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Leo Moore

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I recently bought a switch rod to backup my spey rod. My fishing is all for Atlantic salmon with a floating setup. My approach was to buy a rod that could cast the same lines as my spey rod and also use on smaller rivers. My spey rod is a 13' 7 weight which throws a 480 Rage or the Gaelforce integrated 462 Scandi line. I ended up buying an 11'8 weight rod. What it does with the 480 Rage is truly amazing. Not sure about the Gaelforce yet. The guy I bought the rod from said I could end up liking the switch more than the spey. I think he may be right.

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What head length is best for switch rods or does it matter?

Any other line I should try with a switch rod? (thoughts on the Wulff ambush)

Anybody else end up liking their switch better than their spey?

Thanks,Leo.

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 Questions.

What head length is best for switch rods or does it matter?

In my opinion the answer to the first question is very subjective and there are most likely a great many answers with maybe all being right or all being wrong depending on who is asking and who is answering. It would seem the driver could be the guy to give the best answer and you comments about the Rage seem to have already answered your first question.

Any other line I should try with a switch rod? (thoughts on the Wulff ambush)

The Ambush is a great line on switch rods and there are a lot more great lines. Every line manufacturer has a wonder line in their lineup. I'd say "if it ain't broke don't fix it!

Anybody else end up liking their switch better than their spey?

I am now fishing 2 11 foot cane rods. I fish them not because they are better, but because I like fishing cane. I think a lot of the answer to this question would depend on the size of the water. Where I live 15' and 16' rods are pretty common and practical for many anglers. At my present age and ability fishing here and using graphite a 14' rod with a 54'/55' head is just right.

Having said all the above, angling should be about pleasure. If you really like using your switch rod than I would say use it and don't worry about whether it is the best choice.


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Thank you for your responses Poppy. I know everyone is different but would you say the 37' head on the Gaelforce might be a touch long or might work just fine? I don't want to spend too much time with it if it's something that really wouldn't be recommend.

Thanks again, Leo.

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No I don't think a 37' head is to long for that rod. I used that same line many times on my 11' Bob Clay and while my preference is for about 30grns less that line worked just fine. I know many people that can cast much longer heads than 37' on 11' rods. It just depends on the driver and what the driver likes. 
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Poppy I got to use the Gaelforce on the switch today. Nice. It was in a practice situation, can't wait to use it fishing.
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