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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Fishing Tactics, Tackle, and reviews » Float Tubes, Pontoons, and Equipment Reviews » switch rods

switch rods

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1switch rods Empty switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:37 am

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Does anyone use a switch rod to fly fish from a float tube?

2switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:11 am

jeffcpr

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I am not sure what a switch rod is scratch I have fly fished from my tube before. I did this at Puddingstone and I have a great time landing some Bluegills on hand tie flies. cheers


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3switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:20 pm

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Have no idea what type of rod that is. scratch

4switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:21 pm

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OK now I am want to know what is it?


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5switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:55 pm

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Is this what youz iz talkin about?

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6switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:19 pm

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No Just a stick and some line

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7switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:26 pm

Bob T


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Switch rods are long rods that fall between single handed and two handed spey rods. Mine is a Sage 11 foot 6WT

8switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:28 pm

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Leakytube wrote:No Just a stick and some line

9switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:11 pm

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Only person here I know of that fly fishes the harbor would be Dano. Nulodball does also and does pretty well drifting a fly mid level past docks and pilings.

10switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:22 pm

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Hey guys,
I have fished what they now call, "switch rods" and/or toob rods and I must say that the additional length is very helpful and fun for looooong casts on big water. but the additional length makes for a lot of additional work in a toob. Landing fish, rigging, and just general moving about. As well the extended handles below the reel, although great for fighting big fish in big water, are a real pain in a toob. Because of how low in the water you sit in a toob, and the restricted range of motion you have, a long soft fly rod can be difficult to use. Spey casting from a toob is VERY difficult, again because of how low you sit in the water. My thought?, too much rod, and quite frankly, I don't see the advantage. 2cents.

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11switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:36 am

Bob T


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bobdfish's comments are very helpful. Thanks. I see some some possible advantages too. My rod is an 11' 6wt Sage, Z axis. I can see one plus might be the enhanced ability to lift the line from the water should be a bit easier. The long rod might help in netting a fish as I could bring the fish closer to me.

But, the handling issues might offset and advantages. I think that I will give it a try. In July I am going to fish Lake Crowley near Mammoth and we shall see.

Bob T.

12switch rods Empty Re: switch rods Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:48 pm

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Hey guys,
Hey Bob, My fault, perhaps I wasn't clear, but netting a fish is perhaps the most difficult part of using a very long rod from a toob. The added length and the soft action forces you to raise the rod way over center to draw the fish close to the toob. I am not trying to discourage you but make you aware of the difficulties of using such a rod from a toob. As well, the butt extension is just in the way when fishing from a toob.Crowley is primarily a nymphers, still water lake. Casts are short, and the terminal rigging is SO VERY NOT CASTING FRIENDLY!!! ( long leaders, and lots of lead!) In short, I prefer to use standard 9" foot rods, as there is just little or no advantage to the long rods that I can see.

bodfish

PS the long rods developed for toobing were for long casting, (something you just don't do a lot of here in Western waters except on big rivers. ) They were basically designed to try and compensate for your low proximity to the waters surface when fishing from a toob. Give it a try and tell us how it goes and what you think!

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