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switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby Junebug » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:38 pm

grebe wrote:kironafly,

Thanks for your post. I am carefully considering your post.

Junebug,

I have been to bass pro shop many times, and my comments still stand....lets just leave it at that. They do have tying material though.


I'm not sure what your comments were RE. BPS, so no problem there..

I am familiar with Spey rods, but I don't think I have ever even heard of a "switch" rod until seeing it mentioned on this forum. What is it?
Thanks.

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby mb82 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:21 pm

Junebug wrote:
grebe wrote:kironafly,

Thanks for your post. I am carefully considering your post.

Junebug,

I have been to bass pro shop many times, and my comments still stand....lets just leave it at that. They do have tying material though.


I'm not sure what your comments were RE. BPS, so no problem there..

I am familiar with Spey rods, but I don't think I have ever even heard of a "switch" rod until seeing it mentioned on this forum. What is it?
Thanks.

JuneBug

Easiest description. Halfway between a spey and singlehand rod. You can do both cast types with it. Typically 11ft or so long.
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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby toddkfly » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:37 am

Grebe,

Still think something in the 10'6" or 11' 6/7 or 7/8 will do you right. In talking with some others up north that use switch rods, if you plan on using at all in the surf, or inshore areas consider the 7/8 as it will offer the most versatility for a variety of conditions. If you think you'll be using the rod mostly in the James before work or at lunch, then the 6 may be the play. Some blanks I would look at would be the Beulah, Batson, North Fork Composites (switch rod should be out any day), Sage etc...

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby grebe » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:09 pm

Todd,

I am thinking 6 weight switch and lining it with one of these reels (for under 2 bills): http://www.coltonfly.com/torrent-photos.php

That may change, if I find a smoking deal on ebay.

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby mb82 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:48 pm

Todd,
NFC coming out with a switch? Hmmm pay bills or get a new rod, decisions decisions.
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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby BCflyfisher2012 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:38 pm

Grebe,

If you're looking for a good reel with a cheap price check out the Albright/SeaLevel Tempest. I have one on my 8wt and absolutely love it. It handled the alberts this year no problem. check with toddkfly for more info as he is the one who sold me mine.
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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby toddkfly » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:10 am

MB, From what I heard I would expect a release in the New Year. We'll see.

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby grebe » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:58 am

I got ToddKfly building me up a 7 weight switch now. Maybe one of those colton reels and start learning how to cast all over again. Cannot wait!

Thanks for the responses. Good to have a little banter going on here in between fishing.

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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby mb82 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:02 pm

grebe wrote:I got ToddKfly building me up a 7 weight switch now. Maybe one of those colton reels and start learning how to cast all over again. Cannot wait!

Thanks for the responses. Good to have a little banter going on here in between fishing.

Which line are you planning on using? Switch lines are different then overhead casting lines. Much more weight forward.
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Re: switch/spey for fall line shad and rockfish.....whachathink?

Postby toddkfly » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:35 pm

Rio makes a couple nice lines, one with a loop head system which allows you to fish on top or deep. Most spey or switch lines look to be more like enlarged double taper lines. Most I have talked with like a Skagit type system with interchangeable heads. Here are links to both types.

http://www.rioproducts.com/product.php?recKey=159
http://www.rioproducts.com/product.php?recKey=26

BTW grebe, don't think you'll have any propblems casting. You can sling some string!

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