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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question on TFO switch rod

I am wondering which TFO Deer Creek series switch rod would be most suitable for my needs.
I fish mainly for Atlantic Salmon(up to 20lbs or so). I generally use a floating line on the swing and a lot of overhead DH casting. I do some some spey casting in tight quarters and occasionally I use slow sinking polyleaders (tapered mono otherwise).
So my question is, would the 7wt. 11ft, 7 oz rod 350-550 gr range or the 8wt. 11ft., 7.25oz. 400-600gr range be the best choice?

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The Deer Creek switch rods bend into the cork fighting fish. I've never fished atlantics, but for regulat encounters with 20lbs salmonid on the West Coast I'd want at least the 8, probably the 9wt Deer Creek.
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A friend of mine bought an 8 wt for fishing the Matapedia, and traded it in for the 9 wt. He felt the 8 was a little light.

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Thanks guys for the input.

The salmon on the Matapedia drainage are generally larger than what I'm apt to encounter where I fish, although there are some 20# plus fish caught occasionally. I am trying to keep the rod/line weight down due to shoulder problems, age, etc., so my inclination is to go with the 8 wt. I've not had any real problems landing fish with my single hand Sage 8wt. Just thought I might go lighter with the TFO switch but your comments have me ruling out the 7 wt. for sure.

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Not to discount what the other have said I think a 7wt Deer creek switch will be roughly the equivalent of a 9wt single hander.

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Not to discount what the other have said I think a 7wt Deer creek switch will be roughly the equivalent of a 9wt single hander.
Then I would assume an 8wt would be equivalent to a 10 wt single hander which is where I want to be.

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Gregor,

I really like the TFO 11ft 7wt with Scandi 385gr-390gr lines. The Scandi lines will comfortably cast long leaders and short sections of T-8 & T-11 as well as any sinking polyleaders.

A student this past summer had shoulder problems, we gave him some lessons with his 11ft 7wt Helios and two weeks later rec'd an e-mail with him and a 20# Atlantic from an un-named NB river.

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