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Beatle Abshagen

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Im in the market for a "SOFTER Action" SWITCH Rod in the 11ft range.---I have several shorter "faster action" rods, however I need something for fishing the "very tight quarters" at Haida Gwaii this spring.---lots of options out there, however without being able to TEST cast those options, it's difficult to choose.--As most of you know, a softer action rod works better in extremely tight quarters, and my current rods work, however something slower would be Mooo better!

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Richard Harrington

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My Burkie 7117 is sweet in tight spots. I wouldn't call it slow, but deep loading.

Also try the echo glass.
Dennis Kulhanek

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In " weary tight quarters " I would use single handed rod with proper lenght and line. You can do all kinds" flip flop casts"  with minimal line disturbance including spey cast if you must.
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Roger Stepenenko

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I have a 11ft 8 weight Orvis Helios switch rod that I have never used would you be interested in that.
If so contact me at rogerstepenenko@yahoo.com
Gene Larson

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I tend to agree about a single hand rod.  I've been fooling around with very short heads on my SH rods and am very pleased with the results.  Putting a 16 foot, 160 grain head on 6 weight rod enables you to do some incredible things with your casts.  I have an 11' 74 grain line that I use on a 2 wt rod with the same results.  If you are interested in this concept, PM me and I'll let you try a line or two to see what you think.  

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The Anglers Roost 11' 2/3 is a very soft action stick that bends well into the butt. Gary Anderson makes some amazing light short speys in the 11 foot range. another option if you like the two hand concept is to get a single hand rod you like and either convert yourself or find someone to add a short bottom grip.

I have turned 4 different single hand rods into switches and they are awesome - two favorites are a 10' 7 wt old Fisher from the early 80's and an original Fenwick HMG from late 70s - it is 10.5' for a 5 wt and is very slow so close to 11 ft with the extension
Jamey McLeod

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Always been curious about the B&W 11ft 7/8/9's with the extended butt.
Jere Eshelman

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Seele Fly Rods has a line of glass rods that may suit your desire for a slower action with amazing power...check them out.
Jim Williams

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I think you'll have better success finding them under "Seele."  And I agree, that's a terrific source for what you're after.
Dave Reid

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Have you considered cane?
Stan Cotton

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Echo Glass Switch
briandavis

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I can't say enough positive things about my Epic DH11  11'6" 7/8/9. It's fast for glass (maybe med-fast carbon) and feels more like a baby spey then a switch. Used it this fall for Chinook on Vancouver island and was very happy with the results. Airflo skagit switch 510 worked great in tight quarters and it will launch the compact skagit 540 80 feet with ease.
Torbjørn ensrud

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I have a Seele rod(build by Godshall)
It's a 10'9 #8, very deep load, nothing like any of my other rods.
Fun fact - give it some speed, and a firm stop it shoots lazer loops
Ricardo Gomes

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I don't think you can go wrong with the Echo glass line up. If you don't want to sell the farm,
I don't think anything compares at that price point(unless you by second hand).
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