chased, the conditions that would be the norm, your style of casting (and that's damned important!!), etc. Or in other words, you and I have the same rod but different fishing situations. The odds of you and I getting the same line are pretty small.

But as to 'rods for all Seasons' described above I'd suggest three: A 3wt (if available) for trout (anything else is just too heavy), a 5 for Steelhead and an 8 for really 'big stuff/water.' The first two may seem 'light' but (roughly) a 2hander rod designation will be about two rod weights above the 'same number' in a single hander.

Or one other option is to contact Bob Meiser (R B Meiser Rods) and have him build you one of his 3/4/5's. (Have one and LOVE IT!!). Ask Steve to build you a 3wt and a 5wt line and you've got two of the rod weights I've mentioned above in one stick. (Grain range on the rod is 250 - 400.)

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uote=fredaevans;542244]Had the opportunity to cast one late last fall (a 6wt I think). Anyway, the rod had a custom cut line done by Steve Godshall here in Medford. Thing was like casting bullets.

ZING! And out the flies would go. So, if that one is representative of the line, I think you're in good shape.

Back to Steve for a moment. His CC's won't cost you a penny more than something off the shelf but each is an individual line designed for "The Rod," the fish to be chased, the conditions that would be the norm, your style of casting (and that's damned important!!), etc. Or in other words, you and I have the same rod but different fishing situations. The odds of you and I getting the same line are pretty small.

But as to 'rods for all Seasons' described above I'd suggest three: A 3wt (if available) for trout (anything else is just too heavy), a 5 for Steelhead and an 8 for really 'big stuff/water.' The first two may seem 'light' but (roughly) a 2hander rod designation will be about two rod weights above the 'same number' in a single hander.

Or one other option is to contact Bob Meiser (R B Meiser Rods) and have him build you one of his 3/4/5's. (Have one and LOVE IT!!). Ask Steve to build you a 3wt and a 5wt line and you've got two of the rod weights I've mentioned above in one stick. (Grain range on the rod is 250 - 400.)

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Fred, Thank you so much! So I'll go with the Allen's and give Steve a call. Now I'm really excited! Once they arrive, I'll take some Spey casting lessons from Jeff Putnam I plan to really learn these rods, because from what I've read and seen I believe they will really up my game.
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Good answer on time on the water with the Jeff'ster. Fellow knows his 'stuff.'

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Forgot to add, tell Steve 'I sent him your way.' Have a new rod and I need to line same up. Maybe I get a 5% discount?
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The lighter the rod, the smaller the fly needs to be (in most cases). You can 'up fly' but you're talking about a heavier tip-it-up to get same to lay out on the water.

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Good answer on time on the water with the Jeff'ster. Fellow knows his 'stuff.'

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Forgot to add, tell Steve 'I sent him your way.' Have a new rod and I need to line same up. Maybe I get a 5% discount?
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The lighter the rod, the smaller the fly needs to be (in most cases). You can 'up fly' but you're talking about a heavier tip-it-up to get same to lay out on the water.

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Works for me. And if this is your 'first buy,' obviously, be prepared for a long conversation.


I've seen Steve's note book, and he does keep notes.
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Fred, is there a web site link for Steve ?

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