Trout Spey and Switch Rod Ratings: A Thought Exercise

Trout Spey and Switch Rod Ratings: A Thought Exercise

Matt Klara | Sunday, 19 November 2017

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A 12’6” 7wt Spey rod typically casts best for me with a 510 grain Skagit head.

An 11’ 7wt Switch rod typically casts best for me with a 420 grain Skagit head.

A 9’ 7wt single hand rod typically casts best for me with a 300 or 330 grain micro-Skagit head.

Currently, many rods being labeled as 11’ 4wt Trout “Spey” rods, throw something like a 325 grain Skagit head nicely.

But, I find myself somewhat confused, given that the 11’ length puts in more in the Switch rod category in my mind.

If they made a 12’6” 4wt Spey rod, based on my findings above with 7wt rods, I would expect that 12’6” 4wt to comfortably cast something like a 390-420 grain Skagit head.

But I own a 12’6” 6wt Spey rod, that casts perfectly with a 390-420 grain Skagit head.

So, is an 11’ 4wt Trout Spey, really just an 11’ 6wt Switch rod?

Hmmmmm.  I’d love to hear some thoughts over on the board or in the FB comments.

Take Care and Fish On,

Matt