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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2016, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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8 weight switch lines?

What weight/make Skagit lines you guys using on a 11 foot 8 weight switch? I have a beaulah 11 foot 8 weight. Thanks
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Definitely consider OPST Commando - probably a 325-350 for that rod, but contact OPST to get exact information. They use a lot of Beulahs and will be very familiar with that combo. I have a different 1108 that takes a 350 and works great.
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For a true "switch line", Orvis hydros 3D Switch line #8.

Other than that, a Rio switch chucker or an Airflo Rage are also great lines for switch rods.

I've heard people like the OPST commando. I have only tried it once at the Sandy river clave. You have to be cautious of not blowing anchors and have 8+ extra feet of shooting line to strip in every cast (15' vs 23' or longer head). It does huck the line out though.
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My buddy just got that same exact rod - he loves it - he tried a bunch of lines and settled on a 350 Commando and a 450 fist.
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My buddy just got that same exact rod - he loves it - he tried a bunch of lines and settled on a 350 Commando and a 450 fist.
The FIST lines are great lines! Great for getting the fly down.
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The FIST lines are great lines! Great for getting the fly down.
Yeah I love mine. I fish it with 4' tip. I find that it doesn't get so much deeper than say a 10' tip, but it really slows the fly down in fast flows.
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Yeah I love mine. I fish it with 4' tip. I find that it doesn't get so much deeper than say a 10' tip, but it really slows the fly down in fast flows.
Absolutely! It gets the line under surface currents and anchors in. Multi-density lines are proving to be great tools for fly fishing!
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Absolutely! It gets the line under surface currents and anchors in. Multi-density lines are proving to be great tools for fly fishing!
I ordered another FIST last week just so I'd have an extra in case Airflo discontinues it or something.
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Haven't tried the FIST or commando but I fish a 540 grain Aiflo Skagit Switch on my 11'9 Prospector and would recommend it.
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I ordered another FIST last week just so I'd have an extra in case Airflo discontinues it or something.
I wouldn't worry about that. Multi-density lines are becoming the new trend. A lot of European companies are heading this route. Gaelforce, Vision, they all have Multi-d lines.

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I use the airflo skagit switch 510 on a sage TCX 8119 and it's a great match
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I second the 510 airflo

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I'm using an Airflo 480gr Skagit Switch on my Orvis Helios 11' 8wt switch. It works great for me. I use it for Winter steelhead fishing on smaller rivers and I've been really happy with it. It throws 10' of T-11 well. The only other line I've tried on it is the 8wt Rio Switch Chucker. It didn't seem to cast as well with the Chucker so I've been sticking with the Airflo 480 skagit switch.
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I have that rod and all the lines people recommend you get are too heavy. Beulah recommends a 390 scani and a 425 skagit for that rod. It is spot on. I initially went with a 450 on it and it cast good. Put the 425 on it and it is sweet. Understand ymmv but that rod is on the softer side.
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