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Old 03-23-2014, 10:39 PM
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I fish waters were spey casting would be a benefit. Because of this I'm considering my first switch rod. I know nothing about spey casting yet. Here's what led me to this question:

I have been considering buying more fly rods to fill holes in my quiver. Here's what I already own

4wts - 7 & 81/2'
5wts - 8 1/2 & 9'
8wt - 9'

My holes are, as I see them, a longer 10' rod that could be used for nymphing and something between 5 and 8wts.

My questions are;
1. Is this sound logic or am I missing something?
2. Is there a certain weight/size switch rod that fits that all purpose dry, nymph, and streamer rod like the 9' 5wt does?
3. Is there some size that would work better for nymphing and streamers than a 10' 5wt?

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Concerning the switch rod, the weight depends on the size of fish you are fishing for and size of fly you intend to cast (and depth of presentation).

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Concerning the switch rod, the weight depends on the size of fish you are fishing for and size of fly you intend to cast (and depth of presentation).

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I'm thinking nymphs and streamers for trout primarily. Streamers could be broken up into woolly buggers up to Kelly Galloup size stuff. I realize that the larger streamers could effect the rod weight.

If you can, I would still like answers to the questions I asked. Knowing this will help create a base of information so I can begin to understand the differences in the types of rods (standard vs switch) or if there is a difference other than length and ease to spey cast with.

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Default Re: Newb question: Which Rod?

Spey and switch rods really shine when you want to swing flies. For nymphing I would honestly just stick with the rods you already own and maybe learn some of the single hand spey casts. I often use a single hand double spey when nymphing but to be honest, a rollcast or waterloaded chuck and duck type cast work almost as well.

For swinging streamers to trout I think switch rods work well. If you're only interested in casting moderate size streamers (up to a moderately weighted #6 buggar for instance) then I would look at the lightest production switch rods available. If, on the other hand, you're interested in the big, articulated streamers up to ~4" long then you need a heavier rod, something that is matched to a ~350 grain skagit head for instance. These heavier rods generally overpower any trout smaller than ~18-20" though.
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Default Re: Newb question: Which Rod?

If this is the case, I may skip buying any more regular rods and begin learning about Spey casting.

Can anyone tell me if there is a switch rod weight that would fit that all around definition the 9' 5wt currently holds for trout fishing?

If I was going to throw Kelly Galloup size streamers, what switch rod weight would that be?

Is a switch rod something that would handle dry flies well or would I be carrying a second rod for that?

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Got it. Thanks!

For everyone else, I'm still looking for answers to my above questions...


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Judging by the lack of response, I'm clearly missing something when it comes to switch/Spey rods. I'm going to make a trip to my local fly shop and sit down with someone who can give me a better understanding.


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