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Line weight differences on switch rods?

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Im new to the forum. The reason I am here is because it seems to be the biggest place online for spey/switch casting. Obviously being from Norway we have local forums for spey fishing, but switch is not commonly used much. I Have Loop Opti Spey for Salmon fishing, but now I am trying to find a switch rod for decent size brown trout.

So my question is: I have read that there is no rules regarding how the different rod makers mark the rods regarding line weight. I am under the impression that American brands mark the rods heavier than European rod makers.

I am trying to find a switch rod that is similar to a 6wt single hand rod max 7wt. As this is just to try I am not going to buy the most expensive rod out there. I have looked at these:

Orvis Access 11" 5wt
TFO Deer Creek 4wt
Redington Prospector 4wt

If Guideline LPXe Switch 6/7wt is the same as an American 5wt I would probably buy that, as I can get it very cheap over here.

Please help me in the right direction.

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You might send a PM to Peter Charles. I think he has used these rods and is DTX pro
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Hi Alex.

I'm looking for the same thing - a two-hander that I could use where I would normally use a 6 wt single hand rod.

For what its worth, I have my eye on a Meiser 10'6" 3/4 (250-400 grain window), thinking that might fit the bill.

Other rods I thought might be similar are the Beulah 10"6 4/5 wt or the Echo SR10'6" 4 wt. I am sure there are others.

Good luck.

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Most 4wt switches will come very close

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Leaning towards a 7wt SH

The Beulah 4-5 is leaning towards the 7 wt 4-5's

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Hi Alex.

I'm looking for the same thing - a two-hander that I could use where I would normally use a 6 wt single hand rod.

For what its worth, I have my eye on a Meiser 10'6" 3/4 (250-400 grain window), thinking that might fit the bill.

Other rods I thought might be similar are the Beulah 10"6 4/5 wt or the Echo SR10'6" 4 wt. I am sure there are others.

Good luck.

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Beulah Classic Switch 4/5: Grain Window

Low...Scandi 250 +10' Poly =278 grains +or-
High...Skagit 300/325...let's go with 300 + 9' T11 =399

So grain window could be established from 250-400. Aren't all switch rods in the 250-400 grain window going to be closer to 7 weight grains when used as a single hand rod, nymphing stick or TH overhead. Especially if the rod is 10 1/2' or longer.

Teach me...as I did not get the point of your reply.

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Check out Anglers Roost, they have very nice rods and blanks for very reasonable prices.
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Hi.

Im new to the forum. The reason I am here is because it seems to be the biggest place online for spey/switch casting. Obviously being from Norway we have local forums for spey fishing, but switch is not commonly used much. I Have Loop Opti Spey for Salmon fishing, but now I am trying to find a switch rod for decent size brown trout.

So my question is: I have read that there is no rules regarding how the different rod makers mark the rods regarding line weight. I am under the impression that American brands mark the rods heavier than European rod makers.

I am trying to find a switch rod that is similar to a 6wt single hand rod max 7wt. As this is just to try I am not going to buy the most expensive rod out there. I have looked at these:

Orvis Access 11" 5wt
TFO Deer Creek 4wt
Redington Prospector 4wt

If Guideline LPXe Switch 6/7wt is the same as an American 5wt I would probably buy that, as I can get it very cheap over here.

Please help me in the right direction.

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Thank you for your help.

I will do some more research before I buy. As of now the Orvis Access is near the top of the list as it is supposed to have allmost the same action as the Helios apparently. If that is so it should be a clear winner... I have allways liked the Guideline LPXe too, but Im a bit worried that the 6/7 wt is on the heavy side for streamer fishing for trout.

Of course if I could get my hand on a Sage Z-axis or a Scott t2h used, that would be my first choise.
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