but I have one of Bob's 6/7 wt 12' switch rods (actually, it's sitting less than 5 foot away) that's loaded with a WC 5-6 line. (Was 'grass-casting' with it last night.) The rods a true delight in the hand and a true 'all day' light steelhead rod. Or in my case it's main use will be trout fishing in the Holy Water on the top end of the Rogue.
The rod loads/shoots the light WC with ease right down to 3# leaders and #10-12 size flys.
The rod can be easily handled like a one hander, or far to my preferrence, as well behaved two hander. The lower handle on the rod is constructed with spey casting in mind. Construction of the rod is very top end .... but the price isn't. A good thing.
I, personally, have not had the opportunity to use this rod. I have a fishing buddy who has, and he claims it's the finest salmon/steelhead rod he's ever used and he's had plenty of them over the years. We're going to be salmon fishing in Labrador this August, and I plan to give his a thorough workout. I've never heard or read a single complaint about this rod, though.
fishing conditions (air swished several more). Rods are all top end rods actions he's designed and blanks from (if memory serves) two or three different manufactures .. including Italy.
As the rods are not 'mass produced' each can be (and I suspect are) custom fitted to the caster. In my case, I've got 'normal' sized palms, but short fingers so a "fat" handle is like trying to swing a baseball bat. With this in mind, Bob spun the handle size down to fit my grip. Sweet, like holding a Ping driver.
Above and byond that the fit and finish of all of his rods I've seen arond here are impecable (sp?).
I currently have two of these rods, the 7/8 and the 9/10. Bob is building me a 5/6.
I have a shoulder injury that prevents me from doing a decent one handed rod cast.
I have 3 Spey rods, they are the 7136, 7141 and the 10151. They are great rods, however, you can't fish from a boat with and if the river is crowded with other fishers, you can't or shouldn't be using a spey rod. In the smaller rivers and semi large streams with a lot of high brush along the bank a spey rod is worthless in my inexperienced hands.
Bob's two handed swith rods work great from a boat, in a river with crowded people and in tight situations. I can cast into a coastal wind with either the 7/8 or the 9/10. The 9/10 with Rio's Striper 26' Density Compensated 350 grain from a boat can rocket the line out 80 to 90 ft with a double hand cast and now false casts.
If I'm fishing a moderate to big River with no brush right behind me and with no line of other fishers, I use my Sage Spey Rods.
In the other situations, rivers, streams and coastal fishing, I use Bob's two handed switch rods.
You can cast Rio Spey lines with tips 1 and 2 removed. Then every 7-10 weight line I have can be cast with the 7/8 and 9/10.
The rods are not as sensitive to matching the reel weight to the rod as with the Spey Rods. I use all sizes of reels and lines depending on the situation. On my 7/8 I use the BKLA with a Spey WC 678 or the MS 6/7 on the medium to large streams. On the tight streams I use a Gunny 3 with several different lines from Teeny 200 to 300 and Orvis's steelhead lines.
Rio's new tip compensator works great with the tips of my WC 678 Spey with tips. A roll cast to set the cast up and a two handed backcast or a modified spey cast with the 7/8 rod does a great job in smaller rivers, bigger streams and brush behind me.
I plan to use my new 5/6 on the larger creeks, smaller rivers for trout and half pounders this fall.
On the larger rivers/streams with no brush behind me and with no crowd of fishers, I use my Spey rods. For the other situations with rivers/streams and on the coast, I use Bob's two handed switch rods.
Call Bob or send him an email about what waters you will be fishing and for what critters. He will "guide" you to the right rod.
Interesting post. Yes it's 17 years old. I purchased, about two years ago, a 10' 10' switch rod from another forum member. I sent it back down to Bob to have it fine tuned and for Steve Godshall to build a line for it. Fact is, Steve said it belonged in a museum as it was one of Bob's first builds. I haven't fished it much but it is a pretty sweet rod along with Steve's line. Hopefully we'll get some salmon that I can use it on.
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