Hello everyone, a helpful member over at Flyaddict Community Forums recommended I visit here since I am in need of some desperate help!
I began fly fishing almost 2 years ago, and fell in love with it after landing my first steelhead on a fly here in VT! I grew up trout fishing the North Winooski iver in VT with a spinning rod as a kid, and got back into fishing in High School after moving into Winooski itself. As my passion for fishing grew, I started to take a look into fly fishing, and ended up buying a cheap combo at Wal-mart. That took off instantly after landing a few fish and I've snowballed ever since.
I started tying a few months ago I got hooked, and took a class at my local fly shop.
So long story short -
I've always been intrigued by Spey and Switch rods, and decided it was time to give it a try after watching millions of videos on YouTube about Spey and Switch rods, casting etc etc...I had an old St. Croix Imperial I got from a friend that was pretty banged up, but not too long after using it I fell on the ice steelhead fishing and the tip snapped off. I put it in my closet and forgot about it until recently. I ended up sending it back and got quite a good deal on a replacement. I opted for a 6 wt Switch version.
I mainly fish a place called the Salmon Hole. I consider it my home on the water. It has shallow runs, but I mainly focus on the real deep stuff around big giant boulders I stand on. The water around these cliffs are probably over 15 ft deep in some spots, and I've hooked into quite a few steelhead and salmon who are down deep. The deep water is fallowed by rapids, and the landlocks love to hang out at the head of the fast water.
The river is surprisingly not fished as much as other rivers around here. It's in the middle of two dense cities, and I think other anglers just avoid it for whatever reason. I'm convinced the waters hold state records, and it's a great fishery. The other steelhead river within 40 miles or so is quite small, and can easily be fished with a 5 wt, so I would like to make this 6 wt Switch rod my "Salmon Hole" rod because the fishable area is just so huge!
When standing in a certain spot (where I am standing in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhJtujaAbQ0
You can almost fish every inch of water no matter where you're facing. I've landed steelhead and even browns in the "still" water in that video. That being said, it's some big water, and I want a rod that can launch some bigger stuff further than my current 7 wt single-handed rod but also have the option to stand on top of that huge rock in the video and drift flies real deep and be able to mend the whole run
Maybe I'm making a mistake and should have stuck with my 7 wt, but that's why I'm here!
My usual fishing mostly consists of nymphing under an indicator, but I would love to start swinging more streamers and I think the Switch rod would be a good choice for it.
So here are things I need help with...lines! Skagit....Scandi....huh? So it seems Skagit is for bigger flies and deeper water, whereas Scandi lines are for softer presentations like skating flies along the surface, is this true?
Will I have to choose between ONLY streamers or ONLY nymphs with my Switch if I only want to pick one line, or is there a line that can do BOTH, relatively well? I see lines labeled as Switch lines, but what exactly makes them a Switch line?????
While steelhead fishing in NY I saw a few people using Switch rods and Spey casting nymph rigs 60-70 feet under indicators without any effort at all...it looked awesome! I was on the other side of the river, tree's at my back trying to roll cast out as far as I could with my single-handed rod.
So, in the end, my question is...what would you guys recommend and why? If I chose a Skagit setup what would have to go into it? Same with a Scandi, what do I need to buy? I'd love to hear any advice at all, and thanks for reading!