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Dr. Blue Dun 11-20-2008 03:52 PM

Switch Fly Rods
I have been hearing about this type of rod from friends and none possessing same can tell me much about them beyond the name. Anyone willing to share a few words with me and the other millions tuned in about the What, Where, When How of "Switch Rods." Greatly appreciate the info---- :worthy:"Doc"

Frank Whiton 11-21-2008 09:46 AM

Re: Switch Fly Rods
H Dr. Blue Dun,

A very good question. I think that most of us are not very knowledgeable about Spey Rods. We have a good number of Spey casters in the North West that fish for Steelhead and Salmon. Although there is not a lot of Salmon fishing due to restrictions.

A Switch Rod has a double grip like a normal Spey rod. They are not as long as a Spey Rod and can be casted with one hand, or used with a Spey cast, or with a double handed over head cast. They are great to make a long roll cast. They start at about 10'6" and maybe a little longer but not much.

I had a double grip rod made in Alaska thinking it would be great for Salmon and I could cast with one hand. I found that with a one hand cast the bottom grip got in the way or was awkward. I had the rear grip cut back into a fighting butt. My rod was 9'6". This was back in the late seventies and I didn't know I had a Switch rod made.:icon_smil If I had known about two handed cast I may have liked it.


Beulah Switch Rod

Snaggy 11-21-2008 12:13 PM

Re: Switch Fly Rods
Here's a tip...


Tried to message you but I guess you didn't want that option.
Sorry I had to use your thread.

Stay young,

Dr. Blue Dun 11-21-2008 01:37 PM

Switch Rod ???
I have heard this term used by some guys on the Salmon River---but when asked, their descriptions started an argument. So working here in my fly-tying den my thoughts turned to that, whilst tooling out some S & S flies. So what is a "SWITCH ROD?"

imxer 11-21-2008 01:52 PM

Re: Switch Rod ???
Suggest you try this site for starters: best of luck

R. B. Meiser Fly Rods - S2H106 Series Fly Rods

fyshstykr 11-21-2008 07:41 PM

Re: Switch Rod ???
Sound like great rods. I would like to learn Spey/2-hand casting, it looks like alot of fun.

texasflycaster 11-21-2008 10:20 PM

Re: Switch Rod ???
Best I can tell - great for nymphing, big rods great for two hand casting in surf. I threw one at TFO the other day, and they have a real learning curve if you don't have a lot of experience (like myself). shannon

ben in the woods 11-23-2008 09:57 PM

Re: Switch Fly Rods

I really don't have a lot of info on switch rods, but I did cast one for the first time, yesterday. I recently started spey casting, with a two-handed rod so I am by no means experienced. Anyways here is what I noticed as some big differences.

As Frank said, switch rods are shorter than spey rods. Also, a one-handed cast is much easier on a switch rod than on a spey rod. The switch rod was lighter (which I guess is probably obvious given the much shorter lengths). I felt that the switch rod was not as proficient at performing spey casts as a spey rod, because you could not spread your grip as far on the switch rod as you can with a spey rod.

Overall, if you were looking for a rod that was the best of both worlds, I think a switch would be the ticket. I prefer to use rods that master their particular intended use, rather than using rods that are more along the lines of "jack of all trades, master of none."

Hope this helps.


Fly2Fish 11-23-2008 10:52 PM

Re: Switch Fly Rods
I endorse what Ben has said. I have a Sage Z-Axis 7110-4/5 "switch" rod which I bought for "big water" windy situations in the upper Rockies, with the possibility of Northwest steelhead/salmon fly-fishing. The lightness of the Z-Axis rod seems to me to add to its versatility for being a one-handed rod in addition to being a two-handed rod.

imxer 12-01-2008 06:24 PM

Re: Switch Rod ???
Loomis has a "SWITCH" rod in their line. Check their site for their description.

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