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Shakespeare switch Rods ???

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I know the season end not far off was thinking of buying A Shakespeare switch rod rated 8/9 for next year as I’m gonna be fishing for salmon more Anybody any views regarding using Switch rod ??????

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Are you thinking 12ft? If so I would not bother, unless you are mainly targeting grilse. Also look at the Greys range, I was in the Hardy shop at Alnwick on Saturday and they have a Greys GR 50  13ft rated 8/9 line for £280 but reduced by 40% so about £160 odd. I tried this rod last week on the river, coupled with a Rio Outbound 8/9 line and it was a joy to use. If your budget can stretch to it, I would recommend it. 13ft is a good allrounder :good:

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Switch rod, Inever forget seeing my son at 16 and built like a brick outhouse casting a 15 foot #12  single handed because "it's easier than learning to spey cast" but he was being cheeky to annoy the ghillie! Still he managed it.

 

David.

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Those shakespeare rods get very good reviews, I had the oracle scandi d/h. Superb reviews online, but for me (let a couple of others have a cast with it too) it was too soft and I just couldn't get on well with it at all. Sold it, and have a different setup now. I like the idea of a switch rod but no experience of them. Give the rod a try before you decide to part with your money would be my suggestion

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Cheers lads I was talking to the gillie who looks after the river I intend to fish next season for salmon he’s opinion is that a 11ft 8/9 weight switch rod perfect for me starting salmon angling I’ve been trout fishing for over 10 years (Rivers) so fancy going after there big brothers Atlantic salmon I think anything above 13 or 14 ft would be to much punch so it looks like a switch rod 👍👍

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Not wishing to put a dampener on your enthusiasm, but don`t spend too much as there are lots of guys giving up at the moment as the salmon fishing has been getting worse year on year. Perhaps you might be able to pick something suitable up second hand?

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Thanks lads for your replies i agree Henry lota anglers i fish the rivers with for trout and dallagan [lough neagh trout] here in n ireland have said the same salmon angling expensive not enough fish for the time spent on the bank 👍

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