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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    TFO Deer Creek switch 11' 8wt. I tried couple other switch rods but the TFO was the easiest to cast for me and you can't beat their life time warranty.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Switch Rod....... Nice what line and reel are you going with?


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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    TFO Deer Creek switch 11' 8wt. I tried couple other switch rods but the TFO was the easiest to cast for me and you can't beat their life time warranty.
    Cool I hope that works out for you...

    I've been dabbling in this arena lately myself (check the fly forum on SOL if you want a ton of info)...
    Since I had tarpon on the beach right in front of me but was too windy to cast a normal 10 wt, I started looking for some fly rod solutions instead of using the spin rod. So I found this Overhead 2-handed surf stuff, which has nothing to do with spey casting...or spey rods, in that there's a niche for 2-handed surf rod meant for overhead casting (for those that didn't know this already).
    I've been on a gear binge lately but I'm not ready for this splurge yet. I am thinking of trying the Rio Outbound line rated for my 8wt switch rod to see what its like...I think the OB line rated for this rod has more grains than the line I have been throwing on my 9' 10 wt


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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    I think an 8 weight is too light for the surf, fyi. My two handed CND rod is an 11/12 that fishes like a traditional 9/10 one handed rod. Spey and switch rods fish a lot different than traditional one handers do when comparing line weights. When I fish a one hand rod in the surf, I use a 9 foot for 9 weight rod.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    TFO Deer Creek switch 11' 8wt. I tried couple other switch rods but the TFO was the easiest to cast for me and you can't beat their life time warranty.
    Cant go wrong with TFO.

    I have the Pandion, and I cast it 120' easily.


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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolve View Post
    Switch Rod....... Nice what line and reel are you going with?
    AirFlo Scandi Compact 6/7 Floating 420 grains on Galvan T8 reel.

    Rusty Spinner - surf fishing was the least important on my list:
    1. Steelhead/Salmon
    2. Summer fishing on bigger rivers - small mouth / pike
    3. Lake fishing - large mouth / pike
    4. Surf fishing - stripers

    I was debating between 7 or 8 wt and decided on 8wt so I can take it with me when I go surf fishing twice a year or so. This is my entry level rod and I can always expend my arsenal to 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16... Gotta start somewhere.

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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    If I can make it to Somerset this weekend I'm going to stop by the Tight Lines booth and look into getting either the Beulah 8/9 or 9/10 surf rod. Probably will be selling my RPLXi 1090 single-hand rod shortly thereafter.


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    Re: Surf casting with a switch or spey

    Quote Originally Posted by iflifish View Post
    If I can make it to Somerset this weekend I'm going to stop by the Tight Lines booth and look into getting either the Beulah 8/9 or 9/10 surf rod. Probably will be selling my RPLXi 1090 single-hand rod shortly thereafter.
    The Beulahs are right on the money .... A switch in the surf .....i dunno ...a 10' nine or 10 wt like St Croix's Legend or Kenny A's custom surf rod must definetly.
    a spey rod from the beach or shore is more pratical...only difficulty is the line management of the running line...surf, beach or jetty fishing is tough when conditions are less than ideal...but that's when the fish are usually there and on the feed especially stripers.

    ever try fly fishing in the surf with more than 60' of running in a stripping basket, when the wind is blowing more than 10 knots or a wave catches a loop of running line that slide out and gets carried away....line mangement is a must....

    It can be done...but I have yet to fish consistently with spey rod in the surf....certain places in my area it would work like swinging flies in the current rip or eddy,
    can still accomplish it with my 9 or 10 footer.

    BTW I never use any thing less than a 9 weight in the surf or of the beach...the size of the flies, the line, the ever present breeze, just can't deliver the goods.

    Back water estuary , calm quiet nights, late spring early summer small fies an 8 is ideal...generally prospecting for the occassional fisherman stick with the heavier rod.


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    Agreed. I was out in the surf today and there was a decent breeze. Using an NRX 9' 9wt with rio inter. Outbound and I had a tough time getting a good forward cast off.


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