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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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How many lines for a rod?

I own a couple switch rods and have a skagit line and a scandi line.
No overhead lines, switch lines or indicator lines.

I would like to have a over head line for my switch rod or maybe a indicator line for the spring.

I was wondering how many lines do you have for a rod or do you just make do with what you have?

I hope I fraised this right so everyone can understand it.


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I like to try and find a skagit, a scandi and some kind of midbelly line for each rod that I use a lot. Each has its' own strengths and weaknesses. The scandi and skagit heads both get attached to a common running(shooting)line via loop to loop connections. The midbelly I usually put on a separate reel. I'm not a big fan of the "extra spool" idea. For the difference in price I think it's worth it to just get a second reel. It also gives you a reliable spare to use should you experience any trouble with the other while on an expensive fishing trip!
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Lines for Switch rods

While I am a novice when it comes to using DH rods, I have been using a Skagit head for most of my rods, including switchers, and add a floating section if I want to fish Scandi. I don't like to indicator fish but if this is something you want to do, you might want to buy a Rio or Sage indicator line to use for your switch rod. I have a 320 grain Sage indicator line that works great on 5/6 weight switch rods.
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For indicator fishing, the skagit works just fine. It can be hard to mend the running line at times, but you can shoot the heavy set up way out there with the skagit. I would try that before buying another line.

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I have been thinking about trying the indicator fishing for shad. I know it sounds crazy and I never see anyone do it. I usually use a skagit line with sinking tip but there is a hole down stream I know is loaded with fish and no one ever fishes it because of the current. I was thinking about thinning the rod pod and getting me a few more lines to fill all my needs. I also would like to try the switch rod from the kayak for striper fishing in the light line.

I am always trying something new and some people think I am crazy. Why try something new when spinning tackles works is there motto. I just love to fly fish 2 hands or 1.

For the record, where I live there is no steelhead or salmon. Most recent catch is stripers on the fly from the kayak.

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Well just for my saltwater/heavy freshwater normal rod I have a full float, sinking head float, and full sink intermediate line.

Most of these are seasonal though, full sink for heavy waves in the winter, intermediate for light surf of the summer, floating for hunting specific species in bays.

I think you could probably make due with one or two lines that work well for you in most situations, focusing on flies more than line.
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I was thinking about thinning the rod pod and getting me a few more lines to fill all my needs. I also would like to try the switch rod from the kayak for striper fishing in the light line.

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Dan, great idea,

If budget is limited, I recommend more lines than more rods. Not only it will give you more versatilities, also it was fun to try out many different lines than fish one line over and over again. You will learn the casting mechanic much quicker and better this way too.

For overhead casting, light lining your current scandi set up will work well... fly line size is tight to your fly size.

I have a box of lines for 5 spey rods... and I am getting more lines still... : )
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I own a couple switch rods and have a skagit line and a scandi line.
No overhead lines, switch lines or indicator lines.

I would like to have a over head line for my switch rod or maybe a indicator line for the spring.

I was wondering how many lines do you have for a rod or do you just make do with what you have?

I hope I fraised this right so everyone can understand it.


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If you want a line that will do both spey and over-head casts, handle tips and perfect for surface work (with a long leader) on either a single-hand or switch rod, I will recommend the Royal Wulff Ambush. Keep in mind: these are classed by weight as single-hand lines.

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I hear alot about the Royal Wulff Ambush line. I have been thinking about selling my spey rod and focus more on switch. If I decide to let the spey go I will look into getting me one of these lines.


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to me, scandi w/ 15-18' mono seems about the most versatile. up to lightly weighted bugs on the swing, the sexiest casts, and should be illegal w/ a bobber n nymph. try a hunk of yarn clove hitched into the leader, casts like a dream, better than the aftermarket junk, and uuber adjustable. longer,more tapered head is much more mendable than skagit. and w/ a few sinking polys for swingin the fun stuff, i'm covered 90% of the time. that said, on the same rod, i also fish a skagit short for the big bugs, and the heaviest and deepest water.

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2- one floater and one for tips. The type of line you get depends on the rod.
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2-3-4, depends on the rod. hahah
I have lots of rods and try to keep them limited to one or two lines but there are a couple rods I have more or want more lines for. Spey rods are easier as you may only want one or two lines, say a Skagit and scandi where a switch rod can throw any type of line.

My spey rods are set up with Skagit lines with another set of reels with windcutter lines for them. I have a couple of scandi lines for a couple of them.

I am also not a fan of extra spools. I would rather just have another matching reel (then you can switch spools too if you don't want to remove the reel.

If you are switching lines fairly often buy heads and a running line. They are quicker and easier to change out a head over a whole line. less tangles to worry about too. I have a bunch of outbound lines and I am thinking of cutting and looping the ends for just this reason. It is a pain to switch out a whole line and I don't want to buy a reel for each line.

If you find yourself getting a lot of lines Roi's head case helps organization a bunch. I picked one up for my SH lines last week and just got another for my spey lines today.

I have one switch rod 5wt I keep with a switch line on it for indicator fishing for trout. My other 5wt switch has a Skagit line on it. I fish from a raft a lot so I can leave my rods out and pick up the one I want at that moment.

It sounds like you need 2 reels or a reel and a spool for each rod if you are going to fish 4 lines on 1 rod. I would get one set up with a running line then you can switch between Skagit, scandi, or overhead (outbound heads). The other you can put the switch/indicator line on and fish in the spring.

Warning: If you get another rod you will just end up wanting 2 reels and 4 line for it Ask me I know.

I wish I could do more fly fishing in the ocean, stripers sounds fun. Good luck.
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pretty much skagit for me - I used to use long bellies but elbow and shoulder problems have since kept me in the short head camp - I see no need for scandi - I have alot of skagit lines for my various rods so all I have to do is put a lighter skagit and a tapered floating tip on and I essentially have a scandi for lighter flies and floating stuff or a light sink tip if I want to get down a bit deeper. Then just go heavier skagit for big stuff -
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pretty much skagit for me - I used to use long bellies but elbow and shoulder problems have since kept me in the short head camp - I see no need for scandi - I have alot of skagit lines for my various rods so all I have to do is put a lighter skagit and a tapered floating tip on and I essentially have a scandi for lighter flies and floating stuff or a light sink tip if I want to get down a bit deeper. Then just go heavier skagit for big stuff -
My situation exactly, right down to the shoulder problems.
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I own a couple switch rods and have a skagit line and a scandi line.
No overhead lines, switch lines or indicator lines.

I would like to have a over head line for my switch rod or maybe a indicator line for the spring.

I was wondering how many lines do you have for a rod or do you just make do with what you have?

I hope I fraised this right so everyone can understand it.


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Simple answer for me. After years of extra spools, then several heads; it's a SGS Skandit. It covers all the bases for my fishing!!

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