Thread: Switch rods
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:26 AM
Joe Congleton Joe Congleton is offline
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Everybody likes to play around with rods and reels and lines. Keeps Bryon and Paula in business. As to fishing efficiency it is hard to beat a single handerIMO on local tailwaters or mountain streams if you are doing anything that requires delicate presentations. I use loomis glx 10/ 5 wt about all over the country.

For several years I have fished two handed rods in the types of waters that require them. BC or other big brawling steelhead waters as well as for sea run browns in the huuricane type winds of TierraDel Fuego. The two handers generally are designed for those type situations where you cover water with basically the same length of line. Some think switch rods bring out the worst for delicate fishing ( too heavy, too much lines slap, not fun to play smaller fish etc). Others say switch rods are not big enough to deliver larger flies at distance consistently in extre conditions that require such presentations.

Unless money is no object i suggest anyone wanting to go the switch route try to find some place to actually test a switch rod on the type of water where you plan on fishing the switch,. as buying the outfit first is not cheap. There are some web sites that are full of for sale used switch rods daily.

Fishing a two hander from a boat has been a real pain in the butt for me. If you are truly spey casting trying to anchor your D loop is difficult to say the least. If you are overhead casting i have not found it to be more effective than a single hander personally. Some local friends love the switch rod concept. I think they like the romance of it more than the efficiency factor. Smiling. Which is fine.

Last edited by Joe Congleton; 05-02-2013 at 06:11 PM..
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