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I would like to buy either a Sage One 7116 or 8116 switch rod to fish the Salmon River in New York.

I will be targeting steelhead, but would use the 8116 for Salmon too. If I get the 7116 I will use another option for salmon.
I will be swinging flies 90% of the time.

My question is what is the best choice for year around conditions?
 

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if you want to catch kings with it go for the 8 but either one will be good for swinging or nymphing. I used my 11' 7wt for years there with out any problems
 

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I agree with shawnmsx33, unless your going after kings, a 7wt is the way to go. The 7 wt will be lighter, throw lighter lines, and be more enjoyable for the whole year. You will be good catching up to 15-20# fish, depending on the rod.

Kings are just another ball game, well at least here in the PNW. Normally people targeting them, have a specific rod, 9-10wt range. But these rods aren't very much fun to fish the whole year with.

I fish with an Orvis Access 11' 7wt switch most of the time for steelhead/coho/pinks with no issues.
 

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i fish the SR with a Sage 7116 one. i dont recommend using it for kings on this river however for steelhead and coho and the occasional moderately sized king, its a fantastic stick capable of throwing many head/tip combos and also fishes gear and high sticks nicely. keep in mind it is not a loose rod by any means. my friends who fish loomis, etc call it a broomstick.
 

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Laker, you could look at the beulah switch in 8. I mostly swing flies, but throw on a "regular" wf8f for high sticking and it works great.


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