Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Rod Review - TFO Deer Creek Switch 8110-4
First off I will answer the question, What is a switch rod? "Switch Rods" are multi-task fly rods designed to allow a variety of both one handed and two handed casting options.
Temple Fork Outfitters - Deer Creek Series Switch Rod. This switch rod has a simple design by Bob Meiser and Mike Kinney. The rod is rated as an 8wt and for 400-600 grains and is 11 feet in length. It's a deep cobalt blue blank with blue & copper wraps. The handle is spot on in length for the 11' rod and looks great too. The rod is light and a pleasure to cast all day long.
I have mine loaded with a 600 Rio Skagit cut back to 24' (brings down to about 535 grains). Using 10' tips of T-8 up to T-14. If you keep your stroke really tight, this setup will sing. For Dryline swinging, I use a Delta Spey 7/8 which casts really nice, you just need to find the right loading point for your casting stroke on the head, for me a few into the head is perfect.
The price point of this rod is $349.95 and accompanied by the "No Fault" warranty, in my book it’s as good as gold, trust me I know. I broke the tip off in the truck door, sent the rod back with $25 on a Thursday and had it back in 5 working days.
TFO Line Recommendations:
Scandi: Rio AFS 7/8
Skagit: Airflo Skagit Compact 450/480 & Tips to +-130 grains
Short belly Spey: Delta 6/7
This is a great rod for the Salmon River, it's short enough to sneak into small spots when the river is crowded and swing thru pockets, yet powerfull enough to make a 80' cast if needed.