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Your favorite 4w/5w switch/spey

Looking for comments and recommendations for 4w or 5w switch rods

lets hear some reviews!
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Do a search for the Batson 11' 5-wt. switch rods; many members own and/or have built them. Nice rods, particularly for the price. Others will chime in re: Anderson, Meiser, Burkie, etc. I own the 15'6" 4/5/6 Meiser; incredible, but obviously not a switch. I have the Batson and like it, but will one day purchase Meiser's conversion rods simply because of the workmanship. I fish the Batson with a range of SH lines, all heavy enough to load the rod as necessary, with long leaders.

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I have and love the Deer Creek 4wt switch. With a 7wt 40+ and polyleaders it is effortless. After I fill in the rest of my quiver, I fully intend to go back and purchase the Meiser version of this same rod.

I also have and love the DC 5/6 spey rod with a CND GPS, but suspect it is heavier than what you are looking for. They make a 4/5 model of the same rod that I suspect would be fantastic with the 4/5 GPS.
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I second the Batson 5wt great rod for the value. One of my all time favorite is the Sage Z axis 5 wt. One of a few actual "switch" rods on the market. I feel comfortable to both two hand this rod and single hand it. Most switches on the market are baby spey rods. not that I don't love fishing switchers. they are powerful tools given the right application. I think it is just the marketing and classification system that is a little suspect in my book. Any way I digress, those two rods are exelent and function well.
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great information all! Thanks

I have been enjoying the switch/spey technique so much I thought it would be great fun to have a trout rod for when the water runs high, wide, fast, and deep. Especially in those rainy summers or spring run off

The extra length concerns me a little bit for when you catch the smaller fish like under 10 inches. Just being able to feel the hit

I am enjoying the thread and exploring the above recommendations

I have a TFO DC 6w but it is a bit of a monster for trout under 20 inches. Love the rod though and I have a mad magazine of leaders from BM

I was considering a Helios Switch 5w but I just can't bring myself to drop $8 bills on a fly rod ( I'm not cheap, I'm frugal! )

thanks again for sharing your experience!
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Something to keep in mind is that you don't need a two-hand rod to cast in a spey "style" (i.e. traditional Scottish or Scandinavian); this can be done with just about any single-hand rod (I do it on the tiny trout creek running through our back yard with a 6'9" 3/4/5).
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Something to keep in mind is that you don't need a two-hand rod to cast in a spey "style" (i.e. traditional Scottish or Scandinavian); this can be done with just about any single-hand rod (I do it on the tiny trout creek running through our back yard with a 6'9" 3/4/5).
very true!

thanks for reminding me! hah

I'm just having a lot of fun and my DC is too much stick for trout under 20 inches. I thought this might present some ideas or an excuse to have some fun. That and I wanted to see what others experience is as I am constantly learning here on SP
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The Batson would be a good introductory rod to see if you like the two-handed approach with smaller trout. I built mine with that exact purpose in mind. I much prefer two-handed rods to single-hand, and it sounds like you're of a similar mindset. I think I have about $150 in total on mine. The rod is 10'8", btw, not 11' as I had initially stated.
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The Batson would be a good introductory rod to see if you like the two-handed approach with smaller trout. I built mine with that exact purpose in mind. I much prefer two-handed rods to single-hand, and it sounds like you're of a similar mindset. I think I have about $150 in total on mine. The rod is 10'8", btw, not 11' as I had initially stated.
I am certainly considering that Puffin and thank you for the recommendation. Excellent price point, wow!

I am also considering the Beulah Spey 5w which is 11'7

I use a 9'6 SH so moving up 2 feet might be better or worse I'm not sure for a 5w small trout, although 10'8 would be a great nymph/streamer

what are your thoughts? Of course $150 can't beat that! The best price on the Beulah I can find is $495
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I have the ACR 11'9" #3 and love it for bigger water.
But with a grainwindow between 250 and 325 it is not for the small trout.
The rod will bent nicely, but the big belly will drag the fish through the current.
So for small rivers and smaller trout, I just bought the Zpey Z1 switch 10' #4.
It is a real singlehand #4.
When troutseason opens, I will put it to use.
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Agreed

Love my ACR 11.9 #3
It also comes in #4 or #5 with equally sweet action

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ACR really are nice rods

could any of you share some pics of yours?

thanks all for making this a great thread
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Better yet, check out Gary's site

http://www.andersoncustomrods.com/
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I did!

great stuff

11'9 vs Beulah's 11'7 although ACR work is spectacular

what does the added delux/wood accents on the rod run?

I don't like to spend over $500 usually and those trout speys start at $650 although the switch starts at $550 I think

I still want one though

you can drop $100 if you go the no thrills route too so that is a consideration

may I ask what you're using for reels on trout spey rods?


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may I ask what you're using for reels on trout spey rods?
In my case, an older Lamson Velocity 2.
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