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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2010, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Rainshadow 8wt switch, Tonic or...?

What is the better choice for the Rainshadow 8wt switch-

Beulah Tonic 7/8
Beulah Tonic 8/9
Rio Skagit short 425
Rio skagit short 475
Rio Skagit short 525 cut back

SPG custom

Other

mostly for 10' t11 or t8 and leaches

Suggestions for 10' t14 and leaches

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i chuck a 450gr rio skagit flight on that rod - 7.5' t-14 intruders and leeches - 10-15 strips of r/l.
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I have the same rod and I use to throw a compact skagit 450 on this rod. To me it seems to load a little on the heavy side for me. I made a mistake one day while cutting back some lines and cut my 450. So I turned it in to a 400 skagit short. I think this is a little to light.
I was thinking about getting me a 425 skagit flight.
I have one of these lines on another switch rod and like it alot.

Just my 2 cents. Hope you find what you are looking for.

Give the redshed a try. From what I understand poppy will mail you a couple lines. You try them out and pay for the one you like and mail back the other.
Can't go wrong there.


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I have that rod and use a short floating head. 400 grains and 18 feet. Throws 10 feet of T14 nicely.
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What is the better choice for the Rainshadow 8wt switch-


SPG custom


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The SPG custom. Steve knows that blank and will set you up with a sweet line system. PM me if you need Steve's contact info.

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The SPG custom. Steve knows that blank and will set you up with a sweet line system. PM me if you need Steve's contact info.

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I didn't even think of Steve. He is the guy to make you a line to match your rod.


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"the magic is in the match" The purpose of the match is to bring you in harmony with your rod thru the line. Everyone is looking for the silver bullet. You and your style is the key to the equation. When the Meiz, Anderson or I understand YOU, and we know the rod, the line recipe writes itself. The right line for you is often not the right line for another. One of my first question to a prospective client is what is your favorite line for a given rod and why. From there we might be able to make it even better. More than anything we are counselors, the answers lie within you and nobody else. Enjoy the journey. steve
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Fyi

Here is some good info pm'd me by Kristin from All About The Fly

..."The 8 wt is rated low grain 220 - high grain 440. Low grain weight is for single hand use, the 400's is more around your appliciation -- Skagit-y style spey casting. The Rio Skagit short 425 is perfect - that's what we usually line that rod with. The key is the Tip - you'll want to keep to an 8' or 10' sink tip so the overall head length stays between 30-33'."

Thanks Kristin
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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SPG built me a Skandit in the 375 grain range - the Skagit head is about 315 grains and 19 feet- I find this more to my liking than the 420 grain range and it preforms great.
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