Smallmouth on a Switch Rod?
OK, I know we’ve all been inundated with the latest craze in fly rods – spey and switch rods. While these rods are primarily targeting trout and salmon in larger rivers, I figured what the hell!
I purchased an 11 foot 8 wt four piece Switch Rod from the folks at Wild Water Fly Fishing in New York. I sell Starter Packages and Deluxe Packages from them on FlyBass.biz, as well as other items such as reels geared for bass and trout.
My first impressions using a switch rod on a local river was mixed. The general rule of thumb is to overline 3X with a switch rod, so I’m throwing 11wt floating Wulff Ambush on the 8wt rod.
This is totally foreign to most one-handed fly fishers and I am currently in the beginner’s throes of struggling with “the D-Loop” and “the Anchor Point” and all the other jargon relating to Switch and Spey casting.
Since I wade fish the Mississippi a lot, I thought this rod might be fun to try, especially when there’s little backcasting room. I may be quite mistaken.
Last night (after watching several “how-to” videos on YouTube) I went down to the river and was flinging the line all over the place – it wasn’t pretty.
I did manage one pint-sized smallie on a Clouser.
I will keep practicing until I either:
- Get the hang of it and embrace it; or
- Get proficient, forget smallmouth and book a trip to BC; or
- Realize the folly and sell the rod on eBay.
I’ll keep you posted!