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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 09:34 PM
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Reel Size For Switch Rods

Was just wondering what you guys are running as far as size/capacity of reels for say a 7/8 Beulah switch rod "or something similar". Was looking to line it with a Skagit line. Was thinking of using my Danny LW 6nine, but got to thinking it probably would not hold enough backing with a Skagit line. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 09:59 PM
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I have been using a nautilus 10 with my 1107 T&T. Holds a 450 skagit ok. Have used a 9/13 danielsson as well but a little large for the rod imho.

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Good Size Reel for Switch Rods

Depending on the Line you are going to use will determine a good reel size. The Beulah 7/8 Switch Rod will manage a 10 or 11 weight single handed floating very well. The Reels I have been using on these rods are the Hardy Swift 1000,Ross Big Canyon #5, Snowbee XS910 and the Greys GLite #3. I'm not sure of what type of fishing you are going to do but we have found that the shooting lines such as the Hardy Mach 2 Trout(Floating), Mach 1 Salmon 8 Wt Floating ,the new Vision Tips ,the Snowbee Scandanavian Spey lines, even Rio's 350 Skagit work very well on this particular and similar rods. Shooting lines are very nice on these sweet little rods ,no need to overload them. Heavy reels definitely affect the feel and disturb your rythm. My favorite set-up for this rod is the Swift Reel(8 5/16 ozs)and the Hardy Mach 1 Salmon line.
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I have been really happy with the Tibor Everglades QC. I have been using that with my 10-12 foot rods. The weight and line capacity make it a tough one to beat. My Abel Super 8 also works well, again because it's sheer weight helps to balance the 11' rods. Has anyone tried a Hardy Cascapedia 7/8/9?
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I've tried a Hardy St. Aiden and a St. John on my Beulah 5/6 and they both balance the rod very well. Lots of line capacity on both reels. I've currently got an Airflow 40+ on the St. John.

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On my Sage 5110-4 Z-Axis and 6110-4 XP, I like my old Abel Big Game No.3 reels. I do not salt water FF very much these days and these reels are great for the switch rods.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-03-2007, 11:10 AM
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Tioga Size 10

I'm using a Tioga Size 10 on my Switcher. It will easily hold a 6/7/8 WC line and 150+ yards of 20lb backing. I'm fishing a cut up SA Short Head 8/9 on this reel now and it works beautifully. I believe the diameter of this reel is 3.9 inches. The weight is perfect to balance my 10'6" Meiser 6/7. It is a good reel, and pretty reasonable price tag.
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I have a Danielsson 8twelve on a Beulah 6/7; the reel is slightly big (the balance point is relatively low on the grip) for this rod which leads me to believe that it would balance the 7/8 perfectly.
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On my 1 1/2 handed 11'6" Loomis GLX I tend to use a knock-off 100M Bogdan copy from Mr. Wurm in Munich, It holds plenty of line with a gel backing @30LBS...A whole Delta Long 9/10 if needs be. If it is for a long day with a lot of overhead casting I use a Hardy St. John or Zenith.

With the older 11' single hand IMX Garry Loomis signature I use a Zenith or Farlows Serpent 3 1/2" wide. Both hold all the 20lb Micron you could possibly want and though not my favourite reels do the job!
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I have a galvan t-8 on my 5/6. Fits perfect and I managed 225 yrds of 30 lb and a skagit 350. I also have the lamson v 4 on my 9/10 and its great too.

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