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    Hello all. I recently came into possession of a 11.5' 8 wt. switch rod and am in the process of lining it out for two different applications, both of which I need assistance with. First off, I'll explain what I'll be doing with it, and second, I'll solicit feedback on the selections I've made based on my research.

    I got the rod in order to fish two different scenarios. First, I hoped to swing streamers on large rivers (like the Kootenai, Missouri, Clark Fork, etc.) for plus-sized trout. For those of you who haven't seen these rivers, they can be well over 100 yards in places. While I might be a bit under-gunned in the rod department, I do own a drift boat and can cut the river down accordingly.

    Second, I hoped to target lake trout on Flathead and Whitefish Lakes when they moved closer into shore during their fall spawn. In this scenario, I foresee needing to be able to fish in depths ranging from 10-40 feet, and (naturally) would be fishing without current and stripping the fly rather than swinging it.

    To swing streamers in the current, I figured I'd buy the Rio Skagit Max Short and a handful of MOW tips to cover my bases. For the lake-fishing and stripping streamers, it appeared as if Rio's Outbound Short was my best bet.

    Do these seem like reasonable choices? Am I correct in assuming I need two different lines to cover these scenarios, or can I accomplish them both with just one? I'm completely new to the switch/spey world, so any and all advice is welcomed and much appreciated!

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    Default Re: Line Purchasing Assistance

    To get down 40 feet, your going to need a sinking line if I'm reading your question correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
    To get down 40 feet, your going to need a sinking line if I'm reading your question correctly.
    Agree. At forty feet you are going to need to act like you are spin fishing and use significant weight. Either a full sinking line or experiment with heavy leadcore leaders on your other line.

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    Default Re: Line Purchasing Assistance

    Lakers will come into a lot shallower water than 10 feet. I've seen them in 2 to 3 foot of water in Lake Superior.

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