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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Rainshadow 7wt Switch & Airflo Speydicator

I am working on finishing my first rod build. It's a Batson Rainshadow 7wt Switch rod. Unknown to me at the start of the build these are rated as single handed rods! I am building this rod to indicator fish nymph and egg patterns on the Salmon River (NY). I am looking for line options and it seems the Airflo Speydicator is a good line for the style fishing I plan on doing. My question is is this what I am looking for and due to the confusion on rating do I go with the 7wt line?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 10:48 PM
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i never fished mine like that but it rocked a 317gn 21' skagit head!

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I think if you want the speydicator you'll probably need to size it down to a 4 wt (280 grains) or 5 wt (350 grains). It's been a few years since I played with a batson 7 weight switch. I remember thinking it felt awfully light for a 7 weight, but that was before I, too, knew those blanks were rated for single hand.
I looked around and found the grain window on this blank to be 185 to 380. You might want to talk to the guys at Batson, talk to Poppy at the Red Shed about demoing a line, or give Steve Godshall a call and have him make you a custom line to do exactly what you want it to.

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Problem solved.....I gave Steve Godshall a call and he is making me a custom line for this rod!!!! Turns out he was the one who designed the blank.
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I run a 6wt speydicator on that blank in a 8wt. Never felt right. I played around this past week and discovered that I like the 8wt rod with a 350gr skagit line. Either way, the 7wt rod is light for the Salmon River (NY) unless you are only fishing it in the dead of winter for steelhead.

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