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Appreciate any experience, wisdom or advice on the strengths and weaknesses of this rod. I’m looking for a trout Spey/switch for swinging. This will fit in the quiver as the lightest TH rod, so far....
 

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Buy the rod. The H2 switch rods are a different creature and take some figuring out but when you have your heads, tips, and casting stroke figured out the rod will crank. I can't help you with the 5 wt but I have the 7 and 8. They are tippy but will bend down deep and have lots of power. The converse of deep power is the H2 will really like a scandi line and can cast off the tip in a nice way. Research Spey Pages and see what you can find about the 5 wt. Im a big fan of the H2 two hand rods especially the longer spey sizes.
 

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The H2 series were excellent. Had they made longggg.... versions, they could have kept me away from Beulah and Meiser, but alas they only produced uniform 11' switch models. I need 14' or longer, and perhaps the blanks didn't perform as well in longer configurations. Never heard of long versions from europe.
I recently sold the 5wt H2 switch, not because it wasn't a very fine rod, just too light and short for me. Liked an AFS integrated, liked a SA mid-spey, liked a scandi compact with light tips.
1-2 lbs smallies felt like monsters on this rod!
 

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Thank you !! That is the feedback I was looking for. The discontinued series had me a little concerned.
 

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I would have tried out an Orvis Mission had they done anything in the 8wt range for 14' to 16' but they maxed out at 13'6", for which I already have a custom Meiser CX. They look and feel pretty decent, but I guess the long rod game remains with the custom shops and cultists, not enough market share for the big boys to bother.

Since the OP was looking for an ultra-light trout setup, he's bang-on with a 5wt H2 switch.
 

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Bought it! Nice package, very lightly used with loaded Battenkill, scandi line and tips. Should be a fun journey!! Thanks for the info, I really needed the encouragement! 🤥
 
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