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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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6 weight switch for steelhead?

Does anyone use a 6 weight switch rod for steelhead? Is it enough rod? Looking at a 11 foot 4 inch 6 weight switch rod. I will be fishing east great lake tribs. Thanks
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I ended up with a 11' 7wt switch that I can indicator fish and swing for steelhead. I also have a 12' 6wt spey that will be a dedicated summer steelhead/big trout rod.
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Loomis imx pro 6wt. I use this on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario tribs. Handles fish into the mid teens.
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Unless I am on one of our larger GL Tribs I use either an 11'7" 7 wt or an 11'9" 6wt. Both get the job done.
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I landed my first steelhead on a 4100 Z-Axis. ((For the record, I don't advise anyone to EVER do that!!)) A 6 switch is about comparable to a 9ft 8 or 9wt, which is plenty good. Have fun. I pray for you if you tie in to a king tho.

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Thanks guys. I am looking at a sage 11 foot 4 inch 6 weight for east tribs. I have a Scott L2h 11 foot 5 in 8 weight but its a little heavy to swing around all day for steelhead. I really don't swing for salmon or steelhead. I use the chuck and duck rig (bottom bouncing) for steelhead and salmon. Very effective method here on the east coast. I am looking at a switch rod around 5 1/2 ounces or a little more.
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11 feet 4 inches is as good a length for a switch rod as any other, butt don't think of it as a Eucalidian Golden Mean. A six inch difference is very minor, and a three inch difference is undetectable (to me, at any rate).
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The Sage is fine for bows and the Scott L2H would be perfect for salmon.
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Its more a function of how far you need to cast, how big the fish get in your waters and how big of fly you want to cast. My Pieroway Renegade 10.5' 6wt works great for smaller rivers like the Ronde and the upper Salmon where the A run fish are usually between 5 and 8 pounds. I've also used my Meiser 11'7" #5 in the same waters and had no difficulty landing fish.
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I fish an 11' 6wt Meiser switch for local coastal summer run steelhead (average 6-10lbs) on a couple small rivers. I fish a dry line with a wet or dry fly, and its joy to cast and handles the fish well. When I fish for larger steelhead on larger rivers or with sink tips, I step up to a longer and heavier rod.
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Not all 6wt's are built the same...fished a 12' 6" NRX 6wt the other day on the Chilliwack/Vedder River and landed a 13-15lbs steelhead. River was very low with little current. I also have a 11' 6" 6wt Rainshadow Immortal but won't fish it for steelhead as it will bottom out.

It also depends a lot on how you fight a fish - with the rod (i.e. with the butt or mid section), the type of reel you use (i.e. click and pawl vs. drag) and how you use the two together.

A 6wt spey should be fine for eastern tribs...I fished a 7/8wt NRX on the Saugeen and it was overkill.
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6128 comes to mind and is perfect for summer fish outside of the Northern BC systems.


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Sage 6119. Great rod.
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I think it comes down to respect for the fish.

Can you quickly land and release the fish you are seeking with a 6 wt rod?
I have seen too many steelhead caught with a noodle of a rod not up to the task and by the time the fish is landed the lactic acid build up will surely kill the fish.

Itís not about using lighter and lighter rods.
Itís about preserving our steelhead
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I think it comes down to respect for the fish.

Can you quickly land and release the fish you are seeking with a 6 wt rod?
I have seen too many steelhead caught with a noodle of a rod not up to the task and by the time the fish is landed the lactic acid build up will surely kill the fish.

Itís not about using lighter and lighter rods.
Itís about preserving our steelhead
Exactly. I don't fish there any more, but I think a heavier 6 (spey weighted 6 rather than a sh 6), is enough for Erie trips, where the fish are generally a bit smaller than the Ontario fish. On Ontario trips, I'd want a 7.
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