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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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switch line on spey rod

will switch line work on a spey rod-I am looking for responses from people that know...I have a 12'4 loop spey rod and am using a 8wt switch line on it...if not gonna work please explain why

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will switch line work on a spey rod-I am looking for responses from people that know...I have a 12'4 loop spey rod and am using a 8wt switch line on it...if not gonna work please explain why

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Sure, that's what it's for...a spey rod. The term switch rod is just a short spey rod.........around 12' and under. So a switch line is for a short spey rod. Your rod is close to this size and I see no reason why a "switch" line won't work provided it's within the grain window of your rod and the head is the appropriate length. You didn't say what weight your rod is but I assume it's an 8wt if you're using an 8 wt line. Having said that, there may be better lines depending on your quarry, casting style,swinging, etc.

Someone with that same rod will be able to give you more specific advice.

Welcome to the board by the way. Lots of great help on here..................cheers

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I figured that much---I have been toying with whether to use a switch rod or my spey--I hear switch is harder to spey cast..also my reel is a large arbour orvis--with about 150 yards of backing you think that's enough?

the loop rod I have is a very easy rod to cast however the cast are becoming more difficult for me--timing seems to be more important as the ength of rod grows---no sure but often my line comes out to the water in a heap of mess instead of shooting halfway across the lake as I see some other do...
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Loop 12'4"

Most 12'4" Loops [ I have the yellow 12'4" ] like a 450 gr scandi head attached to a suitable running line.
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"I hear switch is harder to spey cast..also my reel is a large arbour orvis--with about 150 yards of backing you think that's enough?"

It's not that a switch rod is harder to cast but rather it's harder to learn on because with the short rod, everything is done quicker where with the longer rod, you have more time to execute everything. I would suggest you stick with the longer rod in the beginning. As a lot of people will tell you...........SLOW DOWN your casting stroke.

Yes, you have enough backing @ 150 yds. for Atlantics imo. That's what I use and although I don't fish steelhead, I'm sure it's probably sufficient for them as well.

Do some searches on the site. Lots of help here.
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There are dedicated switch lines, and switch heads. The airflo skagit switch is a fantastic head on rods 13' and shorter.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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ok

I just bought an ion reel for my loop spey I was speaking about--replaced the line with rio windcutter spey line---more weight in the belly---went out and tested it---amazing feel--line went out better than I have ever seen it...all good--you guys use this line before--if so any feedback and ideal usese would be thankfully received..
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I have a loop Opti 8124

It's the same length as yours

Try to get a Guideline DC head 8/9 in weight.
Make some cuts in the back (few inches at one time and put a loop to connect to the running line)
Use 14 feet airflo polyleader for testing (either intermediate or floater)

Whole process is going to take some time but it well worth it

I'm a tall guy (6'3) and like this rod with 435 grain Guideline Head with 14 polyleader or Vision ACE with tips (29 grams)
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I just bought an ion reel for my loop spey I was speaking about--replaced the line with rio windcutter spey line---more weight in the belly---went out and tested it---amazing feel--line went out better than I have ever seen it...all good--you guys use this line before--if so any feedback and ideal usese would be thankfully received..
refreshing post. Stick with that windcutter...you'll be glad you did!

Edit: Many of us have used a rio windcutter. It'll fish best with near surface presentations but if your line is a "tips" line (with 3 or 4 sink tips) you can fish it pretty deep. The belly of the windcutter is a tad over 50', the skagit switch line belly (head) is likely under 20'. Big difference in how they cast and fish.

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