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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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I am plotting the purchase of a Switch rod---TFO 07 110 4DC Switch--to which I will add a Ross reel suitable for the rod and purpose. I already Have two other S&S rods home builts---but would like to use the Switch Rod as a primary starting this year. My question relates to lines suitable for this rod---I read and read and read some more and I wouldn't know a Skagit from a Daggonit. TFO lists different "lines" , I need to start but do not want to continue confused as that can cause unnecessary expenditures due to my ignorance. So my question is ---what line would you recommend for this rig? When it comes to Spey rods I plead ignorance, but do have 60+ years of flyfishing behind me---this is a new method I would like to try. "Doc"
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I got a Beulah 10. 6 switch and I'm tickled pink with their elixor line. bw
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Here are the line recommendations for that rod from the 2 jedi that designed it, Mike Kinney and Bob Meiser:

7 wt:
Scandi: Rio AFS 7/8
Skagit: Airflo Skagit Compact 450/480 <> Tips to +-130 grains
Short belly Spey: Delta 6/7
Two Hand Overhead: Rio OutBound 11

My personal opinion is this. If you want to fish sinktips I would use a Compact skagit 480. For surface/near surface fishing the scandi lines work well. I personally like the Compact scandi 450. If you like a lighter load I'd back off one line size on both.

If your not sure if you like a light load or heavy test drive a couple sizes and decide which is the right weight for "you"

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How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
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