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Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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I have a bit of a soft spot for switch rods. I have an 11ft odd Vision Catapult and the same sized Vision Tool. Both work extremely well. I got a 12ft Loop Cross S1 which in fairness is really a very short double hander. Just taken delivery of a 6 weight Asquith and I love it. I have never chucked the LPXe but other LPXe's that I have cast were faster than Sally Gunnell. I would be interested to read what you make of it.


Oooooohhhh just read the line rating for your LPXe at 19g. I think if you stick an 8 weight Vision Vibe 85 on it then it will purr like a ginger tom cat 🐈
 

Lgraydonflyfishing

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Faster than Sally gunnel 🀣🀣🀣 made me laugh that, have to agree the vision vibes are unbelievable lines, I knew they were fast rods especially the single handers which are really fast which is why I went for the 6/7 should be light and quick with a little flick absolutely perfect for the wear with 5 and 8 foot polys looking forward to trying it oot πŸ‘
 

Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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I no longer use poly's as I found the Airflo's to be particularly bad. Hated the way too big massive Loop on the back end of them. Hated the way that they suck water in between the inner core and outer sheath. Particularly hated the way that they didn't sink at their specified rate. I very respectfully recommend that you try the Rio trout Versileaders. 7ft long and as much as I don't like Rio products their leaders are very good indeed. They have a breaking strain of 14lbs. I have never broken one on a fish. Just make sure you don't go over 12lb on your tippet ;)
 

Lgraydonflyfishing

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I no longer use poly's as I found the Airflo's to be particularly bad. Hated the way too big massive Loop on the back end of them. Hated the way that they suck water in between the inner core and outer sheath. Particularly hated the way that they didn't sink at their specified rate. I very respectfully recommend that you try the Rio trout Versileaders. 7ft long and as much as I don't like Rio products their leaders are very good indeed. They have a breaking strain of 14lbs. I have never broken one on a fish. Just make sure you don't go over 12lb on your tippet ;)
I've never had a problem (so far) with airflo polys but I will certainly will give the rio a go also πŸ‘πŸŽ£
 

Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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I've never had a problem (so far) with airflo polys but I will certainly will give the rio a go also πŸ‘πŸŽ£

The big loop always irritated me when I used to use them a lot. Other than that I never had a problem at that time either. One afternoon while out on the Corwen stretch of the River Dee in North Wales a mate of mine who had the identical Vision Catapult switch rod and Rio AFS 7 weight shooting head set that I was using was following me through a pool. My fly was swinging through. His fly was catching bottom. I took my fly and put it on his rod and line and took his rod off him. Cast it and I started catching bottom too. I was using an Airflo polyleader. He was using a Rio 6ft Versileader badged up as the same sink rate as mine. I took the Airflo's onto another instructors casting pool and we measured their sink rate or lack thereof. They were inconsistent with each other but none of them sank at their specified rate and this was of course not in flowing water.

Dead sorry to hijack your thread about your switch rod by the way :oops:
 

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The big loop always irritated me when I used to use them a lot. Other than that I never had a problem at that time either. One afternoon while out on the Corwen stretch of the River Dee in North Wales a mate of mine who had the identical Vision Catapult switch rod and Rio AFS 7 weight shooting head set that I was using was following me through a pool. My fly was swinging through. His fly was catching bottom. I took my fly and put it on his rod and line and took his rod off him. Cast it and I started catching bottom too. I was using an Airflo polyleader. He was using a Rio 6ft Versileader badged up as the same sink rate as mine. I took the Airflo's onto another instructors casting pool and we measured their sink rate or lack thereof. They were inconsistent with each other but none of them sank at their specified rate and this was of course not in flowing water.

Dead sorry to hijack your thread about your switch rod by the way :oops:
Crazy that, will definitely give the rio ones a shout, hopefully a bit more water to test them oot properly for a few sessions πŸ‘
 

Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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Crazy that, will definitely give the rio ones a shout, hopefully a bit more water to test them oot properly for a few sessions πŸ‘

I think it was just one of those things that if you were not specifically looking for it then you may not even notice. I had used them for ages prior to this. The big loop always bugged me. The sucking water thing also but I just grinned and bared it ;)
 

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Looking forward to trying out the new LPXe 6/7 switch rod, hopefully hook something before the season is over, any of you lads like light switch rods? Or have used this particular one? Look the dogs danglies I must say can't wait to get it on the water πŸ‘πŸŽ£View attachment 94132View attachment 94133View attachment 94134View attachment 94135
I had a test cast of a 6/7 Oracle at Foxons and thought it would be nice for the small sea trout in my neck of the woods. I ended up with a 7/8Oracle which I see as a light salmon rod.

Will you be using your 6/7 for salmon?
 

Lgraydonflyfishing

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Fantastic result πŸ‘ what did you line the rod up with?
Vision vibe 17gram, and to be quite honest It was really nice, the rod is very nice so pleased I got the 6/7 and not the 7/8, it's light and you can feel its light if that makes sense, just what I wanted, very nice switch from guideline finished to a very high standard. I fished doubles,sunrays,copper tubes and aluminium tubes no problem. It really suited the aluminium tubes and double and you could tell when it was at its limit.....very pleased πŸ‘πŸŽ£
 

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Currently fishing the Clwyd with my Oracle 7/8 switch rod. No sign of any fish but, as has probably been said before, a switch rod is perfect for fishing a sunray shadow. Certainly less tiring than using a 13 or 14' DH rod.
 
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Lgraydonflyfishing

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Had this one yesterday morning on the 7/8 T-Pac and boy what a laugh that was. I loved using the small switch rod for the first time on the Tyne this weekend. Such a pleasant way to fish. Excellent rod, and the fish went away with a spray as well, so all good.
Lovely fish mate and I have to agree big cumbersome rods just ain't for me (unless absolutely needed of course) light switch is fantastic sport well done!!
 
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