Join Date: Nov 2009
I'll ask you a question here, do you know the difference between say an 11ft 6 ins Sage switch rod and perhaps a Guideline 13ft LPXe?,go on have a right good think about it!.
Answer: 1ft 6ins.
That relates roughly to sod all difference in real fishing terms.It'd have to be very very close quarters indeed before I could cast effectively with my 11ft 6 Sage over my 13ft Guideline and the amount of line I could lift over and above my 11ft 6 Sage with my 13ft Guideline is negligible.
In the case of my two rods, they're both 8 weights and there isn't a great deal of difference between them at all(they'll both cast the same lines flaming miles!) bearing in mind what all the marketing blurb would have you believe.
Why buy a switch rod in the 1st place then?,well just maybe you want to use lighter lines for your intended quarry, you may well wish to effectively Spey cast as opposed to overheading.Again,speaking through experience you may well not believe the ad. blurb in switching casting techniques as you fish, from Spey and Double handed overhead casting from the same rod to single handed casting overhead, sorry but thats just bollocks,once you get over 7 weights single handed casting with switch rods gets increasingly hard to do!.
I've a veritable shop full of rods for migratory fish, loads of double handers from 12ft 6 7 weight up to 18ft 12 weight,I've two Switch rods of 11ft 3 6 weight and 11ft 6 8 weight.I use the switch rods purely for light line applications in Salmon fishing where I still need to Spey cast and cover the water effectively, where perhaps its low water and I need delicate presentation with tiny tiny flee's and fine leader material to match,I get far greater water coverage than with my favourite 10ft 7 weight Sage! and its a lot lot easier Spey casting!.
Don't get drawn in by it all, a switch rod is just a shorter Double hander thats all, nothing else, ignore the label on the bag.