Best weight switch for the Salt..6 or 7wt??

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Mark Mercer, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Hey guy's, Help !!!
    I was going to ask this in saltwater or the spey clave but decided to stick it here, hope you don't mind..
    Do to some shoulder problems I'm thinking about a TFO switch rod in a 6 or 7wt (thats what I have at work, Sportsman's Warehouse) For many years I've used a single handed 6wt for silvers but it's getting tougher to do for any length of time. I don't know alot about switch rods and have never cast one so I thought I'd ask the forum... I like staying as light as possible but I know a 7 should work for chum as well, I guess??
    Enlighten me please ....

    Thanks in advance..
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    You work there and get a discount? Get both. If you an only have one get the heavier if you think the 6 is too light for chum. If you play them right though, the 6 will get the coho and chum to your feet.
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  3. David C. Reynolds

    David C. Reynolds Cast in Life

    I'll be heading out tomorrow to try out my new TFO 7wt switch never fished a switch rod before should be fun, I hope!
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  4. Spencer Woods

    Spencer Woods Member

    I would look at a 5 or 6. A 6W will land a chum easy.
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  5. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    If you used a 6wt single hander and felt comfortable with that then get the equivalent switch rod weight - which would be a 4wt.
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  6. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Hey thanks everyone, I appreciate your comments and suggestions, I need to make a decision soon to give myself enough time to learn how to cast it well. From everyone's comments it appears the 6wt would do everything I need so I'll probably go that way, now I've just got figure out which line would work best.... Now it really gets confusing.

  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    A number of folks have pointed out that more rods are broken landing chums than any other species. While a 6wt might 'do', prudence suggests that a heavier rod might be a more sensible - and durable - choice.

  8. Get what rod u like. Then buy another
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  9. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    A 6wt switch is an 8wt single hander. If you're buying a switch to lighten the load on your arm I think you might be disappointed.
  10. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    I used my Echo 5 wt switch this week both on the salt and on the Skagit. I cast it single handed most of the time and I wouldn't want to single hand anything heavier than that all day. Like was said before, 5 wt switch is the equivalent of a 7 wt single handed. I would vote 5 wt for you. Rick
  11. David C. Reynolds

    David C. Reynolds Cast in Life

    I had a good time my day out with my 7wt TFO switch rod good for pinks hooked three landed one.
  12. afried

    afried New Member

    I often use a 6wt TFO switch beach fishing for salmon. It's good for Coho and while I can't speak to Chums, on one fortunate occasion it was plenty good enough for a Chinook. I usually use an Outbound Short WF9I or an Airflo 40+ WF8I (30' head version) casting single handed or two-hand overhead (I'm still trying to figure out which is better), and more rarely a Skagit Flight 425 doing spey casts. It's a great rod for the salty beach. Andy
  13. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Thanks again everyone, so many little time.
    Thanks afried for that info, I think thats the way I'll go for now and it's a good starting point as far as lines go. I also have a few 8wt lines I'm going to try on it. This could get expensive I think, just in lines alone.
  14. Old406Kid

    Old406Kid Active Member

    You're right, the rod is often the cheap part.