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 Post subject: David--Got a question about Switch Cast and Switch Rod
PostPosted: January 1st, 2008, 8:38 pm 
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David,

I've been contemplating putting another rod together and I was checking out the Batson (Rainshadow) catalog for 2008. They have a new blank this year called a Switch rod. This rod is described as being 2 handed or one handed. It is 10'8" long and is designed to use a "conventional" line, i.e. not a spey line.

There was an article in Shallow Water Angler within the last year or two that discussed 2 Handed beach rods designed for use with a line that has a 45' head but used for an Overhead cast.

Initially, I thought that the Rainshadow rod might be something to increase distance while seated by using it two handed overhead so that I would not need to double haul but still "light" enough to cast conventional with one hand.

Do you have any feedback on this? Probably too much to write down but perhaps we could talk about it at the next meeting.

Also, I've been on a Rod Building forum and there has been discussion of the "switch cast"...... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... &plindex=2
I don't know how to do this, but it seems like it might be a beneficial option when there is an obstuction for the back cast....thoughts?

Thanks.

Bart


 
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 Post subject: Re: David--Got a question about Switch Cast and Switch Rod
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2008, 4:12 pm 
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Bartman -- I've never heard of a switch rod. My guess is that's it simply a shorter version of a spey. I think you'd do better from a kayak with a conventional shorter two-handed rod for overhead. Many of these rods are softer than I think you'd like for two-handed overhead fishing. You might opt to just buy an conventional middling fast 11 foot blank. I've got a spey, if you'd like to play with it.

The switch cast is kind-of a dynamic or long-distance roll, where you can haul and shoot line. I wrote an article about it in '96 for Florida Sportsman. Featured Warren Hinrichs in the still shots. Be happy to send it off to you via email if you want.

Also, note, you could get lots more distance with a floating shooting head, and dispense with the hauling. Don't know if you've played with them or not.

More later.

David


 
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 Post subject: Re: David--Got a question about Switch Cast and Switch Rod
PostPosted: January 3rd, 2008, 8:39 pm 
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David,

I thought that you had written an article for Florida Sportsman.....I think I've got a copy but if you have it electronic version handy, then shoot me a copy via e-mail.

I've copied a section of the Batson catalong about their new rod blank. I was thinking about a 3 or 4 inch handle on the butt section of the blank and then about 8 to 10 inches for the front grip.....just thinking. You've got some good points about rod flex, which this one seems to be a little slower than I might need.

We can talk on Monday if you'll be at the meeting.

Thanks.

Bart


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