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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks...I have been told that a 6wt switch rod is equal to a 8 wt single hand? I know you can move up two line weights, but does the 6 wt actually have more power? Strength? Than the single hand? What say you?
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Each company is a little different IMO. My 11' 6 wt Imperial Switch felt softer than my 10' 7 wt Helios 2 SH. It could have been that the action was slower, therefore leading me to believe the rod was soft. It's hard to compare rods of different lengths, because the longer the rod, the more rod you have to flex. If the Imperial had been 1' shorter, it may have felt much stiffer, who knows?

In any case, the general idea is that a Switch or Spey is approx 2 line classes up from a SH. Any particular reason you're asking? Maybe someone else would be able to chime in if you had a rod-related question.
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Hi folks...I have been told that a 6wt switch rod is equal to a 8 wt single hand? I know you can move up two line weights, but does the 6 wt actually have more power? Strength? Than the single hand? What say you?
outside of the grain weight issue, i've never seen it this way. sure a 4wt 2 hander might throw a line similar in weight to a 6wt single, but i will throw a 5" weighted sculpin all day on a 6wt single, but wouldnt want a 4wt 2hander for that job. in fact i'd prefer a line over 500gr for that (7wt territory)

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There is also the issue of some rod companies build their switch rods on the AFMTA single-hand line standard, and other build them with spey lines in mind. Therefore, some switch rods are lined properly with a single-hand line of the line weight designated on the rod, and others, such as the Meiser and TFO Deer Creek switch rods, are designed to be properly lined with a spey (or switch) line of the line weight designated on the rod. The rod manufacture will be able to tell you which it was designed to cast.

And if you line a switch rod that was designed to cast a single-hand line, it will be grossly overloaded with a spey/switch line to the point it could even break on a vigorous cast. For instance a switch rod that was designed to cast a single-hand 8 or 9 wt line like the Loomis GLX 11'6" 8/9 that had an 8/9 short belly spey, 8/9 switch line, or 8/9 short Skagit used on it, would be overloaded by 3 lines sizes. But is you take a rod like a Meiser 11' 8 wt and try to cast it with an 8 wt single-hand line, you might have a heart attack trying to make the rod load because it would be grossly underlined.
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