What are switch rods?

A switch rod is a style of fly rod. It is a cross between a single-handed fly rod and a two-handed Spey rod. You can cast them overhead using one hand or you can use the bottom handle with your other hand to do different Spey casts (think fancy roll casts).

How far can you cast a 5wt fly rod?

Casts longer than 160 feet or 50 meters are for the super elite in casting, and nothing that anybody will obtain under normal fishing conditions.

How far can you cast a switch rod?

Traditional Spey Casting: The traditional style generally uses rods in the 12-15′ range and lines with long bellies of 60+ feet.

What is the difference between switch and spey casting?

Switch rods overall will cast lighter grain weighs when compared to the same line weight in a spey rod. This is dictated by the difference in rod length. Because spey rods are longer, it is easier to cast further distances. When swinging flies, spey rods can manage more line on the water because of their longer length.

Are switch rods any good?

The switch rods in the generic 11 ft class offer a superior option when fishing with tree branches overhead or close behind. They also make great beach, boat, and estuary fishing rods that may be fished overhead or with traditional Spry style casts.

How much spey line should be out of the rod before beginning to cast?

Use your rod length as an indication of “easy”. A Spey line that has a head 3 times longer than the rod is easier to cast (for example a 12 ft rod with 36 ft head length) than a line with a head that is 5 or 6 times longer than the rod.

Do heavier fly rods cast farther?

A longer rod will give you a longer cast. It’s really that simple. If power and action are the same, generally speaking, a 7-foot rod will cast the same lure farther than a 6-foot rod. Now if the lure is light, like 1/8 ounce, it can be a little more managable on a softer shorter rod than a longer rod.

Do heavier weight fly rods cast farther?

Having a heavier line will put more bend in the rod, making it easier to feel the loading. This, in turn, will make it easier to throw accurate casts. Loading with less line or long leaders – Another big benefit of overlining, for experts and beginners alike, is being able to load a rod with less fly line out.