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Switch rod reel size

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Simple question but maybe someone can clarify: What size Lamson reel on an 11'3" 7 weight switch rod? 3.5 or 4? Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/11/15 21:05


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3.5

Posted on: 2013/11/16 23:03


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The 3.5 is rated for 7/8 but I was told to up a reel size for a switch like if mine is 7 weight, get a 9/10 reel. If I can get away with a 7/8 size reel I already have one so that's cool...

Anyone use a switch for steelies with some input?

Posted on: 2013/11/17 21:42


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I have an 8-wt switch rod that I use a 9/10 reel on, the reason for that is I have a 10-wt line on the reel to load my rod properly. I think the bottom line is that your line can fit on the reel with enough backing.

Posted on: 2013/11/17 21:48


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Instead of spending the money on switch, Scandi, or skagit lines, could I just up line the reel with 9 weight sink tip to swing streamers and still two hand cast for distance? I am learning this type of casting now and don't want to break the bank on line that I might not need. I got a redington cpx 11'3" 7 weight for like $160 shipped brand new with a warranty card from a discount retailer online. I thought that was a good deal for the rod as a starter.

Posted on: 2013/11/17 21:55


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Have and use a 7 wt switch 3.5 is fine for the head and running line and 100 feet backing.

Posted on: 2013/11/17 22:15


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I am glad to hear that the 3.5 reel works. I have an Allen Alpha that is a 7/8 weight that I thought would be too small to work. Maybe it will do the job. If not, it is a quality reel that I am sure someone would be interested in. Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/11/17 23:17


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Use a reel sized for a 9/10. Or 3 3/4 with gel spun backing, 4" with dacron.
I cast that rod with a 6wt rio switch chucker and liked it.

Posted on: 2013/11/18 5:52


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I have a Lamson Velocity 3.5 that I use on my Redington CPX 11'3" 7wt switch rod lined with 8/9 Beulah switch line and it is a bit tight on the spool with the line and backing and sink tips attached. I highly suggest the 4. I made the mistake of thinking the 3.5 would be fine, but it is not. Maybe if your shooting head is shorter and not as bulky as the Beulah line I have you might be fine, but it is better to go bigger that be sorry like me.

BTW, the Redington CPX switch is a very nice rod. It casts beautifully.

Posted on: 2013/11/18 12:59


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Go with the 4 or use less or smaller diameter backing. Avid Max has a great deal on last year's SA spey lines.

Posted on: 2013/11/18 13:13


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I have an Echo 11'7" switch rod. I would go with the 4. But I'd try the reel you have first, might be OK. I use a spey line with an Orvis 7/8 LA reel and it's great.

Posted on: 2013/11/18 20:32


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4

Posted on: 2013/11/18 21:58


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The rule of thumb is to go up at least one full reel size. You certainly CAN use a smaller reel, but I wouldn't recommend it.

On my 7wt spey, I use a 10wt reel, which leave plenty of room for big skagit heads.

Bottom line, if you're buying a new reel, get the 4, if not, you can definitely use the 3.5.

Posted on: 2013/11/20 17:59


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Big-Bass wrote:
Instead of spending the money on switch, Scandi, or skagit lines, could I just up line the reel with 9 weight sink tip to swing streamers and still two hand cast for distance? I am learning this type of casting now and don't want to break the bank on line that I might not need. I got a redington cpx 11'3" 7 weight for like $160 shipped brand new with a warranty card from a discount retailer online. I thought that was a good deal for the rod as a starter.


Not likely to work very well. A 9wt line would not load the rod properly (too light in weight) and the head on a SH WF line would be way too long. Rod length X 3 is the rule of thumb for a head in 2H casting.

Switch rods spend a lot of time in closets, basements and garages because caster doesn't use the proper line for the rod.

Posted on: 2013/11/21 5:47


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The 3.5 will work but the 4 would be better. I have Meiser and TFO 8 weight switch rods, and the Konic 3.5, the line fits but is a little snug. As for line, I got a custom made scandi line from Steve Godshall, and it is better than any "big" manufacturer's line, IMHO. I use it for everything, salmon, browns, steelhead, it's just a great line. Invest in a great line for your switch rod and you will love it.
I don't have Steve Godshall's info right now, but if you contact Bob Meiser he will give you Steve's contact info, and his prices are very, very reasonable. I contacted him, told him what rod I was using, what I was using it for, he recommended a line, made it that day, and I had it 2 days later, right in time for my trip to NY.

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