February 01, 2010
Although most anglers gravitate toward single-handed rods for saltwater flyfishing, shoreline switch rods have their place on beaches as well. Do hang your waders up when the tide is high and smothering the shore, grab a switch rod. When rock walls, bluffs, cliffs and trees hinder your backcast, a switch rod is the perfect choice.
Switch rods are less than 12 feet long and available in line weights 4-8. I have been using the 5 weight, 11'9" SAGE TCX for sea run cutthroat in Puget Sound and having a blast. They are great fun to cast, extremely versatile and perfectly practical for fishing from the beach. Long casts, check; Little or no backcast room, check; Light and responsive, check; Line management and control, check.
Go check one out on your beach today!