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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Can all of the casts that are possible on a spey rod be done on a switch rod? Other than line weights and lengths, are they just scaled down spey rods. Am I just getting hung up on the name "switch"?
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Switch rod---switch cast. One has nothing to do with the other really. A switch cast is basically a roll cast/single spey without a change of direction. Once you pivot it becomes a single spey. From the down stream dangle, if you pick up and pull back to form the d-loop and forward cast back down to the starting position you have made a switch cast. A switch rod is a term given to sub 12' rods. Hope this helps.

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Yes and when lighter line is cast also single hand casting is possible using Switch rod.

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Yes, but if you are just beginning, I think a moderate spey length rod- 12'6 to 13'6- is easier to learn with.
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Donít get hung up on the term switch rod. It is just a two handed rod that is scaled down in length. Pick a rod that will go with your fisheries. While a longer Spey rod was a good starting point in the past. The newer shorter lines have help bridge the learning curve of the shorter rods. Just pick a rod that suits your waters.

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They are just casts can be done with any single or double handed fly rod
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Can all of the casts that are possible on a spey rod be done on a switch rod? Other than line weights and lengths, are they just scaled down spey rods. Am I just getting hung up on the name "switch"?
Great advise and opinions from everybody on this. I think you are getting hung up on the word switch. I think originally there was a mind set from the marketing department that you could take a switch rod with a switch line (?) and switch from two hand to single hand and kill it. These rods and lines did neither one together very well but the sub 12' +/- rods that were marketed as switch found themselves useful with the designs of folks like OPST, AIRFLO, etc, who made lines and heads for these rods to really show what they are worth. Heads and lines made to make full use of the bottom cork. Every time I leave home for work I have two 11' "switch rods" with me. An 11' 7 wt H2 and a Platinum 11' 8 wt amongst some bigger rods. I won't leave home without them.
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Can all of the casts that are possible on a spey rod be done on a switch rod? Other than line weights and lengths, are they just scaled down spey rods. Am I just getting hung up on the name "switch"?
Yes...to all of the above.
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