Fishing The Fly Forum, based in Aberdeenshire,  Scotland

Rob Brownfield

Switch Rod imminemt!
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:13:37 AM »
Well, I got my reamers, rings ordered today, so the handle/reelseat is on, I have sunday afternoon to myself and next week off.

So, hopefully I will be utilising the Rod on the Don trying to catch the silver tourists Iain and myself spotted last Saturday :)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Hamish Young

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 09:54:45 AM »
Which blank Rob :?

H :z3
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience ;)

Rob Brownfield

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 11:40:38 AM »
A Switch one ;)

I went for a Batson Rainshadow RX7 5 weight.The grain window is 140-280 grains putting it around an 8 weight for a double handed line.

I have an Elixor 5/6 switch line which is rated at 275 grains and was recommended on various US forums for this blank...Although a 5/6 line, the head looks more like an 8/9 weight.

But I still have not quite got my head around it!  :X1

I am building it for the middle reaches of the Don when its a bit low (like now) rather than using a single hander 7-8 weight. Just seems a very efficient way of fishing.

Handle went on last night..looks lovely even if I say so myself :) Its just the "kit" handle with a different reel seat but it does look smart.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Ben_D

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 11:56:50 AM »
Quote
I went for a Batson Rainshadow RX7 5 weight.The grain window is 140-280 grains putting it around an 8 weight for a double handed line.

I have an Elixor 5/6 switch line which is rated at 275 grains and was recommended on various US forums for this blank...Although a 5/6 line, the head looks more like an 8/9 weight.


Hi Rob,

The blank is rated for a "Spey" (two handed) #5 which is about the equivalent of a #8 single handed line so you are right that the Elixir is approximately equivalent to a single handed 8/9.  For pure single handed use a #5 or #6 single handed line should be about right.

Bring it over when it's done and we'll try some stuff on it.

Cheers

Ben

Rob Brownfield

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 23:38:17 PM »
Tiz built, and used! As always, I got impatiant, built the thing in 4 hours including epoxying, and needless to say, I was so keen to get out the epoxy was not quite dry..grrrrr.

But, I can fix that issue, when I have time.

Used it twice now, First time I struggled a little, but a 15 minutes session with Ben proved it was me and not the rod at fault.

Mr Cameron kindly showed me a few spots on the lower don tonight and I started to feel at one with the rod and even managed a few decent casts and to hook up, rather briefly, with a Sea Trout.

I have to say his new toy is awesome!!!

Switch style its a very relaxed way of fishing. I think i could get to like this "fly fishing" nonsense!  :X1
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Rob Brownfield

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 02:40:45 AM »
Oh dear...I think I will be getting a heavier version soon...I am "switched" on to Switch!!
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Matt Henderson

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012, 10:11:06 AM »
Rob,

This thread is useless.  Not a photo in sight!

Cheers

Matt

Rob Brownfield

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012, 10:17:54 AM »
Lol..I will sort something...but its a basic build so nothing exciting.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Matt Henderson

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012, 20:05:25 PM »
Still no photos?

Rob Brownfield

Re: Switch Rod imminemt!
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2012, 08:21:10 AM »
No pics...still not finished! Not had a chance to finish off the butt with a final coat.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

 




Forum moderators : Mike Barrio - Hamish Young - Sandy Nelson


Barrio Fly Lines, designed in Scotland ... Cast with confidence all over the world

Barrio Fly Lines - www.flylineshop.com - At the heart of your fishing ..... lies a great fly line!




Please click here to read our cookies and privacy information before using our website forum

All content on this website is copyright www.fishingthefly.co.uk